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Partisan standoffs don’t solve problems

No matter which way some members of the Oregon congressional delegation turn in order to find a solution to the county payments dilemma, politics in Washington, D.C., continue to stalemate potential solutions.

Both U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and Sen. Ron Wyden are working valiantly, albeit through different mechanisms, to come up with a way for timber-dependent counties to receive some compensation for the loss of timber revenues from federal lands.


When home projects fight back, duck

When my parents named me, they made a colossal mistake.

Jeff, you see, can easily be stitched on the front of a plumber’s or repairman’s shirt. With a name this short, people, especially of the female variety, begin to have expectations that when things break, you as a man’s man can fix them.

My parents could have done worse. They could have named me Bud, Rod, Joe, Dave or Mike, names guaranteed to raise expectations of handyman prowess.


When home projects fight back, duck

When my parents named me, they made a colossal mistake.

Jeff, you see, can easily be stitched on the front of a plumber’s or repairman’s shirt. With a name this short, people, especially of the female variety, begin to have expectations that when things break, you as a man’s man can fix them.

My parents could have done worse. They could have named me Bud, Rod, Joe, Dave or Mike, names guaranteed to raise expectations of handyman prowess.


Letters and comments for July 23, 2008

Lester


Letters and comments for July 22, 2008

Wilkinson


An opportunity to serve community

Anyone who wants to have a part in helping set policy for the city of La Grande should consider filing to run for the open council seat that will be determined in the Nov. 4 election. The deadline for filing is Aug. 18. Petitions for candidacy are available at City Hall.

The election will determine who will sit in the Position 4 seat. The lone candidate for the seat, incumbent Todd Richmond, recently resigned his position and therefore his re-election on Nov. 4 because he is moving out of the area. He was unopposed in the May primary. His departure created the open seat.


Letters and comments for July 19, 2008

Middleton, Taylor


Firefighter training can save lives, property

The La Grande Planning Commission was right on target in approving a conditional use permit for a fire training facility behind the fire station. We sympathize with the objections of a local resident who said the smoke may affect his health, but we feel the greater good of the community is at stake here, and the resident’s objections can be mitigated through proper use and installation of the several facilities that are to be built or brought in for training purposes.

There needs to be adequate facilities where La Grande’s professional and volunteer firefighters can train. Adequate firefighter training reduces the risk of tragic outcomes. Firefighters need to learn how to respond to diverse conditions in a live-fire, low-visibility environment, to be prepared for whatever situation arises, to protect the lives and property of the community.


Letters and comments for July 17, 2008

Richmond-Harris, Thrower


Don’t fence me in

Dad was a master fence builder. You could twang on the strands of one of his creations and play “America the Beautiful.”

OK, so we had a lot of spare time as kids. But give us a break. We grew up in the tulies, beyond the sticks. We thought the sticks kids were uppity.

The neighbors, by contrast, had jerry-rigged fences that looked straight out of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” before they discovered oil in the backyard. The neighbor’s fence included everything that could keep a dumb cow in including old toilets, a washing machine and the body of a 1960 Studebaker.


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