LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM DECEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 25, 2004
Super staff at GRH
To the Editor:
I want to extend my heart-felt gratitude to all the staff at the emergency room at Grande Ronde Hospital.
Recently my wife woke up in the night and was unable to get her breath. I drove her to the emergency entrance at the hospital. The staff immediately took over. I was informed my wife was having a heart attack and I got her there just in time.
Dr. Neeley, four nurses and another doctor were there.
After breakfast my wife had another heart attack. They were able to stabilize her again, after which she was flown to Boise.
Because of the staff and Dr. Neeley my wife is now home and doing fine.
Please do not wait if anything happens. Put your trust in our hospital staff at GRH. They are super.
God bless each and every one of them.
Leave field of play to kids
To the Editor:
It wouldn't surprise me to see Tony Adame get some mail in response to his Dec. 15 column questioning the propriety of Marine recruiters holding forth at the Muilenburg wrestling tournament last weekend.
Before people get too exercised about his injecting political material into the sports section, they might want to reflect on what military recruiters are injecting into a high school athletic event by being there in such a high-profile manner.
Like Mr. Adame, I have nothing but respect for the men and women who wear the uniform, and I view military service as an honorable life path, but using sponsorship of an event like the Muilenburg to deliver a sales pitch to a captive and impressionable audience is, I think, crossing the line.
I assume organizations and businesses sponsor these events because they believe in the intrinsic worth such events have for the kids who participate in them. Sponsors deserve mention on a program or sign, but the focus of an event such as the Muilenburg should be on the athletic competition and on the kids.
We have military recruiters show up on campus at LHS from time to time. Typically they present themselves in a modest, low pressure manner. Young people approach them as they feel so inclined. Those who show an interest, who ask questions become the recruited. This is as it should be.
A message to the recruiters: leave the field of play to the kids; let those who wish to enter the fields of battle come to you of their own volition.
Hunter's camp invaded
To the Editor:
I was born in Oregon in 1944 in Astoria, and have been hunting in Oregon for the past 16 years.
This last year hunting I had an unfortunate event happen in my hunting camp. I do my grocery shopping in La Grande plus fuel supplies and hunt at a location near Tower Mountain. While there this last year someone broke into my camp and helped themselves to my entire kitchen box, which was stained brown and measuring 36 inches wide by 20 inches deep and 18 inches tall, a very unique box that holds all necessities for my kitchen.
Along with this box the person removed a radio, elk calls and a full 5-gallon container of gasoline.
Needless to say my hunt was over. Having spent $702.50 on the license alone, which helps the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, I question returning to the same area. I and my friends have always enjoyed hunting in Oregon and wish to continue hunting. Hopefully our mysterious collector will refrain from indulging at my expense.
Soldiers doing what's right
To the Editor:
War against terrorism is not a new thing to America. It is, however, new to this generation.
Before this country was founded, black people were being imported via African slave markets. The blocks where they were sold still exist today, in Morocco and all along the Ivory Coast.
These huge, dark, dank, musty old castle-like fortresses were used by merchants to sell these Africans, and most of the merchants were their own black brothers, of the Moslem faith.
This injustice and terrorism was called slavery, and was not stopped until a special generation in this country stood against reducing a race of people to the status of animals.
That generation paid a high price to stop that terrorism.
Today, this American generation is faced with similar injustices. Brutal dictators who rule by genocide, prison and torture cruelly and sadistically destroy anyone who opposes them and their worship of their gods.
As I hear about the bravery and willingness of our young men and women to put their lives on the line daily, to offer freedom and liberty to millions through the establishment of democratic governments in Afghanistan and Iraq, my buttons burst with pride.
At the same time that these brave soldiers are tracking down and killing the enemy, whom the media calls insurgents but are better known as terrorists, I am also proud of their mothers, fathers, families and others who have shared their lives, convictions and support with these young people.
They are doing what is right for our country and what it stands for. And let's not forget it is an all-volunteer army.
Johnny C. Petersen
A place for both
To the Editor:
I have to confess that when I first read the headline of Tony Adame's column in The Observer of Dec. 15, "Was Marine presence at Muilenburg appropriate?'', I assumed that I would find the answer to be a resounding "yes'' somewhere down the column.
To opine otherwise in today's political climate is, frankly, rare. What I found instead was a thoughtful commentary on the separation between school sports and military recruitment.
He reminded us that life in the military isn't all travel, adventure and sports, like the wrestling described. Enlistment means preparing for war and all the costs of such, and is not a decision made lightly.
I strongly concur with Mr. Adame that student-centered events like the Muilenburg should be promoting, if anything, education concerns rather than military. There is a place for both.
Thank you, Mr. Adame, for your insight. As a mother of a high school student active in sports, I look forward to reading more of your columns in the future.
Crises of own making
To the Editor:
The other shoe is about to drop.
The president has declared another crisis. This time a budget crisis and, like the war in Iraq, this crisis is also of his own making.
The cause of this new crisis is the budget deficit, which is truly crippling in its magnitude. However, the deficit belongs entirely to G. W. Bush due to his ill conceived war and tax cuts for his rich cronies.
Will he re-think the war or repeal the tax cuts? Don't hold your breath. Fresh from his "mandate" in the last election he now has the gall to assert that the only way to solve this crisis is to cut domestic spending. Look out.
On the chopping block are Social Security soon to become anything but; Medicaid and Medicare elders beware; programs for housing the poor can live in the streets; grants for community development the magic of the market place will solve our problems; and purchases of new equipment for the Federal Aviation Administration after all, who needs new equipment for air traffic controllers?
The bottom line is we are being asked domestically to subsidize charity for the rich, and support an oil-grab war instigated without cause against a sovereign nation.
Wow! G. W. Bush must believe you can fool all of the people all the time.
Harold M. Black