Scottish author Samuel Smiles once said, “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he that never made a mistake never made a discovery.” So true!
Michael Jordan, recently inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, was cut from his high school basketball team. Albert Einstein discovered the theory of relativity yet flunked his university entrance exam. We often become stronger through adversity.
My friends and I have stayed in Union on several occasions and have
undeniably had quite enjoyable experiences. The historic Union Hotel is
one of my personal favorites with its theme rooms, whispers of the
possibilities of ghostly encounters, fabulous cuisine and the
delightful gentleman owners. The other business owners and residents of
the community have always been pleasant and cordial.
So recently, when attending the motorcycle rally in Joseph, the
choice of accommodations was clear. To stay in Union. That apparently
was a mistake, as two of my dear friends had an unfortunate and quite
honestly archaic reception at one of the Union eateries.
The dedicated staff at the city of La Grande has been very busy over
the past several months with initiatives that will provide almost $2
million in benefit to our citizens with almost $1.4 million coming from
successful grant applications.
I wanted to take a few minutes to acknowledge those involved and to
let everyone know what they can expect to see in the way of
improvements. What follows is a list of major grant projects or
purchases that are planned for construction or have been completed.
The city received a grant from the Oregon Economic & Community
Development Department (now known as Business Oregon) in early July in
the amount of $7,143 for downtown historic building renovations. La
Grande received the funds due to our active participation as a selected
Oregon Main Street community.
John Deal has printed two editorials containing false information,
thus we felt it was important that the general public be properly
informed. The district has been diligent about making the 2009/10
budget cuts and resulting adopted budget transparent to all, thus we
are providing the following information.
While building the budget for 2009/10 the district made it very
clear that it intended to fund a position to support plant and
operations, the position now held by Jim MacKay. This intent was
discussed in an Observer article dated April 10, 2009, and titled
“School district faces mammoth budget cuts.” Within this article, it
was stated that the “La Grande High School athletic director position
will be cut to half time. LHS’s athletic director will remain a
full-time employee, though, for he will assume about half of the
present plant operations director’s responsibilities”.
Oregon producers, businesses and consumers are at the forefront of
Oregon’s fresh, wholesome, vibrant local food system. As a small,
direct market farmer, I am concerned that a “one size fits all”
approach to federal oversight of even the smallest of direct market
farms and processors will have a chilling effect on local food
producers and processors.
HR 2749, which recently passed the House of Representatives and now
moves to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions,
is a well-meaning attempt to address food safety concerns, but it
treats the long supply chains of the industrialized food system the
same as the small producer selling directly to consumers.
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