BOISE — A reoccurring theme has emerged during this annual
training period on the vast, high-desert Orchard Training Area and it
is a simple sentiment: Let’s get going.
Over and over again while I’ve drifted from one company to another
in the 3rd Battalion, I keep hearing the same refrain: Let’s just get
The sentiment is not delivered with negative overtones. No one
appears frustrated. Instead there is a workmanlike sense of
responsibility evident in the words, a kind of blue-collar motif
stamped with a calm realization that the sooner the battalion gets to
Iraq the sooner it can go home.
As a member of the La Grande City Council, there were certain aspects
of the 2010-2011 budget that I felt could raise some legitimate
questions. Consequently, when I saw the caption for your editorial of
July 29, my first thought was, “Fair enough, let’s see what they have to
say.” Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that the content of
the editorial didn’t address any of those potential issues, but took the
council to task for not “...insist(ing) that cutbacks be made and
shared by city staff...”
If you missed your chance at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show to put
quality meat in your freezer, here is the last opportunity for the
We are gearing up for the Union County Fair this week and once again
the youth of our community get the opportunity to bring their 4-H and
FFA market animals to a show, have them judged and then sell at the
auction on Saturday. We have 110 market animals coming to fair including
goats, hogs, lambs, steers and rabbits.
The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley want to thank all of the people
who attended our presentation of the “Reality of Wind Power.’’ For
those who did not attend, please go to www.granderonde.tv where you can
see the PowerPoint presentation and the question and answer session.
Father’s Day, a day we dedicate to our fathers. A time to remember all
that they have done for us. For some, it is a sad day. Not all fathers
are wonderful, caring and loving. I had one of those. I lived in
constant fear that I would not live up to his expectations and would
suffer for it.
As I sit at my desk composing this letter, a neighbor is spreading rock
on the top of his levy, to raise the elevation, in hopes of keeping the
Grande Ronde River from going out of its banks and destroying his crops
and possibly the crops on adjoining property.
With the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm under consideration, perhaps now is a
time to consider where our electrical power comes from and how future
growth in consumption will be met.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in La Grande is
celebrating 10 years of doing the mission project “Paint the Town.”
The idea came from watching news coverage of Paint the Town projects
happening in bigger cities. We believed there would be those in La
Grande who could use a helping hand in getting their homes painted.
Spend money to save money? I know it sounds like an oxymoron.
Many of you will realize I am recycling my article from last year,
but the fact is that many families are still eating at home more to
To the credit of the city manager, I thought it was a brilliant idea to
hold town hall meetings and get public involvement in the city budget.
The topic was the “critical budget shortfall” of $500,000 and what to
do about it. I would surmise from the wording of the survey given at
the meeting, that the manager’s preferred solution is a tax levy to
“maintain current services.”
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