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Young reader opines that society is doing too little to stop polluting the world's oceans

We must deal with pollution now

To the editor:

I feel that the pollution in our world's oceans is not being fully addressed and we, as a society, need to protect the oceans and all the creatures that live in them.

In other cities, the use of plastic bags are banned in stores. This is something I would like to see happen in Newberg. We have the Willamette River that flows through our city and goes to the Pacific Ocean and we need to protect it from plastics washing out to the ocean.

Research shows that animals mistake plastic and other debris for food and eat it, thus killing them or making them sick. This is a preventable problem that can be solved simply by taking the first step and banning the use of plastic bags in stores.

I am hoping that you making the readers of the Newberg Graphic aware of this problem will be the first step to banning plastic bags in Newberg.

Emma Walsh, Newberg

Plan to erect radar speed sign in St. Paul falls by the wayside

To the editor:

Something's conspicuously missing in St. Paul. Last winter, thanks to a community grant from State Farm Insurance, St. Paul received a generous check for $5,000 to purchase a speed radar sign and produce a brochure and video to promote safe driving habits around farm machinery on rural roads.

A new state of the art and turnkey-ready RadarSign TC-400 was purchased for about $3,200 and delivered on April 22, together with extra mounting brackets which permit the sign to be moved easily around the community on new sign poles installed over the winter. The sign's manufacturer says "The Go Bracket allows a single person to easily mount the TC-400 radar speed sign in about a minute."

However, a month after delivery, the sign has yet to be placed into service.

The new radar sign was slated to play an important role in calming traffic in the small community. Left to sit on a shelf in its box, however, a disservice is done to St. Paul citizens, who often voice their concerns about speeding vehicles and traffic issues in town and throughout French Prairie. City residents should contact the mayor and city council and request a public explanation for the inaction.

At last week's public meeting in St. Paul, the Marion County Commissioners, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County Public Works Director Brian Nicholas and ODOT representatives all expressed their strong and continuing commitment to addressing traffic safety and speeding issues in French Prairie.

It was disappointing to see St. Paul city officials in attendance, including the new mayor, remain silent during the meeting and pass up a prime opportunity to advocate for traffic safety on behalf of their city and tell the public what role St. Paul intends to play in the future as a partner in the French Prairie community.

Sadly, perhaps there's no interest in that regard.

Kim Wallis, St. Paul


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