It’s Thanksgiving. The Great Recession is turning out to be only fair to
good. Costs are rising. Paychecks, for those who are lucky enough to
have one, are stagnating. Everywhere you look, it seems, the economic
biscuits are burning.
A recent report from Sgt. Pat Caldwell, combat correspondent with the
116th Brigade Combat team, says the unit has put the final touches to
its training and is set to embark on its mission in Iraq. Here’s hoping
each and every soldier comes back safe.
After the Oregon State Beavers won the NCAA baseball title, not just
once but twice, Oregon residents began believing almost anything is
possible. Who would have believed? Now the Oregon Ducks football team
has won eight straight games and is on top of the BCS ratings. The
high-flying Ducks are just three extremely difficult Pac-10 conference
games away from playing for the national title. Coach Chip Kelly with
his motto “Win the Day” has the Ducks prepared to go out on the field of
battle and be the best they can be, one day at a time.
It’s amazing what a small university with big ambitions can accomplish.
Take “The Phantom of the Opera,” for instance. It’s the longest-running
musical in Broadway history. And now it has come to La Grande. The
Eastern Oregon University production ends its run this weekend with
shows tonight, Friday and Saturday night at 7 and Sunday at 2 p.m. in
Voters sent a lot of messages in the Nov. 2 election, one of which is
the desire for the major parties to start working together more and end
the gridlock that has existed at various levels of government. Whether
or not elected leaders will decide to pursue a more bipartisan approach
to governing remains to be seen. But opportunities do exist.
People on both sides of the wind farm issue should make a point to
attend Wednesday’s public hearing on the county’s proposed Strategic
Investment Plan agreement with Horizon Wind. County officials will be
there to explain what the agreement would mean for Union County, and
questions will be encouraged.
Who would have thought back in September 2008, when the Union County CAN
food drive was conceived to address the large number of layoffs in our
area, that two years later food insecurity would remain a big concern in
our region. But it has. The Great Recession continues to take a bite
out of families’ resources, and our local food banks need to be able to
meet the ongoing need.
Face it. Greg Walden has a huge task ahead when he is re-elected to
represent Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
Union County voters have the opportunity this election to send an
important message about the county’s future. Voters are being asked to
weigh in on on how they feel about the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind
For the first time in several years La Grande will soon have a new
mayor. Mayor Colleen Johnson has decided to step down from the city’s
top elected spot and seek a seat on the council. Former city councilors
Daniel Pokorney and Doyle Slater are vying for the mayor’s position.
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