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Letters and comments for February 28, 2011

Letters and comments for February 28, 2011

Confidence boosters

To the Editor:

Four years ago the La Grande Rotary Club and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church awarded our daughter college scholarships of $500 and $1,000 respectively. The amount wasn’t much compared with the high cost of college education — maybe just enough to cover the cost of books for a year. The awards were what mattered more. They were confidence boosters.

We’ve heard success comes from believing in yourself, and it is very true. What’s also true is that outside reinforcement helps a person have more confidence in themselves. Kids growing up get reinforcement from their parents, teachers and even friends. A “Great job!”, a pat on the shoulder or two thumbs-up would give anyone a boost of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Our daughter is graduating from EOU this June. Already her sights are on getting a doctorate in physical therapy. She has been accepted at the University of Southern California’s doctorate program, which is ranked number one in the country out of more than 300 schools and institutions offering the program. She has also been accepted at Regis University, another top-notch school, with a $25,000 scholarship. These are fruits of her hard work, focus and believing in herself. Of course it helps that we believe in her and that someone told her so by awarding her scholarships.

Local groups do a good job of boosting the confidence of our youth with the scholarships they award each year. Different civic and church groups help our kids believe in themselves with these awards. They are investing in our kids and their future. Ultimately it is our future, too. Their success is our success. Let us thank these groups whenever we can. Let us help by encouraging each and everyone, especially the young, every chance we get. If they believe they can, they can. 

Gerard Abesa

La Grande

Follow the law

To the Editor:

Need to remind people of a couple of things with this cold weather. I was following a lady over the Second Street railroad overpass not too long ago. She was driving a small white car, four-door. The road was slick with ice. She had a cigarette in one hand, not illegal, and a cell phone in her other hand — illegal. What the heck was she thinking? Oh, she wasn’t.

Talking on a hand-held cell phone is illegal and has been for over a year now. How come so many people are still doing it? Has law enforcement stopped enforcing this law?

Are you aware your insurance company may not stand behind you if you are talking on your cell phone while driving and have an accident? You might want to check with them about this.

Don’t mind seeing a dog in the back of a pickup if is tied in as required by law. But, you people have to remember wind chill. If the temperature is around freezing, that’s 32 degrees. If you are only going 35 mph, your dog is being subjected to a temperature wind chill of about 14 degrees. Your labs, cow dogs and the like are freezing and can get frostbite in about 30 minutes. Talked to an older man at Walmart the other day. Mentioned this fact to him as we watched his dog shivering in the cold.

Speaking of Walmart. For God’s sake, hang up when you come into the parking lot. I can’t count how many close calls I’ve seen with people speeding and talking on their cell phones. There are kids and older folks walking out from behind cars everywhere.

Grow up and follow the law.

Robert Warren

La Grande

Drumming too loud

To the Editor:

When I first read the “Experience sixth man’’ letter I thought sure someone was joking.

My husband and I like to attend the basketball games. We enjoy them and it also gives us a feeling of community. But recently when we attended we ended up walking out because of the “sixth man.’’ How anyone could call this music is beyond me. It was nothing but noise and as loud and unmusical as it could get. It sounded like each drummer was trying to see if they could make the loudest noise. It certainly did shake the rafters — as well as causing ringing in the ears and a pounding headache.

We would enjoy being able to hear the announcer and being able to talk to others we are with about the activities of the evening, but with that horrible pounding noise you couldn’t hear yourself think much less visit with someone.

Some time down the road those kids or whoever it was with their hands on the drumsticks will be wondering why they can’t hear.

We would like to keep our hearing. Please let us come and enjoy the game. We would love to hear a good pep band, but what is being offered does not, in any way, resemble a pep band or music.

We intend to go to games again in hopes of being able to stay and enjoy them. Please silence the drums, please!

Archie and Donna Patterson

La Grande


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