KULONGOSKI SHOULD EYE HOWARD FOR TEAM
This past week, Mike Nelson, a prominent Democrat and real estate broker in Baker City, was selected to be on Governor-elect Ted Kulongoski's transition team.
We would suggest that Kulongoski consider another prominent Eastern Oregon Democrat for his transition team and/or his permanent team, John Howard.
Howard, the outgoing Union County commissioner, has built a strong network of contacts during his 16 years as a county commissioner, both in Eastern Oregon and across the state.
Even though voters in Union County decided to elect Republican John Lamoreau to replace Howard, the Democratic commissioner's connections to his party have been helpful to Union County and the region during the past two gubernatorial administrations. Howard, because of his Democratic links, had access to both Barbara Roberts and John Kitzhaber.
Howard has worked hard to promote rural issues in Salem, issues like forests, agriculture and economic development. Now more than ever it will be important to have a conservative-minded Democrat who would be involved with the new governor's team. With the Senate split evenly and a new Democrat in the governor's chair, local Republicans will be on the outside looking in.
We would hope that others would join us in writing, calling or in some other way letting the governor-elect know what a good connection he could make to Eastern Oregon by putting Howard on his team.
BE PET RESPONSIBLE
For many months The Observer has run a "pet of the week" selection on Page 2A of Friday's Observer.
The idea is for the heartstrings of readers to be pulled as they look into the eyes of a kitten, cat, pup or dog that is waiting to be placed in a new home, and that citizens will take the steps necessary to adopt the pet.
The Observer has tried to describe what homes would be suitable for the pet, which, because of abandonment or some other reason, has been left at the Blue Mountain Humane Association shelter on Highway 30, south of La Grande. Some larger dogs, for example, are better suited living on a farm where there is more running room for them. Some cats may be particularly well adapted to living with younger children.
Our hope is that the pet of the week column has matched many dogs and cats with suitable, loving homes.
Adopting a pet is one part of solving the pet overpopulation problem. The other solution is for owners to make sure their pets are spayed or neutered. Responsible pet owners will do their part to hold the dog and cat population down.