Letters to the Editor
Warming Center is doing more than keeping the homeless warm
To the editor:
The forecasted temperatures this week are in the low 50s. So you would expect the Molalla Warming Center to be taking some time off. You couldnt be more mistaken.
The Warming Center Steering Committee has been hard at work, networking with other community and county agencies, committees, ministries and organizations. Our goal is to develop relationships with those in our homeless community, so that we can help meet their emotional, physical, social and housing needs.
It has been a great year for the center. A year ago, the warming center was a dream and a vision. Father Ted and the St. James Catholic Church stepped up and graciously volunteered their facility to house the warming center. Then we had almost 60 volunteers this year cooking meals and working shifts. Funds have also come in, and the center was able to recently purchase an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, for the church and the warming center.
We had another great victory this week. One man who has been homeless in Molalla for more than five years was ready to make some positive changes in his life. The first change was to get off the streets. He devoted a lot of time and energy toward this goal and has now moved into an apartment. He is so thankful and proud of his new place. This might not have happened without the Molalla Warming Center.
The way to solve our homeless problem in Molalla is to help one person at a time. The Warming Center Steering Committee is in debt to the community of Molalla for its contribution of time, money, prayer, and energy in helping our unhoused friends find not only a house, but a home.
Molalla could become a destination spot
To the editor:
There is a breath of fresh air in Molalla today: the willingness of our mayor and city manager to accept positive change and to motivate people who love the Molalla community. To invest in this town, in my opinion, is a wonderful occurrence.
Im offended when people say Oh, what do you expect. Its Molalla.
I see in Molalla a community with a rich history that could capitalize on the positives of the past by making itself a destination spot. We have historic buildings, the Molalla River, sky diving, hiking and biking trails, parks and, of course, the famous Molalla Buckeroo. We are increasing our rustic flavor by adding the arts, new, clean apartments from Karl Ivanovs StonePlace, and businesses like Molalla Communications that maintain the town spirit.
While adding incentive to visitors and potential residents to our town, we can create a thriving community where people shop, eat and enjoy the recreational activities within our boundaries.
Is the city incapable of running the pool efficiently?
To the editor
I read with interest the two stories in the last issue of the Molalla Pioneer about the citys plans for the aquatic center and the formation of Friends of the Pool.
It was good to find out just what the city has in mind for the pool, and that there are people out there willing to find ways to keep it open.
My thanks to the paper for its great coverage of the issue.
I find it really strange that City Manager Dan Huff says in one breath the city does not want to pay for the pool. Then in the next breath, he says that if somebody else like, say, a separate aquatic district pays for the pool, the city would still operate it.
I doubt that the people working to create an aquatic district and find funding for its operation would appreciate handing the funds over to a city government that has already shown it is not capable of running an aquatic center efficiently.
The citys track record is dismal when it comes to providing Molalla with a well-run pool. I am not only referring to the city in a historical sense. I mean the city government we have today. If our elected officials and administration in city hall really wanted to make full use of that beautiful facility, they would put some effort into running it efficiently and marketing it to increase usage.
Huff said in the story, if people are not using that pool, we are not paying for it. But how can people use the pool when the city has it closed up tight most of the time?
Kudos to the great people in the Friends of the Pool who are working to find solutions. The people in this city owe them a lot. Maybe we should join in their effort.
What has happened to our vote?
To the editor:
It feels to me that our vote has no meaning anymore. For example, we voted to have the death penalty in this state. But now our liberal democrat governor decided that since he is against it, he will not let it happen while he is in office. What gives him the right to overturn the results of our vote? He was elected to follow the laws of this state, not to make them up as he feels like it. Another case of our vote not counting is that another liberal judge can overturn our vote not to allow gay marriage. I thought it said We the People
in our constitution, not me the single elected official. So my point is why vote, if our vote has no meaning?
Land owners angry over annexation
To the editor:
Its a shame the Pioneer didnt cover the vitriolic June 4 annexation hearing. The fiasco was indicative of the disrespect Molalla has for citizens who arent part of the good old boy network.
More than 90 parcels – at least 16 with no city water or sewer connections – are, per City Manager Dan Huff, going to be forced into the city. Huff claimed its the city councils idea. The obvious intent is to gain taxes and burden landowners with the hardship of gigantic hookup costs.
Huff failed to have the county contract planner or city attorney present, so it was like pulling teeth to get information. The planning commission was furnished with reams of printed material but the city failed to have any display maps or basic handouts for citizen attendees.
Huff had to be confronted to explain what legal terms meant – he clearly hoped that by barking out a couple of words no one would understand he could thwart landowners from participating in future hearings or appeals. Huff was challenged for laughing at distressed landowners as they testified. Its serious business to threaten a persons sense of place; perhaps Huff might want to show some respect when dealing with the public?
As angry landowners paraded to testify (noting their distrust of city government, Molallas terrible infrastructure and financial problems), it was clear that the city failed miserably by not holding an advance, informal town hall about the social, financial and legal aspects of forced annexations.
Goal one, citizen involvement in planning, requires that planning proposals be presented in easily understandable format; the greater the planning effort, the more outreach required. The planning commission is legally tasked as the citizen involvement entity for Molalla – why arent they ensuring that goal one is met? Huff was clearly bullying to meet an artificial schedule.
It was comical to learn that multiple parcels annexed in the past were done incorrectly, including 15 developed lots in Trinity Court. Since Molalla is sloppy, it should slow down, fix the files in city hall, get firm zoning in place, learn to conduct planning that respects citizens and repair crumbling infrastructure before it makes a land grab that forces furious people to join a city they dont respect.
Editors Note: Regarding to the above letter, the Pioneer editor covered a different city meeting held at the exact same time as the city annexation hearing on June 4. This newspaper does not have a reporter on staff. And as much as we would like to cover everything that is important to Molalla readers, it is impossible for one person to cover two events held at the same time.
Kitzhaber right in refusing coal transport in Oregon
To the editor:
I want to thank Gov. Kitzhaber for standing against Ambres coal export proposal. Ambre is an Australian company and would not have to live with the damage the coal would do to our state. Coal is dirty and causes health problems for those who work with it or are forced to breathe in the dust it causes. In addition, coal ash causes water to become polluted.
Gov. Kitzhaber is working to protect our environment from the difficult problems caused by hauling huge quantities of coal through Oregon. He understands the problem that a spill into the river would cause.
Most of the coal would go to China to be used for their industries. The burning coal would add to the extreme air pollution that exists in China and would eventually wind up here in the Northwest. The pollution would be borne on the prevailing winds. We should all thank Gov. Kitzhaber for being far-sighted about both the short-term and the long-term effects of coal transportation on our beautiful state
CPR Awareness Week
To the editor:
A few weeks ago, I listened to an Oregon mans heartwarming story of survival when he presented during a staff meeting at a fitness club in Gresham. Emotions aside, he delivered a clear and impactful message that the timely execution of CPR by two staff members of the club saved his life before EMS had arrived.
Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because of a lack of receiving CPR in a timely matter.
The American Heart Association has recognized an easily learned and very efficient method of CPR called Hands-Only CPR that requires nothing but your hands to perform and the courage to step up. By ensuring high school students in the state of Oregon learn Hands-Only CPR before graduating, we could put 45,000 additional lifesavers every year in our communities.
I applaud Portland Mayor Charlie Hales for declaring the first week in June as CPR Awareness Weekand I urge Oregon state legislators to take a step in the right direction like Washington, Idaho and 14 other states and require Hands Only CPR to be taught in all high schools by 2015.