Letters to the editor for October 17, 2012

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Letters to the editor for October 17, 2012



Minthorn a qualified candidate

To the Editor:

Mr. Antone Minthorn is the Democratic candidate for the Oregon State Senate District 29. Mr. Minthorn was educated at Gonzaga University and Eastern Oregon University, and has done graduate work in urban and regional planning at the University of Oregon. He also participated in a Port of Portland Practicum at Portland State University.

He is an honorably discharged U.S. Marine Corp veteran (1957 to 1963). He served on the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indians General Council and Board of Trustees for 25 years.

Mr. Minthorn’s priorities in running for the Senate seat held by Mr. David Nelson, who is retiring, are: the economy, education and affordable health care. These priorities are all intertwined. Our economy can expand and be revitalized with an educated and well-trained workforce. There are many positions out there that require skilled people to do the needed work. Affordable health care allows the workers access to medical treatment and gives employers the incentive to provide health care coverage through the purchasing power of group/exchanges. Governor Kitzhaber is setting up the exchanges for health insurance, the first in the nation to do so.

There is much more information concerning Mr. Antone Minthorn’s plans for the future on his website: www.antoneminthornforstatesenate.com.

Please join me in voting for Mr. Antone Minthorn, Democrat, Oregon State Senate District 29.

Janet L. Beitel





Mr. President, ‘Do not covet’

To the Editor:

As young children, we are taught in Sunday school and in life to obey the 10 Commandments. President Obama said in 1998 at Loyola University, “How do we pool our resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution at a certain level to make sure everyone’s got a shot.”

In 2008 President Obama summarized his plan to make the tax code fairer by saying, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Again, in this year’s election President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are still talking about “spreading the wealth.”

We are taught from an early age not to covet or envy what others have. If we work hard enough in life it too can be ours to keep. Mr. President, you need to go back to Sunday school and learn the 10th Commandment for it says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Mr. President, you are in direct violation of what God has taught us: Do not covet. Just because someone else is rich, doesn’t mean you’re poor. We do not owe others a living.

Sharon Cheney

La Grande


Nothing to do out here in the sticks

To the Editor:

This spring it rained so much that I couldn’t ride my bike around the valley or in town, and it was too cold to take out the motorcycle. Hiking up to Morgan Lake to fish was way too steep and buggy. Of course, that meant Ladd Marsh was too windy for bird watching.

When it was finally nicer weather, the ground was too wet for gardening and I was too far behind in the pruning, so I tried to find something to do inside. But my schedule was just too complicated to sign up for a class in quilting or knitting or painting or singing or guitar or piano or exercise. That’s when I realized it was time to sign up for community baseball or trap shooting or archery. I could join a group of bike riders heading to Pendleton, but I just wasn’t in good enough shape.

Some friends suggested kite flying or mushroom and huckleberry picking, but there were so many flies and mosquitoes. So I thought about blackberry picking until I remembered how prickly they are. Maybe I could take a Frisbee and a picnic lunch, or a fishing pole and the camping gear and head to the woods, but my husband was busy and I couldn’t find the tent and the camp stove.

Water seemed like a nice place to be, but the boat license was expired, the inner tube for floating was flat, and the pool was too busy and my swimsuit didn’t fit.

On my way to Costco I remembered the historical sites and interpretive centers, but it was such a hot day, my sunblock was at home, and I was wearing the wrong shoes.

Thinking about someplace cool reminded me of the movies, but all my favorites had already played. The Elgin Opera House schedule was advertised and there were art show openings and exhibits, maybe a health lecture or a book signing, but I didn’t know who would go with me. So...

“What are you doing this weekend?”

“Nothing. There is just nothing to do out here in the sticks!”

Kathy Thew



Experienced leader

To the Editor:

As a non-traditional, older than average student, I came to La Grande and Eastern Oregon University to pursue an advanced degree in business administration, and I am presently involved in my thesis work. I am grateful to know Mayor Daniel Pokorney, not only as a city officer, but as an honorable public servant.

For the last two years, our mayor, Daniel Pokorney, has been involved in so many facets of the La Grande city government and community at large. Consider that in 14 years of elected service that the present Mayor Pokorney has never missed a meeting where a vote was taken. 

Not only does this show dependability on his part,  but also a dedication to due diligence, and an adherence to the stewardship in his duties, now a more rare yet still remarkable talent. 

The dedication exhibited by Daniel’s “internal drive” takes a constant level of energy, desire and commitment.  

Fundamentally, Daniel is philosophically based as a fiscal and social conservative, but has gained the” know how” to confront the day-to-day issues of local city government and submit himself to doing things right and correct — that is, to learn, understand and aid the growing diversity in the community — and has proven that as a friend and supporter to Eastern Oregon University. 

Daniel has a personable  “sit down and chat” ability that has and will continue to help and serve him in his mayoral duties, to empathize with his listener(s) and contribute in sustaining a more fair, balanced and genuine/ sincere approach to local area issues, for the overall betterment of all the local community. 

Daniel like a lot of our citizens knows first- hand about adversity in his 36 years as a Boise Cascade employee and has exemplified longevity in such a cyclical industry. More importantly, Daniel shows by his unique example and gained experience in how to deal with and resolve issues that could adversely affect positive growth, for all diverse people in our local community, and our economically-impacted situation. 

 Stay the evolving, positive course, to ever-more positive results. Citizens of La Grande, re-elect Daniel Pokorney as your honorable city mayor.

Kenneth Moore

La Grande