Jan. 29, 2014 issue

Dibble, Jackson, Larkin Cemetery

To the editor:

I am happy to see that the property lines for the old pioneer cemetery in the town of Molalla is being preserved.

There are now wooden stakes and yellow tape all around the cemetery grounds to mark gravesites that had lost tombstones. It does, however, need a proper fence.

Someone has put little bird houses in the trees, and the birds are chirping away happily as they watch over their surroundings.

Although trees and brush have been cleared away on cemetery property back there, the hardened tombstones are still there. I felt there were grave markers that were not there, however, and that was expressed to me by a Scoutmaster who had worked on the cemetery before, also. There were several old wooden grave markers that had once been out there.

I am assuming the homeless or others camping out back there have burned and destroyed any of those, because non are there now.

I hope we can keep the old cemetery looking good and replace any markers that once were.

Next project to get an inventory of the names that were supposed to be there, and who is not now.

Thank everyone that had an interest in our pioneer cemetery and did something to help.

Thank Clay Glasgow of the city planning commission for seeing it through also, and helping us to secure it.

Patricia Torsen


Letter to family and friends of our troops

To the editor:

I’m a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3973 in Molalla. We would like to send gift boxes to our troops. What we need is addresses from the troop’s family and friends.

In protecting our troops, that is the only way we can send boxes. The items have to be small enough to fit into the post office box (12X12X6”) and the items must be sealed. No glass containers.

Some of the items we have been collecting and make are:

Tube socks, gators for their faces, wipes, gum, cough drops, Chapstick, Bliss stick, eye drops, toothpaste, tooth brushes, flea collars, pens, paper, envelopes, pencils, pencil sharpeners, gallon-sized Ziploc bags, protein bars, peanuts (plastic container), candy, goodies. (No chocolate or cookies with chocolate — it melts and makes a mess.) The flea collars are for their beds, to keep the fleas out. Donations of these items are welcome.

All the personal items need to be travel size, so they can put them into their pocket or in a one-gallon size Ziploc bag. The bag keeps the sand and fleas out as much as possible.

Due to the recent cuts in government funding to our troops, we want to send them things from home,so they know we care and we are praying for their safety.

Thank you for your help.

Lynda Countryman


Obama gives empty promises

To the editor:

Last week President Obama said that he was going to put in place Promise Zones. This may be a very difficult thing for him. I remember when the president put in place the promise that if you like your health care you can keep it. A promise that if you like your doctors you can keep them. A promise that you will save $2,500 per family on your health insurance. Mr. President your promises are worthless unless you keep them. I am dealing with Cover Oregon as an agent and I have never seen so many promises not kept. Your promises are devastating the very people that you hoped to help.

George Abbott


City taking another step to ensure pool will fail

Yet again, the city has taken another step to insure the Molalla Pool will fail. I went in to swim this morning, and there was a sign on the door letting me know the pool will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as of this Thursday, Jan. 23. My friend and I swim on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and just purchased new passes (at a significant increase, which is fine if the pool is still easily accessible). I will adjust because I have to, but it is tempting to go to Canby or Woodburn’s pools, which are well attended and have active programs.

The pool is such a valuable resource for Molalla, and it seems that rather than cutting back hours to an absurd point to ensure failure, it would make more sense to get community feedback and try to improve programs to preserve this pool. I also think that job creation is one of the roles of the city and the pool provides jobs to a lot of young people who are now having their hours cut. Please reconsider.

Eileen Boss


Caring for the older generation

To the editor:

I am a 17-year old senior at La Salle in Milwaukie. I’m writing to you today because I would like to express ideas on caring for the elderly of our community.

We need to take care of those who took care of us. The federal government plays a large role in the lives of the elderly as they deal with social security, federal assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. Changes should be made within these programs so that the elderly of our nation can easily obtain health care and support.

The Older Americans Act was introduced in 1965 and has been since altered to focus on providing long term care services for the memory-impaired, disabled, or poor elders of America. The act attempts to keep people out of elder care institutions, which can be costly and not always the best care. This is just one way that our government has helped out and made a difference in the lives of the elderly.

The most important place where elders can be helped is right here at the local level. It is way easier to make a difference locally than nationally. Simply volunteering at an elderly home for a couple hours can make a difference. I had the opportunity of being able to spend time at an elder’s home and perform service and I loved it. I realized that the elders of our community are lonely. Sometimes all they need is someone to sit and talk with them, and that should not be so much to ask for.

Some day we'll grow old and want someone who will care for us, and that is important to keep in mind. We are responsible for caring for the generation before us and we must take action now and care for those who cared for us.

Kenna Murphy


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