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Home arrow Opinion arrow Our View arrow IMPACT 100 BUILDS COMMUNITY



Impact 100 builds community

An innovative approach to making positive contributions to society is what the Impact 100 group is all about.

It started like this. Susie Harris, who runs the computer lab at La Grande High School, called her friends together after she heard about a family in need. Harris had heard about a woman in Cincinnati, a former banker who became a stay-at-home mom. She saw a need in her community, called together nine friends, and they decided that each would donate $1,000 each year to help people and organizations in the Cincinnati area.

The group Harris then formed with nine friends has now grown to be almost 100 who try to give $100 apiece each year to a worthy cause. Or several worthy causes, as the case was this year when it met on April 15 (the group only meets once a year; tax day seemed easy to remember).

In an age of endless consumption, of selfishness all over the news, the Impact 100 group bucks the trend. Instead of self-centered, they are community centered, showing compassion for those less fortunate and reaping the rewards of their generosity. Their contribution to a sense of community has to be applauded in a time of collapse of community and contentiousness.

Good people should participate, make a commitment to help people struggling with illness or some other need. It's the difference between a decent and decadent society. That's why the men of the community should form a similar group to double the impact of Impact 100.

The Dalles does the right thing

The North Wasco County School Board recently voted 4-3 in favor of changing the name of the combined The Dalles and Wahtonka high schools to the Columbia Gorge Riverhawks. The move took a lot of courage. Some old-timers took umbrage at upsetting years of tradition. What's more, school budgets are tight. Outfitting the teams in new uniforms will cost almost $100,000, a daunting task.

Negotiations over the name at the time turned into robust debate, even some futile bellicosity and a few stray pot shots. Consolidation is never easy. And this is not to say that school consolidation should occur in Northeast Oregon. It's only to say that it can be done, and can be done with class and style.

In the community's search for common good, the name change from The Dalles Indians is a positive step. The move is cemented by mutual benefits and will help The Dalles, instead of staying stuck in the past, step into a brighter future.

Editorials in this column are the opinion of The Observer's editorial board. The board is comprised of Ron Horton, publisher; Ted Kramer, editor; Jeff Petersen, news editor; and Pierre LaBossierre, wire editor. Letters from readers, signed columns on this page and cartoons represent the opinions of the writer/artist and do not necessarily reflect the position of the editorial board.


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