LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, June 23
Wixom: Questions linger about shelter situation
To the Editor:
What sense does it make to design, build and pay for a brick building to last 16 years? Meanwhile, the occupants should have been saving money for other quarters? What money? What would have been the presumed source for the nonprofit to be acquiring surplus? Why should a building inadequate and unsafe as a court facility be adequate for displaced parents and children?
How long is the proposed new court facility as designed promised to last? Rather than being hung up on placing the new court building next to the existing jail, perhaps effort should be made to relocate the jail away from the university. Perhaps a shelter next to the jail is less than ideal. How many architects have been challenged to come up with a building and adequate parking without this mindless energy and resource-wasting, environment-polluting destruction?
Do we have a provision for recall of county commissioners? Do we have any one or three with foresight and common sense willing to take the job? Meanwhile, can we be concentrating on elimination of domestic abuse and reduced need of the shelter for its victims?
Kleng: Community members to learn more about issue
To the Editor:
Shelter From the Storm is a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in Union County. They offer both immediate and long-term assistance to victims/survivors and their families at no cost to participants.
The shelter strengthens our entire community by being a leader in breaking the cycle of domestic and sexual abuse through increasing awareness, advocating for those finding their voice and empowering the victims of tragic circumstances.
Through my professional work with Eastern Oregon Head Start, I can count on the shelter to be a solid community partner, filling an essential role for all community members seeking support. I personally benefit from living in a community where the needs of victims are addressed. Shelter From the Storm aligns with Dr. Becky Bailey’s conscious discipline model of turning conflict into an instance to learn by guiding people to be assertive.
Shelter From the Storm, specifically David Tift, has been a part of our program to help us teach children and parents how to set boundaries on what behaviors are considered safe, appropriate and permissible. Assertiveness teaches us how to say “no” when appropriate and “yes” when the situation is supportive. Through assertiveness we can teach the value of respect.
Change is difficult, even for those that frequently experience it. I have found that in order for change to feel comfortable, it must be perceived as fair by all the stakeholders affected by the change. The proposal of demolishing the current shelter building to construct a new county court is an example of a community change that will be difficult for me to embrace because I feel that the voice of those served by this organization has not been heard.
As with most community impact decisions, there are valid points on all sides of the argument. I urge all of my neighbors and community members to learn more about this issue, devise an informed opinion and then communicate that opinion to our elected community leaders.
Oliver: Welcome immigrants, we appreciate your customs
To the Editor:
No, Greg Barreto does not owe an apology to anyone, least of all for trying to do the job his constituents elected him to do. I was under the impression that driving was one of the privileges accorded to the citizens of America, not illegal aliens who just want to live here a while and send American dollars home to their families.
The real tragedy here, as an Observer article stated, is that, though finding jobs for local young people has always been a challenge, mostly they have to leave the area to find work. This shows what trickle-down is really about.
I also know some fine upstanding immigrants who came to this country legally and they drive, vote and buy land, as other Americans do. Maybe it is time for some of this state’s bleeding hearts to say, “OK, let’s obey all laws here and not just make temporary new ones to try to deal with the huge influx.”
Welcome, immigrants, we appreciate your bringing new customs. This is America and we speak English here, not Italian, French or Urdu. Thank you for contributing many differences. We are a nation of immigrants, after all.
Dudley: Special Olympics embodies everything great
To the Editor:
I would like to thank the Observer for their article of June 18 that highlighted our team and how hard they all work to attain their personal best.
We at Special Olympics are proud of our athletes and think they all deserve recognition. These athletes are a true team and embody the best qualities of an athlete. Team members shout encouragement and celebrate the triumphs of each other. We are a loud and proud team.
I would like to give a special shout out to Dani Thorne, who also competed at the Regional Track Meet on June 7 in Milton-Freewater and won a gold for the 800-meter run, with a personal best time of 4 minutes, 49 seconds. She also earned a bronze in the softball throw.
Our golf team also competed June 7 and June 8 and brought home gold and silver medals in their pair and individual events. The track and golf teams will all be competing in the state games next month.
I want to wish all our athletes good luck at the state games. Go, Team Union.