The Eastern Oregon Livestock Show is just around the corner. It’s not
too soon to start planning for several days of fun and to make a
commitment to help the area’s 4-H and FFA youth through the purchase of
an animal at the junior livestock auction.
The Oregon Legislative Assembly is nearing the end of its 2011 run, and
among the myriad of bills still awaiting a decision is Senate Bill 242,
which would give the Oregon University System greater responsibility for
managing its own affairs “for the benefit of students and Oregonians.’’
The change is overdue and worthy of support.
Last week’s defeat of La Grande School District’s local option levy was a
bitter pill to swallow for all who supported its passage and realize
how important quality schools are to a community’s success. But
overcoming a still-stagnant economy is a difficult challenge, and likely
was the overriding reason a majority of voters didn’t vote for the
measure. When a lot of people remain out of work, when wages are flat
and local businesses are still suffering, getting any kind of money
measure approved is an uphill battle.
Many people had a sense that this year’s La Grande High School boys golf
team had a lot of potential, maybe even enough to claim a state
championship. But having the potential and actually accomplishing such a
lofty goal are two different things. Tuesday the team proved it is a
champion, winning the Oregon Class 4A state title at Eagle Crest Resort.
The Union County Fireworks Action Committee, bolstered with some new
members, is moving ahead with a fundraising campaign to ensure that
Union County has a fireworks show on the Fourth of July. The committee
will be asking area residents and businesses to chip in to raise the
$10,000 needed for the annual show.
Ballots will go out Friday for the May 17 election. Voters in the La
Grande School District are facing a difficult but major decision when
they get their ballots — whether to approve a local option levy that
will cost them more money, or whether to vote down the levy and force
the district to make cuts. The choice isn’t easy.
People in La Grande and Union County always have had a lot to be proud
of when it comes to helping those who are down. But truly, they outdid
themselves this past winter when they rallied around a soldier whose car
was destroyed by vandals as he served in Iraq.
It’s a funny thing about a soaring high hope. Shoot it down, and it dies a quiet death. People soon forget it ever flew.
The community has lost one of its most successful businessmen, community
benefactors and indomitable figures. Harry Collman, longtime owner of
RD Mac, died April 8 at the age of 69. A celebration of his life is
planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in La Grande.
Sure, a recession is on, and it’s tempting to vote no on everything that
will raises taxes — or have the perception of raising taxes.
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