Letters to the editor for January 30, 2013

By Observer Upload January 31, 2013 08:55 am



Thank veterans for your freedoms

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Mary Cook’s letter on Jan. 25. Instead of complaining about legal gun owners that own assault weapons, why don’t you get down on your knees every day and thank the veterans who died for you to have the privilege to complain. People like you should take a copy of the Constitution and visit the 24 American military burial grounds on foreign soil.

For a starter, go to American Battle Monuments and check out the Normandy Cemetery above Omaha Beach — 172.25 acres, 9,387 dead men and women, 33 pairs of brothers, 1,557 soldiers, sailors and airmen who fell at Normandy who have no known graves. Over half the graves are of young men who never reached their 21st birthday. I haven’t even mentioned the veterans who served and died in all the other wars. I bet you have never thanked a veteran for their service.

Here’s a suggestion: if you are not happy with what’s going on here in this country, I’m sure North Korea and Iran would welcome you with open arms.

By the way, I served in Korea during the war and you are welcome.

Bernard Abell

La Grande





Fair board members sought

To the Editor:

Have you ever thought about being a part of the Union County Fair? 

We are currently looking for a few people who would like to be members of the fair board, either as a regular member or as an advisory non-voting member. 

The Union County Fair is a youth-oriented fair with an emphasis on 4-H and FFA projects, both livestock of all types or home and arts. We also promote family hobbies such as photography, art and home arts as well as traditional categories like baking, gardening, crop production, and canning and preservation for adults and youth alike. 

We also provide some great fundraising opportunities for local civic groups and a chance for merchants to showcase their products as well as providing some great entertainment and fun contests for local residents. 

If you have an interest, please go to the county commissioners office at 1106 K Ave. to fill out an application or contact myself or Nan Bigej for more information. 

Our meetings are the second Thursday of each month, and anyone is welcome to attend to find out more about what we do and what it takes to put on a fair. 

With a limited budget, we rely on a lot of volunteers and we would love to hear your ideas and maybe find someplace where you could help us for a few days. Thank you. 

Randy Mai

La Grande





Walden elected to protect rights

To the Editor:

Saturday, at Greg Walton’s town hall meeting, one of the local citizens stood up and asked, “Why do you have your heads in the sand?” It was obvious Greg Walden was offended by the question.

Each U.S. senator and congressman should know they are the people’s liaison and voice to Congress. To the people, in these meetings, they are Congress, and the fact is, we have a corrupt Congress.

During the meeting, it was evident that the people are very concerned with the destructive course Congress and the administration has put our country on.

For anyone in Congress or the administration to deny they are corrupted, is like an alcoholic denying the fact he is an alcoholic, then going out begging for a few bucks so he can buy his next fifth of whiskey. 

We do have some good men and women in Congress that are strong defenders of the Constitution.  But they seem to be few. Even when a good man like Greg Walden was asked the question, by some misguided lady, about his commitment to provide health care to every person in the nation. He failed to answer the question by passing the buck to “don’t we have ObamaCare.”

We should not be electing our representatives in Congress to provide us “things.”  We elect them to defend the Constitution of the United States, and to protect our rights and liberties under that inspired document. 

With all due respect to Congressman Walden, when asked that question again I suggest  he state clearly that he is not elected to provide things, and free benefits to the people. 

He is in Washington to defend the Constitution, and every citizen’s God-given rights and liberty. If he gets booed, so be it. 

If he would have given that answer in La Grande’s town hall meeting, he would have received applause loud enough to be heard all the way to Washington. These town hall meetings are defining moments for the elected representatives and the people. May this one help Greg Walden do his job.

Rae Anderson

La Grande




Sheriff’s stand raises questions

To the Editor:

I’m impressed with the efforts and hours Sheriff Rasmussen has spent interpreting the U. S. Constitution and explaining his plan not to enforce laws he doesn’t like. I’m confident that in taking a stand so popular among his base, the sheriff will be in good shape with votes and contributions for the next election.

Although interpreting the Constitution and selectively enforcing laws is not listed as a duty of county sheriffs in Oregon (ORS 206.010), it is not without important precedent. 

Many remember the brave Southern sheriffs of the 1950s and 1960s courageously upholding the 10th Amendment (states’ rights) against oppressive federal orders to share schools, lunch counters and drinking fountains with Negroes.

Unfortunately, the tyrant Eisenhower sent in federal troops to crush Southerners’ constitutional rights.

Sadly, none of these sheriffs ever made a chapter in “Profiles in Courage,” yet their legacy of upholding very popular local beliefs and customs against the progress of United States law lives on.

Charles Jones

La Grande