Letters and comments for June 5, 2012

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Letters and comments for June 5, 2012


Give Hughes his due 

To the Editor:

I hope everyone noticed a couple weeks ago the letter to the editor written by Loren Hughes advocating more forest road closures and further federal takeover of the land.

I just want to make sure that everyone realizes who Hughes is so that we can all recognize the damage he has single-handedly caused during the past 40 years to the people of this region.

Hughes was given the nickname “Mr. Fifteen Center” several decades ago during the spotted owl controversy after he wrote a letter addressed with one 15 cent stamp to the Forest Service.

His letter effectively shut down several large Forest Service timber sales and helped deal a fatal blow to the timber industry.

Hughes also has a long association with extreme environmental groups such as the Hells Canyon Preservation Council in La Grande.

So, I want to make sure and pay Hughes his due.

First, Mr. Fifteen Center, thanks for killing an industry that will never return during my lifetime.

Thanks for changing the median age in Wallowa County from a vibrant 32 years old in 1982 to the current 50 years old today. And, because of your agenda, nowadays we harvest people’s lives with the prison industry instead of putting them to work harvesting the earth’s bounty.

So really thanks for that, too, because that is the consequence of your life work.

And also, thanks Mr. Hughes for providing an example of someone willing to sell the economic stability of the region he calls home so that he can fulfill some theoretical environmental preservation agenda. 

Or, maybe Hughes has his sites on bigger fish.

Maybe his environmental concerns are simply a front for a more clandestine agenda.

Maybe he is actually interested in changing our form of government.

Or is it just a coincidence that the work of his life has resulted in a weakening of fundamental American ideals such as freedom, liberty, and private property rights. Maybe.

Brian Addison





Thanks for gas prices 

To the Editor:

I have heard many people complaining about the price of gasoline in the past year. The news media has kept us well informed about the prices throughout the country.

I think we need to take into account that the price of regular gasoline in La Grande has been held at $3.959 for several weeks. That is below average in Oregon state and lower than the price in many other states.

I want to thank our distributors for keeping the price pretty consistent locally whereas it has fluctuated dramatically across the nation.

Last week the price went up 4 cents a gallon. I don’t like it but am appreciative that it is still below the price others in the Northwest are paying. 

Jackie Bingner

La Grande