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inherently beautiful, but unfortunately we all come
from backgrounds that lead to different interpreta-
tion of the language used. Language seems to be the
issue, while love is the message.
How can we bring heart into language? How can
we bring people together rather than separate us? In
accordance to the quote above, it seems that all reli-
gions are respected and appreciated, what can we do
to show that?
I enjoyed the tree-lighting ceremony. I felt under-
represented during the prayer because of the spe-
cific language used, and I would have liked to be
included. I was not angry, I just felt separated from
the group. This is the trouble with language. We can
unintentionally make people feel excluded, unac-
cepted, or separate from the whole. I do not believe
this was the intention of the prayer, but a result that
has created much divisiveness among people of dif-
ferent beliefs for a long time.
In honor of the true meaning of Christmas, I
extend the offering to Love More this season. See
beyond language, use inclusive language, and
respect each other for their intentions to be good.
To the Editor:
So what exactly are American values?
In the news recently, Donald Trump made
comments regarding the temporary restriction of
Muslims entering into America until credible vet-
ting could be established. And then the outbursts
exploded from all directions including Obama, the
liberal press, elite Hollywood types, Hillary Clinton,
even Republicans — all feigning outrage.
Now these self-righteous groups/individuals, so
“deeply” offended by Trump’s comments, are lectur-
ing the rest of us on American values. Really?
Ten’s of thousands of unborn babies slaughtered;
body parts being sold. God kicked out of school and
replaced with political correctness and “progressive”
agendas. President Obama lies to our face over and
over about keeping our doctor and insurance. The
Justice Department refusing to press charges against
Hillary Clinton for acts others already have served
or would serve prison time for. Four Americans died
and Hillary lied over and over about Benghazi. The
Supreme Court changes our Creator’s definition of
marriage. A corrupt government is driving our coun-
try trillions of dollars in debt.
American values, you say? Trump wants to pro-
tect us and he doesn’t represent American values?
Personally that’s one value I’d like to see evidence
of from our “Commander in Chief.”
To the Editor:
I’m an 86-year-old widower, but had the joy of
being married to my wife Jessie Mae nearly 66 years
before she suddenly died in 2014. She was from a
strong Christian family, and I was not!
Slowly I became a strong Christian believer and
I know I’m a better person for having the “belief”! I
therefore am very glad some readers were offended
by Wendie Vermillion’s letter of December 2 and
wrote their own letter on the subject of having a
prayer before the lighting of the Christmas tree.
So I thank readers like Sharon Thorkildson and
Bruce Williams for speaking out in favor of the spe-
cific prayer that was offensive to Wendie Vemillion.
This is the first time I have ever written a letter to
a newspaper editor on any subject matter!
To the Editor:
Thank God for Bruce Williams, Jodi Ford, and
Sharon Thorkildson who wrote in to bring some
rationality to the discussion regarding the opening
prayer at the public lighting of the Christmas tree
After all it is the Christmas season, a time for joy,
hope, and humble expressions of faith.
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To the Editor:
On November 30, an organization dedicated to
serving the seniors and disabled adults in our Sisters
community ceased to exist. Volunteers in Action
“ViA” has been working in Central Oregon since
1995, providing free services such as transportation,
friendly visiting, respite care and construction of
accessibility ramps and installation of grab-bars.
ViA worked with a small, cost-efficient annual
budget, however, with increasing competition from
larger and more visible organizations for grant funds
and donations, their funds ran out.
Like many others in Sisters, I was a volunteer
for ViA for more than 10 years, primarily transport-
ing care recipients to medical appointments in Bend
or Redmond. I loved ViA’s simple model. Those in
need could contact the call center coordinator, who
would do minimal screening and obtain all the per-
tinent information regarding their need. She would
then match them with an available volunteer.
Without ViA, care recipients needing transporta-
tion assistance will need to apply to COIC (Central
Oregon Intergovernmental Council) to be approved
for transportation by bus, or some may qualify for
individual drivers or taxi service. I hope the recip-
ients will receive the same caring service they
received from the ViA volunteers, but I have my
My reason for writing this letter is to bring
awareness to the needs of the seniors and disabled
citizens of Sisters. They are somewhat invisible
to most of us. They remain at home, mostly living
alone. Unlike us, they are not participating in group
activities at churches, schools, and in their neighbor-
hoods. They may have an ongoing need, or it may be
temporary. They are trying to cope with a whole set
of challenges that those of us, who are younger and
active, have not even thought of.
I urge our City and the other organizations serv-
ing our community to give some needed attention
to the low-income seniors and adults with disabili-
ties. Why can’t we create a Sisters call center, so that
those seniors in need in Sisters can find help and
matched with a willing volunteer?
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