Letters - June 25

Thanks to Board

Tonight (June 22) I attended the last School Board meeting of the 2004-05 school year. As a parent who has attended most of the Board meetings this year, I have seen how this group of volunteer elected people have interacted with the community, parents, teachers, administrators and the Superintendent and her staff.

Whether or not you agree with all the decisions the board has made on the many issues that come before them, these people work very hard and are very committed to our kids and staff in the Hood River County Schools.

A big thank you to Karen Ostrye, Kathleen Malone, Mike Oates, Ramona Ropek, Jan Veldhuisen Virk, Pat Schmuck and Anne Saxby. Pat and Anne have retired from the board as of tonight and will be missed.

Anne has been on the board many, many years and was this year’s chairperson; she also co-chaired the Local Levy Option with Jan. Her experience, knowledge of Hood River’s schools will not be easily replaced! Thank you School Board members!

Debbie Dorich

Hood River

Strangers’ kindness

Never underestimate the kindness of strangers. My purse was stolen on June 9. I wrote a letter to the editor and even though it missed the deadline, Kirby was kind enough to make sure it made it into Saturday’s edition. Kirby, I am indebted to you for your kindness. Because, who knows if the Good Samaritan that read my letter on Saturday would have seen it had it not been published until Wednesday? Through a friend of a friend of an acquaintance, they found someone who knew where my father’s lucky stone was. That person was compassionate enough to want to get the stone back to me. For that I am grateful. To the people who acted as intermediaries in getting me my property back I am forever grateful. The people who stole my purse did it for identity theft. I commend the Hood River Police Department and Oregon State Police for their quick response in retrieving not just my property but the property of hundreds of others. The thieves were apprehended and now those of us that had our lives totally disrupted can know some peace. I believe that there are more good people in this world than bad, and the people I just spoke about have reinforced that belief. Heaven forbid, but if you were to go through what I have, I pray that you are also fortunate enough to feel the kindness and caring of total strangers.

Sherry M. Ervin

Hood River

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