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Letters and comments for April 1, 2011

Letters and comments for April 1, 2011

Seek fair solution

To the Editor:

For the last decade, stock producers have been aware that the ever-growing experimental Canadian gray wolves, brought to Central Idaho and now thought to exceed a population of 1,000, would make their way to Oregon. The predominance of livestock producers have the opinion that we should find a way to manage the emerging population.

We have also been very vocal that the state allow us to protect ourselves and our livestock while it managed the new population of wolves. The livestock community also feels that if society, through state agencies, protects the Canadian gray wolf, then producers should be fairly compensated for losses. This is the heart and soul of the legislation now before the Oregon House of Representatives. 

We recognize that there are elements among us that wish a zero-tolerance policy was in place. This is not the case and we recognize that the predominance of Oregon society does not agree with this approach. For this reason, we have chosen to take the course that has led us to the Capitol this month. As reasonable members of Oregon society and producers of the No. 1 commodity in the state, today we seek a fair solution to what, if not managed, will become an untenable situation.

Our approach has been to seek a calm and lawful resolution to an otherwise emotionally charged issue. We ask your support for our legislation and your understanding of our position in relation to the coming of this lethal predator.

Oregon’s livestock-producing community is older than the state itself. Many of its families have lived and worked the ground here for five generations. It is a resilient, self-reliant group who deserves your support and wish to speak in Salem with one voice. Please lend your support to our effort.

Bill Hoyt


Oregon Cattlemen’s Association


Rewriting Constitution

To the Editor:

It is often stated that the Second Amendment cannot be circumvented without a constitutional convention and ratification by three-fourths of the individual states. To this I would refer to Article 6 of the Constitution.

Article 6 is actually only three paragraphs long. The second paragraph paves the way around much of the Constitution. Paraphrased in brief, it states that “all treaties made or shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.’’ This could possibly nullify the entire Bill of Rights, depending upon the content of the treaty.

At this time, the Obama Administration is working with the United Nations on two treaties. Both are in conflict with our Second Amendment. The first is a human rights treaty and the U.N. has already decreed our Second Amendment to be in violation of worldwide human rights. The other is a small arms treaty on which Hillary Clinton states that she is working “hand in glove” with the U.N.

It should be realized that a treaty with the United Nations is to allow other nations not friendly to America to rewrite our Constitution by treaty.

Gene Erwin

La Grande

Making a difference

To the Editor:

I have written columns for The Observer noting that research has shown that giving is good for the soul and volunteering is good for the community (and us individually).

Each year, members of the First Christian Church volunteer to paint the home of one La Grande or Island City family in need. At a time when the needs are many and a lot of people find themselves in tight economic circumstances, doing good even for one makes a difference.

A story is told of a boy who is seen pitching starfish left exposed in the sun by retreating the tide. An older man watching this activity and noticing the many starfish exposed on the beach says to the boy, “Why are you wasting your time? Don’t you notice how many starfish there are on the beach? It won’t make a difference.”

The boy responded, “Yes I do, and what I am doing will make a difference to this starfish” as he threw a starfish back into the ocean water.

On April 10, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church, we invite you to support this outreach by attending our soup and salad lunch fundraiser. We also welcome volunteers to help with the project as well. We do preparation work on Friday and the actual painting on Saturday (date to be selected) with lunch provided. We could use your help!

For our soup and salad lunch on the 10th, we will serve homemade soup, salad and bread with dessert and beverages for a $6 donation. All funds will go to purchase paint and supplies for the house that will be painted. Help us make our town a better place.

Pastor Mike Lavelle

La Grande

Stop the spending 

To the Editor:

Sen. Ron Wyden recently trumpeted his initiative reforming how we “do” our taxes. I appreciate that. No, I really do.

I give it very light, barely audible applause.

However, if Sen. Wyden were to drop the tax-and-spend mantra that is burying our nation, and actually do something to stop the runaway freight train that is the federal budget, now that I would applaud.

Loudly, vigorously, standing, stomping my feet, yelling, high-fiving everyone in sight.

Steve Boe

La Grande


Letters From Readers

The Observer welcomes letters to the editor. Letters can be no more than 300 words. All letters must be signed by the author and carry the address of the sender.

The Observer edits letters for brevity, grammar, taste and legal reasons. We will not publish consumer complaints against businesses or personal attacks against private individuals. Thank-you letters are discouraged.

Include a telephone number and address for verification purposes only. Letter writers are limited to one letter every two weeks. Writers of longer Community Comment columns are limited to one every three months.

Send your letters to: The Observer, 1406 Fifth St., La Grande, OR 97850, or they can be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or faxed to 541-963-7804.


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