Readers comments 7-31-15

Request for ‘no-knock’

Dear Editor:

Telephone marketers constantly abuse with robo-calls, but Claremont helps with its “no-knock” provisions. One does not have marketers on the doorstep. This is a request that local businesses accept the provision.

Last evening, Tarbell Realty had a person ringing our door bell at dinnertime. This is a plea that it not happen again.

Ted Nall




Comma clash

Dear Editor:

To Don Fisher, I issue a challenge. Several years ago, my wife and I left Claremont where we’d lived for nearly 50 years to be near one of our sons and our grandsons (Aaron now has three boys!) in Ozark, Missouri.

To better acquaint ourselves with the community, I subscribed to the local weekly newspaper. After reading several error-filled editions, I phoned the assistant editor and complained about grammar, spelling and apostrophe misuse.

At a Rotary Club meeting, the editor of the paper overheard me talking about my conversation with her personnel and said, “Oh, you’re the person who called.” She issued me a challenge to come to the paper offices on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. and help edit the Wednesday paper. I’ve been a faithful copy editor ever since, often catching errors in grammer, spelling and apostrophe’s [sic] that staff have missed.

So Don, I challenge you to contact Peter Weinberger and offer your editing services to the COURIER.

Barry Ulrich

Ozark, Missouri



We need an explanation

Dear Editor:

I’m aware that we’re in one of the worst droughts in history. I’ve been conserving water long before I was ever mandated to do so in the 30 years that I’ve lived here. The city reminds us, at every turn, how we need to conserve. 

With that being said, how is it that in this critical time, the city made the decision to allow not one, not three, but several new high-density housing projects to be built? How do we not have enough water to keep our parks green and our beautiful trees alive, but we have enough water for this incredible increase in population?

I was sent a letter and given the opportunity to “protest” the trash hike. How was I not sent a similar letter to “protest” the decision for these housing projects?  How were there not town hall meetings to get opinions and input from the Claremont residents?

Someone from the city needs to explain the “logic” and process, (in a written submission to the COURIER), that went into this illogical decision that was made FOR us.

Carolyn Zimmerman




Thank you from CHAP

Dear Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you all! The attendance for the John York concert on July 19 to benefit homelessness in Claremont was truly amazing; as the program started it was standing room only. With the surprise deluge of rain Sunday evening, we wondered how many would “brave the storm.” No worry, you all arrived in a happy mood, chatted with neighbors and friends and your generous donations were extraordinary. We are thankful that so many in Claremont are concerned about the homelessness problem.

A very special thank-you to Claremont resident John York, our own remarkable musician and performer. He generously suggested giving a concert with all proceeds donated to the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP). He is a thoughtful neighbor and friend, who provided an artistic, warm-hearted performance. Thank you, John.

Our sincere appreciation to:

All the churches and religious affiliates in Claremont that, for weeks prior to the concert, publicized the John York concert at each and every service. They sold and bought tickets and made substantial donations. We thank you!

The numerous business establishments throughout Claremont and the Village that displayed concert publicity flyers and made donations. A special thanks to Folk Music Center for selling tickets onsite. To all, we thank you!

Many organizations in Claremont added news of the John York concert onto their membership website newsletters. Every bit of publicity was so important. Thank you!

This would be a great opportunity to give a very special thanks to the Quakers at Pilgrim Place, who allowed CHAP participants to use the Friends meeting house to sleep indoors each night, have a shower and eat some breakfast. (All supervised by CHAP volunteers.)

CHAP is comprised of all volunteers. We are all very elated to know the entire city of Claremont is dedicated to alleviating the problem of homelessness in our city. Together, we are friends helping friends and neighbors helping neighbors.

Apologies if we forgot to thank you! Thank you.

Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program




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