July 08, 2001 11:00 pm

Global warming unproven

To the Editor:

This is in response to the editorial on global warming. Restricted by the number of words I couldnt write all that I wanted.

President Bush is 100 percent right in not pursuing the Kyoto treaty. It is erroneous to indicate science has proven there is global warming.

Its a scare tactic used by those who want control. It would destroy our economy, especially in the United States. China would be exempt from the restrictions placed on the U.S., causing industry to shift to Third World countries. All this on the strength of mere theory! The United States does need to be part of the solution, the sane voice of reason in a world that is mad with fear.

Quoting Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in an address to Congress on June 13: All of the recent scientific reports agree that there may, or may not be a minor change in the planets average temperature over this last 100 years (1 degree). There is no conclusive proof that man is the cause of that perhaps minor change.

There are many variables that have not been addressed in these studies such as orbital changes, solar activity cycles, temperature of the oceans, cloud-covers, humidity and long-term temperature


Rep. Rohrabacher: Try to find a researcher on global warming who is not in some way tied to some sort of research contract by the federal government. Could it be that the reason for the increase in the number of global warming advocates has something to do with the access to government funding for research?

Dr. Will Happer, head scientist for Energy Research, wrote an article stating he did not agree with the global warming theory as it hadnt been proven. He was fired immediately from his position.

For more vital information go to www.NewsMax.com, scroll until you find Reality of Global Warming by Dana Rohrabacher.

Get informed and use your common sense!

Carol McCrae


Correct cell phone use OK

To the Editor:

I must disagree with your editorial stating that driving while using a cell phone is OK.

No, I am not one of the non-users blowing wind hoping House Bills 2649 and 2943 will become law. Those are the two bills stalled in committee that ban mobile phones and portable computers.

I carry a cell phone with me when I travel but I get away from the traffic when I want to use it.

To repeat a sentence from your editorial, Lawmakers should not pass bills until it is shown that cell phones are causing a disproportionate number of accidents. Just how many accidents causing injuries or deaths would you say is proportionate?

You cited a study by the University of North Carolina that in 32,303 accidents only 1.5 percent were using cell phones. That would be approximately 500 phone users involved in accidents. And just how many injuries or deaths were the results of those accidents?

To quote your editorial one more time, Good discretion on the part of users is the best way to prevent laws from being passed that ban cell phone use.

I will say most drivers do show common sense but there are the few who dont and one injury or death is too many.

I have logged many miles on the roads in the Northwest and have seen too many drivers wandering on the road dialing, reading, looking at a map, putting on makeup and one guy brushing his teeth and one shaving.

Harold Marcum


Many kind people helped

To the Editor:

The Barnhart and Lillegard families wish to convey our deepest gratitude to our family, friends, pastors, churches and people we have never met for their kindness and generosity to the recent loss of our beloved son and grandson.

We were overcome by the love and support from every segment of the Grande Ronde valley, even as far as Salem, Portland and our family from northern Idaho.

To Daniels Chapel of the Valley, who were so gracious to our whole family, to pastor Norm Shrumm, who ministered to us so caringly, to Shop n Kart and other businesses who helped, to the Salvation Army who helped set up the meal at Riverside Park, to each of you who gave to the memorial fund set up for Jeremiah, to the ladies who ministered to my daughter at the scene of the accident and waited so patiently at the hospital, God Bless all of you.

Would you take a moment to pray for the truck driver who happened to be at the wrong place at the right time. We feel so sorry for him and wish we could remove the pain and guilt he must feel. We blame no one but know assuredly that God had a plan for our little boy. The Bible says that we must come to God as a little child.

Once again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support during this difficult time.

May each family who witnessed our sorrow make a renewed commitment to protect their children, physically, emotionally and spiritually. God Bless you.

John and Sherry Barnhart,


Jerry and Melissa Lillegard


About early risers

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to our farmer friend east of Stonewood Mobile Court: Thanks for the early wake up calls at 5 a.m. I wonder how many families need to get up that early.

There is a big field behind us. Why couldnt you be kind enough to start on the Walton Road side of the field where there are no homes?

I guess three early mornings, cutting, raking, baling and, oh yes, picking up, only makes four chores for each crop. And if you are lucky there are at least three cuttings a year and then theres the dust. The job was finished by 7:15 a.m.

We love our farmers, but cant you be more considerate of your neighbors?

V.M. Hartley

La Grande

Use Net to compare phone rates

To the Editor:

As one who also suddenly found my rates raised without notice, I ran across an article in a Readers Digest publication that gave an E-mail address for the purpose of comparing phone rates. It is a Web site: www.lowermybills.com. It makes it possible to compare long distance rates by just putting in your phone number, answering several questions and then it shows what your costs and savings would be, depending upon what company you might choose.

