To the Editor,

Being a CASA Volunteer: Becoming a Voice on Behalf of Neglected and Abused Children

I am a CASA volunteer. Why? I am a father. I want all children to have a chance to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Why? I am a teacher. I have seen the difference a supportive family and home environment can make in a child’s life and in their future.

It’s a phenomenal privilege to see the recognition on the face of these children, when they see you in their classroom or their foster care living room. Showing a child you will consistently be there for them during a very difficult time, no matter their age, is giving them a life lesson they may never experience.

As a CASA, your opinion matters. Translated, that means the needs of your child matter. There are over 2,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect in Central Oregon every year. CASA believes it is every child’s right to a safe and permanent home. That is what you are advocating toward. I am inspired and challenged by the sign in local CASA offices that define a CASA as, “… a common person with uncommon character.”

There is a great need for CASAs of character in both Jefferson and Crook counties. Please consider contacting CASA at to ask the same questions I did and then say, “When is the training?” It will be a decision you will not regret.

As a veteran CASA volunteer said, “You start out being a CASA to change a child’s life and find you’ve also changed your own.”

I encourage you to be the voice for these young people and, through that, you will help them find their own.

Russ Donnelly


Vote Huston

To the Editor,

In high school I remember how seriously school rivalry was. But I grew out of it with maturity and the understanding that we are all members of the same larger community. All of the small towns, including Madras, need to share equally in the benefits of the coming improving economy.

With no latent feelings of rivalry I know Mae Huston will represent the interests of all citizens of Jefferson County and am proud to say I will be voting for Mae Huston, Jefferson County commissioner.

Walter Meininger


The candidate

To the Editor,

At the beginning of my campaign for Jefferson County commissioner, I felt it was important to communicate with as many citizens of our county as possible. I chose to seek the signatures on my petition of as many as I could to earn my way onto the ballot. It just seemed too easy to buy my way onto the ballot by paying a filing fee.

I have chosen to campaign by face-to-face meeting and making friends with as many of you in Jefferson County as possible at banquets, luncheons, functions and meetings, and I will continue to do so. I thank each of you who signed my petition to file and I thank all who have become my acquaintances and friends. I look forward to continuing to get better acquainted.

I love my community and all of my friends in Jefferson County and I very sincerely desire to serve each of you as your county commissioner. I am the only fiscal conservative and constitutional conservative running for Position 1 and I ask for your vote.

Mae Huston


Our mothers

To the Editor,

This is an accolade for all mothers. It is of interest that mother-worship dates back to ancient Greece, and that President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 issued a proclamation that the second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day, and that flags are to be displayed on all government buildings. What follows is a song. I do not know who wrote it.

M is for the million things she gave me

O is only that she’s growing old

T is for the tears she shed to save me

H is for her heart of purest gold

E is for her eyes with love light shining

R is right and right she’ll always be

Put them all together they spell Mother. The one who means the world to me.

Donna Quick-Polka


Wasco race

To the Editor,

Longtime Maupin resident and our last county commissioner from South County Sherry Holliday has endorsed Bridget Bailey to replace the incumbent Commissioner Rod Runyon. This is advice to consider since no one understands the relationship between the county government and our local area better than Sherry Holliday.

Holliday wrote: "I served 10 years as a Wasco County commissioner, retiring December 2012. I understand what it takes to work hard to represent all citizens of the county with their many different and varied views. I believe Bridget Bailey is the best person to do that for Wasco County and its citizens.

She recognizes Wasco County’s economy is ag-based and she has the education and experience to work towards keeping our renewable industries viable and growing."

For many of us in South Wasco County, The Pioneer is our local newspaper. Thank you.

John Silvertooth


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