Letters and comments for May 9, 2012

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Letters and comments for May 9, 2012


Vote for Gilbert


To the Editor:

We are writing this letter in support of lrene Gilbert, who is running for the position of Union County commissioner.

We have known lrene for approximately 15 years and have found her to be a person of high integrity, very approachable and well versed on many issues.

lrene was raised in a mill town located in Wheeler County and was later involved in the operation of a family-owned tree farm and cattle ranch.

Presently, she is the co-owner of a small business in La Grande. Her background provides her with knowledge and insight regarding timber and agricultural operations as well as the challenges faced by those who make a living in these occupations.

As a small business owner, Irene understands the importance that small businesses contribute to the local economy of Union County.

For the past three years, Irene has attended county commissioner meetings to further educate herself on local issues.

Irene will be an advocate for the quality of life we enjoy in Union County, something we will be proud to pass on to future generations.

Irene is an outdoor enthusiast and realizes the importance of access to our national forests and the sustainability of our resources for future use.

She has kept herself actively involved and informed with regard to the forest policies that have been enacted in the past few years by the federal government and the impact they will have on our communities. 

She understands that less recreational use will lead to a reduction in tourism and a loss of revenue to the local economy.

We feel a vote for Irene Gilbert will be in the best interest for Union County. She has our support.

Bob and Phyllis Routt

La Grande 




Music, fun in Union 


To the Editor:

The Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers held its big event of the year in Union April 13-14 with two days of music and fun. 

With the economy in bad shape and gas prices high, people still came for a nice time. 

We want to thank the musicians and spectators that came to our festivities and our fiddle show Saturday evening.

Thirty-seven entertainers young and old and in between from Oregon, Washington and Idaho entertained a full house of spectators.

Folks were able to dance, relax and listen to good old-time music and left with prizes and memories of years gone by. 

We appreciate the Union Boy Scout Troop 528 for their sponsorship and for serving refreshments.

Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers board of directors 




Non-partisan better 


To the Editor:

Are you feeling left out because you are not allowed to vote to elect a Union County commissioner? My wife is, too. Only registered Republicans are allowed to vote in this year’s
contest. I can vote; she cannot.

For too many years, we have been deprived of the right to vote because all of the candidates, or specifically the candidate we wished to vote for, was of a party different from ours, whether we were registered as Republican or Democrat.

And we are both tired of re-registering for just this one electoral contest.

In 1993, Umatilla County voted to make the position of county commissioner “non- partisan.” Polk County recently voted the same way, joining many other counties in Oregon that have that elected position as non-partisan.

Our Union County commissioners could place a resolution on the November ballot to allow the citizens of Union County to vote on changing the county commissioner position to non-partisan.

However, according to what was said at their May meeting, in order to do so, they feel they need community input and my understanding is that this needs to be done before their next meeting. They meet the first and third Mondays of each month.

Please take the time to let them know how you feel.

Phone their secretary at 541-963-1001 and express your preference.

Or email each commissioner — Bill Rosholt at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Mark Davidson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; and Steve McClure at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ralph Patterson



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