To the Editor:

Gordon Larson has spoken of his ambition to become an Oregon state senator. Is being a Grant County commissioner a stepping stone towards that goal?

Gus Ballard

Mt. Vernon

To the Editor:

I feel strongly that it is imperative to vote for a candidate that has actual experience in citywide issues and direct participation in county governing and organization and decision-making.

Gordon Larson has that with 25 years in the state police as an officer and trainer both, 12 years on the school board, a business man and rancher who has direct understanding of the issues with both ranching and the forestry issues, as well as the immediate concerns and issues of the community at large, both with the county and the towns of Grant County.

Sam Palmer is the brother of the county sheriff and a nurse with the hospital, a clearly honorable profession, but hardly qualifications to now jump into being a county commissioner.

Gordon Larson has the experience, the skills and the knowledge to provide a positive influence on our county court.

Need I say more? Need there be any further consideration?

Jim Bay

John Day

To the Editor:

Two qualities we believe to be most important in our local elected officials are their accessibility and their willingness to listen to their constituents.

Gordon Larson has proven in both his campaign for Grant County Court commissioner and in his career as a public servant his accessibility and his willingness to listen to the citizens of Grant County. During his campaign, Gordon has held a number of meet and greet opportunities in locations throughout the county, and he has maintained both a website and Facebook page. Gordon is also approachable on a daily basis as he moves about the county, attending numerous “happenings” in and around Grant County.

If these qualities are also important to you, please join us in voting for Gordon Larson for Grant County commissioner in the November election.

Kris and Roy Beal

Mt. Vernon

To the Editor:

We endorse Gordon Larson for county commissioner.

Tom and Cheryl Berry

John Day

To the Editor:

One of the primary skills a county commissioner must have is the ability to engage with all constituents including fellow court members, concerned citizens and organizations. Grant County Court meetings are open public forums where questions and concerns are discussed and debated. For voters to make an informed decision I believe a debate between the two remaining candidates is essential. I have asked Gordon Larson to challenge Sam Palmer to a debate. He has attempted to engage Sam several times, and Sam has refused. If Sam Palmer believes he is the best person to represent Grant County as commissioner, why does he refuse to participate? Is he afraid to debate about the issues important to our county’s future? This unwillingness to engage in constructive debate renders Sam unable to represent all citizens of Grant County. Ask yourself what issues you have that Sam Palmer will not address. I will cast my vote for a candidate willing and able to address all issues that concern all members of Grant County. Vote Gordon Larson!

Gail Beverlin

Canyon City

To the Editor:

We have known Gordon Larson for over 20 years and know that he will make an excellent county commissioner. He will bring knowledge and fairness to the court.

Nancy Chase and Dwayne Timmons

Canyon City

To the Editor:

“I will not tolerate” — Gordon Larson, Grant County commissioner candidate, Prairie City meet and greet.

To me, a strange way for a candidate for county commission to talk about public discourse, or public participation in county matters. I know Mr. Gordon Larson, currently running for Grant County Court, has stated how he “would not tolerate” a lack of “decorum” in the county court if elected, so I wonder, just what does that mean?

1) If I want to simply speak, is that a lack of decorum? 2) If I roll my eyes silently in protest, is that a lack of decorum? 3) If I question the court on a matter, is that a lack of decorum?

I’ve seen personally with my own two eyes what I deem as a lack of decorum. On Jan. 26, 2016, when Gordon Larson angrily told a woman and her children from another state to go home, simply because they wanted to express their feelings on public lands management issues. He very tersely informed them that they didn’t speak for him, and he didn’t need people from another state speaking for him. The sad part was, they weren’t; they were speaking for themselves, and since he “wouldn’t have it,” he belittled them to the point of silence.

I’ve listened to Mr. Larson’s “meet and greets” and heard him repeat that he is not “authoritarian” (controlling) numerous times, but in the same talk how he “will not tolerate” certain actions or speech if elected county commissioner. If you “will not tolerate” some things, but you will others, and you project that out before you are even elected, that by its very definition is the signs of an authoritarian personality telling you one thing and saying another.

