Vigil: Trump enablers are ignoring collusion with Russia

To the Editor:

The President and his congressional and media enablers claim there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia. They ardently ignore, and assume we don’t know, that both Trump adviser Papadopoulos and Trump Jr. have publicly admitted to and even bragged about attempting collusion with Russians.

Even without that evidence, Trump enablers must explain why Trump is now doing nothing to prevent Russian manipulation of the 2018 elections, and why Trump constantly undermines our historic allies on this continent and in Europe while furthering the goals of despots and dictators around the world.

Whether Trump colluded with Russia or not, it has been publicly acknowledged that members of his campaign did, and we can see him constantly undermining our friends and colluding with our international competitors.

Candidates running under the Republican (now Trumpist) banner should know that they and their party platforms are based on supporting Russian collusion.

Trisha Vigil

Medford, OR

LeBold: It is the duty of elected officials to inform citizens of potential threats

To the Editor:

Recently “On the Fence” presented differing views on proposed mitigation measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. My sources suggest we should no longer be “on the fence” but “on the ground running” in a collective
effort to rapidly and severely reduce national GHG emissions.

This confusion highlights a major obstacle to mobilizing our country into a unified resource capable of providing the myriad solutions required to achieve the desired global effects. This obstacle is a lack of communication and leadership from our state and federal representatives and senators regarding the threats from climate change; our scientific community has been warning officials for many decades.

Increasing impacts from climate change are reflected in state and federal budget allocations for disaster relief, increasing insurance rates and personal financial investment strategies. Human-caused climate change is subject matter being taught in our schools. Indicators are becoming more clear and numerous in nearly every industrial sector; while at the same time you can read misinformation in printed material and listen daily to hours of talk radio and TV taking full advantage of the silence coming from our elected officials.

Given the history of Oregonians’ passion for environmental awareness and willingness to tackle tough social justice and environmental issues, I feel there is a desire for information regarding threats to our natural resources and regional economy. This is important relevant information that should be provided by our elected officials.

It is the primary duty of elected officials to keep citizens sufficiently informed of potential threats so that we may provide appropriate response. Solutions to climate change will consist of three elements: mitigation (think long term), adaptation (think shorter term) and suffering. It is up to us to design the mix.

Please join me in requesting Oregon’s state and federal representatives and senators to hold town halls for the express purpose of conveying their knowledge and understanding of the national climate change issues and how that relates to Oregonians. This is required for us to be able to assign proper urgency. We deserve this and so do future generations.

Chuck LeBold


McCracken: Area governance not determined by democratic process

To the Editor:

A stealth attack by a few organized “behavior police” on what was to have been a simple tune-up of ballot measure wording eliminated the opportunity for citizens to weigh in on marijuana sales. Under pressure from a few vocal establishment residents, La Grande City Counselors reversed their previous support for a ballot measure in the next election to allow voters to decide on recreational sales in town.

That fiasco validates my long-standing opinion that members of minority conservative — religious organizations — not the democratic process, determine area governance.

Years ago the council considered whether or not to allow hens in the city. Advocates packed numerous council meetings. Yet it was denied. Finally, voters are demanding a real change of councilors. Enough of being governed from pulpits or by the privileged.

But various other shopping limitations have been met with creativity here in La Grande. Folks going to big box stores frequently make purchases for friends. People combine food orders to suppliers, make payments and pick up their purchases at central locations. People wanting to eat local meat pay for their animal while it is alive. Then it can be killed, cut and wrapped without USDA involvement. Dry cleaning is gathered and paid for in La Grande, taken out of town and returned for pick-up.

The council chose to miss another economic opportunity for La Grande, but as we see, buyers are creative.Furthermore, prohibition only stimulates demand.

Mary McCracken

La Grande