Letters to the editor for September 23, 2013

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Letters to the editor for September 23, 2013

Advocacy for Eastern Oregon’s Head Start Program

To The Editor:

The Head Start Program here in Eastern Oregon allows opportunities for parents of 3 and 4 year olds to educate not only themselves but their children. Ages 3 and 4 are extremely important for children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language and literacy development. High-quality preschool experiences that successfully foster early language and literacy skills are laying a critical foundation for children’s successful future. 

The public may not be aware of all the positive, wonderful aspects of the Eastern Oregon Head Start Program. This program has great features including: teacher-to-student ratios that are at 1:8, which increase the likelihood those teachers will be able to accommodate children’s diverse abilities, interests, strengths and needs; statistics prove that children who receive this early literacy intervention are more likely to succeed in the latter grades with their literacy.

One of the problems with lack of information in the public is the misconceptions that surround the Head Start Program. The misconception of invasion of privacy is very misleading. The Head Start Program goes into the family’s homes solely to help the parents and children with their situation and to try to offer them opportunities to better their family. Another misconception is release of personal information. The Head Start Program doesn’t allow any of their information to become public. They encourage this program on the basis that it will benefit you and your family in the latter years.

The Eastern Oregon Head Start Program allows parents opportunities that many other programs do not offer. All the support and care given to the parents and children are to benefit them and society in their futures. 

Casey Hallgarth

La Grande

If guns aren’t the solution, why are they so available?

To The Editor:

Several letters have been printed in the Observer decrying the terrible act by a disgruntled landowner who shot cows that were apparently stealing his property. Someone needs to be courageous or foolish enough to point out some issues not otherwise considered in those letters.

Although I was not personally acquainted with those cows I assume that like many cows, these were destined to become hamburger before long. So the act of killing the cows, as far as the cows were concerned, the shooting only accelerated their demise by a few months. It seems disingenuous to fuss about the innocent and defenseless animals when they could soon be on their way to the slaughter house.

The damage to the farmer for the loss of his cattle is formidable and our nefarious shooter has declared that he is going to reimburse the farmer for his losses. Undoubtedly the court would require that he do this anyway. When the court sets the amount of reimbursement to the farmer, will it deduct the cost of repairing the damaged property belonging to the shooter?

This incident, along with many others, should be considered conclusive evidence that we all get upset. There are many ways to work out our frustration and anger, but if a gun is readily available reasoning may go out the window. So my conclusion is that guns are not an appropriate solution to any problem. Why are they so available?

To be sure, this is the “wild West,” but it is also the 21st century. Is destroying cows a worse crime than destroying a human being?

Evelyn Swart


Reward offered for conviction of illegal hunters, dumpers

To The Editor:

Slob hunters beware. Every year some dimwitted hunters dump carcasses along Morgan Lake Road. This is obviously illegal, with fines up to $6,250. It is illegal to dump anything, including grass clippings. It costs only $10 to dump the carcass at the City Garbage Service WastePro site on Highway 30, and it is the legal, ethical and mature thing to do. 

Over 30 families live on Morgan Lake and Glass Hill roads. We are watching and have installed hidden motion cameras along the road. This is all private land for many miles. We are offering a $500 reward for the conviction of anyone caught dumping or hunting anywhere along these roads. Write down license numbers, take a photo, call 911 immediately with descriptions of the vehicle and people involved. 

Help keep our county clean and punish the few slobs who mess it up for everyone.

Peter Barry

La Grande

Obamacare will leave many confused, angry

To the Editor: 

As the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rolls out, people will be frustrated, happy and/or disappointed. Obamacare was created via a series of compromises to attend to the big industry lobbyist needs and wants for profit. We the people, did not get the best system to meet our health care needs. If this legislation was modeled after a single-payer system, we would not be experiencing as much confusion as we are with the current implementation and the insurance exchanges.

Healthcare for All-Oregon is a statewide organization with over 85 organizational members, including the coalition of small businesses, Mainstreet Alliance of Oregon. Oregon Rural Action is a regional affiliate organizing the five Eastern Oregon counties. We are advocating a universal health care system where “everyone is in and no one is out!” Legislation was passed this session to conduct a feasibility study on the best ways to finance health care in Oregon, which we believe will be a single-payer system. A bill doing this was introduced in the Legislature last year, but it never came up for a vote.

Why do we think a single-payer system that creates a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system is better than Obamacare? Invite a member from our local speakers team to present at a house party or give a presentation to your organization to find out why. 

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we will get back to you to schedule a time for the presentation.


Jim Kreider

La Grande