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La Grande Observer 04/24/15

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OUR VIEW: Rethink Afghan withdrawal

President Barack Obama should take another look at his plan to withdraw most of the American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.


OUR VIEW: Facelift celebration muted

Bring out the marching band. The cheerleaders. The balloons.

MY VOICE: We should not have to choose

A few months ago I became aware of the county’s plan to demolish the Shelter From the Storm building and erect a courthouse on its site. Since then, I have discussed this issue with many people from diverse backgrounds, and I’ve been struck with two recurring themes.

OUR VIEW: Reports don’t show the whole picture

Just over a year ago, 27 railcars derailed outside La Grande on Highway 203. Fortunately, there were no injuries and crews cleaned up the mess without incident.

OUR VIEW: Drivers need to be patient

Oregon, the joke goes, has two seasons: winter and road construction.

MY VOICE: Reduction will dampen fire danger

Recently, I signed the Record of Decision for the Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project and began implementing a series of activities to reduce hazardous fuels on Umatilla National Forest lands adjacent to the Tollgate community.

OUR VIEW: Return of SRO is a good thing

The news that the La Grande School District intended to bring back a school resource officer has been around for a couple months. Still, we couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief when the district, Union County Sheriff’s Office and La Grande Police Department finalized a plan last week to make the SRO’s return a reality.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, July 7


MY VOICE: Time to protect our long-term health

Chemicals invade our lives insidiously and have disastrous cumulative long-term effects on human health and the environment.


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