Letters to the Editor for March 2, 2011
Shared sacrifice could help school levy pass
To the editor:
In response to the Feb. 23 editorial on the school budget shortfall, I am writing to say that I heartily agree that the best option is for everyone to participate in providing the best for the students. It is a difficult time for everyone, but we must all do our part to solve the problem. If all personnel, across the board, will agree to a cut in their compensation package, then the tax levy will have a better chance of passing.
Celebrating truly special athletes
To the editor:
On Feb. 25-27 I traveled by bus to the Oregon Special Olympics Winter Games on Mount Bachelor with 15 athletes, five coaches and one care provider. All the athletes did a super job and each one returned home with at least one medal.
I want to tell you about one hero athlete in particular. When you hear her story, you will understand why I volunteer to help these special athletes.
This young lady is in her 20s. She has limited vision as well as a partial paralysis on one side of her body. She is probably our most physically fragile athlete. She does, however, have the heart of a lion. This year she pleaded with our head coach to let her try a most challenging 500-meter cross-country ski race with ups and downs in terrain. Even though she fell many times, she persisted. Exhausted but still going, she scooted across the finish line on her bottom. Her whole team was cheering her on. Her coach was in tears, as were some onlookers, myself included. She did not win the race but in my eyes she was a true winner. You should have been there!
I want to thank our community for supporting this athlete and the 30 or so other special athletes from Baker County who participate in sports all year round. They swim, bowl, do track and field, or bocce ball. Thanks to all of you who supported this organization by attending or supporting our athletes at our taco feed on Feb. 18.
Treasurer, Baker County Special Olympics
Ranchers say thanks to Ferrioli
To the editor:
Today in Oregon the sale of cattle and calves is the number one commodity in the state. We are proud of our impact on the rural communities of Oregon. Leaders in the Chamber of Commerce tell us that the over 700 million in cattle sales translate as many as seven times in small towns across the state. Because of the intense nature of our operations and the remoteness of many, we must count on those who represent us in government and our trade associations to be our spokesmen, and allow our voices to be heard in the halls of government and the meeting rooms of agencies and commissions all over the country.
One of the champions of rural interests in Oregon politics is no stranger to the cattle industry. State Senator Ted Ferrioli in his political career has always been there to eloquently address and in many cases defend the interests of remote family ranches in Oregon, who otherwise might not necessarily be able to so. Recently I was reminded by the serious illness of a friend of the fragility of our lives, how much we depend on one another and ultimately how connected we all are. I was also reminded how infrequently we acknowledge those we count on.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association would like to publicly thank Senator Ferrioli for his steadfast dedication to rural issues and the interests of ranch families across Eastern Oregon. As the 2011 legislative session progresses we know we can count on his integrity and intelligence to lead us to the solutions we seek and the fairness we so desperately need.
Senator Ferrioli, thank you for all your hard work.
President, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Ferrioli apologizes for e-mail
To the editor:
Recently, out of frustration, I responded to an e-mail from a wolf advocate who favors forced introduction of wolves into Oregon. I strongly disagreed, but my comments were angry, rude and widely published.
What I wrote did not reflect well on Eastern Oregonians and for that I am truly sorry. I accept the criticism of constituents who tell me the best thing I can do is acknowledge the error, apologize and move on.
I’ll do my best to make sure the discussion is not about whether the discourse is civil, but about the wolves at our door.
Republican state senator, John Day