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Clean and renewable

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.

Help ‘Paint the Town’

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.

Support youth, save money

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 save money.

Solutions to city budget crunch

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.”

Mt. Emily key to area’s tourism

The Grande Ronde Valley is at a critical point. We can allow the economic struggles we face to split us into the usual factions, or we can work together for our future.

Letters and Comments for May 24, 2010

Letters and Comments for May 24, 2010

Matter of choice

As a hunter with nearly 50 years of experience hunting in Oregon, as well as states with mandatory hunter orange requirements, I am strongly opposed to mandatory hunter-orange statutes for a number of reasons.

Revenues from wind farm

The Union Cemetery District, as part of the Strategic Investment Program that benefitted only formed districts, received $75,000 from the Elkhorn Valley Wind Farm Community Service Fee, during the past two-year period. (Figures in this letter are rounded off.)


Letters and Comments for April 26, 2010Letters and Comments for April 26, 2010

Letters and Comments for April 26, 2010

What defines Grande Ronde Valley is being threatened

I came to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1971 to teach at Eastern Oregon State College as it was known then, now called Eastern Oregon University. The absence of posted properties in this area and lack of signs that said “Keep Out” or “No Trespassing” stood out vividly to me. People respected the property rights of others and actually helped landowners keep an eye on their properties. Everyone shared the responsibility of stewardship of the land whether they owned it or not. Residents viewed Northeast Oregon as a community of like-minded caretakers who helped each other and protected the land.

New industry for 21st century

What’s all this “not in my backyard’’ syndrome? Does Union County want to be part of the solution to weaning ourselves off oil and its derivatives, or part of the problem?

The wind is a resource, waiting to be utilized. True, it doesn’t provide the jobs the timber industry does (or used to) or have the profile of that industry, but wind energy is going to be around longer. Who can predict what wind farms and their support systems will morph into? We need jobs and consistent tax revenue in this area. Why look a gift horse in the face and say no?

La Grande needs ice rink

Wasn’t it exciting to watch the 2010 Olympics on television, hear the inspiring Olympic theme and our USA anthem played so many times as medals were put around our athletes’ necks?

With the Olympics comes skating — in several forms. Figure skating is among the most popular. The athletes not only can earn a medal, but they have the opportunity to turn their skill into a lucrative income as a pro skater in shows.

Maybe we have a future Michelle Kwan in Union County and just don’t know it. We just need an ice rink. With three dance studios in La Grande, potential skaters have an excellent start.

Forging ahead at EOU

Recently, there has been much discussion about the structure of public higher education in our state. While I do agree that a dialog about organization is important, I firmly believe the conversation must focus on how we can better serve our current and future students and the citizens of Oregon.

I view these discussions of organizational structure through the lens of continuing to foster growth at EOU; serving Eastern Oregon and rural communities to the best of our ability; and controlling our resources and destiny and not following the ideas of, albeit well-meaning, individuals who have never set foot in Eastern Oregon, let alone on our campus in La Grande or on one of our 16 sites around the state.

Technological changes bring new communication strategies

I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, a relatively simple time compared to now. The technological breakthroughs I remember include the transistor radio. Wow, a small portable radio that allowed you to take the likes of Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers and Fats Domino with you anywhere you went.

My first experience with color television was in the eighth grade when visiting a friend’s house. I watched “Star Trek’’ in living color and was awestruck by the vivid colors flowing forth from the television.

Not immune from extremes

The increasing number of weather events deviating from the normal pressure state and county governments into a new phase of planning.

Record-breaking storm events in parts of the United States coupled with drier and warmer winters in our area are, according to climatologists, going to be occurring with increasing frequency. El Nino and La Nina conditions, which are mainly responsible for weather extremes, can be expected to occur regularly because of the gradual increase in ocean temperatures.

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