Bloomgarden: Byrne in Congress would make our lives better

To the Editor:

Michael Byrne, running against Greg Walden in Oregon’s 2nd District, comes with strong populist and working-man values: $15 minimum wage, affordable housing now, stopping predatory lending practices, credit agency reform, thoughtful wise use of federal lands that belong to all of us, stop wasting trillions of dollars on war and instead rebuild this country’s infrastructure. Our children deserve every resource available to grow and thrive. The military industrial complex isn’t conspiracy theory — it is a fact. And, along with that, net neutrality was repealed with serious help from Greg Walden.

A real, sensible approach will address causes of illegal immigration rather than the side effects, beginning with responsible trade policy that protects workers and the environment and increases the standard of living on both sides of the border.

Corporate America is making its profits off the backs of hard-working families. It is time they pay their fair share. Real tax reform is needed because most politicians are bought and paid for by corporate interests. But what about the working families who can’t afford to buy politicians?

Michael Byrne supports Bernie Sanders’ College for All Act, eliminating tuition and fees at public colleges and universities — and paid for by Wall Street speculation taxes. Michael believes Wall Street taxes should cover the whole cost rather than just 67 percent of it.

With the decline in manufacturing jobs came a decline in union jobs and real wages. The unionization of America’s workforce should be a national mandate.

The future is in renewable energy, and we are blessed with wind and solar galore here in Oregon. The design, installation and maintenance of solar arrays and wind turbines are the family-wage jobs of the future. The Clean Energy Jobs Bill in 2019 would help retrain workers for these jobs.

By supporting Michael Byrne now, you help turn the tide from the destruction being wrought in D.C. Every dollar helps. Get involved, and make all of our lives better by voting these priorities into office.

Robin Bloomgarden


American Legion Post 43: We must get to know district attorney candidates

To the Editor:

We live in a complicated society. We are facing difficult propositions and ballot measures that are dividing many across lines of legal and constitutional standings. La Grande and Union County are not immune from this in any way.

As we approach the coming election in May, we are being presented with two candidates for the District Attorney seat. Both are women, which is a fantastic step in the evolution of our community. However, we seem to be faced with an overwhelming question: who are these women? It appears that outside of their circle of close constituents, little is known about them, their philosophies and beliefs, their legal history and their connection to our county. We would like to know more considering that we are going to hand control of the prosecutorial reins to one of them.

With that in mind and on behalf of the American Legion Post 43 and its entities in La Grande, we are extending an open invitation to both candidates to meet the public and let us get to know them. There will be an open socializing time, followed by a short question and answer session from the public. This is to be held at the American Legion Post 43 Banquet Hall, located at 301 N. Fir St. in La Grande, beginning at 6 p.m. April 14.

It is our hope that both candidates use this opportunity to present themselves and give our residents an open and honest look so we can choose who will represent our legal needs.

Duane Yocum, Commander, American Legion Oregon Post 43

Kathi Karnowski, Director, American Legion Oregon Unit 43 Auxiliary

Kevin Donaldson, Director, American Legion Riders Post 43

Roy A. Henry, Director, Sons of the American Legion Squadron Oregon Post 43

Benjamin Bean, Assistant Director, Sons of the American Legion Squadron Oregon Post 43