Sept. 11, 2013

Cub Scouts thank community

To the editor:

Molalla Cub Scout Pack 257 would like to thank the community and volunteers that support the boys, especially during fundraisers and activities. A special thinks to the Robert Helmig family, Bill and Deb Hood, Carol and Lori Girrens and Patrick Doody for all the years of service to the boys of Molalla.

As the summer ends, Pack 257 is ramping up for another fun and exciting year. As a kickoff, Molalla Pack 257 and Mulino Pack 161 Cub Scouts in conjunction with Troop 257 boy Scouts will hold Scouting in the Park. This free public event, held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in the park next to the Molalla Library, will include activities, games and treats.

For more information about scouting, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Angie Houck

Pack 257 Cubmaster, Molalla

Syria: Obama should not act, just to save face

To the editor:

U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war is a terrible idea for a myriad of reasons and will only seek to hurt the outlook of the United States’ standing around the world.

First, we have little to no support from our allies. Second, we are not sure what will happen if we do act and shoot a ceremonial “shot across the bow” without a specific strategy or plan in place. The United States should not act when we can’t say for certain who was behind the chemical attack on the innocent people of Syria. The President should not act just to save face because of the words he used with his “Red Line” speech in August of 2012. I hope members of Congress seek to seriously examine the ramifications of any actions when there is no good outcome that can be seen for the United States of America.

Kevin Moss

Clackamas County

Thoughts on Freedom

To the editor:

This letter is in honor of the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, for human equality and human rights, on Aug. 28, 1963.

Freedom from anything always comes with a high price, usually paid by those less fortunate. It is my opinion that our nation’s greatest lessons have been taught by one type of person, yet learned by another. If we open our eyes, our arms, our hearts and our minds to all kinds of people, all kinds of lifestyles, all kinds of religion, then we become not only a more civilized society, but a society that accepts and embraces the inevitable future of America: equality for all human beings.

Let us, at last, all sit at the same table and share the same needs: democracy, freedom and justice. Let us, at last, stand together to fight for the same cause, for there can only be one cause: freedom from social, racial and economic interferences and injustices. Let us, at last, readily shine the light on our corrupt court systems that illegally succeed where they should legally fail, due to a judicial system entitled to all but not equal to all’s comprehension. Let us, at last, extend out-stretched hands, not clenched fists, to all those in need, not just when it is convenient and popular, but especially when it is challenging and controversial. Let us, at last, achieve greatness, teach humbleness, inspire miracles, unite sisters and brothers and commit ourselves to be followers of what is right, not leaders of what is wrong. Let us, at last, in every community, in every state across this magnificent land we proudly call the United States of America actually be united and meet together, live together and dream together, so that one day we will, at last, be the land of the free.

Tomorrow is today.

Julie A. Larsen


Reader likes the way Woodburn Pediatric Clinic treats patients

To the editor:

I just recently transferred my daughter's medical care to Woodburn Pediatric Clinic. I am very impressed with the staff's customer service. They have not only been courteous and referred us promptly to CDRC Autism Clinic but did not charge us for milestone and asthma questionnaires (typically these are documents are free in the general medical community). Woodburn Pediatric Clinic and JoAnne Neilsen MD both do not charge for these two forms.

I was charged $28 by Wilamette Falls Pediatric Group for these two same assessment forms, which are used to help the physician diagnose a suspected disability or delay (i.e. autism) at a yearly check-up.

I have complained to the office four times (twice by phone and twice by fax) and have requested that the $28 charge be forgiven. I have only had one return phone call and that person said she would get back to me and did not. I have been waiting eight weeks for the medical director to return my phone call.

It is so refreshing to work with a medical clinic that cares more about patients and less about profit. Patients are the only reason a practice exists.

Nicely done, WPC staff! Thank you.

Deb Stewart


Cities need to make rates more expensive for high water users

To the editor:

Indeed, man may be warming and drying out cities and countryside all over the world, not by excessive CO2, but by not feeding the water cycle. Swamp cooling works on a wide scale as well as indoors.

In recent years, cities have started to meter water and charge more for tiers of higher use, effectively making it too expensive for many people to water their properties like they used to. We get that much less cooling from irrigation, and that much less water put into the air to feed our summer thundershowers. Thus we have more dry thunderstorms than wet ones, and fires in our forests.

Garden Grants Pass has started a petition on to change the water rate structure to encourage irrigation rather than otherwise in our river city:

Rycke Brown

Grants Pass