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Thursday, 29 July 2010 14:46

To the editor: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is a purpose and worth for each and every life.” Never has this saying been more appropriate in our life than in weeks since June 5 when we lost our house.

While the tornado took our house, it did not take our home. We were all fortunate enough to escape with no injuries and will be back at the same address on Main Street in Millbury (with the same old phone number) by the end of the year.

While it left devastation, it also left us recognizing how privileged we are to have the people in our lives that we do. From family to friends, to friends of family, and even friends of friends, we were shown how good people truly are. So many people, some that we have never met, reached out to us in this difficult time. Support came in many forms including but not limited to time, effort, food, clothing, financial assistance and prayers. All of this support helped us re-establish our lives and begin a recovery process that has gotten us to this point today. We are very grateful for all that we were given.

For shame
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 22 July 2010 13:04

To the editor: Shame on you teachers and administrators of the Woodmore School District. A tax is a tax, no matter how you spin it.

On Aug. 3, the voters of the Woodmore School District are to decide on a 2.9-mill levy for a $450,000 shortage for the upcoming school budget. Let’s look at the facts. Of the needed $450,000, approximately $360,000 (80 percent) will be for pay raises and fringe benefits. Approximately $90,000 goes to the district’s operation (utilities, maintenance, transportation, etc.).

As stated in an earlier letter, the average wage and benefits of the teachers in the Woodmore School District is approximately $71,000 annually ($51,900 wages plus $7,200 retirement plus $12,000 insurance and sick leave). Not bad for 180 days of labor. I believe that any further education needed to continue teaching is also reimbursed by the school (property-owner).

Not only is this an incentive for higher wages, it also is used to calculate larger retirement benefits. Seems to me, if the district was in such “dire straits,” pay raises would be put off and the minimal amount needed to keep the district in the black would be put on the ballot until the unemployment stats are lowered.

Safety or revenue?
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 July 2010 12:30

To the editor: As a resident of Oregon for more than 22 years, I have at one time or another been to all of the surrounding cities and villages. I have noticed the ongoing debate regarding the city of Northwood. Is the police force too aggressive when enforcing the speed limits? Are the techniques the city uses in order to maintain safety on their streets questionable?

First, the claim that the Northwood Police Department is too aggressive while patrolling their streets cannot be justified by someone who is upset he or she received a speeding ticket. Speed limit signs are set in place to maintain order on the street, resulting in a safe environment for vehicles to travel. That said, receiving a speeding ticket for traveling 5 mph over the posted speed limit seems a tad bit overkill.

However, officers in any traffic stop have the privilege and authority to use judgment when deciding how to deal with any particular situation. For example, you are pulled over for going 5 mph over the speed limit at 2 a.m. The officer most likely doesn’t want to issue a citation for speeding, but wants to make sure you’re not impaired or driving under the influence. In this instance, it seems to be a little bit unsettling, but when you are out at that time of night, it comes with the territory.

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