Letters to the Editor
We welcome letters to the Editor, a chance for members of the community to comment on issues of concern to them. All letters must be original, not duplications of letters addressed to public officials or written by others. The views and opinions expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, its publishers, Editor, or staff.
To the Editor:
WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR?
Consider this question seriously. Will you vote for a person of strong moral character who values honesty with a drive to preserve the integrity of The Constitution? Is your candidate’s agenda one of solid policies that benefit humanity and our planet, or one of personal revenge and self-promotion along with verbal trashing of anyone who disagrees? I prefer civil discourse.
Personally, I would never vote for a candidate that carries baggage containing charges or insurrection, tax fraud, sexual assault, misuse of donors’ funds, pays “hush money,” was sued for defamation of character, denies facts and science, outright lies to supporters, and other undesirable human traits.
I will vote for Democracy not Dictatorship.
Remember that YOUR VOTE is YOUR VOICE. If you choose not to exercise this right of freedom, you really should not complain after the fact. You can always vote for the lesser of two evils.
– Dian H. Ritter
To the Editor:
Re: In regards to the Lincoln County Housing Authority (LCHA) and Villa Apartments in Gleason
First, a no-smoking policy is infringing on the rights of smokers. Lincoln County Housing Authority (LCHA) cannot discriminate against someone who is a smoker or someone with a disability in the renting process.
HUD does not say you cannot be a smoker and live on their property; people do have rights. Smokers do have obligations as to where they smoke (in the Villa the rule is 25 ft. from the building). Out of the 16 apartments, 4 apartments are smokers. Not chronic!
Second, there are building codes that state the amount of insulation that needs to be in between apartments. LCHA has been and is doing everything they can in a very tough situation. Lawsuits do not rectify a situation that is in need of compassion. There is very little help for seniors that need special housing.
Third, we (all signed below) follow the rules by LCHA and are all very happy living here. The Villa is a great family. There are other living options out there that LCHA does not manage.
– Randal Anderson, Tammy Duranceau, Jean Thom, Duane Gano, Sharon krueger, Margie Lange, Kelly Schielke, Peter Pelconter, Ranay Nicklaus
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*Letters must be 250 words or less. (There will be no exceptions to this. Any letter longer than 250 words will not be printed.)
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