Much has been made of the east-west divide in Oregon politics. The battle of philosophies, to paint with a broad brush, pits eastside conservative ranchers versus westside liberal cosmopolitans, and since the ranchers are outnumbered, they lose clout in Salem, the reasoning goes.
Spring begins in Northeast Oregon like a rambling wreck, in fits and starts. Some days, the sun actually packs heat. Other days, we get every possible condition postal carriers boast they haul mail through — rain, sleet, snow and hail.