By Observer Upload April 07, 2014 09:47 am


Roberts: Let Easter season renew your hearts

To the Editor:

It is said that April showers bring May flowers. Our loving Heavenly Father has given us the beautiful scenery, but he also gave us something much greater: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). What an awesome God we serve!

Jesus, God’s son, walked this earth, and we see the same love. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for the cup to pass from him, but because of his love for us, he surrendered to his Father’s will and took on all our sins at the cross, so we can have eternal life.

This Easter season, in remembrance of our savior, Jesus Christ, and his loving sacrifice, may each renewed heart be filled with hope, joy, peace and his love toward one another.

Janice Roberts

La Grande

Townsend: Time to support those who suffer from autism

To the Editor:

April is Autism Awareness month, and I urge everyone to take a few moments and learn a little more about this public health crisis that is sweeping the nation.

Ten years ago, 1 in 125 children had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, that number has almost doubled, and now 1 in 68 children are identified as having autism — 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. U.S. Senate leaders and the House of Representatives are working with those representing the autism community in coming up with an urgent and long-term care plan for those with autism.

With the rise of children diagnosed with autism, it is unfortunate that there are still limited resources for those with autism and the families of those affected, especially here in Union County. Although this is unfortunate, those in our community should still take the time to learn a little about these unique and special individuals who just want to live, work and be treated with respect by the community.

If we all take the time to raise awareness and support these amazing human beings, this wonderful place we call home will be even more wonderful — for everyone. To learn more, visit          www.autismspeaks.org.

Casey Townsend

North Powder

Whitaker: HCAO working to ensure health care for all

To the Editor:

The front page article in the March 24 Observer, “Health costs still a concern,” hit the nail on the head. Thousands of Oregon families like the Gibbons earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid but not enough to afford even subsidized “ObamaCare.”

Health Care for All Oregon is a coalition of more than 90 member organizations working to ensure that every Oregonian has access to high quality, affordable health care. 

Oregon Rural Action is organizing for HCAO in Union, Wallowa, Baker, Malheur and Umatilla counties. The ORA Health Care Reform Action Team meets at the ORA office, 1119 Washington Ave., La Grande, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.

Bill Whitaker

La Grande

Briggs: Keep campaigns local and inexpensive

To the Editor: 

I sincerely hope one of the first items the state Legislature takes up in the 2015 session is campaign finance — specifically regarding candidates for state legislative positions.

Why would a person running from a limited area in the state even think of accepting out-of-the-state money for their local campaign?

It does not seem like a wise move to me. Should not a local candidate depend only on money from his district? Does this move put the opposing candidate at an unfair advantage based on money — not the issues of the campaign?

As a matter of fact, that $30,000 could do a lot of good for those needing food and shelter in these tough times. We need to keep campaigns local and inexpensive.

Sue Briggs


Lowe: John Turner the right choice for District 58 seat

To the Editor:

There is a clear difference between the two candidates for state representative of House District 58, Republican John Turner and Tea Party member Greg Barreto.

Barreto, a businessman with no record of public service, claims to be in favor of local control but is beholden to outside interests with his campaign financed by Loren Parks, a Nevada Tea Party founder who has notoriously meddled in Oregon politics for years. Barreto shows disdain for public service by denigrating John’s distinguished career of 28 years in the Marine Corps, his service as president of the Marine Corps War College, and nine years as president of Blue Mountain Community College, calling John “just a life-long government employee.”

John has a long track record of bringing diverse groups together to solve problems. He’s familiar with state budget issues, legislative processes and the concerns of the district’s citizens and communities. 

He’s focused on economic development through improving education, workforce training and the strategic use of natural resources. In addition, he is endorsed by Oregon Right to Life and is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. 

We need an effective Republican with real leadership experience in Salem to represent us. Please vote for John Turner.

Ben Lowe

La Grande