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Letters and comments for September 14, 2011

Letters and comments for September 14, 2011

Sense of greater good

To the Editor:

With a big sigh of relief, we all saw Sept. 11 come and go without incidence. Americans instead found a day to reflect on who we are and what we stand for.

Newspapers and other media were filled with messages of national unity. Perhaps our country needs this now as much as after the tragedy of 10 years ago.We paused to think of the many public servants and military personnel who serve with a sense of the greater good.

A note of thanks goes to those in Union County who organized the 9/11 tribute to victims and public safety workers. I particularly appreciated Fire Chief Bruce Weimer’s humanitarian comments about how we can make our community a better place by lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need. He also reminded us that public safety requires sacrifices from all of us.

For my part, if it come around again, I’ve vowed to work harder for passage of a public safety levy.

Sharon Evoy

La Grande

Wasted effort, materials

To the Editor:

Judi Richter put into writing what others have said for several years. Why the waste of several phone directories?

Most people I have heard talk about this throw out the ones they don’t use shortly after getting them and some just wait until the next edition comes in case there was a number they needed from out of the area which Verizon did not include.

We used nothing but Verizon until Frontier did the directory and you could not find anything. People were so annoyed at having to hunt and still not find what they wanted. Then the need for another phone directory took on a different look because Frontier was useless.

Dex and the Blue Book came into general use. I am not sure which is used the most because conversations revolve around what is not useful more then what they choose to replace Frontier. Do we get a vote so the wasted time, effort materials are eliminated?

Also in letters to the editor, a thank-you to Eric Valentine for stating The Observer printed emotions instead of waiting for the facts on the Elgin shooting. This was also being discussed in the community and the vote was with Eric. We just did not put it in writing, and it should have been.

Becky Preston



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