LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FOR AUGUST 18 - 23, 2003

September 14, 2003 11:00 pm

Time for change in Salem

To the Editor:

I just read your editorial about California's problems. I agree that a new governor could be a problem. I think, however, that you may want to address the lack of a good state Legislature in Oregon. That is not to leave out the governor.

If the Legislature can't fix the budget problems, maybe the governor is right in closing down all state government until it does. I think this is radical, however.

It is time to think about getting rid of the people who represent the people of Oregon and elect new representatives — people who will make the changes needed to keep the state going in the right direction.

Steve Hutchinson (Oregon native)

Libby, Mont.

Follow Treaty of 1855

To the Editor:

The Treaty of 1855, Article I, states "that the exclusive right of taking fish in the streams running through and bordering said reservation is hereby secured to said Indians and at all other usual and accustomed stations in common with citizens of the United States, and of erecting suitable building for curing the same, the privilege of hunting, gathering roots and berries and pasturing their stock on unclaimed lands in common with citizens, is also secured to them."

Article 9, "In order to prevent the evils of intemperance among said Indians, it is hereby provided that if any one of them shall drink liquor, or procure it for others to drink, (such one) may have his or her proportion of the annuities withheld from him or her for such time as the president may determine."

Why are these two articles not being followed as directed by the Treaty of 1855?

The World Book Dictionary defines "in common with" as "equally with another or others; owned, used, or done by both or all." How are the five-month tribal seasons in common with our five-day elk season and 11-day deer seasons? How does the tribal year-around turkey season show consistency with the treaty language?

In closing I would like to ask how can the Confederated Tribes even consider incorporating alcoholic beverages at Wildhorse Casino?

Glenda Christian

Ukiah

Super store not needed

To the Editor:

Not often do I agree with the editor of this paper on any subject, but I could not be more in agreement with the paper's Aug. 15 opinion on the new Wal-Mart debacle.

We do not need, nor will we ever need a Wal-Mart super store in the Grande Ronde Valley. If you look downtown today, you will see businesses finally getting on their feet from the first Wal-Mart invasion. Please stop the madness before it gets started.

Jon B. Hickerson

La Grande

Elect new representatives

To the Editor:

I just read your Aug. 14 editorial about California's problems.

I agree that a new governor for California could be a problem.

I think, however, that you may want to address the lack of a good state Legislature in Oregon.

If the Legislature wasn't able to fix the budget problems, then maybe the governor would be right in closing down all state government until it did.

I think this is radical, however. It is time to think about getting rid of the people who represent Oregon and elect new representatives — people who will make the changes needed to keep the state going in the right direction.

Steve Hutchinson

(Oregon native)

Libby, Mont.

Cast Iron Mary significant

To the Editor:

At first, when reading The Observer's Aug. 20 editorial, "City's prominent lady," the conclusion that Cast Iron Mary, the new statue at Town Square Park, is not historically significant caused a big "oh???".

Only a newcomer to La Grande or one with anti-historical leanings would question the historical significance of Mary, I reasoned.

If so, let it be pointed out that Di Lyn Larsen-Hill in her community comment of Aug. 18 answered the question quite clearly: "Women's Christian Temperance Union" (significant presence in La Grande in 1904), "...local bootlegger ... destroyed the fountain" (ironic ending), and "...citizens despair every time an old structure falls into dust ..." (true).

If hundreds of citizens banded together to restore the statue through their donations and the statue was recreated by a local craftsman, Ralph Moore, why would it seem an unimportant undertaking?

With a little further investigation or visit with Di Lyn, or even reading earlier issues of The Observer, the editorial writer would have found that the statue's surroundings are not yet complete and that the requested interpretive sign has already been planned and will be put in place so "curious onlookers" and others will know the history of Cast Iron Mary.

For further reference to Cast Iron Mary, may I recommend the following: "La Grande 1885-1985" by Richard Hermens and John Turner (photo),

"History of Union County, Oregon" by Lee Johnson, page 20 (photo), or speak to any local historian.

Dorothy Swart Fleshman

La Grande