September 12, 2002 11:00 pm

Thanks for the mushrooms

To the editor:

Along the line of school expenses, unless the La Grande District gets a special rate they must have a water bill like the national debt. The middle school field and the high school lawns and fields have been over- watered all summer to the extent that water squishes around your shoes in spots.

Great for mushrooming though; we have eaten and canned more mushrooms this year than at any other time. However, I would rather they would use less water and use those taxpayer dollars elsewhere.

Leonard Morse

La Grande

Consider Pendleton's quiet

To the Editor:

This is in response to Tom Dalton's Aug. 20 letter to the editor.

I and many other La Grande residents have spent many hours awake in the middle of the night due to incessant train whistle blowing.

I have also spent many an hour talking with local, state and federal officials about the problem. As near as I can tell, everybody likes to lay it at the doorstep of the Federal Railroad Administration, which is part of the Department of Transportation.

Good luck getting any DOT or FRA official to listen to a single, hard-working American. They would rather pass laws protecting the drunk, drug-crazed daredevil who tries to beat the train at 4 a.m. than concern themselves about the normal, tax-paying and therefore wage-paying citizen trying for some normal nocturnal activity, like sleeping, for instance.

Pendleton has had no train whistles for some time. Maybe we could ask our city to take lessons from them.

Greg Stack

La Grande

No part of town should be slum

To the Editor:

I sympathize with the two women from the north side of town who recently wrote letters complaining of the indifference the city has shown in cleaning up dumps and abandoned, ramshackle houses in their neighborhoods.

Although I live on the south side of town, I do not like to see any part of the town deteriorate and become a slum area.

I hope the city council will give this matter their attention. I also hope, that in the future, the council members will refrain from making slighting remarks about the north side.

As the women pointed out, they too pay taxes.

Lodema Asper

La Grande

Patriotism vilified

To the Editor:

In response to The Observer's Aug. 15 editorial, I must thank The Observer for the many phone calls and visits by individuals from all over Union County pledging support to the Union Sovereignty Committee's courageous battle to enlighten our local population regarding the truly evil agenda of the United Nations and its negative impact on American freedom.

An editorial is, after all, merely a personal opinion and certainly no better than that of anyone else. The only real difference here is that this editorial is a studied interference by a news carrier attempting to mold opinion by erroneously stating that the sovereignty committee's assertions are unsubstantiated, being based on unidentified sources and that the U.N.'s agenda is secret.

These are deliberate prevarications as the U.N. blatantly states its geopolitical position, which is seldom correctly reported by you know who. Most letters concerning the U.N. are substantiated with direct quotes and sources.

The war veterans now joining the committee fought courageously to protect our nation and Constitution as they still are. It's called guts, not fear or paranoia as the editorial asserts.

In my opinion, which is just as good as The Observer's poorly informed editorial, which arbitrarily mislabels courage as fear or paranoia, your vilification of patriotic endeavor is patently ridiculous.

And concerning paranoia, what about the paragraph on the "media being part of the conspiracy," or that some of us might "swear the editorial was orchestrated by NWO evil-doers"? That paragraph is a paramount demonstration of paranoia.

Methinks the headline "Paranoia drives conspiracy theory" well demonstrates that whole editorial is a misguided prevarication and doubtlessly is a shoe better fitting the editorial foot since none of my letters have ever mentioned a conspiracy. Nice of you to acknowledge it though.

Jim Bovard

Union Sovereignty Committee


Better to tear it down

To the Editor:

I was interested in the letter to the editor in the Aug. 19 Observer by Donna Knox.

I too live on the north side of La Grande, and I too have an old shell of a house by me, which is an eyesore and a fire hazard to me and my neighbors.

It has had the kitchen and the bathroom torn from it and it would be an improvement to our neighborhood to have it torn down.

I have spoken to the man who owns it without any result. It has stood in that condition for several years.

Eunice Gray

La Grande

Slow down in Island City

To the Editor:

On Sunday, Aug. 18, I saw something I had never seen before in Island City. I saw the sheriff's car parked in front of the Union-Baker Education Service District building instead of in front of the fire station office and — almost of unbelief — 15 minutes later the deputy stopped a car right in front of my house.

Now that was almost too much for my 79-year-old heart. I have wondered if there is a television set and air conditioning in the fire station office. I'd hate for the deputy to be uncomfortable during those long hours.

And on the next day — and this was almost too much for me — I saw a state police car stop a speeder on the La Grande-Island City drag-strip, better known as Highway 82.

Yea! Right on. Keep it up. Just maybe we can get the speeds down to somewhere near the speed limit.

I know I am probably going to be called a chauvinist male, but I have seen that at least eight out of every 10 cars speeding through Island City are driven by ladies. The second greatest number of those speeding vehicles are log trucks.

Remember, the speed limit through Island City on Highway 82 is 30 mph and on South McAlister Road 25 mph to White Birch Lane. Thanks for slowing down.

Roy Hills

Island City

Festival vision comes to pass

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Dave Stave for his Aug. 10 article on the Christian music and arts festival (Son Light Fest) that took place Aug. 16-17 at the fairgrounds.

I have had many comments on how well it was written and I feel it was a great contribution to the large attendance.

The event was very successful and we felt it accomplished all of the goals we set out to do.

Musicians and artists from three states and 10 churches outside the Grande Ronde Valley, and more than a dozen local churches came together to make up the crowd. I think the event made a great impact for Jesus in Eastern Oregon.

I am grateful to everyone who contributed time, money, labor, materials support and most of all, prayer, to this cause. You helped make it happen just like the vision.

Armen Woosley

La Grande