Big success for Hubbard Veterans Memorial fundraiser

To the editor:

The dinner auction event held June 20 at the Hubbard Fire Department went well. The event sponsored by Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee with proceeds going toward Marion E. Carl Veterans Memorial Parking Lot made $2,930 from the auction items alone. Thanks and appreciation go out to the many generous businesses and residential donors for furnishing our event with the auction items.

Kudos to the “Friends of Hubbard” for spending all day of the event preparing and then serving a delicious dinner enjoyed by all who attended. Trouble with Trebles, a vocal group from Portland, provided outstanding entertainment with a special selection of veteran music.

Thanks to Bruce Warner, Hubbard city councilman, who did an amazing performance of moving the auction items smoothly and quickly, considering this was his first time as an auctioneer.

We cannot forget to thank the HPIC committee members and their spouses for the weeks and months prior in preparation for this event.

Linda Kleczynski, President

Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee

Gervais board did right thing by addressing sex issue

To the editor:

After reading the debate on providing condom/protection to teenagers contemplating sex in the Gervais School District, one has to stop and realize, schools are institutions of learning.

They are directed and burdened with teaching both teenagers and parents. If the parent cannot find the time to partner with their teen’s needs or wants, we all lose.

Today, with kids being bombarded with sex everywhere they go, parents should appreciate and be relieved that our school districts and staff take serious interest in safely addressing a teenager’s sexual appetite with proven methods of birth control.

Most of us got our first sexual awakenings in the school room/yard, remember?

To complain, deny and dismiss the honest efforts of school districts doing their jobs of teaching and guiding our children’s every educational need, is tantamount to keeping one’s head placed firmly in the sand. When we grow together, we all win!

Arnold Ponce


Remember flag etiquette this summer

Dear editor,

With the diversity found in the teaching staff in Woodburn and in the community, it is safe to expect that not all educators and many families are aware of the protocol for our flag and the singing of our National Anthem. It was great to see the paper flag and the proper etiquette for using the flag in your paper this week.

The best way to help the audience and any children with the proper respect for our national symbols is for the master of ceremonies to make a simple announcement, “Please stand for the singing of our national anthem,” or “Please stand for the flag salute.” When that doesn’t happen, it is up to the person leading the pledge or singing the anthem to make that brief announcement to the audience.

Those who are not citizens should simply stand quietly. Placing the right hand over the heart is the proper posture and if a man is wearing a hat, he removes it and holds it over the left side of the chest. Military veterans usually salute.

There will be many parades this summer and so many spectators look uncomfortable and really don’t know quite what to do. One should stand and place the right hand over the heart for the FIRST flag that comes by at the head of a parade. One lady in front of me at a Starlight Parade jumped up every time a flag went by. She had to stand only for the color guard at the beginning of the parade.

Always stand and put your right hand over your heart when the Star Spangled Banner is being played or sung. Watch the athletes at the beginning of any sports game. They should all be standing at attention with their right hand over their heart while listening to the Star Spangled Banner.

I hope this clears up any confusion that visitors to our country and people who don’t speak the language might have as well as to citizens who are a little rusty on their manners. I’m sure most people know what they are supposed to do to show respect. Parents are the first teachers and could go a long way in helping their children to understand what is expected. Educators are second in line for helping our young people learn the protocol. And who doesn’t watch a live athletic game or two?

Beverlee Koutny

Americanism Chair, Aurora American Legion Auxiliary

Keep weapons in civil hands

In reference to Katherine Mueller’s letter in the June 25 Woodburn Independent, “Reporter right about gun control issue”:

Yes. There are too many American children being gunned down in their classroom today.

Several years ago, the Israeli people had the same problem. Instead of imposing more odious gun control measures on their people, passing zero tolerance policies on personal defense, and spending millions of dollars on psychologists, the Israeli government trained and armed their teachers with firearms, placed armed guards in their school buildings and made it abundantly clear to the suicide bombers and shooters that they aren’t going to succeed in killing Israeli children in their schools.

Surprise, this program worked and killing Israeli children in Israeli school buildings is extremely rare.

Why does Mrs. Mueller think, if modern police forces can stop all crime problems, that Portland is having a wave of shootings, property destruction, assaults and residential burglaries?

The police have and can respond to criminal behavior only when and after it occurs and because of this, when problems occur and seconds count the police are several minutes away. That was one of the reasons why the Second Amendment was insisted upon.

All hand guns are equally lethal with AK-47s and AR-15s in their effective ranges, but we must remember hand guns are easily concealed.

Does Mrs. Mueller want Doug MacArthur to successfully try to pull off a coupe in Washington D.C. like he tried in the ‘30s? That is the last and most important reason why these scary looking weapons must be kept in civil hands.

Lenthal Kaup


Contract Publishing

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