I know this: I will not cast my vote for Gordon Larson after listening to him speak. As, while he states he not “authoritarian” in his talks, he clearly shows he would be “authoritarian” in the statement of “I will not tolerate” and in his actions.

“Will not tolerate” equals “authoritarian.”

Billie Jo George

Bates

To the Editor:

We support Gordon Larson’s candidacy for county court. My wife, Crish, is a retired school teacher from this area, and Gordon Larson used to be on the school board. She felt he did a really good job on the school board and could do a good job on the county court. We both support him.

David Hamilton

Mt. Vernon

To the Editor:

Gordon Larson is the no nonsense leader Grant County needs. He will not waste his time grandstanding. He will focus on the real issues facing the county. Most of it is not glamorous — budgets and such. I truly appreciate that someone with such a long history of civic involvement and leadership (and simple decency) is willing to do this. Vote for Gordon!

Jim Kelly

Kimberly

To the Editor:

First some flash in the pan takes a knee. Then more and more football players take notice and join in. Where will it end?

Now, before you rant and rave about black rights, this is not about black rights, white rights or any color of your choice. It is about our flag! The flag known around the world and even on the moon as the symbol of the United States of America.

It is a complete and utter disgrace to insult our flag, our country, our Americans and most of all our veterans! Check your history. How many have died for his flag? If the black players want to protest, fine — have a rally, have a protest, have a march or whatever, but don’t drag the country’s symbol down for racial reasons.

The NFL has backed down on their stance; ESPN, FOX and Nike have all decided not to recognize the National Anthem. No TV coverage! Enough!

Here’s my idea: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, Veterans Day, football Sunday, why not for one day have all patriotic American football fans boycott all the games. No matter the venue — TV, radio, in person, whatever you use to watch football, stop. Let the NFL know where you stand! The millions of dollars lost by doing this has to wake up those in charge. If this isn’t enough, there is always playoffs, championships and finally the Super Bowl.

What better day than Veterans Day after all. “If you don’t stand for something you fall for anything.”

What’s next? No anthem, no president, no government, no laws. Where will it end? I say Nov. 11, 2018, America will save our flag.

Charles Leiss

Prairie City

To the Editor:

I support Gordon Larson for county commissioner. Gordon has a reputation of always having our county and its citizens’ best interests in mind. I am confident that Gordon will make solid, informed, fair and caring decisions and will be an asset to our county.

Elaine Mezzo

John Day

To the Editor:

I endorse Gordon Larson for Grant County commissioner. Gordon is passionate about helping Grant County residents work together to restore and revitalize our county. As a retired police commander, and with many years of involvement in the community, he has the skills, influence and administrative experience required of an effective county commissioner. Please join me in voting for Gordon Larson. He will be a hard-working and positive commissioner.

Pam Minster

John Day

To the Editor:

Before you reflexively mark your ballot for Greg Walden, please look closely at how he has voted over the last 20 years. We did. What was apparent was that he has consistently voted against the majority of his constituency, be they children, the less advantaged, seniors or veterans. His votes to strip health care from everyone, and his no votes on legislation to help veterans are especially appalling. Now you can add his support for tariffs that directly hurt agriculture in his district. There is a good chance if you do your research that you will vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner instead, as we are.

Sandy and Mark Murray

Prairie City

To the Editor:

Gordon Larson, candidate for county commissioner, recently accepted an invitation from the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, a neutral organization, to a debate or public forum with Sam Palmer, also a candidate. Palmer refused the invitation. Larson has had town halls in most Grant County communities and has another one on Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., at the Canyon City Community Hall. He has been meeting and greeting Grant County residents all over the county. Larson and his supporters are going door to door listening to people’s concerns. If Palmer is making that kind of effort, I haven’t seen any indication of it. I don’t think he has.

Jaime McLeod-Skinner, candidate for our federal 2nd Congressional District, finally got Greg Walden, also a candidate for the same position, to engage in one debate. Walden refused to have the public at that debate. When asked during that debate if he would commit to two more, he refused. Walden is the current representative but hasn’t met with the general public in a town hall setting in over 530 days as of the end of September 2018. McLeod-Skinner has been in Grant County twice this election season, holding two town halls and a meet and greet, and this district is the fifth largest in geographical area in the nation!

