Kramer: Earn tax credit by donating to Oregon Cultural Trust

To the Editor:

I was getting ready to write a letter to the editor extolling the benefits of contributing to the Oregon Cultural Trust, but then I read the letter written by Charles F. Sams, chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust, printed Dec. 17 that said basically everything I planned to write. So let me second that letter.

The Cultural Trust makes an impact throughout Oregon by contributing to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the arts and culture — to the tune of $23 million since 2003. As an example, the trust recently awarded a $28,171 grant to the Liberty Theatre Foundation for work on the building’s facade — work that will truly set the long-awaited renovation in motion come March. And the Liberty isn’t the only local organization that has benefited from Oregon Cultural Trust funds. The Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council received $11,131 this year.

The end of the year is upon us and soon we’ll be filing our 2018 tax returns. Anyone who contributes to any of about 1,000 cultural nonprofits in Oregon may also want to consider making a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, which can then be claimed as a credit on your Oregon tax return.

For example, make a $100 donation to the Liberty Foundation (P.O. Box 3057, La Grande) then make a matching donation to the trust and get a $100 tax credit on your Oregon return (to a maximum credit of $500 per taxpayer or $1,000 on jointly filed returns).

Make a difference in Oregon’s quality of life. Donate to a local cultural organization and to the trust.

Ted Kramer

Secretary, Liberty Theatre Foundation

La Grande

Herbst: Stupid is as stupid does

To the Editor:

I returned from walking my dog at Pioneer Park on Dec. 26. Just wondering who the fool was that decided to drive across the park, cutting cookies in the sod and the baseball diamonds. Apparently this was a person who does not pay city taxes in La Grande to support the nice parks we are so very blessed to have in our town.

We will know the perpetrators when we see them. They undoubtedly have “stupid” written on their foreheads.

Marilyn Herbst

La Grande

Morehead: Rock & Sons saves the day

To the Editor:

The other day I found myself in a pickle. (Not the only one I’ve been in, though, and probably not the last.) Twenty-five miles from home, up the Grande Ronde River Road on the 5110, using poor judgment, I found myself in the ditch with absolutely no way to get myself out. I knew of a place up the hill with a gravel pit where I could get cell service, so I walked up there and was able to call Rock & Sons.

Within a short time, Boyd Rock showed up in his tow truck. It is amazing how much better I felt with someone there who could help. I was also amazed how someone on an inclined road covered in ice, and with a steep off camber to a ditch, could set up specialized equipment and snake me out of that predicament without doing any damage to my truck. In short order, Boyd had my pickup set to go and we headed for town.

I was impressed with Boyd and the whole Rock & Sons organization for their quick response to my predicament. They also had the repairs completed the next day and, I might add, at a much lower price than I expected. If anyone finds themselves in need of help out on the road, I would highly recommend Rock & Sons.

Mike Morehead

La Grande