La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze recently reported that La Grande High School students are doing exceptionally well at obtaining scholarships and gaining acceptance to colleges and universities. He attributed much of the success to the efforts of the LHS Career Center, the ASPIRE program and the counseling office. The community should be proud that its graduating seniors are doing so well.
Televisions and computers, when used right, are wonderful educational
tools. Who doesn’t enjoy a good Discovery Channel program or doing
computer research on World Series history, the 39 ways to make beef
stew or snow records for October?
But when school is out of session on Fridays, and students are looking
for activities to fill their time, TVs and computers can’t totally
replace what can be learned in a classroom, or on a field trip, from a
dynamic and caring teacher.
“(The) war veteran ... (has) forever sacrificed his tranquility in order that they may have theirs,” wrote David Guterson in “Snow Falling on Cedars.”
Remembering veterans is important. That’s true whether they served years ago or are in action today. Elgin recognized this in a big way, and a project just completed shows how a few people can make a big difference. Just look what was accomplished. The recent dedication of the relocated veterans memorial is illustrative of what can happen when people put their full energies behind a worthy challenge.
With unemployment in the area still hovering in the double digits and
numerous families dealing with layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts, it’s
clear that food insecurity remains a major issue for many families. In
order to help restock the shelves of local food banks, the volunteer
Community Action Network, or CAN, is gearing up for its second annual
countywide food drive.
The effort will take place Nov. 7 in conjunction with local Scouts’
annual door-to-door Scouting for Food event. Combined, CAN and Scouting
for Food hope to collect enough food to make sure food banks can
sustain those in need for some time.
The word is spreading quickly among downtown businesses that the annual Main Street meeting is fast approaching. Oct. 29 is the big event, hosted by Mount Emily Alehouse.
While this meeting is especially important to the business community, it is also a time that the community as a whole can show their support for our new Main Street program. Everyone is invited to be a member of La Grande Main Street.
The anger rises. The fury rages at a new economic order that rules our lives. American capitalism has now been redefined to mean the freedom of the rich to reap enormous rewards if the risks they take do work out and — more importantly — if those risks do not work out, for everybody else to bail out the rich. In the American financial world, we have an economic hybrid: free enterprise for the working majority and socialism for the privileged rich.
In this community or any other, the problem of domestic violence never goes away. The fight against it is never-ending and requires a sustained and passionate commitment from volunteers and professionals alike.
Luckily for all of us, the effort to combat violence and abuse here is robust and right on-target. Taking the issue to the people, putting it in the public spotlight, is one big key, and advocates are doing their jobs. Two recent awareness events left the community with plenty to think about.
Shhh, don’t tell anybody, but Eastern Oregon University football has become one of the best entertainment bargains in town. Coach Tim Camp’s Mountaineers enter Saturday’s homecoming game with Western Montana with a 5-2 record and ranked No. 19 in the country. EOU is only one win away from doing something it has done only eight times in 80 years — win six games in one year.
A sense of community is often said to be lacking in much of the modern
world, particularly in the big cities. Community standards are slowly
eroding. Prison systems are bursting at the seams with criminals, many
of whom having been laid low by drugs. Social problems including family
breakdown run rampant.
Some organizations, however, are fighting this erosion and trying to
preserve strong, vital communities. The local Drug-Free Relay is one
such organization. The 12th annual relay conducted recently in La
Grande helped build a sense of community. The relay, its organizers and
participants took a stand that says we want La Grande to be a safe,
enjoyable place to live and raise a family, and to do that we must make
wise decisions about drug use.
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