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home : opinion : columnists April 29, 2016

8/14/2014 7:01:00 PM
Letters to the Editor

Thank You Kodiak Wrestlers

The Community Ice Cream Social was very successful. A group of hard working members of the Kodiak, and Youth Wrestlers gave up most of their Sunday to help set up of tables and chairs, served the ice cream, managed the bouncy toys, and then helped with the teardown and clean up.

Thanks to Angela Reinhart for organizing of the volunteer wrestlers. The Coaches Tim Barnes, and Jesus Sandoval can be proud of the way the wrestlers, Matt Barnes, Art Drake, Mario Menor, Hunter Reinhart, Ashton Oropeza-Spies, Chris Winters, Shane Almeida, Whitney Smith, Kellen Reinhart, and Conner Reyes worked cooperatively, and had fun being together.

Everyone that came had a great time, and enjoyed the free ice cream and beverages. A few people won cash prizes from the various games and the Sun Glasses Decorating contest. The left over soda pop was taken to the fire fighters, and the ice cream was taken to the Senior Center to enhance their lunch program.

Projekt Bayern is looking forward to the 2015 Community Ice Cream Social. Next year there will be some new elements added to make it a more interesting event. 

Thanks to everyone that joined us for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. 

Projekt Bayern Tri-Chairs

Cary Sanger

Geisha Elsea

Larry Meyer

Help Stop the Threats and Violence

In response to Jerry "Judy", your interpretation of the second amendment with gun owners self appointing themselves as "militia", rather than the Government Militia, is self-serving. In this current day and age of civilized society, the "militia" referred to in the second amendment would be our National Guard, which the Government calls up to duty as required or reinstate a draft to call up able body citizens. Militia is not every individual that owns a gun or wants to own a gun. Oh yeah, they tried that in Hayden, Idaho.

Tacoma, Washington now has a newly passed law that all Gun Shows in that City will require and show proof of background checks on all gun sales. This was the result of finding out not all were checked by gun sellers at the show this past year. The information and proof was shown on local TV stations. Amazingly gun violence in the area and Seattle erupted after that Gun Show. Right, I have no proof but it doesn't take the FBI or Justice Dept to figure that out.

Our mental health systems in the US need more funding but with background checks on all guns sales, a responsible person would think twice about who they sell a gun to and keep track of their gun for theft prevention. They would report thefts immediately, and could no longer use the excuse "oh, it was stolen sometime last year." The more visibility, the more awareness.

Like the spokesman for the NRA, Judy, you try to discredit us with false claims and name call people supporting I594. He called us Nazi's and now you claim we're Klu Klux Klan. You both couldn't be farther from the truth. Hate Statements. This is not Responsible Gun Ownership.

Ignorance is not bliss when talking Gun Laws and Rights!

Shawnee McCartor


Free Electricity

Just because the Chelan PUD rates are the second lowest in the nation it doesn't mean that some of the customer-owners aren't struggling with their payments. I know they can't lower rates just for those financially challenged so lower them for everyone.

The electricity in Chelan County is very inexpensive thanks to the pioneers of the Chelan PUD who had the courage to put together a system including Rock Island, Rocky Reach and Chelan Falls. Is it possible that the cost of electricity could be reduced even further based on the future increased revenue available to the Chelan PUD? 

Back in the early 1970's Kirby Billingsley, one of the great pioneers of the Chelan PUD, speculated that electricity to the customer-owners could be free once the bonds for the Rocky Reach Dam were paid off. The PUD management has a list of reasons why the cost of electricity shouldn't be reduced. However, the cash reserves of the Chelan PUD could dramatically increase as more power is sold on the open market.

Paying down the debt is very important and debt reduction should have a high priority but all of the customer-owners need to keep an eye on the Chelan PUD and be involved in determining how the CPUD spends its cash reserves. Poor decisions without in-depth customer-owner input led to financial disasters such as the diesel generators and even the much appreciated fiber optics project. These two projects alone added in excess of $150 million to the CPUD debt.

Unfortunately, the customer-owners who attend planning meetings and provide input to help determine future expenditures are also the ones who have the highest incomes and support developments that frequently benefit from the suggestions they push. As usual, those who struggle paying their electric bill or the youth in our valley needing encouragement for future education and employment lack a voice in the process

The PUD management will always emphasize that the cost of the distribution of the electric power is greater than the income from rate payers. This is true but if management is willing to further expand fiber optics, which doesn't pay for itself or add more parks which cost a bundle to build and maintain or add more docks that add expense but produce no revenue or front fund the cost of expanded water and sewage systems that draw down the financial reserves, then I would think they should also be open to considering lower electric rates even though the electric rates don't pay for the distribution costs.

The Chelan PUD is a jewel in our valley. Don't accept that future Chelan PUD expenditures should only add more value for those who already enjoy the benefits within Chelan County. More could be done to introduce our young people to innovative educational development and become involved in projects to maximize their potential. More trails, parks, recreation fields and docks are always popular options but the youth are the investment that will provide a real future for the valley.

Werner Janssen


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