Letters to the editor for October 31, 2012

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Letters to the editor for October 31, 2012


Cannot take away guns

To the Editor:

If you believe that the president or anyone by himself or herself can take away your guns, you have not read the Constitution of the United States of America. Apparently the Second Amendment can be interpreted differently by divergent people, but Article V of the Constitution is clear about amending the constitution. Consider the way so many of your friends and neighbors care as much as you do about the Second Amendment and try to imagine any possibility of change in this Amendment.

If you believe that the Affordable Health Care Act makes this country socialist, then you must also believe that the federal highway system, public education, veterans’ services, farm subsidies, oil production subsidies, the social security system, medicare and Medicaid, the Coast Guard, the Center for Disease Control, etc., make this country Socialist. 

If you are frightened by the fear mongers about socialism in general, you really should visit Denmark, Germany and Sweden. These are countries that are socialist, but have no connection to communism at all. 

If you still believe that the president is foreign born after his birth certificate has been verified and published everywhere, or that he is a Muslim, then there is no hope for you. If he were Muslim, he would still be eligible to be the president of the United States, just as is someone who belongs to the Mormon religion. Read Article VI of the Constitution of the United States: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the United States.”

Evelyn Swart






Cove FFA does great job

To the Editor:

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Cove FFA Fall Bazaar and Pumpkin Patch. 

For years I have been looking for something like this to attend with my family to celebrate fall and get our pumpkins. Over on the “other side” of the state there are huge pumpkin patches everywhere with lots of fun things to do on a fall afternoon. 

I was very pleasantly surprised at the great job the Cove FFA kids did with this. It’s amazing what they have been able to do with the Cove school farm in such a short amount of time and it is nice to be invited to share in their harvest.

There were vendors selling wonderful things at the bazaar, which made it fun — lots of yummy things to eat and very early Christmas presents to buy. The Cove FFA Discovery kids had harvested some of their pumpkins and made homemade pumpkin pies to sell. They were running an apple press and making apple cider, there was a petting zoo, a corn maze and lots and lots of pumpkins everywhere! 

Thanks again, Cove FFA! Looking forward to next year!

Angela Gorham






Write in Brasure for mayor

To the Editor:

Michael Brasure is your write-in candidate for mayor.

Some of you know him from years past as he has been gone for several decades returning home to take care of his dad. When Bill passed away Mike decided to stay. 

Mike was born and raised here, graduating from La Grande High School, and went on to Eastern for a while. He became a volunteer fireman for La Grande in the ’70s and then transferred to Boise State where he finished college. He then started working for the U.S. Forest Service fighting fires and later moved to Vancouver, Wash., as the fire management officer. After 20 years he retired. 

He then began many years of work volunteering wherever he was needed. He served as the housing coordinator for the Clark County Council for the homeless, working with rehabilitation housing for drug and alcohol abuse. He served as the Housing Mandatory by the Court and Probation Department with the State of Washington. Mike was also appointed the coordinator of volunteers for the W.H.O. programs in Vancouver, the coordinator and commander of the S.E. 3rd Neighborhood Watch and the executive director of the N.E. Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association.

I know him to be an energetic and honest man. He is eager to help when he can. He understands city issues and is willing to start new things. When he moved back to La Grande, he saw many things that had never changed, and some things that had not changed and he wants to help with these changes. So when you receive your ballot this week please write in Michael Brasure’s name if you are ready for a change. He not only is interested in the economic and tourism development in this area but has many other ideas that he would like to see happen. He has been all around town talking to people and listening to the concerns they have for our wonderful city.

Mike wants the people of La Grande to have a say in some of these ideas. Tell him what you want. Together changes can happen. 

Jacquelyn Punches

La Grande




Elect Buehler

To the Editor:

Our political system has become hyperpartisan. We need to do something to bring people back together. That is why I am supporting Dr. Knute Buehler for secretary of state. 

Dr. Buehler is a native Oregonian. He knew Oregon at a time when our political leaders didn’t just bicker but actually worked together to solve problems. He wants to bring that back.

He’s proposed three reforms he thinks will help decrease the level of partisanship in government. His first proposal is to advocate for long overdue campaign finance reform. 

He wants to get the big money out of politics so people aren’t beholden to just special interests. 

Second, he wants to stop the gerrymandering of our legislative districts. Every 10 years the politicians get to select their voters and create safer, more extreme districts. Knute wants to put that power back in the hands of the people. 

Last, he wants to work to include all people in our primary election. That would instantly enfranchise almost 600,000 voters and get them off the sidelines.

We have big problems in Oregon that will only be solved if people work together. Let’s start by voting for Knute Buehler as our secretary of state.

Carol Tate

North Powder