Support from area schools, athletes appreciated

Most folks don’t pay too much attention to local high school tennis, but this story isn’t about tennis. This is about people in a community coming together and supporting each other.

Last week, Newberg High School lost 17-year-old tennis player Alex Weiler to a car accident. As my wife and I sat in our seats waiting for the memorial to begin, we saw Glencoe High School tennis coach Todd Powell walk by, then several of his players — all wearing their uniforms.

Then Tigard coach Jack Cullen sat down. Then McMinnville coach Wes Gabrielsen with his players — all wearing their team jerseys. This didn’t go unnoticed by the Newberg parents or the other people attending. Just the opposite. It was a great show of class from coach to coach, player to player and school to school.

On behalf of the Newberg community and the Newberg High School tennis team, we just wanted to thank these coaches and players for spending their Memorial Day Saturday to come and honor Alex.

Kai Thillmann


Public works provides vital services

Early this month, the Washington County Board of Commissioners — who are also the Clean Water Services Board of Directors — proclaimed May 19-25 as National Public Works Week in Washington County. This year’s theme — “Because of Public Works” — calls attention to the importance of public works in community life.

Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life.

The county and Clean Water Services partnered with several other local public works agencies for a family-friendly Public Works Fair at the Hillsboro Civic Center on May 18 (Hillsboro Tribune, May 24 issue).

Clean running water, effective storm drains and sewers, sturdy roads and bridges, safe building codes — these are the foundations on which we build our communities. Working together with business and citizens, public works employees plan, build, operate and maintain our county’s vital infrastructure.

Although governments usually own, operate and maintain public works, private enterprise plays a large role in their creation. Planning and design work is often performed by private engineering firms and consultants. Private contractors do most of the construction work. Private sector companies furnish the equipment, materials, and many of the services needed to build our public works. These projects are a crucial part of the local economy.

Thousands of technical and career specialties in the industry range from crews who load a sanding truck at 2 a.m. or clear culverts to relieve flooding, to technicians who ensure that the water we drink is safe and our rivers are clean, to workers who repair and maintain roadways and bridges.

Public works is a proud profession of service. Washington County and Clean Water Services salute these people and the communities they support.

Andrew Singelakis


Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation

Which religions are outlawed?

I was shocked to learn that a Liberty High School teacher, Brian Buckner, was able to take 40 Liberty students to a day-long religious session.

Your article (Hillsboro Tribune, May 17 issue) stated that the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist leader and a spiritual leader. Are our public schools open to visits with the Pope? Billy Graham? An Islamic leader?

Perhaps someone can tell us which religions are outlawed and which are approved?

Ron VanderVeen


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