June 19, 2001 11:00 pm

McVeigh lived as desired

To the Editor:

Timothy McVeigh is dead.

For six years he has lived and now he has died in a world of which he desired, filled with publicity and notoriety.

These are the things he desired most and which kept alive his statement to the government and to the world which his bombing made.

McVeigh should have been kept in virtual obscurity and let die in obscurity, being given only the publicity necessary for due process, letting his statement die long before he did.

David Larson

La Grande

Concerned about articles

To the Editor:

At Wednesdays meeting of the Union Cemetery Maintenance District, there was great discussion about the quality, content, accuracy and tone of the articles about the Union Cemetery meetings as appearing in the newspaper published in Elgin, The Valley Times.

Reporter Cathy Morrison was present at the meeting and is aware of the feelings of taxpayers who took their time to attend the regularly scheduled board meeting.

Of the approximately 22 people in attendance at the meeting, and present when this letter was passed around, 17 people chose to sign it:

We the undersigned find the articles about the Union Cemetery, as written by Cathy Morrison, to be inaccurate, inflammatory and biased.

Donna Patterson


Other signers of the letter include Jeanne Bennett, Chris Vauge, Nadyne Rodman, Adeline M. Smith, Barbara James, J.B. James, Don E. Wood, Warren Roe, Evelyn Merriman, Don George, Wendy Phillips, Gary Lilleston, Sidney Huffman (chairman of the Union Cemetery Board), Charles Ratliff, Trudy Yeargain (cemetery clerk), and Irene Langford (cemetery board member.)

Wheres basic goodness?

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Mona Sudbrocks letter that appeared in The Observer of June 2. I too have family members laid to rest at the Island City Cemetery.

For nearly two years my family has decorated my mothers grave for every holiday, not just Memorial Day.

Valentines Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all have special decorations just for Mom.

During the rest of the year we decorate her grave with many purple flowers since that was her favorite color. Hummingbirds were her favorite bird so we have several hummingbird items out there for her as well.

Sometime between Memorial Day and the following Wednesday someone stole a hummingbird yard stake, a purple wheelbarrow filled with pansies, an azalea bush, two hummingbird windchimes, a hummingbird plant stake and a spruce tree that had been there since Christmas. A flower urn was also stolen off my great-grandparents grave.

Since these items can be replaced I am not upset they are gone. They were put there with the understanding something could happen to them. They could be blown away, damaged by rain or heat or even destroyed by an animal.

I am, however, upset that they were stolen.

Whoever took these items should feel sickened and ashamed. These items were lovingly chosen for very special people. If my mother were alive, she would have gladly shared her possessions with you, if only you had asked.

My mother taught me to look for the goodness in people. To whomever stole these items from my mother and numerous others buried in the Island City Cemetery, I ask you this:

Where is the goodness in you? Each time you look at the items you took, I hope you ask yourself that.

Kim Adams

La Grande

Stable population needed

To the Editor:

In using only angry sarcasm, not facts, to attack me because of my stance on growth, David Arnott revealed the paucity of his position in his June 6 letter in The Observer.

David thinks Boise is a progressive city. If this is so, why are there so many angry people there (June 6 and 10 letters to the editor, The Idaho Statesman)? Theyre angry because they have been hit with another outrageous property tax increase. Does anyone think growth pays for itself?

Why is there gridlock extending for 10 miles down the interstate twice a day? Are these people happy?

Why is St. Lukes Hospital addressing Boises steadily increasing road rage? Maybe its because theyve seen too much tragedy.

David and many others are confused. They equate population growth with progress. The population growth in Boise is toxic and cancerous and it can happen here.

The greedy, which can and often does include real estate agents, brokers, developers and many other businesses, cry out for population growth because of their supposed concern for the kids, but their real agenda is to feed their greed. These oh-so- concerned people were very evident in Boise years ago and now they live in palatial homes in the foothills. And the kids? Many are down there stuck in gridlock trying to get to their menial jobs.

