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paa Sliding. ln 0 00in00er Sliding on slick roads could be interpreted as great fun or not so great fun depending on what you were using to slide around with. Last week the Quad City area was introduced to the first real snowstorm of the winter season. Three to six inches fell between Sunday and Tuesday making roads very slick. Cody Haywood of Pateros uses a side street in Pateros to grab some 'air' while the truck at right had a less fortunate result. Win. E. Vallance photos ; QUAD CITY HERALD LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. Dam removal a poor solution Dear Editor, I watched a program on KSPS in Spokane on November 10 concerning the removal of dams on the Snake River. While there was agreement that the salmon runs need to return to the river system, there was no agreement on dam removal. First, and foremost, was that there is no proof that removal of dams would help the salmon. It was arrogantly stated, by the proponent of removal, that of the nine million people that live in the area, very few of them enjoy any benefit from the dams. This statement surely came from a person who is either grossly mis-informed or extremely naive. The low cost, reliable hydro-power is why a lot of industries located in the Northwest, creating lots of family wage jobs. How many people enjoy fishing, boating, hunting and camping around and in the reservoirs? How many people are employed by the tourist industries along the river? How many hundreds of acres of wetlands will be drained resulting in the loss of habitat for fish and other wildlife? How many people want to see more large freight trucks on the roads, burning more fossil fuels and tearing up the roads because of the low-cost, efficientbarges will no longer be able to operate? How many people in the area are employed in the agricultural trades in the area? How many towns and cities down river have benefited from the flood control aspects of the dams? This alone has saved millions of dollars and un-countable lives in the past. If the dams are removed be prepared to pay more for your electricity, more taxes, pay more for food and freight costs, more for road repair, lose lots of recreational opportunities, earn less wages because industries will re-locate because of higher power and freight costs and lose thousands of acres of irrigated farm lands. Before removing dams is considered we should do something about the predators of the salmon, remove at least some of the three- hundred plus nets in the rivers, and take a look at what is happening in the salmon's ocean habitat. We should look into installing more hatcheries to augment the salmon population and create employment. Removing dams is not a sensible solution. Respectfully, Bruce Hahn Omak Douglas County Sheriff's Office Jose Covarrubias, 19, Bridgeport, was cited for driving without a valid driver's license or additional identification. December 3: City of Mansfield officials and Mansfield School District officials and six additional victims reported that someone had vandalized buildings and vehicles by spraying them with paint. The case is still under investigation; people with information about the incident are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. December 4: Nesario Guzmun, 20, Bridgeport, was arrested on a Douglas County District Court warrant for failing to appear to answer a charge of fourth degree assault, domestic violence. While being placed under arrest and after he was handcuffed, G uzman broke away from officers and ran into Bridgeport Marina Park, jumping into the Columbia River. He was recaptured by officers and taken to the Chelan County Regional Jail in Wenatchee. He was charged with resisting arrest. Wilbur Sisson, 53, Bridgeport, was issued it Bridgeport municipal citation for allowing a dog to roam. Deputies were summoned to the scene of an accidental shooting. A 13 year old Bridgeport boy was shot in the buttocks with a .25 caliber automatic pistol at a residence on Dezellem Hill Road. Allegedly he was trying to unload the gun at the time, said Douglas County Sheriff's sergeant Rick Halterman. The boy was taken by private vehicle to Okanogan Douglas Hospital in Brewster, where he was treated and released. .... , ......... '"" ....... "'"'" ' , ' ; .t :'"T D.A.R.E. Lesson #3 Today we talkedabout CONSEQUENCES, which is defined asthe resultsofsomething you choose to do or not to do. We talked about what happens whenyou don't do,your chores at home, or if you study real hard for a test. We found out that there can be positive and negative consequences for the things we do. The kids broke into study groups to figure out some consequences of using tobacco, marijuana and alcohol and then to figure out some consequences of not using tobacco, marijuana and alcohol. As each group came up with consequences, I put them on the chalkboard and would ask by giving a thumbs up or down if it was posilive or negative and placed a plus or minus next to it. After we got to the end, I had the kids look over my board work to see if they noticed something. Almost all the negative's where on the using side while most all of the positives where on the not using side. Consequences are a part of life. The consequences of drug abuse are somethingl hope the kids have learned and keep that information in their brains a long time. Two thumbs up to drug free, ask them about that. Timothy A. Rieb DARE Officer O0 The following ortilee are not necessarily the views of the Ouad City Herald or its employees. North Carolina's Textiles Industry: A Lesson For Washington ,00tate by Don