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For the week of 6/1/09
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Monday, 01 June 2009 12:23

Secret decision wrong

To the editor: Just over a year ago, a chain of events was set into motion by the decision of the Lakota School district to leave the Suburban Lakes League (SLL); a decision that leaves the SLL with a seven team league at the conclusion of this school year. Over the course of this year the remaining members of the SLL have worked diligently exploring options to adjust our league to this new reality.

For the week of 5/25/09
Written by Press Editorial Staff   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 13:22

The greatest country
To the editor: Each Memorial Day, we Americans take time to recall the sacrifices made by our veterans, and to honor them as heroes. Locally, we choose to do this with parades of “old veterans,” their spouses and widows, service people, our high school bands, members of patriotic organizations, boy and girl scouts and caring citizens.

Some of us who have been in these yearly parades have been appalled at the lack of respect seen for “Old Glory” as she goes by. Some ignore the flag, standing with their heads covered. Seldom do we see anyone at attention with a hand over their heart (except, of course, in the case of a veteran or serviceman or woman – they remember – they know!)

Reading the opinion of retired Maj. Joseph D. Rose, one veteran of the “Greatest Generation,” he said, I think people just say the Pledge of Allegiance” with their lips and don’t take the words into their hearts.” He also said, “If people understand the symbolism of the flag and take to heart the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, they won’t be fooling around with holidays that honor men who fought to make this land free.

Memorial Day is intended to remind us again of those who sacrificed, labored and died to give life to this nation. I’m sure that the flame of freedom burns in everybody’s heart, but some seem to forget.”

Somerset Maugham once said, “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.”

Come on people – get that lump out of your throat, puff your chest out, take that hat off, put your head over your heart, proudly watch our flag go by as we do honor to those who have given much for our freedom and pray for those in the service today, so that others may enjoy freedom too.

This is the greatest country in the world.
Yvonne Darling

Too good to be true
To the editor: A truck pulled in the driveway a few weeks ago on a rainy day. When the driver started his sales pitch, I said, “no thank you,” which brings to mind a memory of this past summer.

I was resting on the porch when a truck pulled into the drive. The driver stated he just made a delivery to a neighbor and had some meat for sale – steaks. He would sell me 32 pounds for $4 a pound. I did purchase the meat. He put it into the freezer and took all the boxes. I asked for the boxes so I could label the meat. When I paid with a check, I wrote the truck plate number down.

After he left, I added the weight up on all the boxes. The total was 18.75 pounds and I paid almost $7 a pound.

I called Oregon police and the officer called (as I also did) and requested he pick up the meat and return my check, which he did.

This is a scam. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Nancy Lewis

For the week of 5/18/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 May 2009 13:49

A great one
To the editor: This letter is a tribute to one of the most amazing ladies I ever met. Anytime, anywhere you met Bonnylynn Mars, you knew you had met someone very special. She could make you laugh and she could listen to you when you needed a friend. She was so involved with so many things in the Oregon area, it would be surprising if she had not touched every one of us.

Bonnylynn liked the wooden items my husband turned, and no matter how many she bought, won or was given, there was always a great thank-you note to “Mr. George.” It would take too long to tell all the ways she touched my life and I am positive she touched many more.

It will be hard to imagine life without her, but I know she is up there right now, laughing in that infectious way only she had. Bonnylynn never stopped living, loving and caring. Would that I could be remembered with half of the love she engendered in her lifetime.
God took a great one this time.
Anne McLaughlin

Twilight jazz
To the editor: In the evening’s twilight May 7, people sat at linen-clothed tables eating pie or cake, drinking the non-alcoholic beverage of their choice being served by polite young people and listening to beautiful musical notes floating from the instruments being played by the Woodmore High School Jazz Band.

Louie Armstrong would have been proud.

With only the lights being used by the musicians, the audience sat in a darkened hall listening to the Jazz Band play under the direction of Ken Emerine. You would have thought you were in New Orleans.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church has opened its doors for several years so there could be an Evening of Jazz for the community. What a blessing to have such a wonderful opportunity in our own backyard.
Tom and Betty Miller

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