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Home arrow Opinion arrow Our View arrow KRAMER'S RIGHT FOR INTERIM POST



When most people reach the age of retirement, they think about how they can spend the rest of their lives doing the things they like to do most.

How many of us would be willing to jump back into the kettle when it is boiling hot? One local good guy has done just that.

Former Imbler and Union-Baker Education Service District superintendent Ken Kramer accepted the challenge of returning to the Imbler School District this coming year to become interim superintendent after Larry Glaze decided to take the helm of the Gervais School District.

The Imbler board was unable to find a permanent replacement for Glaze and asked Kramer to step in until one is named.

Kramer has not allowed the moss to grow under his feet during his retirement. For the past five years he has served as head basketball coach for the Imbler High boys program, directing his teams to a 109-29 win/loss record. While coaching, he also drove the team bus from game to game, all the while donating his services. Kramer plans to continue his coaching for at least another two years.

The Imbler School Board could not have selected a better interim leader than Kramer, who is rock solid in his concern for young people and in his commitment to the value of education. He cares, and he exudes that concern for young people whenever you talk with him.

We know it will mean more time away from home and the other things that Kramer might like to be doing. But once he's finished his interim stint, we know the cauldron will be much calmer and the young people of Imbler will be better prepared for their future.

We're still here

Hello, Sen. David Nelson and Rep. Greg Smith, have you forgotten about us in Northeastern Oregon? We know your plate has been full in Salem dealing with the Public Employees Retirement System problems, budget cuts and finding ways to fund public schools.

In the 2001 legislative session, Sen. Nelson, R-Pendleton, or his staff found time to communicate with the folks back home in columns that appeared on The Observer's opinion page. Nelson has been silent this session. So has Rep. Smith, R-Heppner, who, like Nelson, represents the people of Union and Wallowa counties.

The two are doing regular video conferences through the facilities at Eastern Oregon University's Inlow Hall, but both legislators could take some time once a month or so to pen their thoughts and let the folks back home know what's happening in Salem and what they're doing to represent the home interests. Letters or columns wouldn't have to be long. They could be somewhere in the 200- to 600-word range.

Let's hope that Smith and Nelson's silence is not a sign that the matters of Salem are more important than the matters of the Blue Mountains.


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