Letters to the Editor - Jan. 3, 2013
Kingsmen article batted .200
It was a very enjoyable article about the Kingsmen last Saturday by Finn John, with whom I have conversed twice this morning.
Just one problem: Only one of five in the band picture was correctly identified.
First was Norm Sundholm, not Don Gallucci who went on to form Don & The Goodtimes and had a pretty good run here in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Their song, “I could be so good to you,” even made it all the way up to number 56 on the Billboard chart in the Spring of 1967. Sundholm and his brother went on to found Sunn Amps, which they later sold to the legendary Fender Guitar Co.
Next was Mike Mitchell, as can clearly be seen by the name patch on his sweater. Mike is still active with the group today, along with Dick Peterson. Lynn Easton, in the center, was correctly identified.
The last two were the aforementioned Mr. Peterson and Barry Curtis. I might have these two reversed, as I haven’t seen or talked to any of these guys since very early in my music biz career. Barry served the third longest period in the group, from 1963 to 2005.
Anyway, the News-Register strives for accuracy, and I know the staff and all aging, burned-out rock ‘n rollers like me want the correct information. After all, one for five (or .200) is flirting with the Mendoza Line (Please Google that if you are not a baseball fan).
Best of the New Year to all, and “Rock on, everybody.”
William C. (Woody) Woodcock Jr.
Editor’s note: Identities of those in the photo have been corrected online at www.newsregister.com.
A man with a big heart
We have heard much about the dismantling of Evergreen, and the loss of jobs is going to be felt here.
At the heart of this seemingly failing company is a man who has a heart for this community as well as for the history and future of aviation. Recently, I was personally affected by this man.
Faced with planning a day with my three daughters — one 5-year-old and twins who are 4 years old -- I looked in the newspaper events section and saw there was nothing planned in McMinnville. I reached into my pocket and found a single piece of lint, which left few options for the day.
I stepped out in faith and contacted Evergreen Aviation Museum. I explained that I would love to bring my children to see the museum, but financially it was not accessible to us. I asked if there would be a way the admission fee could be waived for us.
With no expectation, I left my phone number. I honestly thought it would take hours to hear back from the executive offices, but within minutes, my phone rang. A voice asked for me by name, and the person introduced himself as Del Smith.
I have to admit I was blown away that he took the time to contact simple old me and address my personal request.
Not only did he treat me with kindness and humbleness, he provided passes for my children, wife and me, letting us learn about some of the things that fueled this region and this country. Aviation is at the heart of this community, and this community is at the heart of Del Smith.
Thank you, Del Smith, for making my day and giving us access to knowledge that otherwise might have been denied.
Marijuana law is a sham
I get a sinking feeling in my stomach every time I hear someone talking about marijuana dispensaries. It gets deeper when I hear that officials are preparing to regulate them.
I have been a practicing pharmacist for more than 40 years, and I want to advise you that the medical marijuana law is a sham — and users know it. If you believe in its medicinal powers, then you also might believe in bear gallbladders and rhinoceros horn.
The risk/benefit ratio applied to marijuana use weighs heavily on the side of risk. What concerns me the most are the proven cognitive side effects: distortion of time, distance and speed. With a half-life of 30 hours, a person will be continually stoned for five days with daily use. Its mixture with alcohol is devastating.
Recently, the Oregon State Police stopped a young man driving over 100 miles per hour on Highway 18. He stated he was just having fun. The officer suspected marijuana use but wasn’t able to test the motorist to prove it.
It doesn’t take much to realize that dispensaries will promote marijuana use and put all of us at greater risk on the highway. Not only do I think a marijuana dispensary in McMinnville is a bad idea, it’s a bad idea anywhere in Oregon.
This is a serious matter, and I think we should err on the side of safety. My message to the marijuana industry: Keep your business in Washington. My message to our governor, our attorney general and our representatives: Shame on you.
Extra landfill charge worth it
On a recent trip to Marysville, Wash., to visit my son, we got to talking about garbage rates. Marysville residents pay $25 a month for a 36-gallon container. Waste Management picks it up, takes it to a local transfer station, then transfers it to Everett, Wash., from where it is taken by train to an unpopulated area.
