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Reader says no-no to Merkley article
To the Editor:
“Local boy does good” stories are always interesting. And in Speaker Jeff Merkley’s case, well deserved. That’s why I read the front-page article in the October issue of Mid-county Memo.
However, I was not prepared to read such a negative campaign piece. Choosing quotes of Merkley slamming U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith were unnecessary and distracted me from any positive messages Merkley may have made. In fact, I am disgusted that your paper is already jumping into the fray of negative politics.
As editor, you can write an opinion piece or endorsement whenever you want. I just ask that you don’t bury your political opinions in articles or use someone else’s quotes to further your agenda.
Suzanne Anker
13000 N.E. Pacific Court

IRCO works for Mid-county seniors too
To the Editor:
I want you to know that whoever wrote the article on IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, “IRCO’s multiculturalism now includes mainstream clients,” August 2007) telling about the services being offered to Caucasians and seniors — you wouldn’t believe how much it has helped me to be in touch with them and the services they’re providing for me. And I never would have known without my Mid-county Memo. So pass my thanks along to whoever deserves it.
Leslie Yoder
Mid-county resident
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