The only workable long-term solution for economic security (not wealth or luxury) for everyone is a stable population in which the births just replace deaths. Mother Nature smiles on a stable population but at some point will take terrible vengeance on an ever-expanding population. Real human progress is spiritual growth which results in an increase in happiness, peace and contentment.

We can fool ourselves but we cant fool Mother Nature.

Gary Harris


Small town amenities

To the Editor:

A recent occurrence has led me to write this letter concerning the changes at the beautiful little cemetery in Union.

We have nice little benches at comfortable spots placed around the grounds.

We have heard that others have complained about them. They are so nice. People are nostalgic when they come to cemeteries and it is so nice to be able to sit down and rest and relive happenings when we go there. I would also like to say that the little chapel is also well done. It really adds to the picturesque feeling in the cemetery.

Living in a small town is very comfortable especially when a small child is lost. The police are so helpful. Our young officer his name is Tony was so helpful. The La Grande police could take a lesson.

We did not have the same reaction when a child was lost there.

When we leave our small town, we leave the peace that lives there. We arent use to the traffic in other places, and the fact that we know so many people here, just as people who wave and say hello, makes us happy to return.

We love living in our small town. We think we have one of the most charming cemeteries in the U.S.A., and a good police force.

Patricia K. Shankel


People pitch in to assist cemetery

To the Editor:

I am grateful for all the phone messages and nice cards I received after Memorial Day.

We have been doing some new projects at the Cove Cemetery and everyone seems to be enjoying the changes. However Im such a small part in the overall picture of the cemetery, I decided to write to acknowledge the people who really deserve a lot of the credit.

We have a great cemetery board: Betty Puckett, Dave Fields and Carole Stockton. They work year in, year out, never complaining. They take in everyones ideas and mold them into action. Somehow they manage to do it all with smiles on their faces. They are easy to talk to and everyone is important to them. Their spouses help a lot also. Cove is fortunate to have them.

I also appreciate the many other people who have helped us this year with the cemetery.

Michael Brosseau

Cove Cemetery Maintenance District


Keep hands off kitty

To the Editor:

This letter is to the person or persons in the Sunny Hills area who is being visited by my 20-pound, fluffy used to be black and white cat.

Actually, I dont know if he visits you or you take him out of my back yard. You may think that you are doing us a favor by trimming off half his hair and his claws, and giving him a bath. However, I do not appreciate it, nor does he. I bathe him myself, and I want his hair at its natural length, and his claws as well.

You did this once last summer, too, and that was the first time in his eight years that hed ever had his claws or hair cut. He didnt know what to do with himself, and it took three weeks for his sister to get used to him, and their behavior to get back to normal.

About six weeks ago, when all this happened again, I was shocked. Now Im even more disturbed because it has been happening on a regular basis since. I dont know who you are. But I want you to know that my cat, now 9, is a very special cat and member of our family.

Hes spoiled more than most cats could even dream of. Hes also very smart, but not smart enough to tell me who is doing this to him. So whoever you are, I would appreciate it very much if you would not do this again. If he visits your house, tell him to go home.

If you would like a beautiful cat of your own, check the Blue Mountain Humane Association or Help Pets N People. There are lots of needy cats who might love to be adopted by you. I know Help Pets N People has a big, friendly orange one that needs a home. Call them at 562-5624.

Trish Bell

La Grande

Potter excellent choice

To the Editor:

I would like to offer congratulations and praise to the La Grande School Board, the school district and La Grande High School for choosing Doug Potter as the incoming principal of La Grande High School.

From previous experience with Mr. Potter at the middle school, I know he will lead LHS to achieve even better and greater goals and successes in future academic and athletic activities.

He has the skill and ability to mold the high school into an institution that the community will be very proud of, and continue in the exceptional tradition for which the school is noted.

I truly feel that Mr. Potter is an exceptional choice, and I look forward to bigger and better things at LHS as he leads the faculty and students into the future.

Dr. C. Joseph Grover

La Grande