Letters to the editor for March 3, 2014

By Observer Upload March 03, 2014 12:54 pm

Trueax: Country in danger of losing God’s favor

To the Editor:

For 200 years, our country enjoyed a “favored nation” status with the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as he did with Judah before the carrying away into Babylon, the Lord has taken our part against all opponents. 


Everything we did prospered.

Yet, just as Israel, and then Judah, did, we have tried the Lord’s patience too many times. We are in danger of losing that “favored nation” status.

Jesus Christ said that because of their waywardness, Judea would lose that status after his death and that he would bestow his favor upon a people who “bring forth fruit worthy of salvation.” This came to pass within 70 years of the death of Jesus Christ, and for the past 200 years, we have enjoyed his providence.

If the people he chose and trained in the desert, to whom he gave his law and oracles, lost that status through disobedience, what will happen to us? We are being given warnings every month. They are coming closer and closer together. We must act now, or the Lord will find a more obedient people to endow.

Donna Trueax

La Grande

Hagen: Just letting nature take its course?

To the Editor:

Found a yearling fawn in our front yard this morning (Feb. 10), obvious deformity to a rear hind leg, an open fracture with the bone sticking out so decided to call the non-emergency law enforcement number to see if someone from ODFW or the sheriff’s office could come out and do the humane thing and euthanize the little guy. 

I was told by the “call-taker” that as long as it could move around at all, we just needed to let “nature take its course.” 

Oh. Sorry, didn’t mean to bother you. I forgot that “humane” meant “showing the better aspects of the human character, especially kindness and compassion” and includes “done without inflicting any more pain than is necessary.”

So, since we live within the city limits and are visited regularly by “city deer,” we get to watch the neighborhood dogs that aren’t kept at home tear the fawn’s throat out after they drag it down. Very humane. Oh, and the little kids in our neighborhood? Let’s hope that none of yours are home watching when this happens. Just “letting nature take its course,” you know.

Jennie Hagen


Clark: Greg Barreto the right choice for District 58

To the Editor:

First, let me introduce myself. I am retired and I live in Joseph and I am concerned that we elect the right people to represent us in Salem and Washington, D.C. We haven’t done so well recently with some choices. 

I am a military veteran having served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 and in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. After that, I served my community in law enforcement for 35 years.

I know Greg Barreto is a man that 100 percent supports our veterans. Although not a veteran himself, he has donated to their causes for years and will fight for them and their benefits in every way. He is a successful small businessman in Union County. He knows how to do things, not just talk about doing things.

Political campaigns are full of untruths and half truths. Be sure you know the facts and not the misleading casual statements of some that are simply designed to mislead and to distract you from the truth.

Greg will represent all our interests in Salem from the viewpoint of the citizen. He is one of us as it should be, and not that of the government. He has the integrity and the character and will not be changed by the establishment or the designs of career politicians when he is elected.

Don’t settle for second best in the coming primary election. Greg Barreto is my choice for District 58 because he is a doer and a person who will represent us all well.


Rodd Clark


Hall: Mid-block U-turns 
in Union are legal

To the Editor:

As Paul Harvey always said, “Now you know the rest of the story.”

A former driver’s education teacher has replied to my concern of the U-turn issue in Union. It seems I did make a legal U-turn based on the Oregon Vehicle Code Chapter 811.365.

Making U-turns in the middle of the block between intersections is illegal. However, so long as we do not make one at either end of town, due to the inability to have an appropriate vision distance, or at the marked intersections, we should be within the law to do so.

LaVon Hall