Canby Herald letters to the editor for the issues of October 10, 2018 -- thanks, thoughts and more

Thanks offered for service project


To the editor:

The Knights of Columbus Council 3484 would like to thank the Canby Third Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for sponsoring St. Patrick's Church in Canby for their annual Community Service Project.

For years we have worked with our local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who come each month to volunteer at our St. Patrick's St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

On Sept. 19, a professional lumberjack cut down 16 large, diseased pine trees on the church property. Three days later, more than 80 volunteers from the Canby Third Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to help. About 30 men with chainsaws worked tirelessly to saw limbs off the trees, cut trunks into 16-inch segments, and haul the branches to the chipper machine operated by the Knights.

The 16-inch rounds were then neatly stacked by the driveway and made available to the community free of charge. Kahut's Waste Services (members of our parish at St Patrick's) donated three 30-yard debris bins which ended up filled to the brim.

Inside, a group of more than 35 women helped in the food bank by sorting donated food, cleaning and organizing. At noon we shared a meal together and enjoyed the fellowship.

Working together, the Knights of Columbus, the St de Vincent Paul Society, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a great illustration of Christ's love in action.

Gretchen McCallum


The Canby Herald.

Local paper offers a lot that's interesting and enjoyable

To the editor:

Felt compelled to tell you (the editor) and your staff that I appreciate the many stories you tell about Canby and the surrounding area.

Bashing the local paper seems to be the "thing to do" in most communities, but having lived in many with newspapers in them, I have to say the Herald ranks right near the top.

Not everyone is going to like everything in the paper, but if you're capable of stepping back and viewing it honestly, there's a lot of things that are of interest in the paper week-to-week. Those that aren't capable of that are simply missing out.

Thanks for telling the many stories of Canby and the surrounding area. I enjoy what you folks do.

Phillip Wellner


Letter about President Trump misdirected

To the editor:

I found Mr. Keith Murphy's call for help to be misdirected (Your Two Cents, Oct. 2). The president doesn't need our help. The country needs help to protect us from this president.

A president who lies continually, even when the facts are glaringly obvious; who makes fun of the disabled and women victims of sexual violence; who embraces the two most vile dictators in the world, calling them good people and good friends, while distancing our country from our true allies. This is a president who is stripping citizens of their financial protections and gutting environmental and wildlife protections.

This president presides over the most corrupt administration this country has ever seen.

Mr. Murphy is also incorrect when he states that the Democrats are for open borders. That is of course, nonsense. Democrats are for reasonable immigration policies. Policies that thoroughly vet applicants and do not strip children from their parents and place them in detention camps.

I've not seen our country becoming great under this president. I've seen it crumbling and becoming viciously divided. I only hope we can save it before this president destroys our Democracy completely.

Dick Templeman


Rethinking thoughts on county clerk vote

To the editor:

I'll admit I sometimes just vote for the incumbent for positions such as County Clerk that don't get a lot of attention in the press.

But, knowing the problems the Clerk's office has had in the past few years and hearing how simple some have found it to fool with our elections, I've had to rethink my position. I want someone in that office who will guard my vote, guarantee that all the votes are properly accounted for, that no one in the clerk's office will simply "fill in the blanks." In this case, I can't, in good conscience, vote for the incumbent; she hasn't always done that in the past.

When I had the opportunity to meet Pamela White who is a candidate for the office of Clackamas County Clerk, I was impressed with her and believe she will be a person who can be trusted to guard all those records that are so critical to our lives—deeds, birth certificates (you get the idea), and to make sure elections are handled with integrity.

Pamela is an experienced business person; she is intelligent and energetic. I believe she will bring real integrity to the office of County Clerk.

Linda Warwick


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