Griping about how the Willamette Valley bullies the rest of Oregon is a
popular pastime among residents in the state’s rural regions.
Which is most of them — regions, that is.
When we first heard about the inaugural Oregon Rural Congress, which
took place last week, we figured the event organizers had merely put a
new name on an event with the same tired old purpose: to complain.
But then we read a couple of quotes that Colleen MacLeod, a Union
County commissioner and co-chairman of the Eastern Oregon Rural
Alliance, gave to The (La Grande) Observer, our corporate sister paper.
Baker City officials should enforce, as fairly as possible, every ordinance that’s in effect.
Baker City officials should not use those ordinances as the pretext for writing as many tickets as possible.
Shannon Regan, who as the city’s community service officer enforces the
city’s ordinance that prohibits people from piling trash and other
“public nuisances” (as the ordinance defines them), seems to understand
When Baker City Herald reporter Chris Collins went along with Regan
for a couple hours earlier this month, Regan stopped to talk with a man
who had kindled a debris fire.
The man inadvertently put a plastic milk jug in his burn pile.
Burning plastics is illegal in the city because they can produce