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Aug. 28, 2013


Appeal initiated on Trinity Quarry expansion

To the editor:

I am writing to tell the Clackamas County Taxpayers know that I have initiated an appeal concerning the decision made by the current Clackamas County Commissioners to allow expansion of the Trinity Quarry located on S. Dhooghe Road.

In 1995, Judie Hammerstad , Darlene Hooley et al denied expansion of the quarry because a study by the Clackamas Country Transportation Department proved the roadbed to be inadequate to additional heavy truck traffic.

Within a month of allowing the expansion of truck traffic this spring, a "sink hole" appeared in South Dhooghe Road, which the quarry owners quietly filled with rock while telling Clackamas County that they were doing so.

Please know that on behalf of the taxpayers of Clackamas County and the residents who live on or near Dhooghe Road, my appeal asks for reclamation of the 1995 study or a repeat of the study estimating the cost in time and money to repair South Dhooghe Road. To allow the Trinity Quarry to degrade and destroy the road, and then ask the taxpayers and residents to pay the quarry for the rock used to repair the destruction and degradation, forces us to subsidize the quarry and the transportation department when we need money for othr needs, such as schools and social services.

For more information, write to the Colton Planning Commission POB 150 Colton, Oregon, 97017. Folks who want to become a part of an email listing for "Friends along Dhooghe" are asked to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

thank you for consideration of this matter

Jean Powrie

Colton

Reader gives kudos to Molalla P.D.

To the editor:

I am writing in support of the Molalla Police Department.

If hassling bums to move on is what they are doing, I’m for it. No, not homeless. Bums.

If insulting someone who is too lazy to work, and is living on my dime hurts their feelings, tough.

If someone with a deviant lifestyle feels unwelcome, there are buses to Portland leaving everyday. I live here because Molalla is not Portland. And you say Mr. James, you are just not socially aware. We have always had bums and those other kinds of people, but they haven’t always been marching in the streets demanding more benefits. Your tax dollars.

I wish the Molalla P.D. was free to enforce all laws. Like breaking and entering and theft. If a couple guys snuck into your house and stole the most valuable heritage in the world, you would want them caught and punished. Right? Well, there are somewhere between 12 and 30 million people doing just that. Not only that, they are marching in the streets demanding the right to break in and steal citizenship in the U.S. Oh, by the way, those two guys who broke into your house had a baby on your living room floor. Now, you are obligated to feed, clothe, educate and house that child. You and your neighbors will have a gun stuck in your ribs; a hand will reach into your pocket, and take your money. It’s called taxes.

Sammy pays $18 every year or two for the privilege of living in Clackamas County. She reaps no benefits for that money. She is a dog.

Thank you Molalla P.D., keep up the good work.

P.S. America isn’t evolving, it’s in the crapper.

Ed and Sammy James

Molalla

Donations of produce to Molalla food bank appreciated

To the editor:

A letter of thanks to all of the local gardeners who have brought their surplus produce to the Molalla Service Center (Molalla's local food bank). Thank you for helping to feed your neighbors.

It is so wonderful to see the appreciation our clients show when we have fresh produce to give out.

We accept produce during regular food bank hours. The center is open Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rise Estergreen

Director, Molalla Service Center



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