The volunteer citizen soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard, Third
Battalion, 116th Cavalry have returned home from their mission to La
Grande. Many people turned out to welcome them home at a demobilization
ceremony Oct. 8 at Community Stadium on the Eastern Oregon University
Welcome back, 3-116. Job well done.
Public employees took a lot of heat from a lot of people over the course
of the past several months for the benefits they enjoy and the cost to
the government. The public needs to realize that most public employees,
though, especially those in bargaining groups, gave up a considerable
amount in these last few rounds of contract negotiations, ranging from
pay freezes and more furlough days to picking up portions — or in some
cases bigger portions — of their health care benefits.
Buses carrying soldiers have been arriving in La Grande every few days
for more than a week. The soldiers of the 3/116th are home again, and
this community couldn’t be more proud of its National Guard unit. We
thank you for your service to our country, but more than anything, we
are just glad you’re all home safe and sound and able to renew life with
Sunday will be a solemn day for most Americans as we pause to remember
the tragic events that unfolded 10 years ago. Sept. 11, 2001, is a day
like few others that will live in infamy because of the terrorists
attacks that took so many lives and shook our nation to its core. But
remember that day we will, forever and always.
Well, it’s hard to believe and to put ourselves into the mindset that
summer is almost over. The start of school throughout the area is proof
that it’s probably later than we think. And it is time to change our
mindset, especially as we’re out and about in our cars while kids are
going to and from school and their bus stops
Grande Ronde Hospital’s plan for helistop would enhance area’s health care system
A little more than a week ago Susan Castillo, state school
superintendent, stopped by La Grande on her whirlwind tour of Eastern
Oregon. She was delivering the message that when the federal “adequate
yearly progress’’ — or AYP — reports come out it’s likely that Oregon’s
schools won’t fare very well. She wanted people to know that the numbers
won’t adequately reflect progress in Oregon because the state had
raised the bar.
What’s up in the dog days of summer in Union County?
Only two years ago few people in the community had any idea what the
Liberty Theater was. The former theater was hidden in the bowels of what
appeared to be just another run-down building on Adams Avenue that
happened to house, on a small portion of its ground floor, Domino’s
Pizza for many years. Nobody really gave the building much thought.
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