People who have met and listened to Larson and McLeod-Skinner know that they have the administrative experience needed for the positions they seek and are deeply committed to responding to their constituents’ needs. What do we know about Palmer’s experience or his positions on issues? If he won’t submit to a public debate before he is an elected official, how responsive to the public will he be if he is elected? If Walden refuses to hold town halls for what is approaching two years, and gets re-elected, why would he be willing to meet with us in the future? Walden has betrayed the interests of the people in his district in various ways, not the least by threatening their access to affordable health care. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he hides from the public.

Nancy Nickel

John Day

To the Editor:

We have two candidates asking for votes to become our county commissioner. The Grant County Chamber of Commerce, with our interests at heart, invited Gordon Larson and Sam Palmer to hold a public meeting to debate local issues and share their visions. Gordon responded he was eager to participate and he’s willing to debate with Sam about local issues any time.

What was Sam Palmer’s response? No debate.

Realize what is lost because Sam is denying voters the opportunity to compare candidates’ ideas. Candidates would express opposing viewpoints and points of agreement. Debating, they would flush out the nuances of policies and reveal the best and worst ideas. We would have the information we need to choose the candidate who will impact our future. As it is, we are voting half-blinded because one candidate, Sam Palmer, will not participate in public discussions that would strengthen our understanding of issues and direct us in policy choices tested by debate and built on consensus.

A candidate debate could be an example of “being one in spirit” (Philippians 2:2-4) — coming together to evaluate local issues, rather than adding to partisan divide. We all could applaud both candidates for putting the community first, above their own personal interests (vulnerabilities). Some defend Sam Palmer’s choice not to debate with Gordon Larson, saying it would just be “argumentative.” To argue points, not personalities, is a good thing. We are about to choose a commissioner to represent us on matters and in places reaching far beyond the county. Shouldn’t we have a chance to evaluate each candidates’ ability to defend our interests?

Both love Grant County, and both want the commissioner job. Gordon Larson is the one who has worked for it. He has held 13 public meetings in every corner of the county. Another is scheduled Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. (Canyon City Community Hall). We hear he has had good discussions with supporters and challengers. Amazingly, he gets nods of approval across the political spectrum. This happens when people and policies matter more than partisan politics.

Vote for Gordon Larson — his skills and openness are impressive.

Kay Steele

Ritter

To the Editor:

It is time to vote for our new county commissioner. We believe Gordon Larson is the best man for the job. We went to one of Gordon Larson’s meet and greet meetings. At that meeting a great variety of questions were asked of Mr. Larson. We were extremely impressed with his answers to the questions.

He has experience and understanding of law from his state police career. He has experience with budgets and government agencies from his time spent on the school board. He was open to listening to changes that people thought needed to happen in the management of the court. We believe that he has the temperament to work with others.

Over 70 percent of the land in our county is owned by the federal government. We believe that Gordon has the experience to work with the government agencies in a positive way.

When selecting our new county commissioner, vote for Gordon Larson.

Tom and Sandra Sutton

John Day

To the Editor:

I strongly support Gordon Larson for county commissioner. I believe he is clearly the best candidate due to his time living and working in the community in many positive ways, his honesty and integrity and his unceasing efforts to make a difference in a healthy way for Grant County. He is proactive, involved and cares about all of the citizens’ ideas and opinions. Please vote and, if possible, please make Gordon your choice. Let’s move Grant County forward!

Vicki Thompson

Mt. Vernon

To the Editor:

A prepaid ad for the Blue Mountain Eagle was refused publication even though it was later rewritten at the editor’s request.

The truth will be available when federal and state agencies reveal their findings. Documentation will be available to satisfy the doubtful.

Choose carefully when voting for a Grant County commissioner. Honesty and integrity is far more important than “experience.” County citizens cannot afford to go backwards to commissioners that “go along to get along” or favor decisions that benefit themselves and their ideologies. When that happens, Grant County gets the short end of the stick. We cannot afford those attitudes or actions again.

Dave Traylor

John Day

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