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Letters to the editor for Dec. 30, 2013

Inconsiderate actions affect those around you

To The Editor:

This is a minor thing for starting 2014 off well, but I have noticed a distinct lack of apparent etiquette while walking on the residential streets in La Grande. 

Let’s get back to basics and something we all learned while in grade school — when walking abreast on a sidewalk with your friend and pet, in this case multiple couples of women power walking with their dogs, when you encounter someone coming from the other direction it is generally expected that one of you will drop back and allow the oncoming pedestrian to keep walking. 

However, what I have encountered is while you’re in your dynamic conversations, apparently, etiquette flies out the door and you expect everyone in your path to get off the sidewalk for your power walk and airing the stress of the day with your walking buddy. 

At one point I decided not to step on the wet grass and one of the lady 
power walkers shoulder bumped me while never missing a beat in her conversation. 

So while I applaud your quest for better health, please remember how your actions affect other people around you and try not to transfer your burden of stress to other people around you. Happy New Year.

JL Anderson 

Vida

Wallowa County deserves credit for passing ordinance

To The Editor:

The Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance passed by Wallowa County on Dec. 16 was compiled by Leo Castillo of Lightmasters of Eastern Oregon over the course of the last year; with help from attorneys, similar ordinances around the nation, and input from organizations such as the Second Amendment Foundation. 

The concerns expressed by Wallowa County legal counsel were forwarded for comment to a constitutional attorney who has been working with us. His response was received on the morning of the 16th. Its contents were considered, added, reviewed and the final product printed just prior to the meeting that evening. 

Comments of the attorney were read aloud with the changes that had been made to the ordinance. Revised copies were given to each of the commissioners.

It was this version of the ordinance that the commissioners passed. They did so with the approval of those present. The Observer’s statement in the Dec. 18 story “Edict gets OK from county” that states “Castillo’s version differed from the version that was ultimately passed,” is not true.

Wallowa County legal counsel and the Goldwater Institute attorney had similar suggestions regarding the “religious” sounding part of the ordinance. 

Chad Nash from Stewards of the Wallowas had a brilliant suggestion — citing our Declaration of Independence, which mentions our Creator in the same context as the ordinance. We applied it.

Wallowa County’s legal counsel did her job in giving her professional opinion to the commissioners regarding the ordinance. The commissioners were not “dragging their feet” at all in the matter, but were committed to passing an ordinance that would survive the test of time, upholding our common heritage.

Wallowa County citizens and elected officials should be commended. I believe the general spirit should be one of gratitude; it’s a fine example of what unity and courage can produce.

Leo Castillo

La Grande


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