LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, July 28
Burns: Sliding down a slippery slope to socialism
To the Editor:
For several months I have been pondering about what would be the most important thing to write. The reason for the indecision was that so much was happening that it seemed what I should do was address a general problem rather than anything specific like all the recent Obama administration scandals.
During the last snowstorm of the season, as I was sloshing through the globally warmed slush from car to house, I had one of those “epiphany” things, an inspiration.
I got so excited as I ran into my computer and started to type — difficult when wearing mittens — but messed up by hitting a wrong key and was out of service for many weeks.
Now to correct the matter and get down to business, what I felt inspired about was to forget about the liberals, leftists, socialists and so-called “progressives” and attack the real problems. It’s us, yes, we the conservatives, those among us, including me, of course, that still believe in the Republic — we are not a Democracy — particularly the Constitution.
So please all you conservatives and libertarians and those who do not claim to be of any particular political bent, yet are deeply troubled about where America is going write letters, or at least get informed and speak out to your acquaintances and get them active to do the same.
We are, especially, under the present administration, and a do nothing Congress, sliding down a slippery slope to socialism or worse. If all conservatives and those aware of the dangers get active, we can reverse this potentially deadly course we are on.
Jansky: Train whistles keep tourists awake
To the Editor:
My daughter and I are from Southwestern Germany, close to Stuttgart. We visited America’s beautiful Northwest for three weeks. We saw Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, Portland, the Oregon Coast, the Columbia Gorge, Hells Canyon, the Steens Mountains and the Zumwalt Prairie.
We also stayed in La Grande and liked the town and the friendly people, but we could not sleep in your town. How is it possible that each night you get disturbed by trains whistling all night long? This is unbelievable. In Germany we have 80 million people in a space smaller than Oregon and Washington. We have very many fast trains and freight trains, but there are no whistles. We also have a lot of air traffic, but no flight may start between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
We think tourists would like a more quiet night in La Grande.