June 23, 2003 11:00 pm

False charges brought

To the Editor:

Two people that I know to be morally straight, law-abiding citizens have had false charges brought against them in separate incidents by people who are known drug users and felons. It appears that these bad people who brought the charges are wise to the legal system here and know how to bring false charges against innocent people to take the heat off themselves.

The two people who have been falsely accused have endured terrible worry and expenses and received convictions and unjust sentences that are completely out of line. It seems no one in the law enforcement or judicial system was willing to thoroughly investigate to find the truth.

I would be interested to know if anyone in the community knows of other cases where there has been a miscarriage of justice similar to these. It really shakes my faith in the judicial system.

Elaine Livingston

La Grande

Public works responds quickly

To the Editor:

Working for the government at the city, state or federal level can be a thankless job at times.

I'm sure the La Grande Public Works Department has fielded its share of complaints, too.

That is why I want to express my appreciation to them for a job done recently.

It may not seem like a huge deal, but a handful of workers from this department filled in a hole in the alley of the 1600 block on Fifth Street on May 27.

My neighbor reported the hole mid afternoon that day and by 4:30 p.m. the hole was fixed.

I just wanted to give credit to the Public Works Department for the quick and efficient work on a job well done.

C.J. Gish

La Grande

Land regulation leads to anger

To the Editor:

What is land-use planning and what does it do?

The dictionary says, "Planning is a scheme for doing, etc., to have in mind as a project or purpose."

Well in Oregon, land-use planning is the regulation of the use of land that is owned by you and other citizens. What is the purpose of the state of Oregon regulating the use of your land? What is the goal?

Most people do not know how severe the land-use plan is. When you cannot do with your land what you want to do and a government agency is telling you, "No you cannot do that on your property," then frustration followed by anger sets in.

Now you know what so-called land use planning is — the government telling you what you can or cannot do on your own property. Now you wish you didn't own it. Why would anyone want to own property they cannot use?

The May 19 letter to the editor by Kirk Achilles was very good. We need more people to get involved like Kirk.

The only way anyone can approve of land- use planning would be lack of involvement and the results.

George W. Bruce

La Grande

Voters can control court system

To the Editor:

The saying that justice delayed is justice denied is in effect in Union County. By order of the Oregon Supreme Court, local circuit courts are operating on reduced hours. A holiday is in effect for low-priority cases.

Recently Union County commissioners decided that a justice court or justice of the peace would be re-established in Union County. Why?

The simple answer is a justice court is local with a judge elected by county voters. The governor makes appointments to fill vacancies.

The commissioners can set the schedule for when the court will hear cases. Money from fines, fees and assessments is used to support operation costs and law enforcement in the county, including jail operation costs and other activities as provided for by law. Commissioners decide what activities will be supported.

An Observer opinion page headline dealing with the proposed justice court stated, "Greed could set justice on its ear." Not likely. Voters elect the court judge. Anyone cited into the justice court can ask to have the case sent to the circuit court. The district attorney in criminal cases can act as the gate-keeper to decide which court a case will be tried in. Commissioners determine policies and procedures for management of the operational side of the court.

State law sets forth the jurisdiction of the court and what is required to comply with the Oregon Constitution and state laws. Police officers can cite a person into any appropriate court in the area where the offense occurs.

With all of these checks and balances, it is questionable that "the desire to make money" will control justice court behavior.

In the final analysis the voters will control the type and kind of court they have through the ballot box.

Stephen Donnell

La Grande

We're losing war with Mexico

To the Editor:

Americans are more aware of our current conflicts than of the ongoing misuse of our soldiers guarding Third World country borders and other failed United Nations boondoggles instead of guarding our own borders from the Mexican invasion. This is part of a U.N. plot to dismantle our country state by state as evidenced primarily by California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Our financial resources are rapidly dwindling through hospitals, school and prison overcrowding, disease and crime control and eroding away our basic American culture to the detriment of innocent legal immigrants and native-born Americans.

