Your Letters to the Editor for Sept. 11, 2019

Shout out to our first responders

We live on Seventh Street in Cottage Grove, next to the house that burned on Aug. 13 and early morning of Aug. 14.

I am writing to give a shout out to our fire department and to the police for their quick and professional services in handling the very stressful night that we had.

Without them and the way they did their jobs, I am sure we would have lost our house and all of the memories we have in it.

One police officer even took my water hose and soaked the side of my house to help it from getting too hot and catching fire.

He wound up getting quite wet.

We are very, very thankful for their services and completely support them and the job they do for us.

Many, many thanks.

—Bob and Heather Young,

Cottage Grove

Love our local paper but enough is enough

As a loyal 35-year subscribers to the Cottage Grove Sentinel, we are concerned that our community paper’s subscription rate increases are getting out of hand.

For the past 4 to 5 years, the rates have been increasing at what I feel is an alarming rate every year. To the people who are on fixed incomes, this is hard to overcome.

It’s no wonder that a lot of folks hate our cable TV providers, constantly raising their rates — sometimes as much as twice a year.

Out of necessity, people are “cutting the cord “and leaving the cable industry altogether.

Hopefully, this will not be the case with The Sentinel in our future. Also, it no longer offers reduced rates for senior citizens.

We love our local paper but enough is enough.  We don’t see the rationale for the yearly price hike since there is virtually no inflation these days.

—George and Susan Zajic

Cottage Grove

(Editor’s Note: It’s true that our annual subscription rate has gone from $37.65 to $43.50 since 2016.  However, we do offer a senior discount special twice a year. At the same time,  we have had to respond to increases in the U.S. Postal Service rates and a three-fold increase in the cost of both paper and ink. We also want to provide competitive wages for staff.)