Letters to the editor for January 14, 2013

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An open letter to the State of Oregon

To the Editor:

To: The State of Oregon

John A. Kitzhaber

PERS Overpayment Recovery Team

My name is Mike Morehead and I taught school in La Grande from 1973 to 2003. My wife, Sandra, and I raised four children on my teacher’s salary while she stayed at home to be with the children. With 16 years of teaching under my belt, if it were not for my summer job with Boise Cascade, my children would have qualified for free lunches. 

After retiring in the spring of 2003, I went to work for Boise Cascade, full-time in the woods. I now have my own business and do contract work in the woods for Hancock Timber Management, who purchased Boise’s timberlands, later owned by Forest Capital Partners. When I finish with this letter, I will write the state of Oregon a check for $8,033.13, which will be approximately 20 percent of my business income this year.

I used to be proud to say that I lived in the state of Oregon. That is no longer true. I tolerate it because all of my family lives here. We have lived and worked here for nearly 100 years. My grandfather, Bruce Morehead, came here in the late teens and worked his lifetime in the timber industry. My dad, Paul Morehead, worked in the timber industry until his retirement in the early ’90s.

Now the timber industry and timber harvest on federal ground is but a small fraction of what it was in the past. It seems that we would rather watch our federal forests die and fall down, or burn to the ground, than responsibly harvest them, producing more jobs and a sizable income for our schools and counties, not to mention healthier forests.

Now we use tax dollars to subsidize counties for the lack of logging on federal forests. With the huge amount of tax dollars we give away freely to those who choose to make welfare a “way of life” instead of a “hand up,” is it any wonder why we are in the state of affairs we are in? That goes triple for our federal government and their inability to control spending. We are now doing exactly the same thing to a huge number of our own people that the government did to the Indians some time ago: taking away all incentive to work.

Several years ago, I changed from being a Democrat to a Republican. One of the many reasons I chose to do so was something that was written in their platform long ago, and I roughly quote, “Never build yourself up by tearing another man down.”

The state of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, the PERS Overpayment Recovery Team and a judge are doing exactly that. I hope this solves your problems but sadly, I feel you will have your hands in my pockets again.

Mike Morehead

La Grande



Praying for peace and love in 2013

To the Editor:

As I read articles in our newspaper it brings back to mind the ‘Letters To Santa’ in December from children in our community and surrounding areas asking for more peace and love in the world. 

Now that we have entered into a new year, 2013, this is a great opportunity to fill this new year with peace and love towards one another as instructed in God’s word, to love one another as he has loved us. 

What an awesome God we serve. May our Heavenly Father be with all the military men and women and their families, as well as all the policemen and policewomen and their families, this new year and keep all of them safe, that is my prayer. May each of us remember the request, out of the mouths of babes, for more peace and love toward one another this new year. 

Janice Roberts

La Grande



Why an executive order to sidestep the U.S. Constitution?

To the Editor:

FBI crime statistics show violent crimes have continually decreased for the past two decades, (a drop of 65 percent in 20 years). The only U.S. areas showing violent crime rises have been the Midwest (aka Chicago), where an unconstitutional gun ban exists.

Despite how New Yorkers and Chicagoans cast their votes, the people of Union County cast 7,636 votes for Romney and 3,973 votes for Obama and locals voted Republican an average of 3-1 in all other races. Why didn’t the Observer support Romney? Since the Sandy Hook murders, the Observer has posted a half dozen articles, all pushing the conclusion that gun registration and confiscation of semi-autos across America would’ve prevented the murders. There’s no factual proof of this, but even if it was, our Constitution cannot be changed without following legal requirements laid out when the Constitution was ratified.

Obama studied constitutional law and swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and knows the procedure for amending our Constitution is governed by Article V of the original text. Before an amendment can take effect, it must be proposed to the states by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or by a convention called by two-thirds of the states, and ratified by three-fourths of the states or by three-fourths of conventions thereof, the method of ratification being determined by Congress at the time of proposal. Why doesn’t Obama follow the law and let Americans decide on this issue, as our Constitution calls for?

No matter if someone likes or dislikes it, the fact is that we’re a constitutional republic and the Constitution is the law of our land. It’s not slanted toward any political faction and can’t be changed because of sentiments of any group. It’s time the Observer spoke for its readers and stated the Constitution and amendments is what makes our country different than any other in the world. It doesn’t permit citizens rights for a limited period of time, it grants us rights given us from God and if we don’t cherish these rights and realize they’re interconnected to one another, we’ll lose them all.

Dennis Wagner