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Letters to the Editor: April 11, 2018

This week’s letters.

Published on April 10, 2018 4:25PM

Rand went above and beyond

To the Editor:

There’s an aspect of Officer Damon Rand’s accomplishments that’s been overlooked. He accepted the responsibility of searching for my missing nephew, Farren Stanberry.

Back in June 1980, my mom, Beulah Harrison, and I dropped Farren off at the old Joaquin Miller campground.

He wound up in San Francisco and disappeared. After an exhaustive, fruitless search involving DNA evidence, he went as far as he could go, but at least he tried.

Sandra Colbeth

John Day

If guns kill people, forks make people fat

To the Editor:

If guns kill people, do forks make people fat? They both have to be loaded, and action has to be taken before they are harmful.

I have lived in Long Creek my entire life and have had many opportunities to hunt, especially with my dad and brother, but never once did I ever see a gun just jump out of a vehicle and shoot an animal.

Perhaps this could work as an alibi for poachers but not a legal hunter. The gun has to be aimed and the trigger has to be pulled by a person.

Nancy Morgan

Long Creek

County court made hurried broadband decision

To the Editor:

After reading your article “Court signs on for broadband,” I have come to the conclusion that our county court just got rolled over by the ever-aggressive city of John Day.

The statement for passing was “Improve the lives of residents in the county.”

This was a hurried decision by the county court to appease a special interest, and the two voting members need to reconsider and take all of the residents of this county into consideration. In the past couple years, they seem to put special interest groups ahead of the citizens.

We all will be paying for this, and if we pay 60 percent of the liability, then the county should be the leading figure.

What you did was create yet another government entity accountable to no one.

There was no cost figured into it, antiquated method of delivery and, last but not least, the county should not be in competition in a private-run utility.

Satellite delivery is going to be the future in internet and cellphones. Overhead lines are a thing of the past.

The city of John Day has taken action to get every grant, bond and community funding possible to fund its Seattle agenda. Not once, other than public safety, have I heard them cut funding to balance a budget.

Like the county, I still haven’t seen any actual business model for this “Schumer” gateway project to be successful, and with all these grants only come more unfunded mandates.

This, in turn, is their own whining reason for a budget-control issue. Like the 911 levy attempt, they went another route on the internet and were successful.

Maybe it is time to get a county political action committee to oversee a way to guide the county court.

This way the rest of the county will have a say in decisions. And as a person who has voted to elect both court members who voted yes, I will not vote for them this fall, and I hope this encourages others to vote Judge Myers out. Maybe we can reverse this action, as we can leave this intergovernmental “agreement.”

Robert Pereira

John Day

Ogden for BOLI commissioner

To the Editor:

Oregon voters should pay close attention to the May primary election for commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. A very important choice will be made in this non-partisan race. I hope voters will support Lou Ogden.

Lou has been mayor of the city of Tualatin for the last 24 years. His balanced and fair leadership has brought business and industrial development providing thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of investment by the private sector.

He wants to lead BOLI as the driver for skills training and apprenticeship programs that will put employees into living-wage jobs and provide high school graduates an alternative to college.

Lou is an insurance broker, farmer, husband and father. He has the vision, experience and proven record of leadership necessary for the job.

Gary Wilhelms


Free trade

To the Editor:

Free trade has been our policy goal since World War II. To achieve this goal, the United States made favorable trade deals first with Europeans and Japanese, then with “third world” countries. We held most of the world’s gold reserves and most of the intact industry.

Over time, we exchanged gold for Arab oil; purchased low-tariff cheap foreign goods instead of our own highly regulated and union-priced products; and invested in multi-national corporations while closing our manufacturing.

Nearly $1 trillion more is going out than coming in. The elites who own these multi-nationals also own our national debt and benefit from government tax, spending and borrowing. Who owns the cable news networks?

The same elites who own these multi-nationals gave $33 billion to the Clinton Foundation and dictate fake news! They would control world economies, societies and governments! Trump is challenging these powers that be!

Michael F. McCarthy

Hayward, California


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