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Home arrow Opinion arrow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, May 26



Lauritzen: Time to support a fair health care system

To the Editor:

Now that the flurry of activity of the elections is over, we need to turn our attention to the ongoing issues facing Oregonians. One of those issues is the need for providing health care for all Oregonians. 

Considering the challenges with the complicated system of Cover Oregon, it is easy to see that we need a simple system that includes everyone and excludes no one. 

We need a system that is easy to access without the cost and confusion that comes with multiple insurers and multiple plans. 

A recent fiscal study by Dr. Gerald Friedman of HR 676, a federal bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, reports that upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield over a half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings in its first year of operation, enough to pay for high-quality comprehensive benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses. 

Isn’t it time for everyone to support a change to a more affordable, reasonable and fair health care system?

Carol Lauritzen

La Grande


Cooke: Baretto owes farm workers an apology

To the Editor:

Some farm workers in our valley may be laboring away behind the campaign signs of a candidate who has spent the hard-earned donations of others to promote a bigoted world view. If they were aware of this, they might ask their employers to remove the signs.

These workers have no connection to any crimes committed, and are helping our agricultural economy while trying to support their families. Greg Baretto doesn’t think they deserve to have a driver’s license or be able to buy auto insurance. He should have taken the time to get to know them instead of researching old crimes. Their children will be our future voters, too.

Since Greg Baretto has so much time on his hands, he should pitch in and drive trucks carrying wheat, potatoes and sugar beets for 12 or 14 hours a day. Maybe then he would appreciate the honest labor of other men.

Using his own bigoted logic, he should surrender his license because some white men of his age have committed heinous crimes in our state. Or would he prefer to make a public apology now?

Mary Cooke



Hargrove: Won’t fall for scammer’s tricks again

To the Editor:

I am a 78-year-old resident of Cove and enjoy using my computer and the Internet. Unfortunately, I’m not the wisest woman in knowing the dangers of the Internet, but I’ve recently learned an expensive lesson and would like to warn others so they won’t fall victim to the same tricksters I have.

Don’t ever go there when a pop-up invites you to participate in a survey. I was signed in to Safeway’s “Just 4 U” site, when an ad popped up under the name Safeway.com. It was a survey. I had never been tempted to participate in such a thing in the past but for some reason I was like Eve, taking that first bite of fruit. I answered their questions and earned my choice of three prizes. All I had to do was pay the shipping charge of $4.95 for something I really didn’t care to have in the first place.

When my bank statement arrived the other day there were two deductions for what had to be the company. My personal banker, my precious lovely granddaughter, checked it out online, and the news wasn’t good. They had bilked many out of hundreds of dollars. She convinced me to call the bank and stop my debit card and check my account. I was a little late. They had already taken two debits, one just over $99 and one just over $98. For a free item?

The 877 number they’d enclosed for a customer service number wasn’t operable, but the bank gave me a different one that I was able to reach a customer service rep at. After letting her know we were wise to their tricks and I wanted my money back immediately, she informed me she could not discuss the situation and I’d have to call my bank representative. We drove to the bank, called the number again and wouldn’t you know? No one answered.

Well, a fool may be born every moment, as some say, but this ol’ gal has attended the School of Hard Knocks and this will never happen again to me.

Sharon Hargrove



Mammen: Play well worth going to see

To the Editor

I just returned from the EOU McKenzie Theater’s opening night for “Les Miserables,” one of my favorite plays. 

The music is moving and the actors are well cast. La Grande, you have a real treat just waiting for you. 

Don’t delay in reserving tickets for one of the remaining nights. 

Ginny Mammen

La Grande


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