The holiday season is full of merriment and wonder, a time when
family and friends get together to joyously celebrate Christmas and the
coming of the New Year.
But is also the time when those less fortunate than ourselves require our help the most.
Those in need throughout Union and Wallowa counties depend on the
kindness of others to make sure their families have enough food to eat,
clothes to keep them warm and toys for their children to play with on
La Grande schools are going all out to boost attendance this year and those efforts should be applauded.
Attendance has declined and tardiness has risen over the last five
years, according to Superintendent Larry Glaze, and La Grande schools
are taking positive steps to reverse that trend.
But the key is for parents to support those efforts by making sure their kids get to school on time each day.
On May 25, 1887, a gang of white Oregon horse thieves gunned down
nearly three dozen Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon and took their
Few sports express the concept “united but individual” quite like cross
country. A runner gets no help through the final grueling 1,000 meters
of a race. She’s out there all alone — and yet she’s still a part of a
team that wears the same colors, and races toward a common goal.
Being that La Grande is such a dog-intensive city, and Northeast Oregon
in general is fond of its pooches, it’s a good idea that local law
enforcement is giving students a chance to learn how to interact with
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.
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