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home : letters : letters April 29, 2016

5/14/2013 12:23:00 PM
Letters to the Editor 05/15/2013

To the Editor:

Edie Jones is a passionate proponent of education for those of all ages. We have known her for many years and highly recommend her for Position 3 on the Sisters School Board.

Edie has had a lifetime of leadership roles in her community, with an emphasis on early childhood education. Edie and her family owned Camp Tamarack for a number of years, with many of the same campers returning year after year. In our Central Oregon community she served as executive director of Together For Children for many years, a Central Oregon non-profit agency that serves pre-school children and their families, offering parent training, and early childhood education opportunities. Edie wrote financial grant applications over these years that were successful. She is well aware of how important it is to use public funds wisely.

Edie will be a valuable asset to our Sisters schools using her energy and professional experience to help Sisters School District move into the future.

Rodger and Carolyn Gabrielson

David and Eloise Barry


To the Editor:

Don Hedrick, a long-time educator and current chair of the Sisters School Board, is running for re-election to the board. Don is the only member who has served for more than two years on the board. From my dozen years on the board, I know that it takes a couple of years to get up to speed on the wide range of issues facing the district. You need to have experience wrestling with the range of new initiatives coming from the state and federal governments. You need to have an understanding of the district's resources.

Experience on the board is key to effective governance.

Don's professional life has been centered around education. He began as a teacher and coach in the Midwest. He then moved into the administrative ranks after a few years in the classroom. Following a trip to Oregon, he concluded that this was where he wanted to live and work. As the principal at Chiloquin High School, he led their students to extraordinary growth and then served five years as the principal at Tillamook High. His retirement brought him to Sisters where he almost immediately helped us by serving on the school budget committee and heading our facilities committee. In 2009, he was elected to our board. He has served as chair of the board for the past year.

In addition to his experience and knowledge, Don has a great demeanor for school board service. His quiet and steady hand is perfect for a relatively inexperienced board. He is committed to the success of every child. He is committed to developing a team to make our district successful. He is committed to using our resources to maximize the educational opportunities for our children.

The Sisters community is blessed with great human resources. We have folks who pitch in to make this such a great place to live. In Don Hedrick, we have a fellow who has volunteered to serve another four years on the school board. I strongly urge you to vote for Don Hedrick.

Jeff Smith


To the Editor:

Ms. Virginia Lindsey: In last week's Letters to the Editor you asked "What happened?" regarding the Gallup poll showing 90 percent of Americans wanting the gun criminal background check bill to be passed. You blame the NRA, Gun Owners of America and crooked politicians whom you personally named. Blah Blah Blah.

Did you ever think that maybe the Gallup poll was incorrect or a lie? Maybe your choice of media outlet is biased? Oh my gosh ... there's a thought.

Seems to me the Senators may have used real facts instead of emotionally biased reactions and Gallop polls to make their vote. By the way, Gun Owners of America and the NRA are FOR background checks, gun safety, and responsible gun ownership.

Mark Miller

Sisters resident and gun owner


To the Editor:

As a former school board member and 10 years with the Oregon Department of Education, I have worked with school boards throughout Oregon. I know how critical it is to a district to have board members not only knowledgeable of current issues, but also of past board discussions, process and action.

Don Hedrick, the current board chair, has both the current and past knowledge. His experience with Sisters School District will bring ongoing leadership and stability that will benefit Sisters students, staff, and community. I urge you to vote for Don Hedrick, a man dedicated to education.

Tom Cook


To the Editor:

I do not know Virginia Lindsey (Letters to the Editor, May 8), and she is certainly entitled to her view that the Senators who opposed the recent failed legislation on gun rights had their votes bought and paid for by the gun rights organizations.

I have to wonder, though, if she has a similar view of payments by special interest groups whose causes she agrees with, and would label them equally guilty of graft, vote-buying and corruption? Somehow, I doubt it. I've met far too many people, who in the name of their own view of progress, cry "foul" in such circumstances, yet are flexible where their "principles" are concerned if it's something they believe in.

I'd have been a lot more moved if Ms. Lindsey had connected her outrage to the caustic effects of lobbying (or legalized influence peddling if you will) on our society. That applies as much to the NEA as it does to the NRA.

Dave Opsahl,

Camp Sherman

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