LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Friday, April 18
Evoy: Plan for courthouse defies common sense
To the Editor:
There is no argument that our county is in dire need of a new courthouse. However, the plan to demolish our domestic violence shelter, a fairly new building, should never have been on the table. It just defies common sense, even if out of desperation. Rereading Mary McCracken’s letter on March 26, I can’t add much to her eloquent plea except to ask our legislators to give our community more time.
Please write/contact our state senator and governor to voice your concern or plea for an extension on the timeline. The community needs more time for input and hopefully an option that doesn’t entail the demolition of a vital resource in our community. I have received positive responses, but they need to hear from more constituents.
Lund: Send a businessman to represent District 58
To the Editor:
Fellow Republicans, we have an excellent choice between two strong candidates who are vying for our vote to represent District 58 in the upcoming May election for state representative. I am fortunate to know both of them. John Turner of Pendleton and I worked together when he was president of Blue Mountain Community College, while I was serving as interim president at EOU. I know him to be a trustworthy man with the best interests of Eastern Oregon in mind.
Although I greatly respect all that John has done in his life, militarily and otherwise, I believe that it is time for District 58 to be represented by someone from the private sector who can apply the lessons learned from 30 years of founding, operating and leading a successful business to how state government can be better run. I have witnessed the difficult decisions Greg has had to make in the past with his company when the economy declined. I have also seen how frugal and attentive he has been to maintaining a viable company that provides many jobs for Eastern Oregon residents. I believe he knows what it will take for Oregon to achieve a more stable financial situation with less government control, less red tape and fewer taxes.
It is unfortunate that one of John Turner’s supporters, Jack T. Sanders of Pendleton, wrote a letter to the La Grande Observer editor (March 31) inferring that, because of the way a telephone survey question about the candidates was worded, Greg Barreto didn’t respect veterans. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though Greg himself has not served in the U.S. military, he has the utmost respect for those who have served and who are currently serving. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Sanders felt the need to impugn Greg’s reputation in an effort to promote John. Let’s campaign on the issues that benefit the state and the people of Northeast Oregon.
For these reasons and more, I will be voting for Greg Barreto. I ask that you do so, too.
Lindsley: County should note the people are watching
To the Editor:
After reading the struggles to locate and build the new proposed courthouse, the City of Union felt there was a need to comment on a few concerns.
Geography seems to be a hindrance on the decision to locate the courthouse. Union County has just over 2,000 square miles with almost 26,000 people. Union County being the large body of land it is and with over half the population living outside the city limits of the current location of the courthouse, can the county commissioners explain the reasoning behind the need to locate the courthouse in this one particular location and how they came to that decision? Is there a requirement in the language tied to the funding? If so, can the language be changed to better accommodate the county and taxpayer needs? One may wonder, is it because of the location of the county jail that makes this location desirable? Why does the courthouse have to be located at this one particular location, which is overcrowded with one of our most valuable assets — junior high, high school and college students.
A second question, will the $2 million build a sufficient courthouse? Was the courthouse designed before the funds were requested? Is there actually a budget for this project? Will the residents of Union County get stuck funding what the $2 million won’t cover? What about the unknown cost of moving the Shelter From the Storm? Are the county commissioners being financially responsible when spending tax dollars when they don’t know what the final burden will be? Would someone from the county be willing to come to the City of Union and hold a town hall meeting to answer questions about this project?
We understand our current facilities are not economical or efficient and a new building is badly needed, but this should not be done by changing the quality of life of the taxpayer. As commissioners they are yet going down another common path by forcing negative changes onto a community. Just remember the people are watching.
William C. Lindsley
Mayor of Union
MacLeod: Barreto has principles region can be proud of
To the Editor:
It’s election time. For those of us who have put our lives and reputations into what can be a hurricane of negativity, it is déjà vu all over again. There is a misconception that in order to win an election you have to loudly proclaim something bad about your opponent, rather than talk about the strengths and abilities you would bring to the position.
Happily, Greg Barreto is running for state representative this year. It offers us both an opportunity for real local representation and a candidate who disputes the thought that mean wins elections. I understand that his opponent is looking to hire the same marketing team that filled the airwaves, newspapers and your mailboxes with the exaggerated half-truths and nonsense that you received during both my campaign and that of Sen. Bill Hansell. Wait for it.
Greg is proudly conservative. In spite of how the definition of conservatism has been wilfully misrepresented in recent years, bottom line, it means a champion for individual rights and fiscal responsibility. Every Salem session demands more of your money and removes more of your personal control. Has there ever been a time that Salem needs less regulatory control and more fiscal oversight?
Greg’s opponent is a nice man. But a career spent in the government system can define whether you feel government should be a partner or a road boss in solving issues we face.
If you haven’t met Greg yet, make an effort to visit with him. He is the real deal: a successful, decent, no nonsense man with an unwavering set of rock-solid principles that this region can proudly send to Salem.