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Letters from readers for the 8/22 issue

Veterans Park monument passes another milestone

Another phase in the ongoing project of the “Armed Forces Monument” at Veteran’s Park has been completed. With each step toward its finial stage, I am humbled and honored by the generosity of the people of our community and the willingness of the many companies who have opened their wallets and hearts to get this monument another step towards completion. The providers gave their labor and products at cost of material bid, or refused to accept any payment at all.

When the initial circle was enlarged this spring, Hardcore Concrete gave special care to match the pattern and surface of the first pour. Scappoose Sand and Gravel produced the cut stone benches which now grace the monument.

To light the National Flag on the new flag pole, Hamer Electronics went out of their way to insure our satisfaction.

This just completed phase was capped off with the generosity of two companies. Mutual Materials provided the paving stones and Preferred Landscape Services provided the crew and skills to set the stones.

These companies don’t need the advertising, but I’m compelled to point them out as a way of expressing the gratitude of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their contributions. It is little enough for the efforts made.

The city of Scappoose has resolved to make another contribution to the beautification of the monument and has hired landscape designer Alyse Lansing Garden Design to produce a plan to be implemented before this fall.

Don’t hesitate to visit the park, and take the time to appreciate the monument. This monument is there for enjoyment and reflection of all of us in Scappoose, so please, visit.

Tom Ford


VFW Post 4362


Why are we charged exorbitant fees for public records?

In regard to “We want the full story on the Greisen investigation” editorial in the Spotlight Aug. 15, many people have been housed in the county jail for providing false information to a law enforcement officer. How is it that we the people (the press) are charged exorbitant fees for, or denied information all together, pertaining to discovery of police department malfeasance?

The answer is people like the district attorney. Petitioning a pro-law , self-important public prosecutor such as a Steve Atchison for departmental records involving crooked cops would be like asking a fox to guard the hen house. We’d have cereal for breakfast and no more chicken dinners.

In this here kangaroo county, all the people in power — the untouchables — share the same bed.

The appropriate way to send a message would be to charge the authorities for any info they might need from us. For instance, a typical traffic stop could go something like this: [Officer] “I need your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.” [Driver] “How much money ya got?”

I wonder how the judge would handle that in court without demonstrating obvious double standards in favor of state, county or city authority?

James Harris


Thank you for rejecting coal plans

Thank you Mary Abrams and Gov. John Kitzhaber for respecting the Yakimas, the Nez Perce, the Umatillas, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

At a meeting in Washougal, Washington, last week, a representative of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission said nothing has upset the tribes more than the proposed coal and oil shipments.

In 1983, Republican Gov. John Spellman of Washington said that, as long as he is governor, there would be no pipeline under Puget Sound. Now there still is none.

Immoral 19-century attitudes remain dominant in the coal and oil industry. Jobs for the few, profits for the fewer, and harm to all.

Not only must the Boardman project be denied, so should Global Partners’ oil terminal expansion proposal in Clatskanie.

Furthermore, public money should not be used to improve their rail lines and the docks. No more subsidies for dangerous oil.

Don Steinke

Vancouver, Wash.