C. Brenell, President Assoc. of Washlngtea Busniness Not long ago America was conceding the textile industry to Asian and Latin American countries because of their low labor costs. U.S. plants were closing at a record pace. Political and industrial leaders in North Carolina weren't about to throw in the towel. Instead, they instituted policies and programs to encourage textile companies to go "high tech." Today, thanks to technology, workforce training and a positive business climate, Last year, modem North Carolina mills with state-of-the-art computerized equipment produced $68 billion worth of high-quality, custom fabric forcustomers around the world. This technology revolution has managed to keep wages high while making the industry more competitive.Allen Mebane, CEO of Unifi, Inc., one of North Carolina's major textile manufacturers, reported: "In 1968 with wages and fringe benefits at $2.25 per hour, it cost us 14 cents a pound (for yarn production). Today... with $16 an hour wages and benefits it costs us 4.3 North Carolina leads a resurgent U.S. cents a pound," textileindustry with nearly 1,300eomlmnies In recent years, Washington governors providing 179.000 jobs. and lawmakers have started positioning our state to convert its manufacturers to high technology. In 1995 and 1996, lawmakers passed sales tax exemptions on manufacturing machinery and equipment, reRlacement parts and research and development (R&D) operations. Those incentives have stimulated more than $1 billion in new investment, created thousands of jobs and motivated manufacturers large and small across Washington to modernize. However, North Carolina discovered that high-tech equipment doesn't work well without trained workers, and enlisted the state's extensive community and technical colleges system to provide trained workers. Washington can do the same. In a series of community college focus groups sponsored by the Assoeiatiou of Washington Business last spring, business leaders told educators that our state's workforce training program should focus on training workers for traditional industries, as well as the software and electronics industries. Tradition industries, such as aluminum, face a difficult time ,finding trained replacement workers for many. long-time skilled craftsmen who are retmng. The bottom line is North Carolina made a conscious effort to make a struggling traditional industry successful. Hopefully, Washington will continue to do the same. Entertained by death by Adele Fergeson It is not the time of year to be talking about death, but three of the times death has come in this holiday season will haunt us for a long time. A very good man died despite efforts by the best leukemia specialists in the nation, maybe even the world, so far as I know, to save him. " Three people died in a bus accident so bizarre that it has struck tenor into the hearts of not only those who drive or ride on buses but everyone who even walks by the dregs of humanity living on or roaming thestreets,oneofwhom is blamed for causing it. A man known as Dr. Death, for his lives, has taken the ultimate step of himself killing a sufferer while filming the event for showillg on television. None of these events should have happened, but they did. The most disturbing thing about the death of John Stanford, Seattle superintendent of schools, is that if he had to come down with leukemia, he couldn't have been in a better place for treatment. When acute myelogenousleakemia was confirmed April 2, Seattle's world-renowned specialists drove it into remission twice, only to see it conquer in the end. They surely are as devastated by their defeat at the hands of death, as are crusade to helpsuffering people end their the many friends of John Stanford. The / best doctors, the most sophisticated equipment, the most fit, mentally and physically-prepared patient, all the prayers, didn't work. Only God knows the answer. The bus accident was caused by a loner carrying two handguns purchased legally, one of which heused to shoot the driver, causing the bus to go through a bridge railing, then himself.Thedriver, apassenger and the suspect died. Calls for stricter gun control will accelerate, but the bus driver could just as easily have been stabbed without warning instead, as was another Seattleite a couple of years ago simply walking on the street.. Bus drivers are understandably frightened and angry that they have no defenses whatsoever, other than the occasional stationing of police officers on board, but could anyone have prevented this particular incident? Who is to say which passenger will go berserk? Bus drivers want bulletproof cubicles. They should have them. Hang the cost. But there is no answer to the other question about the weirdos among us. They can't be jailed for what they might do. Monitoring those who need to take drugs regularly to treat their schizophrenia or whatever they are suffering from is unworkable unless the patient cooperates. It's an impossible situation with no solution. As for Dr. Jack Kevorkian, his lawyer says he's sane, despite his aiding in the con't on page 6 Quad City Herald T..tabfifed1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Wm. E. Vallance Associate Editor Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer John Cleveland II Sports Barb Gibb Subscriptions Teri Chase Ad Design Fred Hanke Ads/Printer Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, Box 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone (509)689-2507. Periodicals postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241 - 920. 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