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Newspaper should sign editorials or skip them

Concerning Frank Zaccone’s letter to the editor (News-Times, Oct. 14 issue) in response to your endorsement of President Obama’s gun laws, I think he asks a valid question about who wrote the piece and why was it not signed.

The News-Times smugly replied, “We do not sign our editorials; the views presented are designed to represent the views of the newspaper.”

Whoa — the “newspaper” doesn’t have views, but rather some person or persons wrote the editorial. I know it wasn’t Zack Palmer or Amanda Miles of the sports department, and probably not Chase Allgood, the photo editor. Was it you, John Schrag (the publisher), or Nancy Townsley (the managing editor)? Or was it Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. — did he tell you to write it?

It’s cowardly to not stand next to your opinion, and hiding in the shadow of anonymity renders your view as far less valid. Even if all newspapers in America do the same, why can’t you proudly be the first to sign editorials? Either that or skip the editorial altogether.

And yes, I dare you to print this.

Talon Buchholz

Forest Grove

Vote ‘Yes’ on county library levy Nov. 3

I am writing to urge all voters to vote “Yes” on Measure 34-235 for libraries in Washington County.

This levy would run from July 2016 through June 2021. The rate would be 22 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of just 5 cents over the current rate. This would be the first rate increase in 10 years. In 2016, owners of a home with an average assessed value would pay about $56.

As a mother of preschoolers, I regularly pursue community programs to educate and inspire my children. Programs with no out-of-pocket fees, such as those at the North Plains and Hillsboro public libraries — weekly storytimes and the summer reading program — are an excellent value.

In seeking an affordable way to introduce my children to basic preschool concepts, I found that the storytimes in both North Plains and Hillsboro combine stories, songs and other activities that hold the interest of my active preschoolers.

This type of exposure at a young age has already instilled a love of books in my children, and has helped them to develop basic essentials such as listening and sitting in a group with other children. My children love the library, and my son regularly asks me to request books for him through the countywide system.

Every public library in the county offers free storytimes for preschoolers, families and toddlers, and in languages other than English.

Take advantage of these programs and share the joy of books and reading with your children. Please vote “Yes” to continue funding educational services such as these. The success of our community and children depends on it.

Joanna Orgill

North Plains

Citizens need to attend upcoming Intel hearing

If you live within 25 miles of the Intel Ronler Acres or Intel’s Aloha chip-making facilities, you may want to come to the public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Hillsboro Civic Center.

Intel is asking the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to allow them to emit the following materials, per year, into the local airshed: 6.4 tons of fluorides; 178 tons of volatile organic compounds; 31 tons of small particulate matter (PM2.5); 35 tons of coarse particulate matter (PM10); 41 tons of particulate matter; 39 tons of sulfur dioxide; 229 tons of carbon monoxide; 197 tons of nitrogen oxides; 24 tons of hazardous air pollutants including 9 tons of hydrogen fluoride, 9 tons of hexane, 4 tons of bromoform, 2.5 tons of chlorine, 2 tons of hydrogen cyanide and 1.5 tons of methanol.

All of these emitted toxins are potential cancer and/or lung disease causing substances.

Intel is also asking DEQ to allow them to emit 819,000 tons of greenhouse gases (CO2e), which calculates to 1.5 tons per minute. This is about the same amount of CO2e that the natural gas electricity power plants in the Boardman area emit per year.

The coal-fired electricity plant produces about 2 million tons of greenhouse gases per year; 819,000 tons per year would make Intel into the fifth-worst greenhouse emitter in the state.

The public hearing will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street in Hillsboro.

Dale Feik

Forest Grove