Simer: Support community, come to Festival of Trees Family Fun Day

To the Editor:

The Union County CASA program loves helping with the Family Fun Day at the Soroptimists’ Annual Festival of Trees. We’ve been a lucky grant recipient and enjoy expressing our gratitude for support in such a fun way. We serve children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect, so time spent offering another fun-filled, family activity for little cost is truly a blessing. Who wouldn’t enjoy time with happy children sharing their creativity?

With dollars invested in CASA, we can provide voices for children navigating the court system as well as essential items such as school supplies, warm clothing, shoes, tuitions for grievance camps, equine therapy and other therapeutic supports. We have been successful in securing voices for all our children due to investors like the Soroptimist.

Please be sure to come show your support of our Soroptimists and craft with us at the Festival of Trees Family Fun Day Dec. 1. There will be many cute ideas, great activities, yummy treats and wonderful performances offered.

Wendy Simer

Program Manager CASA of Eastern Oregon

Cooke: Extreme climate events are more destructive than undocumented immigrants

To the Editor:

No you don’t, Mr. President. Keep your hands off the refugees arriving in the country.

Stop wasting our tax dollars on detention of mothers and babies, of fathers and children. They need to be released into our communities. Stop threatening to tear those families apart, adding to their trauma. Stop pushing them back into violence, starvation and death while spouting hypocrisy about the “sanctity of life.”

Let my people go, Mr. President. Yes, they are my people. I have claimed them just like the famous poet:

Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero yo mi suerte echar.

“With the poor of the earth, I wish to cast my lot.”

Stop wasting our
resources and look at the real danger — extreme climate events. These have taken far more American lives and property than anyone coming over our borders.

We do not want a wall. We want to work together to save this fragile planet.

Mary Cooke