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Home arrow Opinion arrow MY VOICE arrow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: May 19, 2014



Hibbert: Don’t let chance to vote for Barreto pass by

To the Editor: 

Please join with me in voting for Greg Barreto. 

Greg represents everything that I admire. I have observed him and his business “savvy” for many years. Because of his exceptional business skills and his vision for the future, he was able to not only continue operating during the downturn in the economy, but also grow his business. 

Because of his ownership in a thriving business, he understands business and what it takes to be successful. He can apply this same skill and knowledge to becoming an outstanding legislator.

Greg also embodies family values that are so dear to all of us.

Because Greg has lived in Union County for many years, his understanding of our issues will serve us in Eastern Oregon very well. 

It is paramount that we elect Greg to be our voice in Salem. He will study the issues, seek input from those who are most affected by impending legislation and will never compromise his principles.

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. This is truly what this election for state representative is all about, “an opportunity” to elect a top-notch statesman who will speak for us.

Vote for Greg Barreto and drop your ballot in a drop box or take it to the clerk’s office.

R. Nellie Bogue Hibbert

Former Union County commissioner


Hildebrandt: SEIU finances much of its agenda using dues

To the Editor: 

John Turner received the official endorsement of the SEIU on April 28. Service Employees International Union is a labor union representing about 1.9 million workers. SEIU is focused on organizing workers in three sectors: health care, public services — local and state government employees — and property services.

The union is known for its strong support for Democratic candidates and spent $28 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, making it the “organization that spent the most to help Obama get elected president,” according to 

The SEIU expects endorsed candidates to stand up for its positions on issues before the Legislature. The SEIU CAPE board interviews dozens of candidates for state and local office before making an endorsement. It is a rigorous process and includes candidate training.

The SEIU efforts in the 2012 Oregon election were instrumental in shifting the balance of power in Salem to the Democrats. 

The 2013 Oregon House of Representatives saw a 34-26 Democratic/Republican split, instead of the 30-30 split before the election, and the 2013 state senate was 16-14 in favor of the Democrats.

A lot of money and time was spent on these races all across the state. Union volunteers, members and staff had knocked on more than 52,000 doors and made more than 170,000 phone calls. Candidates and others recognized the huge and tangible difference our union help make in these races. SEIU supports gun control, abortion and many other liberal causes. 

SEIU finances much of its agenda using the union dues paid by workers.

Lanny Hildebrandt

La Grande


Cheaper to shoot cows than to shoot bears

To the Editor:

Dr. Joel Rice shot seven cows in the guts, making them die a horrible death. He did this just because they trespassed on his property. I snared seven bears on the Vey Ranch that were killing calves, tearing up fences and threatening human lives. Dr. Rice was fined $250 per offense. I was fined $600 per offense. Go figure.

He was charged with felony charges, which were changed to misdemeanors because he is so valuable to the community. I dispatched the bears humanely with a shot behind the ears. I also was charged with felonies, which is prohibited by state law — no wildlife violation can be charged over a class A misdemeanor.

I spent 61 years trapping to protect ranchers’ livestock. I served in the military and paid my taxes in Union County for more than 47 years, but I guess I’m not a valuable member of Union County.

In my opinion, ranchers and their cows, farmers and their crops, sheep ranchers and their sheep, contribute more to Union County than drug addicts and their doctors.

Dallas Armon

La Grande


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