To the editor: I read in this newspaper that the economy of Harney County has been stagnant for nearly 40 years. Ron Wyden has been a senator for half of that time. Wyden proudly celebrated his “landmark 750th town hall” this month in Wheeler County. Of the Harney County standoff he recently said: “I understand why rural Oregonians are so frustrated about this economy, but the next step from frustration is not to walk off a cliff, misled by some outsiders who seem willing to take the law into their own hands.
To the editor: The pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church is apparently being protective of his religion’s good name, but the Roman Catholic Church has bigger image problems than the wedding of John and David. Father Joseph Levine says he does not “judge,” but he states that the union of these two people will be “a pseudo-marriage that will be an offense against God, against creation, against the priesthood, and against everything (St. Peter’s Landmark Church) once stood for.”
To the editor: Like most of my friends, I am dismayed and outraged by the continued armed occupation of the Malheur National Refuge in Harney County and the disgraceful federal response to the Bundy clan standoff two years ago.
To the editor: The marriage, divorce, remarriage and adultery issue is interesting. When information is given to men from the book of Genesis it is extremely important. The institution of marriage is introduced in Chapter Two. It reads: “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife.” Cleave? Impinge, cling, adhere. The rules of marriage continue, “and they shall become one flesh.” One flesh? When they give their word and physically come together they become “one person.”
To the editor: A letter disturbed me by denigrating a young couple announcing their engagement in the Chronicle. I do not want to take on the Catholics and believe they have every right to believe as they will. But as the old saying goes “your rights end at my chin.” Meaning you can stand up for what you believe until it hurts someone.
To the editor: The original intent of keeping longshoremen “available” during an absence of shipping was put into place by the federal government. The feds considered international shipping vital to our national security. The “Economist” magazine recently ran an article on super container ships. Fresh water ports, such as Portland, are out of luck. River draft and docks are totally inadequate.
To the editor: We condemn the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a publicity stunt by citizens militia groups from outside of Oregon to further their own agenda.
To the editor: I would like to commend the Wasco County Commission on the thoughtful, informed, deliberative and responsible work they did on the time, place and manner marijuana ordinance that was approved at the public hearing held Monday night.
To the editor: Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, PHWFF, as many of you know, helps disable veterans through teaching them fly tying, fly fishing skills, and taking them on the water.
To the editor: Steve Hudson may not believe that the human race has impacted the earth’s climate, but most people do. The fact that the Republican Party refuses to acknowledge the premise of man-caused climate change is most disturbing.
To the editor: Awesome guest Column by Sue Wilson in Sunday's Chronicle. She was very accurate and presented a 'well worded' explanation of the natural world's abuses by we humans.
To the editor: Neita Cecil’s story about building new schools (Chronicle 12/23) gives me great concern and poses many questions. She says there is a “wave of public interest.” Was there a poll taken that I missed? Was it Gallup or was it Pew? Were the people who live paycheck to paycheck polled? Did anyone suggest waiting until half the current bonds are paid off? I’m sure the people who fear losing their homes because of high property taxes are not breaking out their surfboards to ride that “wave of public interest.”
To the editor: I found the December 31 editorial reprint from Albany, “Watch out for well-meaning laws,” to be pretty contentious in terms of whose interests it seems to represent. It had a strongly neoliberal or “pro-business” slant, warning working Oregonians of repercussions should they try to vote themselves better wages or sick leave. It tried to convince people that a clean-energy economy isn’t worth slightly higher gas prices or new paperwork. Costs and burdens to poor, helpless small businesses were repeatedly mentioned in vague terms. This made the tone of the article sound as if it was concocted by big-money groups.
To the editor: This is a special thank you to all the people who brightened up Christmas day for the Community Meal diners. I make up 50 bags each year to be passed out to the diners that day. We include one bottle of water, an apple, washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, pair of gloves and a pair of socks – plus a $5 gift card at a fast food place.
To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a fun event that the Floozies & Friends had the privilege of attending.