Devastation still affects many

To the Editor:

After your feature story on my film, 'Made with Love' (Tidings March 22) about the volunteer disaster relief work in Louisiana, I have received a few requests about how to obtain the film.

If anyone is interested they can contact me via my e-mail address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrange for delivery and payment.

The Emergency Communities non-profit organization is still using volunteers to help feed, clothe and house the people affected by Katrina. The more people that view this film, the more we can see and feel the devastation and need.

It is not over, even if it is no longer shown in our media. I hope this film can help alleviate the 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality and awaken us to the fact that our own American citizens still need help (the Federal Government to include FEMA has stopped all funding).

I would really like for as many people as possible to see the film so they can hear the story from the actual victims themselves. I feel it is an important message that they send to us all.

Thank you very much.

Raad T. Fadaak

West Linn

Thanks goes to Sunset Primary

To the Editor:

In this era of almost solidly depressing news, it is refreshing to find a feel-good story. You may be aware of the supreme challenge that recently faced the Resk family. Their eighth grade daughter Hayley needed a liver transplant. When a donor was not readily available, mom Julie stepped up to volunteer part of her own liver. Surgery was successful, and mother and daughter are now recovering nicely. That still left the major challenge of a medical bill of as much as three-quarters of a million dollars.

Enter Michelle Hoyles, widely respected and much loved Sunset Primary fifth-grade teacher who has taught both Resk daughters. Mrs. Hoyles organized a huge night of fun for Sunset students as a fund-raiser for the Resk family.

Parents procured needed supplies, teachers and staff stepped up to volunteer their services, and administrators Kathy Ludwig and Christine Taylor were instrumental in supporting Mrs. Hoyles in multiple ways. Many parents paid a substantial amount of money so their kids could attend the event.

On a recent Saturday night, close to 200 students arrived at the school at about 7 p.m. They got to participate in such events as knitting, a nail salon, games, dodgeball, karaoke, construction, jump rope, cooking, art, arcade games and much more.

This was a fabulous event totally enjoyed by all who participated, and it raised a large amount of money for a wonderful cause. Mrs. Hoyles' tireless efforts and the support of the Sunset community are worthy of celebration.

Geri and David Turnoy

West Linn

City at risk over petty rivalries

To the Editor:

Thank you, Mike Gates, for speaking the truth. The large majority of working people in West Linn have been disenfranchised from the public discourse in this community by the 'noisy few,' among whom are those who run the neighborhood associations.

Most of the people in this community want an adequate police force, want quality of life, want libraries and parks, want reasonable development and more services, and we're tired of the petty little diatribes from the anti-everything people in the neighborhood associations.

The majority of this community is further disenfranchised by the double-majority rule. That is about as anti-democracy, anti-American thing as I've ever seen.

When 72 percent of the people who bothered to vote don't have their votes count because others didn't vote, you cannot tell me the will of the community was adequately represented.

When this vote comes up a third time and more than 50 percent of the people vote and if it fails, then I'll go along with it. I will not go along with it when cowards who don't want the tax won't stand up like big boys and girls and vote no in an honest showdown.

Edward Broyles

West Linn

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