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Letters and comments for April 27, 2012

Letters and comments for April 27, 2012


Keep loving animals 


To the Editor:

In response to a recent letter regarding the Blue Mountain Humane Association, I’m a new volunteer at the Animal Shelter. Please come back. You really misunderstood the idea behind the new rule.

The Animal Shelter is doing a wonderful job with the animals. The idea of not letting everyone walk through the dog kennels is perfect. If you remember in the past, the dogs went wild. It was like an orphanage — the dogs jumping and barking for attention, like “pick me, pick me!”

The workers and volunteers are thrilled to get any or all the dogs qualified for you to play with, foster or adopt, just not all at once. With this new rule, you can give each dog individual hands-on love without reaching through the cage.

I cannot say enough about what I have seen as a volunteer in the last few weeks, with the great love and care the animals are getting. The amount of animals that have been adopted or fostered just in the last few weeks is amazing.

In my opinion, the people at Blue Mountain Humane Association are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work and keep loving those animals.

Kim Svaty





Help Union library 


To the Editor:

I am writing on behalf of our library here in Union. If the five-year levy for operating costs doesn’t pass, then our little town here is really going to suffer. 

You see, my husband and I are disabled. We no longer drive. We have a caregiver or we have to rely on our kind neighbor or church members or the ladies from the library to get us our books. It’s not only us. Other people here use the library for the Internet and the large-print books. Job-seekers and students rely on the library. Children go to the library for story time and are encouraged to participate in the summer reading program. 

When I was sick, our head librarian let me renew my books by phone and offered to bring books to the house that she knows I like to read.

She always goes that extra mile to help all the patrons when looking for certain books. 

We are on a limited income, but I for one don’t have a problem paying a little extra so we don’t lose our library and I am sure if others stopped and thought about it, they wouldn’t either.

Come on, folks, let’s keep this little library open.

This is such a wonderful place to go and enjoy the friendly faces and always get a piece of candy. Vote yes.

Robin Morin




Fun time in Union 


To the Editor:

My wife and I were driving through the town of Union on April 14. We saw a sign hanging on the fence of a school yard that said “Fiddle Show 6 p.m.”

We decided to go in and see what the sign was all about. 

What a show. There were young kids and old folks playing the fiddle and guitars and mandolins and every other instrument you can think of that goes with fiddle music. 

We have never had or heard such a great musical time. We met new friends and even came out with a door prize. 

We left there with our hearts full and spirits high. Keep up the good work.

We will never forget our evening in Union.

Steve and Lorane Greene

Laguna Beach, Calif. 



Not confused 


To the Editor:

No, Ms. Schwalbach, we are not confused. It is very evident that the intention of the U.S. Forest Service is to deny access to our forests. It is only a matter of time before you will come up with a revised plan that will have some minor concessions to alleviate our concerns. It won’t be successful, as your objective remains the same. 

This may be small town USA, but we’re not ill informed. Our appeal forms will most certainly be needed again in the future. As to your reference to the Hells Canyon Preservation Council, they are a small group of people with conservation ideas that are contrary to those of the majority of people in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties. We wish to use, not abuse, our forests and request the freedom to do so. Please give our concerns equal consideration.

Edward Ater

La Grande


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