Berry: Clinkenbeard is the better of candidate

To the Editor:

I personally know the two candidates running for the Imbler City Council Position 5. In my estimation, Terry Clinkenbeard is the better of the two candidates. I’ve known Terry as a hard-working, quick-minded man with a “get ’er done” attitude. He would be a great asset to the decision makers on the city council.

I believe Teressa Dewey is known for making the wrong decisions. Even with her background of city council experience she has not contributed anything to the well-being of our city.

Between the two candidates, Terry Clinkenbeard will be best for our city.

Duane Berry


Wickre: McLeod-Skinner aims to confiscate all firearms and ammunition

To the Editor:

Rep. Greg Walden is running for re-election to represent Oregon in Congress. His opponent is Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a left-wing politician from Santa Clara, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Her website calls for: “Ban on future sales of military grade weapons, including bump stocks, to civilians (if a ban fails, I would support limiting civilian use of military weapons to firing ranges, securing the weapon on site); and Government buy-back program for military grade weapons, with no resale to civilians.”

“Military grade”? All firearms have at one time or another been developed for/or used by the military. If she is trying to indict modern sporting rifles, like the AR15, they function no differently than any sporting rifle built since 1900. The AR15 cartridge (.223 Rem) is not as devastating in long range accuracy or stopping power as the venerable 30-06 or dozens of other big game cartridges.

Bump stocks? She must know that these are a gimmick and even if they worked, our warriors already have full auto weapons.

Her website also calls for a ban on armor piercing ammunition? Currently, 18USC 921(a)(17) bans the manufacture and sale of handgun ammo that has this capability. They haven’t banned rifle ammunition, based on vest penetration, because it would ban almost every rifle cartridge made.

By her own words, her aim is to confiscate all firearms or the ammunition to make them usable.

Please vote for the Constitution and vote Greg Walden.

Douglas Wickre


Barry: Wes Williams could be a venerable judge in the tradition of Judge Brownton

To the Editor:

Wes Williams will be an exemplary judge. He’s worked with every aspect of the law, representing farmers, ranchers, loggers, teachers and small business owners.

He knows how anxious plaintiffs and defendants are about appearing in court to testify about issues that will dramatically affect their lives. I’m confident that Wes will always be courteous and informed.

He’s committed to providing a safe, fair courtroom experience for every individual.

When I served on the Governor’s Judicial Fitness and Disability Commission, I read many complaints about inappropriate courtroom behavior. Judges were reported as rude, unprepared and prejudiced. In the past, I’ve seen these regrettable behaviors in our local courtrooms. Of course, I was not the only one who witnessed and discussed them. Fortunately the local situation has improved. Judge Tom Powers is a respected jurist. He and Wes Williams will constitute an admirable judiciary for the 10th District Court.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed discussing many aspects of the law with Wes. I appreciate his passionate interest in the law as well as his commitment to the human cost of laws ignored, misunderstood or misapplied. I believe he will see serving as judge not so much as a personal honor but as a profound responsibility.

When my family first moved to La Grande, Wes Brownton, recently retired judge, was still mentioned with affection and respect. In addition to his colorful personality, he was memorable for his wisdom, patience and dignity.

I can think of only one long-serving judge since then who has come close to earning that degree of admiration. It’s time we had another, a judge who is a respected member of the community, who has an established record of competence and impartiality.

I can envision Wes Williams becoming a venerable judge in the Wes Brownton tradition. Judge Brownton must have anticipated this day; he willed his law library to the young Wes Williams

Lois Barry

La Grande