Letters and comments for April 12, 2012

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Vote for Gilbert


To the Editor:

It is with great pleasure that I endorse the candidacy of Irene Gilbert for Union County commissioner.

During the past two years, I have worked closely with Ms. Gilbert on issues surrounding the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Energy Facility. Our work has involved complex issues of administrative law, wildlife concerns, issues regarding property values and planning and zoning among many others.

I have seen Ms. Gilbert go toe to toe with entrenched state bureaucrats.

This is a woman who will fight for her beliefs out of a desire to improve the lot of all the citizens of Union County, not to line her own pocket.

Please help Union County remain a wonderful place to live and visit by voting for Irene Gilbert for Union County commissioner.

Charles H. Gillis

La Grande 


Appeal forest plan


To the Editor:

If the U.S. Forest Service has its way, things could come to a screeching halt in the places you’ve been able to drive to in the past.

If you haven’t heard, the Forest Service wants to close almost 4,000 miles of forest roads in eastern Oregon in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The websites below show their plans. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5357076.pdf. 

It was stated in a Portland newspaper that thousands of miles of logging roads would be great for the bicycle boom (http://bikeportland.org/2012/03/16/new-forest-service-plan-would-make-3835-miles-of-eastern-oregon-roads-motor-free-68945).

In the article, Jerry Norquist, a bike advocate who runs the Cycle Oregon ride, thinks “it’s a good decision” to close these roads. He said, “The cars, trucks and ATVs on the forest roads around Sisters have rendered many places un-bikeable.”

A friend of mine made a good point when she said, “Wake up people, this is the remote high desert of eastern Oregon. We don’t have latte stands every 15 miles of trails out here. This is not your backyard bicycle path we’re talking about!” 

Closing our roads over here in eastern Oregon makes about as much sense as asking Portland, Salem or Eugene to close off blocks and blocks of their streets in their city so that just certain groups or people could have access.

It’s not too late to let your voices be heard. The appeal deadline is April 30. If you are unable to attend this meeting, call or email your congressmen and senators to let them know of your concerns and why the roads should not be closed.

The forests should be for everyone to enjoy and have access. The address to send appeals can be found in the bottom paragraph of the document in this website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5359303.pdf.

Patty Trost





Vote for Hansell 


To the Editor:

I am writing to you in support of my father, Bill Hansell, for State Senate District 29.

My parents knew the rural region of Eastern Oregon was an ideal place to raise a family. Growing up in the wonderful town of Athena allowed for a childhood full of sports, community events, family values and a sense of safety. 

As a child, I adoringly looked up to my dad and my young eyes held a pure view of what being a politician meant.

I witnessed him being a public servant for his community and the values, leadership and support that he displayed in our family were also incorporated in his position as county commissioner. He was the same honorable man in the home as he was in public.

I thought this was true of every position, but as I got older I came to realize how rare it truly is.

My dad has and continues to accomplish something that is difficult to do, maintain his values within the world of politics.

In a time where trust in our government is low and our faith in our politicians is shaky, it is time to send someone to Salem who is trustworthy and will always keep Eastern Oregon’s values and ideals in the forefront of every decision.

My dad, Bill Hansell, has proven he is that person.

I am extremely proud of the man who is running for State Senate and it is a privilege to also call him “Dad.”

Please show your support in sending Bill Hansell to Salem to represent the beautiful Eastern Oregon region of District 29.

Bethany Hansell

San Diego 


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