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Veterans Day events spark letters of thanks and praise, others wonder why people who want Eastern Oregon to be part of Idaho don't just move to Idaho

Scout help honor veterans

Along with volunteers from the Madras Elks Lodge, Cub Scout Pack 58 and their families helped set Veteran's memorial flags at the Mt. Jefferson Memorial Cemetery on Veterans Day last Wednesday, Nov. 11. Their day began at 7 a.m., and volunteers returned to remove and take them to the Elks Lodge to properly fold all flags at 4 p.m. Eight Cub Scouts, four leaders, parents and two little sisters helped with the flags this Veterans Day.

It was explained to the Scouts that each of the flags was presented to the family of a Veteran at their passing. The families then chose to donate their flag so it can be flown on Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year, weather permitting. The last several years, Oregon Embroidery has graciously embroidered the veteran's name on the flag their families have donated to be flown.

These days, few of our young people have family who have served or are ever around someone who has served our country in uniform. We are lucky to have young people with this interest, and opportunity. Cub Scout Pack 58 and Boy Scout Troop 58 have been sponsored by the Madras Elks Lodge for several decades. Please thank these young leaders when you get a chance.

Each year, veterans are invited to a dinner at the Madras Elks Lodge, provided at no cost for those who have served our country. Please remember to thank our veterans on their day of honor and throughout the year.

Janet Brown


Oregon, love it or leave it

I really liked reading some good news on the seemingly rare collaboration and hard work it took to get the fish access at Opal Springs. Everybody should love that ... except the fish haters. You know who you are.

Then, I enjoyed your column on the quaint idea of unity among our fellow citizens. I had a nice smile until I read the letter about how it won't be "Greater Idaho," just a new Idaho. CRIPES!

I got a great idea: Why don't all you who hate the Oregon you live in just move to Idaho? Maybe leave Oregon to those who love the state and are willing to stay and continue working to make it better. I'm guessing the tribes that were here for 10,000-plus years before your honky asses got here aren't real thrilled with what you've done to the 'state.' Maybe then y'all could move Idaho down to Texas and secede from the union as their Gov. Rick 'Smarty Pants' Perry suggested. In IdaTex, you could build a wall so big not even the Californicators could buy their way in. You'd love it, and the USA would be better off.

P.S. Is anybody old enough to remember the right-wing cry during the Vietnam war ... "America, love it or leave it"? I'm hoping some of you are smart enough to get the point and start packing.

Lazlo Bleen

Empire, Nevada

New leader's letter was in bad taste

Reading Austin Throop's letter to the editor in the Nov. 11 Pioneer causes me concern for the people he will be representing as a city councilor. I'm glad he's honored to be elected, but his "promise to be fair and impartial, regardless of who you voted for" is questionable given the rest of his statements.

Mr. Throop speaks of respect, working together, and making his city better for everyone yet the majority of his letter was spent sowing division and disrespect particularly towards Republicans. He thinks Republicans should learn to respect the will of all the voters and hopes "kindness" will reach the hearts of those who voted for President Trump. Does he realize Jefferson County voted 60% for Donald Trump? And those crazy Loyalists who want the Oregon border moved gathered 51% support for having the commissioners meet twice a year to promote the county's interest? I find it hard to put my trust in someone whose words and actions are in conflict; and these in his debut communication as newly elected councilor.

Mr. Throop further sets a divisional tone by suggesting American Democracy was saved at the 11th hour by his man and those who voted for him. If he thinks those who voted differently are a threat to democracy, he is sadly mistaken.

For the sake of the Madras community, I hope Mr. Throop can put aside his personal bias and focus on local issues and all the people he will serve. His desire to be fair, impartial and trustworthy might have seemed more genuine had he submitted only the last sentence of his letter and skipped the rest.

Gail Dubisar


Like Idahao? Move there

For those so desperate to become Madras, Idaho … I have to ask, why don't you just relocate to Idaho? Property values are still high enough here you could sell what you have, find some decent property over there, and be among those who hate the same people you do.

Cassandra Rose


American Legion appreciates Veterans Day efforts

American Legion Post 125 of Madras salutes all our Veterans Day Parade participants.

The Madras Chamber, Mayor Ladeby and multiple departments supported and directed the program exceptionally well, allowing Veterans and community to safely recognize one another in respectful gathering.

The Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association member, Len Parsons, presented leading Colors to open the parade, with VFW Post 12141 and Patriot Riders in a Missing Man Formation. Madras law enforcement, fire fighters and EMTs participated throughout and in closure of the parade, as our first responders and neighbors.

Erickson Air Museum provided a stunning and vintage T-6 Texan series trainer, delivering an outstanding Fly By with pilots David Reed and Jim Martinelli, honoring Veterans from multiple campaigns and attending spectators with a spirited energy.

Participating community groups and media assisted included The Madras Pioneer, KWSO, American Legion and VFW Auxillaries, school and youth groups, old car enthusiasts, Scouts, and individual entries, celebrated and participating Veterans from Jefferson County, Warm Springs, La Pine, Redmond, Prineville, Bend and Sisters communities. Thank you all.

Mike Williams

American Legion Post 125

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