Letters and comments for November 23, 2011

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Letters and comments for November 23, 2011

Parade parking

To the Editor:

I was so disappointed in whoever was in charge of the Veterans Day parade, the police department and the city of La Grande.

On all the other parades, it is said that no cars will be parked along Adams Avenue during the parades. But for some reason, people forgot this Veterans Day.

To me, that shows disrespect not only for the veterans in the parade, but also for the people who go out and weather the bad weather, so they can show their respect for the veterans.

But it also makes it unsafe for the kids to get the candy being thrown out to them.

I was downtown at 10:30 a.m. with my grandkids and had two cars park in front of us by 10:50 a.m. I watched as one car’s occupants got out of the vehicle and walk down the street.

I feel that if you’re going to make a rule that no cars should be parked along Adams during a parade, then it should be enforced for all parades.

This is my opinion. I hope that someone will take this into consideration for all parades.

As for me and my family, we have a deep appreciation for all the armed services and the all veterans. Thank you is so little of a thing for what you have done and are doing.

Leslie Michael

La Grande


Giving thanks

To the Editor:

In this month of November, in honor of Thanksgiving and National Hospice and Palliative Care month, I wish to acknowledge my gratitude to many.

During the 21 years I have worked with Grande Ronde Hospital — Home Care Services — Hospice (formerly Union County Home Health and Hospice, adopted by GRH in 1987), I have witnessed countless acts of loving kindness and courage by so many. I am grateful for the individuals and their families who have allowed our hospice team to hear their life stories and support them during very difficult yet sacred times.

I am thankful for the many committed GRH hospice team members who, now and in previous years, have provided expertise in end-of–life care and presence to our friends and neighbors who are suffering. This includes not only the professional staff who care directly for patients in their homes but also the larger team, including physicians, pharmacists, office personnel and management.

To our dedicated volunteers, who have offered themselves as a gift in so many creative ways, I hold open my heart in awe and gratitude. In addition to family caregivers, who discover in themselves courage to do what seemed impossible, I also would like to honor the countless caregivers who are employed in our community’s care facilities and private homes — they are all heroes in my book. And never forgetting all of our friends and neighbors, including myself, who mourn after the loss of loved ones. You are testimonies to the love you shared with those who have died through your desire to continue to heal and live fully. There truly is a sacred thread connecting us all.

Teresa Smith-Dixon

La Grande


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