Letters to the Editor, Dec. 8, 2011

Pull out the plum

Dear Editor,

Like all of us I have been following the Occupy Movement. It reminded me that I had been told this story:

Dear Editor,

Like all of us I have been following the Occupy Movement. It reminded me that I had been told this story:

In those days in the 18th century the Town Crier would go from town to town with the latest news and cloaked the information with song to not be too obvious. Their material provided Mother goose with the job of decoding and passing the worry on and let those who see will understand. Hence Mother Goose Rhymes. Disclosure at last….!

Corporate America today looks like the board game Monopoly, 1935. Except in Monopoly the winner is the one who owns the most. In real life 2011, the winner is the one who owns all of his and yours and everybody else’s.

It is no accident the game was released as soon as the Fed Reserve Bank was crowned King of the Hill.

Mother Goose told us…Humpty Dumpty fell off the Wall (street). And all the kings horses and all the kings men…well you know the rest. So here we are now, off the wall and face down in the dirt behind the hay stack.

I want to say a dirty word right now.

Who said “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.”?

Or “pull out a plum.” Obama, the good boy.

Vivian Irene


Home and pets lost in fire

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 14 we lost our home and our very much loved dogs. Everything burned to the ground. My husband has second and third degree burns.

A donation account has been set up at Sterling Savings Bank in Oroville and Wells Fargo Bank in Tonasket. We would appreciate any donations.

Times are hard this time of year for everyone. If you could send best wishes and prayer, that would wonderful too. PO Box 543, Oroville, WA 98844.

Thank you and Bless you,

Dave and Sue McGough


Looking beyond the picture

Dear Editor,

Gary, been meaning to write you! I’m over in Montana getting help and I’m so grateful! I’m writing because I want everyone to know that what we can’t do, God can and will do!

As I opened up the paper (Nov. 24 issue) I saw pictures of three young men. At first I didn’t even recognize them, I stated looking closer and saw the names below the picture. All I could do at that moment is thank God for a prayer answered. I was so grateful they were alive! One boy I think of as a son. Reminded me of the story in the bible Luke 15: 11-32. If you haven’t read it I suggest you do!

Now I know many are saying all sorts of stuff about these boys. I just hope people will look beyond the predudoses and the sin and pray for them. They are good men who mixed up with meth, and I am saddened deeply for them.

Don’t get me wrong there are consequences for behaviors, good or bad, I just want people to ask where their part might be in all this mess. Did we turn our back long ago? Have condemned or did we pray?

Meth is pure evil! I say this because it is true. I became someone I wasn’t. I was deceived by it! The deception at first is that meth is an uplifting euphoric productive drug. Then the next thing you know, your mind is completely altered and your doing stuff you never dreamed you’d do! And you’re lucky to end up in jail long enough to come out of the lies and see the truth again. I tell you the enemy is out to kill and destroy.

I challenge the community to reach out to those who are sick and in prison. Sometimes reaching out is simply praying. Those young men are good men. So be careful judging!

“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12: 36-37.

My prayer for the community, and I believe my Grandpa Ed Rounds would agree, is that everyone will look into the heart of men and see the child within with pure love and forgiveness!

Matthew 6:14-15, For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins your Father will not forgive your sins.”

I am a living testimony of what God will do and is doing. The road is long, Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wise is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life. Only few find it.”

I thank God now for men and women like Todd Hill (OPD), Brenda Rounds (OPD), Mr. Holloway (Okanogan Co. Sheriff) and others. They saw me at my worst and still looked beyond the picture. Thank you. (Matthew 25:31-46) God bless!

Sabrina Rounds

Billings, Montana

Magical Child

Dear Editor,

I had the opportunity to visit the Methow Valley Elementary School recently, and was reminded once again of the almost magical qualities of innocence and enthusiasm that children have. I greatly admire the dedicated group of teachers we have who nurture these children for years on end.

Unfortunately we don’t seem to understand that children all over the world are almost exactly like our own-full of magic. For example, the current estimate is that five million Vietnamese were killed in the Vietnam war-and a million of them were children. All the Vietnamese wanted was independence from the French, who had colonized them for 100 years.

In 1990-91 we destroyed Iraq’s electrical and water purification plants in the first Gulf War, and then imposed sanctions on a broken country that killed 1 million children through starvation and polluted water. Another one million people died in the latest war, all of them either children or parents of children.

In Afghanistan, where we have now spent one-half trillion dollars, American soldiers walk around among villagers who make $200 a year with $50,000 worth of weapons and armor strapped to their bodies. They then climb into million dollar MRAP vehicles and ride back to billion dollar bases, while Afghanistan remains one of the 10 poorest countries in the world-with the world’s second highest infant mortality rate.

Major General Smedley Butler said, “War is a racket…I was a gangster for capitalism.” Martin Luther King said, ‘The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” “Vietnam vet Mike Hastie said, “The United States is a non-stop killing machine.”

Did you get the message

Because of our many meaningless wars, the U.S. government is now deeply in debt and poverty at home is increasing rapidly. If you continue to spend your life mindlessly and heartlessly paying for the destruction of other societies, then the future of your children and of all children will be in real danger.


Dana Visalli