Agriculture is among our region’s leading industries. As a stalwart of
the local economy it’s important that local agriculture stay on the
cutting edge in terms of advancements. Luckily, our region’s
agricultural producers do just that, as evidenced by the annual Union
County Crop Tour held last week.
The Union County Fireworks Action Committee will once again provide a
fireworks show and community gathering on the Fourth of July at
Community Stadium, just as it has done for the past couple of decades.
But the all-volunteer group’s coffers are getting a little thin, as are
its ranks. If the community wants to ensure the July 4 shows continue,
both this year and beyond, people are going to have to chip in and step
What’s most troubling about Oregon’s budget crisis is that it’s so
unstoppable. According to experts, not even a strongly-revived economy
will avert the disaster looming in 2011.
It’s hard to find a bad thing to say about compassion, because there
isn’t enough of it in the world. Yet there is such a thing as misguided
compassion, and sometimes, that’s worse than no compassion at all.
Government efficiency? What an oxymoron. And nothing illustrates inefficiency better than the practice of secret Senate holds.
Both parties are guilty of the mysterious practice of secret Senate
holds, which allow individual Senators to block votes on presidential
nominees or on pieces of legislation. The holds give minority parties
particular power. Republicans are abusing this privilege in an
The recent accident involving the Ingerson family (see the June 3
Observer) is one more illustration of the importance of wearing seat
belts in saving lives. Sure, vehicles today come well equipped. Most
have air bags all around and many other safety features. In combination
with seat belts, these features save lives. As the driver in the
accident, Tina Ingerson, said, “Seat belts saved us.” She should know.
The Pontiac Grand Am she was driving on Highway 237 east of Island City
hit gravel, lost control and rolled four times.
Six or seven years ago we were all told that wolves were headed into our region. The state said it
needed a plan to deal with the animals. Ranchers tried to tell everyone
that the protected species would wreak havoc on livestock herds.
Area residents will have a chance to find out about the possibilities
of solar energy and other renewables this weekend during the first
local solar fair. The Eastern Oregon Solar Fair will be held Friday
through Sunday in La Grande.
Memorial Weekend is upon us. Although the weather isn’t conducive to
the kind of holiday weekend most of us look forward to and enjoy, it
shouldn’t stop us from honoring those service men and women who gave
their lives for their country.
Jim Howell says he doesn’t hear noise when a student might be
practicing in the La Grande High School band room more than a little
off key. He hears progress.
The LHS band director is retiring after 23 years on the job. Under
Howell’s tutelage, the LHS band has placed in the top five at state in
seven of the last 10 years. He led LHS to state titles in 2000 and 2006.
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