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home : letters : letters December 11, 2017


10/10/2017 1:02:00 PM
Letters to the Editor 10/11/2017

To the Editor:

We have one vacation rental that we previously rented out on a month-to-month basis. This home is one way for us to fund higher eduction tuition costs for our six kids and hopefully help fund our retirement in the future.

One extremely unfortunate experience with a very difficult tenant who cost more than $15,000 out of our pockets caused us to rethink our strategy with this house. The timing of this event was when most people had left our area (2010/11) due to lack of jobs and the great recession. We could scarcely find anyone interested in renting this home. After the financial and emotional stress from extensive cleanup, repairs, replaced flooring and lost rents we had to think of other options.

There are few ways that Sisters is a sound economic choice for families; especially families with children. But we love it here so much. The mountains, the outdoor experiences, the community. What better than to try to share what we love so much about our area. 

Our neighbors love this new arrangement.  They are no longer subjected to the instability of possibly questionable tenants.  We, or our housekeeper, are now able to inspect the property almost weekly for any needed repairs or maintenance. We have someone mow, edge and weed weekly during the busy summer months to keep up curb appeal not only for our guests but for our neighbors, too.

I would ask that the City of Sisters leave the affordable housing options to the big developers and large-scale real estate ownership. Please consider an exemption for small-scale landlords like ourselves as is being done in the Portland area. 

Also, I think the first order of business should be living wages/work options, then affordable housing.

Denise Chick

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To the Editor:

Skyler Nash wrote a letter to the editor in the August 23 Nugget criticizing the current federal school lunch program. We appreciate the motivation the author has for wanting our children to be provided with the highest quality food. Skyler Nash and the Sisters community may be pleased to learn about our schools' nutrition services.

In the Sisters School District, our children receive: 

• A daily salad bar with fresh fruits and vegetables, in part from the local farm, Seed to Table. In addition, the elementary students learn to plant and harvest their own food.

• Nutrition education, presented by AmeriCorps Volunteers, including tasting opportunities, where kids are presented with fruits and veggies they might never have had the chance to try.

• Guest parents teaching traditional cooking, i.e. last year's fresh tortilla-making with students.

• Freshly made meals such as spaghetti with meatballs, pizzas, breads and hand-rolled burritos are served. Students are given the choice of nonfat or 1 percent milk, with chocolate milk being available only on Fridays. Great care goes into ordering the freshest food the District can afford.

We can always improve the service we provide. Nevertheless, Sisters schools are working thoughtfully to provide the freshest, most nutritious meals possible for our kids.

Lisa Dieringer, A Lunch Lady

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To the Editor:

For the first time in my life I am considering buying a gun.

I grew up in an Army and law-enforcement family so I am accustomed to weapons and their safe handling, and yet I have always felt uneasy about having one in my own home. Why complicate things? We neighbors will look out for each other in the event of an emergency, right?

My uneasiness has slowly shifted in the last few months. Lately, I have seen signs appearing in front of businesses and homes that begin, "In our America..." These signs are disturbing to me. Is it the vacuous virtue-signaling in lieu of actual fellowship that is unnerving, or is it the divisive suggestion that more than one America exists? I used to believe that we could rely on each other if things get tough. Now I am not so sure.

A CBS lawyer's tweeted response to the Las Vegas shooting, "I'm actually not even sympathetic bc (sic) country music fans often are Republican gun toters (sic)," feels like a more honest rendering of our community cohesiveness these days. And that leaves me asking which America will consider my family worthy of mutual support in the event of a disaster? I am not waiting to find out.

Jennifer Hills

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To the Editor:

Thanks to the generous spirit of the Sisters community, more than 1,800 pairs of solar eclipse glasses have been shipped off to Astronomers Without Borders for distribution to schoolchildren in Southeast Asia and South America for the 2019 eclipses.

The collection was a joint effort by Sisters Science Club, Friends of the Sisters Library, and the Sisters Library. Find out more about the national Eclipse Glasses Donation Program here: www.astronomerswithoutborders.org.

Kathy Campbell





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