Letters to the editor
Gervais Fourth of July a success
To the editor:
I need to start by saying I am Michael Gregorys mom, and, as such, I am not objective so excuse me if I gush over my son. I am so proud of Mike for his hard work helping to make Gervais Fourth of July a success.
Michael, supported by the city, businesses and volunteers, organized, directed and even cleaned up after our little towns celebration. Thank you, son! I am very proud of your hard work and your dedication to civil service that benefits Gervais and all those who celebrate our nations independence with us.
Many do not realize all it takes to make the celebration a success. The preparation, fundraising, coordination, delivery of materials, setup, tear down, and more. Its a whole day of food, fun and entertainment!
For those who enjoyed Gervais Fourth of July celebration, I challenge you to help. You too can be a part of the event. Every year, volunteers and financial support is needed. Contact City Hall at 503-792-4900 with your name and phone number if you are interested in helping. Financial support may be made with a check of any amount made out to City of Gervais Fourth of July Celebration anytime. Mail it to Gervais City Hall, P.O. Box 329, Gervais, OR 97026 or take it to 592 Fourth St. in Gervais.
Thank you again, Michael, for making a difference in Gervais and to all others who you inspire to be the change you want to see in the world.
Citizens should have access to modern guns
To the editor:
In the June 18 issues Independent Voices article by Tyler Francke, he wrote that no one knows why the student that shot Emilio Hoffman did so.
How much clearer did the staff and students have to be about the culture of that school? Why does Francke believe Hoffman had not bullied the student that shot and killed him? Did the P.E. teacher who was also shot encourage Hoffman in bullying that student? The school district released that Hoffman was a star athlete, teachers pet and a social player. Need I say more?
The other shooting incidents mentioned in the article occurred in gun-free zones where firearms are forbidden to all law-abiding people.
What is insanity? Herding unarmed people into a facility and expecting criminals, bullies and fruit cakes not to take full advantage of the opportunity to obtain power and notoriety they desire.
What did the Second Amendment writers know about todays weapons? They knew a musket was vastly superior to snow balls, rocks, a knife, a sword or a bow and arrow. They knew the British pulled off the Boston Massacre.
So why shouldnt civilians have access to modern scary semi-automatic weapons, at the very least? The dictators, over-ambitious generals, criminals and terrorists have automatic weapons and bombs that theyll use without provocation. What about corrupt, power-hungry politicians?
What about how Gen. Douglas MacArthur handled the Bonus Army? A group of World War I veterans trying to peacefully lobby the fat chicken members of Congress to uphold their end of the bargain for veteran bonuses were shot at and gassed, leaving two veterans dead and 55 injured.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that the roots of the tree of liberty must periodically be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. Our founding fathers were practical men who understood progress happens and we should learn to live the good, the bad and the downright ugly. That doesnt mean that petty two-bit uncaught criminals should be allowed to write laws to make their lives of crime easier and safer.
Furthermore, the majority of the writers of the Constitution did not like slavery and would have preferred abolition of it but had to learn how to live with it while reducing its bad effects any way they could to allow them to put together the United States we know today, warts and all.
Lack of moral values promotes violence in schools
To the editor:
Guns dont kill!
In the early days of our country, many kids also went to school like kids do now. These kids had easy access to guns, some carried their guns to school and lined them up across the back of the schoolhouse. Some needed their gun for protection from wild animals and others were expected to bring meat home for dinner.
So we might ask, why kids now shoot people instead of animals? What is the difference between the early kids and kids today? Wasnt life held in respect in the early days? Didnt the kids know the commandments of God which were usually posted on the wall?
The kids knew the commandment, which says, Thou shall not kill. They also knew the other commandments, which showed the other moral values.
Today, kids know that many parents have their babies killed. Life is no longer respected in our culture! If its all right to kill babies, why is it wrong to kill older kids?
In the early days the Bible was in the school, prayer was OK and kids were taught moral values. Now kids are taught that people are the product of evolution. We are just animals who have no moral values!
The solution: Stop lying to the kids. Tell them that they were created in the image of God. That life is valuable. That evolution is a lie. One of the laws of science tells us that life begets life.
Security wont reduce shooting incidents
To the editor:
Even pre-dating the Springfield shootings here in Oregon in 1998, communities across the nation have had at the forefront increased on-campus safety and security measures for their youth.
Even here in Woodburn, weve continually expanded our security efforts by varying degrees for well over a decade.
This type of social violence continues to rear its head more often, in large part, due to desensitization of human values and worth, added to by moral decay, much of which is instilled outside of school walls. Societys answer for protecting our youth is to build bigger and stronger barriers, fences and controls, to keep the evil off the campus.
Will our schools eventually end up like TSA, where we would scan every student, parent, teacher, administrator and construction worker and their vehicles and belongings before allowing access?
Even then, we wont be able to remove all outside threats, such as that of a sniper or the like, unless we build walls of concrete, razor topped fences and remove all the windows.
We would also need to screen visitors for school events and guard entry access during building closures and vacation breaks.
Can you imagine a line of folks waiting to gain entry to a basketball game, May Day or a Cinco de Mayo celebration, being scanned, screened and IDd before allowed entry?
These are issues that we must examine, to determine just how far well go.
With all that said, I personally take offense at efforts that are designed to manipulate the public into voting for a bond (of which the security measures are of such a small dollar percentage) by using the hot plate of the physical safety of our youth as the motivational force, while also accepting everything else in this bond proposal.
One can only wonder why our school district didnt isolate a bond effort for this line item issue over the course of the past few years, instead of waiting and throwing it into this pot which includes a large variety of other items, some of which are questionable and/or dont add up.
As in the past, I expect to get some flack on my position and will probably be called insensitive or critical. I care about both the safety and education of our youth, but I also believe in financial accountability regarding district spending, maintenance and construction needs.