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Letters and comments for May 11, 2011

Letters and comments for May 11, 2011

Friday event honors police, firefighters

To the Editor:

As we go through the month of May, it is a time of remembrance that builds up to Memorial Day. We must never forget the sacrifices of life that have been given for our freedoms as Americans.

Over the years, our military has been dedicated to our freedom and protection from attacks. Many have given their lives in order for us to live in peace. Many of our faithful soldiers did not die in their time of service, but have lived out their days here on earth and have since entered into eternity. We also remember those in our families who have led the way in generations before us and have given us a legacy to follow. However, let us not forget two other important Memorial Day recognitions in this month.

Each year, law enforcement and firefighters have a day of recognition for personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty. Let us remember those who have given their lives to serving us who enjoy living in this great country and in this great valley. We must honor not only the fallen, but also each of the dedicated men and women who serve to protect us each day in our community.

Every day, we have law enforcement officers and firefighters who put on uniforms, putting their lives at risk for others’ well being. Let us respect them, honor them, pray for them and thank them for their service in our community.

On Friday at 12:15 p.m., there will be a memorial service in front of the La Grande Fire Department at the flagpole to do just that. The public is invited to express their appreciation and support for these brave servants in the various law enforcement and fire departments in our valley.

Pastor Frank Humber

La Grande

Lack of oversight

To the Editor:

Once again the Union County commissioners have swept a crucial issue under the rug, this time by hiding it behind an employee issue.

Commissioner McClure admitted on Aug. 30, 2010, that Hanley Jenkins, the county’s planning director, told him that he had deleted Horizon Wind documents when a request for these documents was made in February 2010. To hand down a reprimand for an illegal act shows a total lack of leadership and oversight by our county officials.

These documents belong to the people of the county wherein the commission and Hanley Jenkins are thumbing their nose at us. Precedence has now been set that county employees can delete government documents with only the threat of a reprimand.

Article 32, the county guidelines for electronic mail that was written in 1998, is in grave need of updating. Do you think the commission has undertaken this update due to the Jenkins’ fiasco? No.

In addition, the commission has been petitioned to update Article 52, the guidelines for commercial wind farm development in Union County, but they use the excuse they do not want to update these requirements while the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm is in limbo. By not addressing these existing slipshod guidelines, the commissioners are pandering to potential wind projects in Union County.

The county commissioners continue to ignore the vote last November by continuing to work with Horizon in developing ARWF. The majority of the people they represent said “no” wind projects in Union County. What is it that they don’t understand?

When elected officials fail to lead ethically and to represent the majority of the people of the county, it is time for a regime change. In the next election, citizens will have the opportunity to exercise their right by putting in office the people who represent their principals and values.

Dennis Wilkinson



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