Topping it off, Mexican President Fox issued ID cards in a back-door effort to create an ersatz amnesty for illegal aliens while demanding water, etc., to assist this enemy's clandestine march against us. They are even being provided maps and survival kits. Sadly our undermanned border agencies can't even slow down this peon army's inexorable nocturnal invasion.

Some Mexican Army patrols have even breached our borders to actually engage in firefights with our border agents, clearly an overt act of war. Yet our gutless, politically correct Congress refuses to retrieve our soldiers from Kosovo and other U.N. protectorates in order to protect our own borders from these illegal aliens who are Mexico's real invading army.

We should deploy our army, as our Constitution provides, on our borders, enact a moratorium on immigration, apprehend and deport the millions of illegal aliens and set up a migratory workers' organization to control the traffic of Mexican workers as needed.

We are currently on the losing end of a Mexican-American war and it's high time we defended ourselves. Let's show this enemy what real tough-love is like. It will work.

Jim Bovard


Form new anti-U.N. group

To the Editor:

It's time for the citizens of La Grande and greater Union County to stand up and be counted and not allow a dedicated and irksome group in Union to outdo us in opposing the United Nations.

I request your heartfelt support (no money please!) for the new action committee LUAU (La Grande Union County Abolish U.N.), which will demand the following:

1. Move the United Nations from New York City to say, France, where the officials will be warmly received with kisses on both cheeks.

2. Restrict the ability of the WHO (who?) — the World Health Organization — to shut down disease-plagued cities and allow those free-market viruses to shop at will.

3. Rid the world of UNICEF. What good are penny-ante Halloween containers when the money goes to children through the U.N.?

4. U.N. peacekeepers? A pox on 'em. Who needs them? The world is a truly tranquil place, the best of all possible worlds. Who needs the U.N. to keep ethnic rivals from each other's throats?

5. Do not allow one further farthing of our hard-earned money to be allotted by our government to the world body.

Surely the money can be better spent at home on such worthy projects as developing a bunker-busting nuclear bomb, clearcutting 1,000-acre-no-wildfire buffer zones, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and other deserving expenditures.

Perhaps we can really show our colors with a cross-country march on New York City and the U.N.

Maybe Rebok will even sponsor us because, after a 3,000-mile sojourn, our soles and gums will be really flapping.

Michael R. Rosenbaum

La Grande

Time to remember

To the Editor:

Recently a reunion brought back memories of over half a century of the medical history of La Grande and neighboring communities.

On May 23 we had a wonderful time of remembrances, a blending of the past with the present and hopes for the future. It was a catch-up session, a recalling of memories with people who shared and cared.

The dinner and service at the Boulder Creek Restaurant were excellent. The Combs twins, Ruth Edvalson and Beth Dorny, entertained with sentimental and enjoyable vocal selections. Sally Wiens gave the invocation.

It was a special pleasure for me, recalling decorating talents. Guests were greeted with balloons, doctors and nurses in miniature, and with emergency memorabilia. Each person attending received an Rx identification badge and was treated to a colorful, edible dose of pills for the day.

Of the many contacted, a good percentage attended. Others were unable to adjust schedules and commitments. All regretted having to forego this time of fellowship, hoping it would be repeated in the future.

Attending from out of town were Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gingrich of Portland, Dr. Bryce Young of College Place, Wash., Gertrude Butterfield of Caldwell, Idaho, and Margaret Carroll Ball of Portland.

Unable to attend, Dr. Joseph Frederick was respectfully remembered and will be presented with the guest book and photos when they are finished. Before returning to Portland, Dr. Gingrich, whose office for several years was in the La Grande Clinic west wing, called Dr. Frederick to reminisce and wish him well.

The reunion was a dream nurtured in the heart of Laura Mae Marshall. The effort exerted was insignificant when compared with the warm and genuine fellowship of the people who cared for the medical needs in our community for half a century.

Take a bow, Laura Mae.

Marguerite Vanderbilt

La Grande