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t F ,, r,, - February 15, 2012 COhlJHUNITV OPINION Page 5 LETTERS TO TIlE EDITOR I Car theft victim needs some help Editor: Our friend who owns Moss- ville Mercantile, 1306 Long St., had her red 1998 Dodge Neon sto- len in broad daylight fight behind her business. It was not urgently found. She needs a used vehicle to transport herself and her 80-year- old mother. Please stop by her store or leave a note if you know of a good car for her. Thanks. Beth Ligel Sweet Home Clearing up angst about chamber Editor: The purpose of this letter is to address both verbalized and implied concerns about your • Sweet Home Chamber of Com- merce. It has been a while since we have communicated with the community and feel it would be beneficial to clarify the state of this organization. First of all, the Chamber of Commerce mission is, and will continue to be "To ensure Sweet Home's prosperity and high qual- ity of life through a healthy com- munity and a strong business economy." We believe it to be imperative that we remain fo- cused on sustaining a vital busi- ness district. The Board of Directors ac- knowledges that the chamber has had financial and organi- zational concerns over the last couple of years. We recognize that Our operations could have been run more efficiently. We also take full responsibility and have learned from them. At this time the Board is making chang- es to move forward with positive changes in place. Financially, we have expe- rienced some insufficiencies be- cause the chamber did not have appropriate guidelines or pro- cedures set down on paper. This resulted in people trying to do what they felt was the right thing, but in reality it was simply a set- back. We are grateful to the loyal members and the City of Sweet Home for relieving some of the financial stress by providing the necessary financial support to forge forward. Organizationally, we have implemented a fully comprehen- sive policy and procedures man- ual that contains an entire section dedicated to finance and debt res- olution. Procedurally, we have established hard and fast rules for when and how the Chamber distributes funds. All financial decisions will be approved by the Board of Directors. The newly established Finance Committee will maintain a budget, pay bills, segregate funds for events, etc. We feel that by being good stew- ards of the tax funds and mem- bership funds, we will be able to model fiscal responsibility to our members. The board's event philoso- phy is "All events MUST be cost- neutral." This means that event coordination will be planned and executed by an Events Commit- tee. While this was initially not a very popular decision, the "out- sourcing" of the Christmas Pa- rade to an Events Committee had outstandingly positive results. People who cared stepped in to fill the gap. In support of the mission statement, the board believes that part of a healthy community is al- lowing others the opportunity to help. This pertains to other activ- ites as well; members are encour- aged to support and volunteer at the chamber in any area they are passionate about. At this time, we are current on all financial obligations and on our way to paying off some lingering debt. Although this has taken a year or more to accom- plish, the hard choices have real- ized the desired results. The Board of Directors re- alizes that we need to approach tourism in a different way; focus- ing on the resources and recre- ational assets of the region will inform visitors what the area has to offer. The chamber has begun collaborating with the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Ef- fort (SHARE), Linn County Parks and the Forest Service to facilitate and promote tourism and events that capitalize on our natural, cultural and recreational resources by increasing busi- ness opportunities in a way that enhances the local economy and ensures exciting visitor experi- ences. This year we will identify membership hurdles and con- centrate on overall growth. The chamber should be a tool for members to help grow their busi- ness. Benefits for members in- clude: • Business seminars; • Social media advertising - website, Facebook, etc... ; • Advertising in our Visi- tors Guide; Business After Hours events - networking with fellow members/local businesses; • Funding/design aid for Commercial Exterior Improve- ment Program grants; • Community events (pa- rades, tree lighting, etc...); • Chamber Ambassadors support services; • Opportunities to strength- en Sweet Home's business com- munity; • Tables to use for your events, free of charge; • Quarterly luncheons de- signed to give you educational materials to boost business; and • Advertising on Flyers. Our goal is 150 chamber members for 2012; we are half- way there. As members, you share in the responsibility. All chamber meetings and events are open to the public; we encourage every- one with a desire to help (busi- ness or individual) to visit. Board meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the chamber building. Encour- age friends, family and business owners to show up or join if they have not. The Board of Directors con- tinues to work.diligently to be the kind of chamber you want us to be. The only way we can do that is for you to share your thoughts. Each director is willing to hear your input, listen to your feedback and possibly implement your ideas. Over the next few months we are committed to try- ing new things; some will work, some will not. A growing thriving member- ship creates a stronger, healthier economic core. We encourage you to show up, be involved, have a voice and contribute. Your skill set and area of passion is a vital tool necessary to your Chamber of Commerce. Call us today at (541) 367-6186. Board of Directors Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce Liberty for women Editor: According to research pub- lished in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, even reli- gious women, if unmarried and pregnant, resort to abortion-- particularly teens. Unwed teens and 20-year- olds who attend or have graduat- ed from private religious schools are more likely to obtain abor- tions than their peers from public schools. Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions iden- tify themselves as Protestant, 28 percent as Catholic, 27.5 percent no religion and 7.1 percent oth- er. One in five abortion patients identified themselves as born- again, evangelical, charismatic or fundamentalist. 1) Why is it that those who are supposedly "pro-life" sud- denly lose interest once the baby is born? Doesn't "pro-life" ex- tend until death? If so, then why are they so against a single-payer health care system that guaran- tees basic care? 2) Why is it that the same people who so vehemently op- pose using tax dollars to cover abortions are equally vocal in their support to use tax dollars to kill people in other countries? Pro-war. Pro-economic sanctions that kill hundreds of thousands of children. Many pro-lifers are also pro-gun. The U.S.A. is the biggest arms manufacturer in the world. We sell death. 3) Why is it that those people who are so concerned with mak- ing sure babies are born don't care what kind of world that baby is born into - whether it is pol- luted, toxic, stripped to the bone because of over-population and greed? Most actively deny the scientific fact of global climate change due to the burning of oil, coal and gas, and deforestation. I don't believe any man should be able to tell any woman what to do with her reproductive organs at any time. We don't go around telling them what to do with theirs (i.e. vasectomy for all over 40 years old because of the increased risk of birth defects, or how about forced circumcision). The COP-Tea Party-Liber- tarian parties claim to be fighting for freedoms and liberty. Yeah, right: Freedom from responsibil- ity to support their country, free- dom from helping those in need (nix welfare), freedom to carry around weapons, freedom to use and abuse anyone/anything that's in their way in their pursuit of money. Growth at all costs. But what about a wom- an's freedom to her own body? No freedoms there. If you have beliefs, great, prac- tice them, but it is not your place to force your beliefs down other people's throats. Diane Daiute Sweet Home Refresher needed on crosswalk law Editor: For those of you drivers that may have forgotten the cross- walk and pedestrians law, here it is for a refresher. Twice in one day my husband and I were cross- ing Main Street ( Hwy. 20), at a crosswalk, with cars a good block away. Yet, when the cars got to where we were crossing ... they kept going. We had to stop or we would have been hit. I am still recovering from a knee replacement so I do not move too fast yet, but one driver even yelled out the window to "hurry up!" Come on people, let's be safe. Oregon Revised Statute 811.028, entitled "Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedes- trian," reads as follows: (1) The driver of a vehicle commits the offense of failure to stop and remain stopped for a pe- destrian if the driver does not stop and remain stopped for a pedes- trian when the pedestrian is: (a) Proceeding in accordance with a traffic control device as provided under ORS 814.010 (Appropriate responses to traf- fic control devices) or crossing the roadway in a crosswalk, as defined in ORS 801.220 ("Cross- walk"); and (b) In any of the following locations: (A) In the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling; (B) In a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling; (C) In the lane into which the driver's vehicle is turning; (D) In a lane adjacent to the lane into which the driver's vehi- cle is turning, if the driver is mak- ing a turn at an intersection that does not have a traffic control de- vice under which a pedestrian may proceed as provided under ORS 814.010 (Appropriate responses to traffic control devices); or (E) Less than six feet from the lane into which the driver's vehi- cle is turning, if the driver is mak- ing a turn at an intersection that has a traffic control device under which a pedestrian may proceed as provided under ORS 814.010 (Appropriate responses to traffic control devices). Larry and Nancy Patton Sweet Home I I I I I I City of Sweet Home I • Craig Martin, City Manager, (541) 367-8969 II = cmartin @ci.sweet-home.or.us City Council • Craig Fentiman, Mayor, (541) 367-6826 e-mail: cfentiman@ci.sweet-home.or.us • Jim Goudey, President Pro Tern, (541) 367-5517 • Man/beth Angulo, Councilor (541) 367-7798 I • Michael Hall, Councilor, (541) 570-2044 I [] Greg Mahler, Councilor, (541) 401-0110 • Scott McKee Jr., Councilor, (541) 405-6191 I • Ron Rodgers, Councilor, (541) 401-2590 I ,'- - - - - - -e-.-n-t g ( g, ff,;s- .... - -, I Don_Schrader@Sweethome.kl 2.or.us Federal Government I School District No. 55 Board of Directors • Sen. Ron Wyden (D) (202) 224-5244 II • Jason Redick, Chairman, (541) 401-8601 e-mail: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/ I • Dale Keene, Vice Chair, (541) 409-1034 • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) (202) 224-3753 • Michael E. Adams, Foster,-(541) 367-1003 e-mail: http://merkley.senate.gov/contact/contact/cfm I • Kevin Burger, Cascadia, (541) 367-3773 • Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D) (800) 944-9603 II • Jenny Daniels, Liberty, (541) 367-4080 e-mail: http://defazio.house.gov/emailme.shtmt I • Chanz Keeney, Holley, (541) 367-7999 State Government I I Mike Reynolds, Sweet Home, (541) 367-5601 • Sen. Fred Girod (R, Dist. 9) (503) 986-1709 I • David VanDerlip, Crawfordsville, (541) 367-3856 e-mail: sen.fredgirod@state.or.us • Biilie Weber, Member at Large, (541) 367-2487 • Sen. William Morrisette (D, Dist. 6) I (503) 986-1706 e-mail: sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us I Linn County Commissioners • Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R, Dist. 17) I • Roger Nyquist, rnyquist@co.linn.or.us (503) 986-1417 e-mail: rep.sherriesprenger@state.or.us I School District No. 55 • John K. Lindsey jlindsey@co.linn.or.us • Rep. Phil Barnhart (D,Dist.11) (503) 986-1411 I I • Don Schrader, Superintendent, (541) 367-7126 • Will Tucker wtucker@co.linn.or.us e-mail: rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us I IL l l l l l I I l l I l l l I i l l llll l l I i l i l i I l I l l I l l l l l l l I l l I l l l l l l II