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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Friday, March 28





Basso: More answers needed in city’s auditing choice

To the Editor:

After reading the March 21 Observer article “Council defends audit choice,” I didn’t find the evidence to move the audit to an out-of-town firm very convincing.

I applaud Mr. Lackey’s efforts on the audit committee but found no plausible answer in the arguments presented. I could not understand the reasoning, how the philosophy of the auditing firm comes into play and those attitudes impact the way we do business.

To call the letters questioning the move of the auditing firm, plus the $9,000 bonus, unfounded is a stretch. Those letters were seeking answers and unfortunately the three-column article in the Observer did not adequately respond.

A more forthright answer would be appropriate, given the fact that the audit is going out of town.

Henry H. Basso

La Grande



McKee: Give every child the opportunity to engage, grow

To the Editor:

I am a student at the University of Idaho studying Early Childhood/Special Education. Working with young children has provided insight that is useful in supporting their growth and development. One of the most valuable experiences we can give children is access to quality early education programs. 

I moved to Imbler last winter with my 1-year-old daughter. I considered placing her in a child care program. I discovered there were few options available to parents in the area; of those options (excluding in-home day care), none accepted children younger than 3 years old. I was disappointed that there was so little emphasis on early childhood education.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children advocates to improve the quality and effectiveness of education for all children from birth through age 8. The organization maintains a quality program that promotes positive relationships with children and their families, plans activities that support growth in all areas of development and uses developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate teaching strategies. Within these programs, teachers develop learning goals for children that are both challenging and attainable. These goals are the driving force behind curriculum planning and implementation. 

Given my background, it’s no surprise that I advocate for early childhood education. However, I am also a mom who has made the choice to seek out meaningful early learning experiences for my daughter. She attends a NAEYC-accredited center, and, since beginning there, I have seen huge gains in her growth and development. 

There is little wrong with the programs already available in Union County. Even so, there is potential to expand the options accessible to residents in the valley. By implementing more early education programs for children, we are giving every child the opportunity to engage in and grow from purposeful learning.

Kelli Jo McKee




Ballard: Get involved with Convention of States Project

To the Editor:

The power of the federal government is out of control. As the state legislators at the recent Mt. Vernon Assembly realized,Washington’s abuse of power — instigated by both Republicans and Democrats — must come to an end before it’s too late.

The $17 trillion national debt is one example of this abuse. Our children and grandchildren will pay for Washington’s spending spree. There will be taxes imposed for spending they never approved and from which they never directly benefited. The cry of that generation will echo that of the founding generation: “No taxation without representation.”

Fortunately, when the national government becomes drunk with power, the states possess the authority to reorganize the power structure in a manner that preserves liberty. Article V of the Constitution allows states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Using an Article V convention, the states can stop the spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts and the forfeiture of American sovereignty to the UN.

Citizens for Self-Governance has started the Convention of States Project to urge state legislators to call a Convention of States. To get involved, visit our website, conventionofstates.com, and our Facebook page, Facebook.com/conventionofstates. You can also contact Legislative District 58’s COS state leadership at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are approaching a crossroads. One path leads to the escalating power of an irresponsible centralized government, ultimately resulting in the financial ruin of generations of Americans. The other path leads to freedom and the chance to once again be proud of these United States.

Which will we choose? I’m choosing to preserve liberty by volunteering for the Convention of States Project in Oregon.

Jenny Ballard, Convention of States Project district captain




Rosenbaum: Observer Outdoor section can be better

To the Editor:

I generally enjoy the “Outdoors & Rec” four-page section in Friday’s Observer, but lately it’s been going too far afield. The occasional Travel section is a little lame. Rather you could have more pieces on local hikes — there are almost none on trails near La Grande — out of the way places of historical interest in the Blue Mountains region, exercise how-to stories for outdoors people, gear and book reviews specific to an outdoor activity — packs, boots, hiking, bird watching — adventure stories told by locals and geologic points of note.

Too many of the articles are Midwest oriented. And headlining “Squirrel hunters” with a photo of 10 blazed & camoed “stars,” intrepid rodent killers, written by a columnist whose next big adventure is terminating crows in Texas? Well, I think you can do better. But if not, we have lots of squirrels in the neighborhood.

Michael R. Rosenbaum

La Grande



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