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Danger at Wanoga

Last month, we planned our yearly excursion to Wanoga Sno-park for a day of family sledding. What was different this year was the unusual amount of “jumps and large divots” near the bottom. They didn’t look like they were made that day, but like they had been there for days. Plus, lack of recent snow and colder temperatures created an incredibly hard icy surface. Sledder after sledder would hit those “jumps” and land on their butts, backs and even their heads. Some wore helmets and some did not. In the first hour there, we witnessed at least three people getting hurt and having to leave the area. Days later, I read that two people (one at Wanoga and one at Santiam Sno-park) were left paralyzed from sledding injuries. Now, I realize that safety instructions are posted on how to sled and that most of the responsibility is on the sledders; however, why aren’t the snow parks better maintained? Why not smooth out the large “jumps” or “natural bumps” similar to what is done on other trails (year-round). Some of the parents joked that there needs to be a booth for first aid or for an injury lawyer at the base due to all the crashes (most were single sledder crashes). My fear is that more injuries are likely to occur and most likely a death in the near future. Why not do something to make it safer?

Steve Johnson

San Diego, CA

How to address Trump

Now that the Trump “Administration” is getting very close to achieving their dream of “The Deconstruction (Destruction) of the Administrative State,” I am curious how we will be required to address Donald Trump when he eliminates the remaining three-quarters of our government.

How about: Your Highness, King Donald I. Or: Emperor Trump. Maybe: Oh Exalted One. Or better yet: Supreme Leader.

We so deserve what we are going to get.

James Gordon Cooper


Bad cats

Unfortunately, your Jan. 1 Home & Garden section reprinted an article from the New York Times: “Got Mice? Get a Working Cat.”

This is precisely what we should not be doing. Feral cat colonies and TNR (trap-neuter-release) are terrible ideas and badly misguided policies. Roaming feral and domestic cats are a serious public health hazard. There is plenty of research and documentation on this, for toxoplasmosis, rabies and other diseases transmissible to kids and adults. There is good reason why many communities are now closing kiddies’ sand boxes in the public parks — tiny toddlers play with cat poop. At the very least, your paper should have simultaneously printed information on this “other side” of the issue — a side that many folks do not like to face.

Bill Burley


Fight Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate and Alzheimer’s Association staff member who interacts with these individuals on a daily basis, it is my honor to represent them.

Congress just passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act with a strong bipartisan vote, and I want to thank Rep. Greg Walden for championing this meaningful legislation.

The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act will allow effective Alzheimer’s public health interventions to be implemented across the country.

Thanks to Walden’s support for the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, we will now be better able to fight this devastating disease as we continue to work towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s — and we look forward to seeing him continue to prioritize this disease as a public health crisis that must be addressed.

Every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease — which is why Congress must remain committed to action on this devastating disease.

By applying a public health approach to reduce risk, detect early symptoms, and advance care, Walden is helping to change the trajectory of this devastating disease.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit

Kaitlyn Bertholet