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Letters and comments for May 9, 2011

Letters and comments for May 9, 2011

Small amount, big service

To the Editor:

We just want to say congratulations to Mayor Dan. We were sitting behind him in one of the city “brainstorming” meetings. He proposed to end funding to The Animal Shelter as a way of promoting a better

La Grande. We are talking about only $9,500 per year!

It seemed like such a foolish suggestion, but is now becoming a terrible reality. Let’s see — La Grande wants to cut back on firemen, on policemen, Veterans Memorial Pool and the beautiful new library and now wants to quit supporting The Animal Shelter. What is happening to the “wonderful quality of life” for us here in La Grande?

There is not one among us who has not benefited from our animal shelter and its hard-working employees. If not personally, at least by having fewer feral cats in the neighborhood and dangerous dogs loose on the public.

The $9,500 that has been allotted to the animal shelter is such a small amount from the city budget but would create such a huge loss to the shelter.

Please join me in speaking up for the animal shelter.

Nell Locken

La Grande


Memorable experience

To the Editor:

This weekend, I celebrated my birthday and it was one to be remembered. On Sunday morning, my good friend Susan took me to breakfast at Foley Station where we feasted on a magnificent breakfast buffet.

Tables were beautifully laden with delicious and wholesome foods from fresh fruit to homemade biscuits and gravy, pastries, muffins and a wide variety of breads. A special Italian Hunter’s omelet was offered and freshly prepared before your eyes.

Eggs benedict, huevos rancheros and old-fashioned scrambled eggs along with mountains of crisp bacon and locally grown sausages were also available. There were even salads for those who wanted one!

One table offered Belgium waffles with your choice of mouth-watering toppings.

As an author of a cookbook and a lover of good food, I highly recommend a trip to Foley Station where one can enjoy an elegant buffet and experience the flavors of artistically prepared dishes without having to leave Oregon.

La Grande is indeed fortunate to have a place where friends can meet to celebrate and to enjoy fabulous food.

My compliments to all those involved in the preparation of making my dining experience a memorable one.

Constance J. Whitworth

La Grande

Asset or embarrassment?

To the Editor:

My name is Pat Des Jardin and I am asking you to vote yes on the local option levy. I understand that the present state of the economy means that the few dollars that we earn have to be stretched even farther.

What is at stake with this vote is the future of your children and this community. Funds raised from this levy will go toward fundamental building maintenance and new textbooks, and will help reduce class sizes. Without these funds we will see buildings continue to crumble, loss of staff, larger class sizes and fewer days to teach more content as dictated by the Common Core Standards.

Businesses and families with a choice to move into this community often look at the strength of the schools. This levy will allow us to move forward as a community. Are the La Grande schools going to be an asset to the community or an embarrassment?

Please vote yes on the local option levy.

Pat Des Jardin

LHS math/science teacher

La Grande

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