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Booster Club

appreciates support

Dear Editor:

Philomath’s 11th Warrior Classic Basketball Tournament was a big success! The event was Feb. 18-19, included 29 middle-school teams and raised over $8,000 for Philomath athletics.

This event was made possible by a collaborative effort by the Philomath School District, the Philomath Booster Club, the high school and middle school basketball teams and coaches, and the many families and friends who support basketball in Philomath. Thank you volunteers!

We greatly appreciate continued support from these local families and businesses: Corvallis Pediatric Dentistry, Down Home Printing, Miller Timber Services, Pepsi-Cola, CH2M Hill, Philomath Dairy Queen, Hewlett-Packard, Duane and Marie Barrett, Kenneth and Carol Meyer and Timber Supply Company. This was a great opportunity for local basketball teams to compete at a higher level while supporting the local community and raising funds for Philomath athletics. It was a fun-filled weekend for basketball fans. We thank all who helped make this event possible.

Shelly Matthews

Philomath Booster Club

Let's work

toward consensus

Dear Editor:

Again, I would like to see more residents regularly attend city council meetings. Listen often, offer ideas and assistance. Criticism is too easy. Understanding takes time and attention. Let's be witnesses and ask before complaining.

Pride of ownership extends to citizens' local government. Local services, and local people employing local people, uplift the community. Money is tight, yet not the bottom line.

Experience from living in a city without adequate law enforcement is that property crime and other crimes are demoralizing. From what I've seen, Philomath has a great police chief and staff. Talk with him. Local service people deserve love, prayers and gratitude on a daily basis. Police do what others don't want to deal with yet what is expected. Let's reward the good.

Let's not confuse the situation with impressions from elsewhere. See the positive. We can turn off TV and social media, focus on here and now and neighborhoods. Hear the stories all around. Care. City council and staff are doing the best they can by themselves. They and the issues are not two-dimensional. Fees and taxes, perceived personal impact, may finally get our attention; however there is more to learn, if we love where we live.

May folks invest, too, in (reading) The Philomath Express. Local info is more important than general negative commentary.

Creative solutions are indeed possible with the continued presence of open minds and open hearts. Together we can work toward consensus.

Judy Hays-Eberts

Philomath

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