Letters to the editor for February 8, 2013

By Observer Upload February 08, 2013 02:14 pm



Film festival can put La Grande on the map

To the Editor:

People, get ready. The Eastern Oregon Film Festival is right around the corner.

This year’s event marks the fourth time La Grande will host this celebration of independent film and regional musicians.

Even if you’re not into film or music, you should care about this festival and what it represents. Why? Simply put, events such as this have the potential to not only introduce La Grande to a new and larger audience, but more importantly to local businesses and residents, the economic impact can be huge. 

A 2007 economic impact study looked at the Eugene International Film Festival and reported that the average traveling party spent more than $1,000 during the festival and the direct economic impact to the community was close to a half million dollars. 

The direct and indirect economic impact of the Durango Independent Film Festival, according to a 2009 study, was more than $350,000; the Sundance festival provided an impact of nearly $70 million in 2012 to the Salt Lake City area. 

OK, so we’re not Sundance or Durango or even Eugene. But that’s not the point. I contend that more important than the direct and indirect economic impacts of individual festivals, the long-term impacts are even greater, if more challenging to measure. 

Festivals like this one can lead to such things as increased tourism, new film production, business relocations and the like. The film festival can put La Grande on the map for new investment. 

Support the EOFF by attending the festival Feb. 28 through March 2 in downtown La Grande. Visit www.eofilmfest.com for more information. See you at the movies.

Charlie Mitchell

Community and Economic Development director, City of La Grande





Donated toys help kids have better Christmas

To the Editor:

For the past 14 years, the residents of Cove have come together and donated toys to help our kids have a better Christmas. This year our toy drive benefited 54 children.

A big thank you to the citizens of Cove for their amazing support and overwhelming generosity the toy drive receives. 

Another thank you goes to the congregation of Cove’s Methodist Church for organizing the distribution of these toys. It’s very touching and heartwarming to see the community come together year after year to help our kids.      

Cheri Doren