I changed my ATT service to another carrier over a month ago and after my first bill I was very pleasantly surprised. It was long overdue.

Lois MacBird

La Grande

Why dump plywood at landfill?

To the Editor:

We went to the city dump the other day and saw a very sorry sight. Stacks and stacks of plywood about 400 to 500 sheets being rapidly destroyed by the crusher as we stared in bewildered anguish, for we are folks that hate to see waste.

Couldnt or shouldnt this have been used in some way such as donated to Habitat for Humanity? It would have made a whole housing development in some Third World country. Or if it was unusable for some reason, couldnt it have been chipped up for wafer wood, or at least ground up for hog fuel for the mill?

We are all urged to recycle to prolong the life of our already nearly full landfill. We are told how much it will cost us for garbage disposal when the landfill has to be closed in the near future. Now I ask you isnt this a bit incongruous?

Another man who was up there said he has been there other times and has seen large amounts of what he termed beautiful lumber just wasted in the same manner, so this wasnt an isolated incident. We all would like to know what is going on.

Marge and Henry Woodford

La Grande

Eastern Star shines

To the Editor:

Over 900 people were at the Pendleton Convention Center last week for the opening of the 112th session of the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Included in this number were 256 out-of-state visitors.

Oregon has the honor of having the Most Worthy Grand Matron, Dorothy Dewing of Portland, who will preside over Eastern Star all over the world for the next three years.

She and the Most Worthy Grand Patron, Harles Creech of Louisiana, were two of the 350 distinguished guests who were escorted and introduced at the Bridge of Hope session.

The Order of Eastern Star is known for contributions to several philanthropic entities, and approximately $138,000 was collected this past year.

For 30 years money has been given to OHSU for cancer research.

This money stays in Oregon and is not used for administration.

A check for $50,000 was given to OHSU this year making a total of over a quarter of a million dollars given in just the past five years.

St. Vincent Hospital in Portland received $13,600 for heart research, Shriners Childrens Hospital $6,008, Scottish Rite Language Disorders $2,500 and Head Start received $8,500 as well as backpacks for the children,

Scholarships are granted for Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership, and Julie Pfnister of La Grande was a recipient of one of these.

Other scholarships were given for Masonic Youth, and other qualified applicants.

Many people from Union County were in attendance at this meeting, and most of them took an active part.

Doris Duckett

La Grande

More about Oregon Trail

To the Editor:

I would like to say a bit more about the Oregon Trail sesquicentennial, which was held during the year 1993.

A local committee was formed made up of ordinary citizens like me, who felt something local should be done to commemorate the Oregon Trail, which went right through La Grande.

We had many meetings and went to local businesses, city and county leaders, and other organizations. With donations, we finally came up with $19,000. As a result, we were able to put in a small interpretive center at Birnie Park.

During this time I attended several meetings in Baker City to compare notes and see what they were doing.

Their meetings were attended by business leaders and city and council officials, people of influence, I felt.

They, too, were excited about the idea of establishing an interpretive center on their portion of the Oregon Trail.

However, they went at it full force. They sent representatives to Salem and Washington, D.C., to tell the Oregon Trail story.

As a result, they got the beautiful interpretive center that sits on the trail just out of Baker City.

The point I wish to make is that if we had done the same here, chances are that beautiful interpretive center would be sitting out here on Foothill Road on our part of the Oregon Trail, to the tune of several million dollars.

Now the railroad from Elgin to Joseph is about to be torn out.

I do not think our town is ready to fight for it.

Do we have the vision? It takes people of influence and much time and effort and determination to get things accomplished.

The people in Joseph are trying. Couldnt we all join in?

Elaine Livingston

La Grande

Turtle on a post?

To the Editor:

We should congratulate George on his birthday, which was July 6.

I just heard about a 91-year-old man who was asked by his barber what he thought about George W.

He replied that Mr. Bush reminded him of a turtle on a post.

The barber did not understand and asked for an explanation.

Well, the old fellow said, when you are driving down the road and you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post you wonder how he got there.

You know that he cant do much that is useful while he is up there and you expect that he will probably fall on his face before too long.

Bill Oberteuffer

Island City

Use space wisely

To the Editor:

Im sure everyone is delighted to hear that the corn snake and the iguana are finally home again. (lovely!).

Why dont you use your front page coverage for something worth- while, like a different picture each day of a missing child.

And a followup when they are safely reunited with their families?

Bernard M. Abell

La Grande