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Local pool hiking the rates pushed the Kids Club out of town; Dollar General project in Culver has ended useful roadside parking in Culver

MAC hiked price, Kids Club went to Redmond

I was disappointed to hear that Kids Club was priced out of using the local pool over spring break. They opted instead to transport kids to the Redmond public pool to swim, as Redmond allowed kids to swim for their in-district rate of $2.50.

My understanding is that the Madras public pool (MAC) declined to give Kids Club members the same rate as previous years ($2 per child, per day). I guess Kids Club was uncomfortable asking their members to pay $5.50 per child per day to swim on short notice.

As a parent and community member, I found this frustrating. Not long ago, Madras had the best program for kids in Central Oregon, including a great relationship with the best public pool. Kids Club is essential for the community, providing kids' programs before school, after school, on snow days and school holidays. They bus kids to field trips, and have used the pool regularly in the past.

The MAC has raised their rates; fine, but word is they no longer seem interested in collaborating with community-minded fitness and recreation programs around town. As a longtime fan of the MAC, this is hard to watch and support. It is no secret that the MAC (and Kids Club) has had to face challenges lately, and I know they realize it is the local community that will see them through long term. I would love to see the MAC be more inclusive of our active local community as we all plan for summer.

Tiffany Turo

Madras

Will miss roadside parking in Culver

I noticed today that the curb has been put up in front of the Dollar General that is going in. Who had the bright idea of taking away the street parking here in Culver? This is a community that is farmers, tourists and lake-goers, all which drive pickups, pull trailers and drive motor homes. All which need street parking.

This will cost businesses here in Culver money. Why was this done? When coming back from the lake, I have always stopped with my boat in tow for lunch at the RBI. I no longer will be able to do this. People coming to town pulling a travel trailer, or driving a motor home will no longer be able to stop. This was not good planning. I see that they could have moved the curb back to make for parking but didn't. So, is someone just trying to destroy Culver?

Bill Sample

Culver

Yes, I exist and other people know it

Wishing to put C.T. Casberg's mind to rest on his "lingering concern as to my existence," I would submit the following testimonials confirming it. Respectfully, the nonimaginary Jim Rahi.

We the resident of Jefferson County confirm that we personally know that Jim Rahi exists:

William Stewart, Stann Dmytryk, Bob McDonald, Janet Walker, Patrick Boyle, Chelsi Metzentine, Christian Olea, Deanna Poland, Loren Dunten, Becky Stever.

Jim Rahi

Madras

Editor's note: In a battle of back-and-forth letters, Mr. Rahi is having a little fun with Mr. Casberg, who, after Rahi questioned whether global warming existed, countered by wondering if Mr. Rahi actually existed.

Voting for Miller for school board

It is vital we have school board members who advocate for every student in our district. I support Carina Miller for position No. 5 on the 509-J School Board.

Carina was born and raised in Warm Springs, attending K-12 in 509-J. She served on Warm Springs Tribal Council from 2016-2019. She is a Columbia River Gorge commissioner, Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Energy Committee co-chair and serves on the Oregon Department of Education Ethnic Study Curriculum Work Group. She returned to our community to live, work and raise her 6-month-old son.

Carina has budgeting experience. While attending University of Oregon, she was elected to student senate to serve in a finance role. In that position, as well as Tribal Council, she was charged to examine, review and approve budgets. Carina has experience working with children in Children Services and also Head Start as head teacher. She took classes in child development. Carina recognizes education targeted at meeting the needs of all students is key to individual success and a benefit to our community.

Carina is smart, charismatic, a collaborator and an advocate of our students. Carina has experience in leadership, finance and education, making her an ideal candidate for 509-J School Board.

Barbara Manning

Madras


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