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Letters to the Editor for April 7

Friends, family will miss Peggy Wagner

I am sickened by the senseless killing of my dear friend Peggy Wagner, who was (hit) by an (alleged) drunken driver on March 31. Peggy was a mother, daughter, sister and friend to all who knew her and deserved the right to drive our streets without having to worry about her life being cut short by someone who had no self control or regard for others.

Peggy always had a joke to share or a funny story to tell. She was kind, caring, loving, genuine and was enjoying her life to the fullest when it was abruptly cut short.

I have no sympathy at all for the man who (hit) her, and can only hope that the laws regarding drunken driving be tightened to the max. I am sick of hearing stories like these. I am weary of our apparent 'revolving door' policy that enables these drunks to be back on the street to kill their innocent victims, who also happen to be our cherished loved ones.

My heart goes out to Peggy's family and coworkers who are still reeling from the shock of losing such a lovely lady. Peggy, you will be greatly missed.

Renee' M. Malanaphy

Gresham

Equestrian center is

crucial to area's health

The comments received on the horse center closing are all very meaningful (Outlook March 31 and April 4). Some talk about history and others about the welfare of our children and the benefits to having a horse related lifestyle vs. boredom, inactivity and dormant minds.

I am the state chairwoman for Oregon High School Equestrian Teams. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the youth of our communities. Facilities like the Northwest Equestrian Center are a precious commodity to our members. We have 1,200 athletes around the state of Oregon who practice, train and compete at these facilities. Closing down or demolishing this arena and stalls would be like taking the only park or recreation center away from the youth in that area. Parents with young children have been known to leave areas where there are no facilities for healthy sport activities. This really is not just about horses … it is about a well-rounded environment for our children. Whether families participate in horse activities or not is way down on the list. That the facility is part of the community appeal is definitely more meaningful. A well-rounded community is where people want to live.

OHSET has 25 competitions a year. We are a good group, well managed with volunteers, but moreover, every parent, coach, district management and state management person lives and does business in Oregon. Our state championship brings more than 900 room nights to the area in which we compete. We offer income to restaurants, tack shops, department stores and general businesses in every area of the state.

It is time that the adults in our communities realize that our youth is the future. If we continue to take the cultural and lifestyle-enhancing opportunities away from our high school athletes, the future is less than bright. I have learned so much from the young people in Oregon. They are smart, savvy and fair-minded. OHSET is a vehicle for them to become leaders through sportsmanship, rules and healthy competition. Do not take the facilities for this nurturing out of the area. Think about all the other 'activities' that will lure our youth into not so acceptable lifestyles.

We need the Northwest Equestrian Center. Please pass this information on to the new owners. The community is a better place for all with this facility as a working part of our way of life.

Linda Crawford

OHSET State Chair

Selma

Cowboy administration without honor, integrity

I felt compelled to write the newspaper to express my disappointment and shame in the Bush administration. I read/watch the news day after day, scandal after scandal and I feel shame for them. This administration lacks honor, honesty and integrity, period. The people of the United States are currently seen across the world as cowboys and barbarians because Bush and his administration act selfishly, without integrity, without honesty and without honor.

It is the responsibility of the president of the United States and his administration to act responsibly. It is time for this cowboy to begin to do so.

Vanessa R. Hayden

Troutdale

Technology knows no bounds

I noticed today while sitting at my computer that out the window in my front yard, some apparent vagrants appearing as a prison work gang are wondering around the lawn as if lost. As I go out to ponder this, I find that they have been digging and chiseling up my lawn to lay a cable for the neighbor's house.

As I stand there in my yard surveying this, the workers in dirty plain clothes with no company logos, nor is the vehicle marked, ignore me until I ask them what they are doing as I nearly step into a hole in my front lawn where a loose manhole cover will now be displayed permanently. Why it does not go through his yard, I do not understand. I ask them to explain and my neighbor, as the new customer standing there, obviously sheepishly embarrassed as to [my] yard being cut up, nods an acknowledged hello. They tell me something about the commercial placement of utility lines and that's the way it is.

As a defense, the worker points to other worse telltale signs in the street since Verizon was just here doing the same. The streets and the yards look like a badly installed computer system now. Patches and holes and boxes, connections strewn everywhere. Little manhole covers in park strips, some randomly in yards with no apparent sensible continuity.

There is a now a new small manhole cover in my front lawn for the neighbor's sake, for what? So he can have more TV channels or his child can become the next generation attached to a permanent online computer? They did not even ask or tell me before they cut up the yard.

As I ask them if I get some free service in exchange, they say with a smirk, well you'll have to pay for it.

I tell them thanks and go inside to call Comcast. On the phone, again the secretary tells me that Verizon did the same to her yard, as defense against Comcast, I assume? She transfers me to the boss. I tell him I asked the field supervisor in my yard, who in turn asks [me] why no one informed me as to their work. The office manager was congenial and apologetic, but when I asked him why a billion dollar company would have guys who look unidentified like criminals; no logo, no uniforms; tossing cigarette butts into the yard while they work, who could not have just knocked on the door and asked before cutting up my yard? As far as I know they might have cut into my new park strip tree roots that I recently planted.

This is the new technology. We will boldly go where we have before. Through neighbor's lawns and property and personal space to deliver another craved entertainment media product for sale because we can. Technology boldly goes where it knows no bounds.

Mark Seibold

Troutdale

Reader thinks vigils play into enemies' hands

In his reply to a letter I wrote about a recent 'Peace Vigil' held locally, Pastor Larry Jorgenson of Trinity Lutheran Church attempts to take me to task for not knowing the difference between 'Peace' and 'Pacifism.'

No offense intended to your position pastor, but I know that difference very well. I have fought for my country, during the Vietnam War. Before I went to war, I was a member of the military organization most responsible for 'Peace,' the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. I was a navigator on a nuclear response bomber.

During the period before my war duties, I carefully observed how 'peaceful' people, such as devoted Christians, became complete tools of the anti-war crowd, who were the 'pacifists,' or claimed to be. Actually, they worked directly for our enemy and should have been labeled as such.

Today's 'peace' marchers and vigil-keepers have fallen into exactly the same logical and philosophical trap as did their forebears 35 years ago. They have become tools of our very un-Christian enemy, the radical Islamists.

I believe your sect has a tradition of recognizing that there is evil in the world, pastor. If you cannot look at the evil part of Islam and see that it is our sworn enemy and surely the enemy of souls, then perhaps you might look in a mirror and ask yourself if you are protecting your flock as best you might. Having your flock play into the hands of the sworn enemy does not seem to be the way to save their mortal souls.

George Schneider

Gresham