To the editor: Why would Northwood not want to be green?
Take carpooling, for example. Carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs, such as fuel and tolls, not to mention the stress of driving. Carpooling is also seen as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel, as sharing journeys reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion on the roads. Authorities often encourage carpooling, especially during high pollution periods and high fuel prices.
Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner has just placed a new sign in the city park by Menard's. “Parking for park patrons only. All others towed at car owner expense.”
Seriously? Was this new sign erected because a few smart, hardworking men chose to park there and carpool to work each day? They do leave two or sometimes maybe three of their cars and go together to work every day. There are 12 spaces available for parking. I visit the park daily, sometimes twice a day, to walk my dogs and have yet to go there and see more than four or five cars total parked in the whole lot.
Mayor Mark Stoner, I respectfully ask you to remove that sign and welcome people with the foresight, caring and ingenuity to carpool, and in turn have Northwood be more green and environmentally friendly.
In the spirit
To the editor: They've done it again – Bob Marquette and his merry band of elves have successfully completed the annual Oregon Health and Welfare food and toys drive.
For weeks, the elves have been busy assembling, sorting, bagging and getting ready for the distribution of toys and grocery items to over 150 families at the Oregon Administrative building. Further distribution took place at Fountain Square Senior apartments and Luther Ridge apartments. The atmosphere at the Administration Building was festive, jolly and joyful, made more so by the continuous holiday music handily and beautifully keyboarded by elves Mary and Nancy.
This event so brings to life the true spirit of caring and sharing, which is Christmas. Folks were smiling and laughing and exchanging good wishes.
Hats off in a big way to all the individual and corporate contributors. This event would not have happened without you. And a huge thank you to Bob Marquette and his board who work and plan all year long. As we say every year, it’ beginning to look a lot like Christmas.