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Letters to the editor

Too many events being cut from county fair

It was sad to see two more attractions added to the growing list of canceled events at this year’s Washington County Fair — the draft horse show and the demolition derby.

While I am a fair supporter, both events were longtime fair staples and routinely packed the bleachers. Almost everyone could enjoy them. The cancellation of these attractions leads to the question — what is the end goal or benefit to anyone by not hosting these or previously canceled activities (open class poultry show, for example, among others) in one of the state’s most diverse and most populated counties?

It makes a person wonder what will be canceled just in time for next year’s fair.

Andy Haugen


Supports Carol Faber’s effort to derail street change

I would like to comment on letters (“Readers’ Letters,” Hillsboro Tribune, July 31 issue) from Theresa Verboort and Gary LaFollett regarding Carol Faber’s efforts to derail the downtown street-grid change — right on!

I am a fifth-generation native of Hillsboro, now living in Hawaii. Members of my family ran the Hillsboro Argus from 1904 to 1999 from offices on Main Street and on Southwest Third Avenue. As a result, we operated our printing and publishing business under both two-way and one-way grids. One of the best things that happened to downtown was the switch to the present one-way system.

Although I am no longer a resident, my Hillsboro roots are very deep, and I love my old hometown. My new hometown’s streets are two-way, and what a traffic mess we have to deal with.

Gary LaFollett was right when he said: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Walter McKinney

Lahaina, Hawaii