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Making a difference

Oregon Chief Justice Paul De Muniz is committed to enhancing Oregon’s legal system. Not only is he striving to bring Oregon’s court system into the 21st century, but he’s committed to making sure Oregon’s young people have a chance to see the Oregon Supreme Court in action.

The chief justice recently brought the state Supreme Court to Enterprise and La Grande where it held sessions in the local high schools. The justices heard arguments in Enterprise and La Grande for actual cases pending before the high court, then answered questions from students.


What to do about high gas prices?

Many senators and representatives are “extremely concerned” about the high price of gas. They are so concerned they are furrowing their brows and holding totally meaningless congressional hearings with high-ranking petroleum industry officials to get to the bottom of Gasgate.

It just so happens that many of these same senators and representatives are “extremely concerned” about getting re-elected in November and don’t want to appear to be doing nothing as their constituents suffer under skyrocketing gas prices, and the prices of so many other commodities affected by the cost of transportation.


Lottery funds do help make a difference

An event came and went last month with little fanfare, but it was an event that provided something good for some schools in our region.

The Oregon Lottery’s Scratch-It for Schools event was staged April 23 at EOU’s Hoke Union Building. Representatives of local media outlets showed up to see how many lottery Scratch-It tickets they could master in five minutes. Proceeds from the tickets were donated to three schools. The schools were drawn from a pool of schools within the region that had submitted their names for the drawing.


Letters and comments for the week ending May 24, 2008

Spiegel, Morehead, Zinzer, Morehead, Bruce, Cooke, Hoffnagle


Election season spawns policy review

Round one of the two-round Election 2008 is behind us. The primary that just concluded brought out some of the best in candidates, but it also brought out some of the worst.

Sadly, negative-style campaigning has become the norm in our country. Some national, state and even local elections suffer from the same problem: it’s not about what candidates can do if they are elected, it’s about casting elements of doubt on their opponents. We see it in advertising, and more and more  we are seeing it in letters that supporters send to newspapers.

Locally in this primary season we saw it in some advertising, most of which was placed independently of campaigns. Except for a few ads, most of our local candidates focused on stressing what they had to offer.

Super Delegate to the rescue

The big blockbuster movie of the summer of 2008 is not “Spiderman does St. Paul” or even “Godzilla eats Denver.”

The sites of the upcoming political conventions are not in jeopardy.

It’s “Super Delegate to the Rescue.”

Yes, for the first time since gas cost 34 cents a gallon and the only man on the moon was made of cheese, the Oregon primary this spring played a role in the race for president.


Super Delegate to the rescue

The big blockbuster movie of the summer of 2008 is not “Spiderman does St. Paul” or even “Godzilla eats Denver.”

The sites of the upcoming political conventions are not in jeopardy.

It’s “Super Delegate to the Rescue.”

Yes, for the first time since gas cost 34 cents a gallon and the only man on the moon was made of cheese, the Oregon primary this spring played a role in the race for president.


Scaled back bond measure has better chance of passing

Most of us agree that we need a commitment to excellence in our schools. And to do that the school environment needs to be first rate.

That’s why we salute the La Grande School Board Facilities Committee’s common sense solution to put a $20 million ceiling on a bond measure for maintenance and construction in November. In this time of nearly $4 per gallon gas, and rapidly rising costs for milk and bread, pocketbook issues are becoming all the more important.

City keeps water, sewer rate hikes modest

In a perfect world, the cost of living would always stay the same and rates for such basic services as water and sewer would never go up.

But since the perfect world has yet to be invented — and likely never will be — some sharp-toothed little thing is always going to come along and nibble at the edges of our disposable income. It’s just the nature of things.

Yes, water and sewer rates in the City of La Grande are going up this year. The decision was cemented last week when the 14-member La Grande budget committee wound up its deliberations on the 2008-2009 budget.

Out from dormancy

Warm weather brings strange pleasures like hanging the laundry to dry outside on the line. The same antiseptic qualities of the sun that dries our denim and other cottons stiff inspire us to pursue small joys whether it be yard saling, fishing, sunning or preparing a jar of sun tea.

My dad once told me that people don’t wake up until they are outside under the sun. “You mean the sun comes through our windows and wakes us up?” I asked. No, he said, it was more than that — a strict step required for living bodies to start their day. Going outside was necessary or else people would be asleep even though they were moving around.


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