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Hang up and drive - or at least be careful

Cell phones are a handy gadget. And they've become almost universally popular. Just go to any four-way stop in La Grande and you'll likely see a driver or two engaged in lively conversation.

We have nothing against cell phones or other such wireless communication devices. As of last May, more than 236 million Americans subscribed to such wireless communication devices as cell phones, compared to 4.3 million in 1990.


Drive slow, save dough

As the thinking man's comedian George Carlin once said, "Ever notice how anyone driving faster than you is an idiot and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?"

I'm a moron, and proud of it.


Drive slow, save dough

As the thinking man's comedian George Carlin once said, "Ever notice how anyone driving faster than you is an idiot and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?"

I'm a moron, and proud of it.


Contested races spark dialogue

The 2008 political season is upon us. On a national level, of course, the campaign season has been raging for nearly a year and is working its way toward a Feb. 5 crescendo. More importantly, on a local level, the campaign is just getting under way, with people deciding whether or not they want to seek office. The time has arrived for people to start making those decisions.

Some key positions are up for election in 2008.


Work together to enhance economy

The city of La Grande needs to do everything it can to continue to give its downtown a boost. Call it revitalization. Call it renaissance. Call it focus. Whatever the name, the city needs to continue efforts to make its downtown an attraction.

Accomplishing such a feat requires imagination. It requires ideas. Input. Money.


Snowplow drivers deserve big thanks

Northeast Oregon is snow country. But life doesn't shut down in the wintertime. Commerce continues apace, and medical emergencies know no season. That's why it's so crucial, despite what big storms Mother Nature throws our way, that the roads stay clear and driveable.

Snirt ambush

By the time you read this we may well have received 6 more inches of global warming.

Buy snow shovel stock.

Likely as you cozy up to your woodstove or electric heating device with The Observer in hand, Northeast Oregon has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. As in, "I wonder if three layers of parkas and mukluks is enough to help me survive until the snow turns to something nicer in April, like sleet."


Snirt ambush

By the time you read this we may well have received 6 more inches of global warming.

Buy snow shovel stock.

Likely as you cozy up to your woodstove or electric heating device with The Observer in hand, Northeast Oregon has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. As in, "I wonder if three layers of parkas and mukluks is enough to help me survive until the snow turns to something nicer in April, like sleet."


City needs fresh look on parking

The issue of downtown parking has surfaced once again in letters to the editor. Sadly, it seems that some people are willing to take their shopping elsewhere because they can't or don't want to abide by the two-hour limit that exists through much of downtown. And walking a few extra blocks from areas where there are no two-hour limits is apparently out of the question.

So what to do about it?


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