Letters to the editor
A New Year, a new mayor, a new council?
To the editor:
Everything is looking good and change is in the air, come November.
Last year was not the greatest for some City of Woodburn employees in terms of job security and a decent salary.
Even the city council suffered through some painful medical problems last year. It was determined that the puppet string the city administrator uses caused a severe allergic reaction to the council members, but they have made a full recovery.
Just thinking back on the events of last year is really depressing in terms of city council members and what they actually achieve during the council meetings.
Frank Lonergan must have a hard time understanding emails because he has a very difficult time responding and when he does respond, he sends a copy to the city administrator. In fairness, Mr. Lonergan did respond, but he said I was confused and the information I have been receiving was not accurate. Sorry, Frank, but your information was wrong.
Jim Cox, nice guy and likable, but has a problem with being steady at the helm. First he says he is against outsourcing jobs, but he votes for outsourcing the transit work to a local garage in Woodburn. I believe the vote for outsourcing the transit work was unanimous. Mr. Cox did ask if any jobs would be lost and the answer was no.
Curious, though: Why outsource the transit department and not save any money? Maybe the mechanics were too busy and couldnt keep up with their schedule. OK, why not hire one more mechanic? Somewhere in that confusion lies some logic and hopefully someone from the council could answer that question.
Pete McCallum, now there is a guy that (in my opinion) needs a lot of help but it may be too late to do any good. Lastly, we have the mayor, and I will stop there.
Young people should clean vandalism
To the editor:
Vandals have struck The Estates homes again. Almost certainly they were school age individuals, probably teens.
I know for a fact that many Estates residents volunteer: the library, the food bank, Christmas presents for the needy, the schools, etc.
Would it be too much to expect that some of those we help would volunteer to assist cleaning up the mess left by a few of their peers?
Love, Santa grateful for community support
To the editor:
I think Love, Santa, Inc. owes its success in part to the community support that has been earned over the past two decades. I want to thank the Woodburn Independent for the outstanding coverage! From the wonderful articles to the beautiful full page advertisements it is evident that you continue to support the organization you helped create! I believe it is this positive and continued support that has provided the community the opportunity to see the assistance Love, Santa, Inc. provides.
I alone could not do everything; it is thanks to the multiple businesses, civic groups and the community that provide support each year, which allowed Love, Santa, Inc. to help more than 350 families, including more than 900 children this year.
I would like to specially thank a few organizations and individuals for their support this year.
First, my family has allowed me to put my efforts into guiding Love, Santa, Inc. So, Mom, Dad, Alexis, McKenna, Charles and Janelle, I want to thank you for giving me this wonderfully difficult yet rewarding opportunity again this year.
Second, Tony Waite and Food Services of America. While most of us were asleep, Tony began a roundtrip Saturday morning picking up milk, bread, margarine and frozen turkeys. He is able to complete this important journey in a semi-truck and refrigerated trailer provided by FSA. In addition, FSA put up a giving tree at its office and provided wonderful gifts to 25 children again this year!
Third, the Woodburn School District held food drives. This is the largest source of food for the food boxes Love, Santa, Inc. distributes in Woodburn. WSD also provided five laptops, a printer, equipment for a wired network and the time of an IT person, Marc West. The computer network was used during the signup sessions, saving dozens of volunteer hours.
I am proud to say there are too many businesses, groups and community members to mention each of them in this letter. I am humbled by this amazing support! Without the continued support, Love, Santa, Inc. would not be able to provide assistance to so many local families.
In closing I want to thank every person, business and civic group that supported the efforts of Love, Santa, Inc. this year! I credit the smooth processes on Distribution Day to having wonderful people in specific positions, ready to make decisions and get the work done.
Love, Santa, Inc., Board President
American Legion Auxiliary gears up for Girls State
To the editor:
Pamplin Media is encouraging wide-ranging community coverage, and the Independent is delivering, even adding another new reporter to the staff. Before 2013 ended, you ran our thank you letter for helping with fundraising.
Now, we ask this question: What single American Legion Auxiliary program can be inspirational, educational, life-changing and fun? It is American Legion Auxiliary Girls State/Girls Nation, a marquee Auxiliary program. At American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, high school female students who have completed their junior year are competitively selected to participate in a seven-day mock government program where they learn about civics and American government in a fast-paced, interactive program of campaigning, debating, voting and electing mock local and state leaders.
This January, as we present the program at North Marion High School, applications are being accepted for the 2014 session of the American Legion Auxiliary Oregon Girls State, a youth leadership and citizenship program, to be held at Willamette University in Salem June 15-21. By the end of that session, the delegates will have voted on two senators to represent Oregon at Washington D.C.s mock Girls Nation in July.
Auxiliary units in 49 states proudly host American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, an amazing week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and country. Students are assigned to mock cities or counties where, divided into the Federalist Party and Nationalist Party, they are immersed into learning about the political process from dedicated volunteers, making sure the programs nonpartisan governmental, patriotic and civic objectives are carried out with intense learning along with some fun.
Program directors strive to stay vigilant about raising the girls awareness of the importance of service, particularly to our veterans, the military and their families. For eligibility, a girl must be a current high school junior or the equivalent if home schooled, show respect for and be willing to salute the American flag, have an interest in government and possess a desire to develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
Mary Lou Burke
Girls State Chairman, Aurora Legion Auxiliary #110