Letters to the Editor - July 11, 2014

My own religious thoughts

There’s certainly a lot of well-placed concern about bringing religion and prayer into the county commissioner meetings. I do not personally approve of that, as it clearly will interfere with the work at hand.

Nonetheless, the county commission has certainly brought my own religious thoughts to the surface. When I saw that we were going to have Allen Springer and Mary Starrett as county commissioners, I said out loud, “God help us.”

Richard S. Green



Invoking God a wise action

There is a vast resource of power, strength, knowledge, wisdom, truth, love and peace in God. This resource is available to those who recognize and acknowledge God, which seems like a very positive advantage to me. This advantage is available in any or all aspects of our lives if we acknowledge God.

Seems to me, to invoke God at our local government meetings, service club meetings, breakfast tables, on our daily commutes or tasks is a wise thing to do. Why not have the ultimate power in the universe by one’s side?

I don’t believe Allen Springer’s actions are to proselytize, convert or preach the gospel. I think he is wisely asking for God’s presence and guidance in commissioners’ meetings for the benefit of all. This seems a real positive action to bring to the table.

David C. Koch



Applaud commissioners

I, for one, applaud the commissioners for bringing prayer back and starting their meetings with it.

Our country was founded upon acknowledging our creator, who has endowed us with unalienable rights. Later in the Declaration of Independence, we appeal to the “supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions.” The Founders drafted the constitution “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Making decisions for the whole of Yamhill County can be daunting. Accomplishing even a small portion of the above-mentioned parts of our Constitution in our county can be difficult. There is a lot more to being a commissioner than just land use and transportation issues.

I do not sense the commissioners are trying to disenfranchise any group or persons. They have been elected to see Yamhill County come together and move forward. They are seeking the blessing of Almighty God in the work they have been given to do. I say Amen.

Patrick Daugherty



Too hot for a dog to run

About 6:30 p.m. on July 1, a man and a beautiful German shepherd were running on Hill Road toward Baker Creek Road.

My car’s thermometer registered 97 degrees at the time. The poor dog was panting hard and having a hard time keeping up with the man.

Isn’t that considered animal abuse?

Gloria Lutz



Be tolerant to views of others

As I read the letters to the editor attacking Mr. Springer for having a prayer to open a public meeting, a couple of thoughts came to mind: a prayer in a public place is hardly a promotion of religion; it is just a prayer.

Let’s not make a big deal out of something that is not a big deal. Let us choose not to be offended by beliefs not the same as ours. Let us choose to be more generous in our goodwill toward them.

If it is not illegal or immoral, let us put down our proverbial pitchforks. Let us choose to be kinder in our words to those who do things differently than we might. Let us choose to be more tolerant and open to others peoples’ points of view and not observe life only through our own limited lens of experience.

Liz Hall




Richard Green's letter is priceless.

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