Wallace: Wes Williams reveres the law and the legal process

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Wes Williams in his bid to become the next circuit judge for the 10th Judicial District.

Wes has practiced law throughout Northeast Oregon for more than 20 years, handling all types of criminal and civil cases, all the way from murder cases to property line disputes. His wide-ranging practice and extensive courtroom experience have given him the knowledge and training necessary to “hit the ground running” when he becomes a judge.

I served as circuit court judge in Umatilla and Morrow counties, from 1993 to 2010, and had the opportunity to serve as a pro-tem judge in both Union and Wallowa counties often during that time. Wes appeared before me many times, and I came to appreciate his courtroom skills and professionalism. You could feel confident that when he appeared in court he would always represent his clients to the best of his ability.

Following my retirement as a judge, I practiced law with Wes in La Grande. During that time, I became even more convinced that Wes cares deeply about the law, justice and seeing that all who go before the court receive due process. As a judge, he will treat all attorneys and litigants who appear before him with patience and respect, carefully listening to all evidence and arguments before making his decision. In court or in the office, Wes Williams is a person who reveres the law and the legal process.

I respectfully ask for your support in electing Wes Williams as the next circuit court judge for the 10th Judicial District.

Jeff Wallace

The Dalles

Lackey: Wes Williams would be a committed and dedicated judge

To the Editor:

I have known and worked with Wes Williams over the past few years in various capacities. I know him to be a skilled legal counselor. His judgment with issues before him is honest and fair. His greatest attributes are his knowledge of law and of the legal system and his personal attention to detail. He is totally committed to his practice and would be a committed and dedicated judge to serve our communities.

I fully endorse Wes Williams for the position of circuit court judge.

John Lackey

La Grande

Hansen: Walden is willing to risk the lives of his constituents

To the Editor:

As an American with Crohn’s disease, I was deeply disturbed by Greg Walden’s hypocrisy in both authoring and supporting the GOP’s health care reform bill after claiming to care about people like me.

The GOP bill would have removed health coverage from 20 million Americans including many patients in Wallowa County. If my coverage had been removed, I would not have been able afford the $36,000/year medication that keeps me alive. We have cancer patients in our community who would have had to stop life-giving therapies if that bill had passed. People we know could have died.

To me, the worst part is that Walden wrote and voted for this bill after assuring voters in multiple town halls and Q&A sessions that he would oppose a bill that removed health coverage from his constituents. Not only is he willing to risk the lives of his constituents — he’s willing to lie to their faces about it. How can the citizens of Eastern Oregon be represented in Washington when our representative isn’t truthful and doesn’t respect the lives of his constituents? It’s time for Walden to go.

I support Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District and I hope you will too.

Bjorn Hansen


Valentine: Mona Williams has ideal experience and character

To the Editor:

A judicial race should not be determined by the quantity of signs or letters. Rather it should be determined by the quality of character and experience of the candidates.

Mona K. Williams, in the months she has served as judge, has demonstrated high personal integrity, discipline and the ability to work with people from all walks of life. As I observed her as a private attorney and as a district attorney, she was a lawyer whose word I could trust and whose preparation and knowledge of the law were deep and appropriately applied.

Mona is a fifth-generation Wallowa County citizen who has served the public in many ways, including 11 years as the Wallowa County District Attorney. She built coalitions that benefited victims and defendants. In private practice she calmly and decisively handled difficult divorces. As a prosecutor, she has been a strong advocate for victims.

Prosecution is not an easy job. Five days a week the DA evaluates police reports, interviews witnesses, directs investigations. Mona has proven that she can balance the competing interests of protecting the rights of both crime victims and defendants to best serve the community. She has the ideal experience and character to continue to serve as judge for all of us.

Eric W. Valentine

La Grande