Oregon likes the pioneering spirit. The state was first in the nation to impose a five-cent deposit on beverage bottles and to save its beaches for public use and enjoyment. The state takes pride in having the nation’s deepest lake — Crater — and the nation’s shortest river, the D at Lincoln City.
We live in an area of the country and state that is rich in culture, history, its hardworking, patriotic and generous people and agriculture. Often, busy lives lead to forgetting the beauty of our backyard and taking for granted all that God has given us.
With the recent Veterans Affairs scandal taking up so much of the news cycle nationally the last few weeks, the front page story in the June 16 La Grande Observer regarding Vietnam veteran Donald Remick was significant in a number of ways.
I saw the picture of a driveway and the headlines about someone shooting cows — the picture suggested the cows were in the driveway. I read about a sheriff’s investigation: cut fence — bicyclists or hikers — lost cattle that couldn’t be found, a man devoted to returning land to its natural state, the property of cattlemen trying to make a go of a living lost to feedlots.