Take advantage of hard-earned privilege, study issues, vote

February 24, 2012 12:53 pm

It is nearing the end of February in which we are granted an extra day as we tag the 29th onto our calendars.

The day itself seems rather special, for my cousin Marilyn was born on such a day so many years ago (1928).

We always joked about how much younger she was than I because she could divide her age by four.

The month of February also held another birth, that of my eldest son on the third, so the month began and ended on memorable dates with the love month of red decor and Valentines tying the two together.

With birthdays of two presidents (Abraham Lincoln Feb. 12 and George Washington Feb. 22) and our State of Oregon celebrating its 153 years of statehood (1859), we are blessed, indeed, with such a month.

Now that the month seems to be rushing into March, we reflect on the ways we have celebrated or contemplated on those things and how they have added meaning to our lives.

Nancy Wilson is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Lone Pine Tree Chapter, the program chairwoman this year. 

We held our monthly meeting earlier this month and she presented a thoughtful, and sometimes humorous, study of Woman's Suffrage, the right for women to vote in governmental elections, and some of their individual attempts over the years to gain this right to vote.

It is hard to believe the trials women underwent in order to secure what we so easily take for granted now.

Every woman of voting age should be so very grateful for the privilege earned by these women of our past.

We should never fail to take advantage of this hard-earned privilege, study the issues and vote.

I mention Nancy's informative and thought-provoking presentation because of recent events concerning our health care issues and the difficulty in sorting through truth and fiction.

It is up to each of us to take up the search in quest of truthful answers.

As with all months, we will soon leave this one behind and look to March as another new beginning.

Will we leave our unusually open but cold and wet winter behind and welcome the daffodils that already are thrusting their heads through the soil, unimpeded by their normal coat of snow? Will the wind continue its force through our valley with such abandonment that the wind-blown look becomes the new (or continued)

Whatever or however the month throws at us, we Northeastern Oregonians will face it and take it as we've always done.

Now, as for me, I plan to change colors.

By that I mean I will put away the old red decorations of February and start putting out shades of green to encourage spring and to acknowledge the Irish in me.

I think I'll make it easy on myself, though, as far as the miniature Swiss room is concerned. I may leave it with its living room furniture and just remove the Swiss couple and their Saint Bernard dog.

By replacing them with my Irish couple, it will change the mood of the scene and be good for another whole month.

You see, I'm thinking all the time.


Veteran newspaperwoman Dorothy Swart Fleshman is a La Grande native. Reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it