We in McMinnville pay $21.85 a month for garbage to be taken to a regional landfill a few miles down the road, which pollutes an entire populated area with a horrendous stinky smell of rotted garbage. Marysville has no smell.
Previous testimony would have us believe our rates would greatly increase if our garbage were hauled to an isolated area. Greatly, to me, is not $3.15 per month.
Forest Grove people have testified that closing our landfill to other areas would increase their rates. Well, boohoo.
Our reputation is: Don’t move there; they have a regional landfill. I think an additional charge on our bill would be worth not having to live in a sea of garbage.
Allow Riverbend expansion
Expansion of Riverbend Landfill should be allowed on the 37 acres of (poor soil) farmland, and on the extra 25 acres needed for the green technology for the county’s future. That’s one of the solutions the opposition wanted.
Remember, a majority of Yamhill County voters passed Measure 37, which allows development of farmland. Plus, the voters approved future expansion of the landfill. There are a lot of local county citizens and businesses who use the landfill’s services.
If the landfill is forced to close, the county will start finding illegal dump sites on rural roads. The cleanup and removal would become a burden on the Yamhill County Road Department at taxpayers’ expense.
How will the county deal with the loss of over a million dollars in tipping fees from its budget? Don’t forget we will be getting less property tax revenue from Cascade Steel now, due to the reduction in its valuation.
Where will the county dispose of all the trash and garbage if Riverbend is forced to close? Do you think by getting involved with Metro to move it to Arlington is a better solution? Hillsboro’s large landfill, located across the street from its city limits, is operated by Waste Management under the Metro high tipping fee system. It costs $75 there to dump a utility trailer load of trash.
Some say the landfill smell is offensive. It is no more offensive than Greenland’s composting yard, a dairy or a hog farm. Soon you would want them closed up, too.
The landfill mountain will one day be seeded with grass and vegetation so it will look like any other hill around here. It’s not in McMinnville, and it takes only a few minutes to pass by on Highway 18.
Landfill: Enough is enough
How much garbage is Yamhill County willing to let Waste Management dump down its throat?
So far, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners has approved the conversion of 85 acres of prime agricultural land into a 180-foot-high mountain of toxic, fermenting and polluting garbage — 70 percent of which comes from outside Yamhill County.
This garbage, if cut into cubic-foot pieces and stacked end to end would wrap around Earth over 2.4 times or extend almost one-quarter of the way to the moon. This mass of conglomerated trash weighs 11.9 million tons and sits on the banks of the South Yamhill River, where it is prone to sliding into the river during a major earthquake. Enough is enough.
The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners needs to vote against the proposed rezoning that would allow Riverbend Landfill to expand its dump onto another 37 acres and further pollute our air and water, reduce the ability of local farmers to farm their land, adversely impact job growth, degrade the reputation of Yamhill County as a premiere wine growing area, discourage tourism and damage our ability to enjoy our land. Enough is enough.
Cost of garbage higher here
I attended the Dec. 12 hearing on rezoning Waste Management’s garbage dump so that they can keep dumping trash here from Metro, the coast and even western Washington.
I always hear the threat that our garbage rates will go up and that it will hurt businesses. Waste Management claimed it is a good neighbor to McMinnville and our businesses, but the benefits of having the largest garbage dump west of the Cascades do not include lower rates.
Forest Grove in Washington County ships their garbage to Riverbend Landfill, yet today they pay lower rates than McMinnville residents: $19.85 a month for a 35-gallon cart, as compared to my bill in McMinnville of $20.16 for only a 32-gallon cart. Additionally, the city of Forest Grove has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Waste Management for its transfer station, while the city of McMinnville doesn’t get a dime. What we did get was the permanent mountain of stinking trash that welcomes visitors to our city.
No thanks, Waste Management. We’ve had our turn. Dump Metro’s garbage in one of your other landfills and ours, too. It will save us money, and that smell will go away.