Boyd: Challenge issued to enter items in next year’s fair

To the Editor:

For the past 25 years I have been proud to put canned goods, flowers, sewing, photographs and painted art on display at our county fair. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of the fair, and I never tire of it.

It made me sad to see the lack of participation this year in many of the categories such as flowers, vegetables/fruit, canned goods and art.

I know that the fair is switching over from handwritten entry forms to being able to enter your entry online and print out your own entry sheet.

This year was a transition year and some people got upset because it took so long to get their entry in at the office. I was one of those made to wait, but I understood that this will be much better next year. Hats off to the volunteers who input all of the information every year.

I challenge my fellow Union County residents to get your goods/art/textiles into the fair next year no matter what it is.

Moms, dads, grandparents: work with your kids to make something for the fair. It is a wonderful way to create and get them interested in our community. Let’s fill up those empty spaces and show the community how involved we are.

The 4H and FFA displays are always a hit. Those kids work so hard and learn so much and it shows in all of their displays. Again, hats off to the leaders of these groups: you all work hard and it shows.

Don’t let our fair go downhill as so many have already for lack of participation. Who will accept my challenge to enter online your items in our wonderful Union County Fair next year?

Jennifer Boyd

La Grande

Morrison: Walden’s determination to avoid meeting his Eastern Oregon constituents is disturbing

To the Editor:

Honestly, I wasn’t paying that much attention to our representatives in Washington before the 2016 presidential election. At that point, it began to concern me that our congressional representative doesn’t even pretend to care about the people he claims to represent.

Do you have an issue you’d like to express your concerns about to our congressman, Greg Walden? Good luck.

You could call his office, in Oregon or in D.C.. Someone will answer, quickly record your yay or nay on an issue and hang up.

You could send Walden an email via his website. You’ll receive a slick, nonresponsive answer.

You could participate in one of Walden’s “telephonic town halls” — if you think that participating alongside 2,000 other constituents will allow you to express your views.

Or you could chat with Walden after his appearance in our district, just like you can with Senators Wyden or Merkley. But wait! Walden doesn’t make appearances where people can talk to him. In the words of my husband, Walden prefers to “sneak about.”

Since 2016, Walden has had exactly one town hall in Union County. Of course, he’s had numerous private meetings with other groups. In February, Walden visited La Grande to commend individuals who deliver ice cream to veterans. Walden has also visited Wallowa, with same-day public notice, and Barreto Manufacturing in La Grande.

The problem with talking to Walden at meetings like these is that you never know about them in advance. There are never prior announcements of a Walden visit to our area — just a story in the paper after he’s made his getaway.

Recently The Observer
reported that Walden agreed to three debates with Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Now it appears that he is backpedaling even on that commitment.

Whether you are for Walden or against him, whether you generally agree with his views or disagree, whether you consider yourself liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, Walden’s massive determination to avoid meeting his Eastern Oregon constituents is disturbing.

How can Greg Walden possibly represent us when he is so determined to avoid hearing our views on significant issues?

Anne Morrison

La Grande

Lester: Automatic sprinklers put damper on picnic

To the Editor:

The La Grande High School graduating class of 1961 had its annual picnic at Riverside Park on the 11th of August. We had a potluck with lots of variety, an informative business meeting and lots of fun and fellowship. Then the sprinklers came on. I didn’t know old people could move so fast.

Seriously, I didn’t think sprinklers were supposed to be on over the weekend. Who was responsible? There were many groups there that day and I wonder who else got wet.

Ruth Lester

La Grande