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Saturday, June 15, 2019
KATHRYN B. BROWN
WYATT HAUPT JR.
Founded October 16, 1875
Tip of the Hat,
kick in the pants
tip of the hat to the individ-
uals representing the state’s
logging industry who con-
vened at the Capitol last week to pro-
test two climate bills — House Bill
2007 and HB 2020 — now under
consideration by Oregon lawmakers.
HB 2007 would compel trucks
and other equipment in three Oregon
counties to be switched out or mod-
ernized to reduce carbon emissions.
HB 2020 is designed to cut the state’s
carbon dioxide emissions. Both bills
are contentious and at least one —
HB 2020 — will get the green light
Timber industry workers and rep-
resentatives appeared at the capi-
tol riding a convoy of logging trucks
to express their displeasure. While
impressive, the demonstration was
peaceful and ordered. The people who
participated in the civic-action ses-
sion exercised their fundamental right
under the Constitution to peaceably
assembly and air their grievances.
Instead of shouts and rock throwing
these individuals met and made their
intention clear without violence.
That is a solid, common-sense way
to exercise their fundamental rights.
It’s too bad common sense is not evi-
dent in either of the two climate bills.
A tip of the hat to Judge William
D. Johnson for his distinguished
career on the Umatilla Tribal Court.
He was the first CTUIR member to
graduate from law school and pass
the Oregon Bar, and has been chief
judge since 1988, now serving his
fourth and final term.
Johnson was also instrumental in
getting the Violence Against Women
Act authorized on the reservation,
which gives tribes jurisdiction over
non-Indian perpetrators of domes-
tic violence against Indian women on
A tip of the hat to Lamb Weston
and the firm’s new investment in
Hermiston. The 300,000-square-foot
processing plant not only helps the
company but is a sizeable economic
development investment, adding 150
full-time jobs. Those new worker
slots will also pay well, symbolizing
how much Lamb Weston believes in
Capital Press Photo/Sierra Dawn McClaini
A fleet of about three dozen logging trucks converged on the state fairgrounds as part of a
demonstration by dozens of loggers, millers, truckers and their families who continued to
the Oregon Capitol steps to protest two climate bills they say will devastate them and their
the Hermiston — and greater Colum-
bia Basin — economy.
A kick in the pants to the state
of Oregon and its beleaguered fos-
ter care system. While consultants
are now working to create change, the
truth is the system has been haunted
with persistent problems for years.
Plagued by abuse and operating with
sparse public surveillance, the foster
care system has become a cautionary
tale when it should be one of the most
valued aspects of our state.
A tip of the hat to the new — and
long-awaited — Wallowa Band Nez
Perce Visitors Interpretive Center
in Wallowa. The center opened May
25, and it is filled with artifacts and
showcases the rich history of the Wal-
lowa Band of the Nez Perce. The new
facility is an excellent way to recog-
nize and celebrate a key piece of our
shared Northeast Oregon culture.
Kudos to those who pushed for the
Union won’t let members
leave when they want
oining the Oregon Education Associ-
ation is simple for the approximately
44,000 educators who want to be
Leaving is not.
The union lets members leave only in
September. The OEA apparently believes
there’s nothing wrong with pirating dues
for months from members who want to
leave, trampling their First Amendment
rights by forcing them to continue to pay
to support causes or speech they oppose.
Three school employees in Oregon are
suing the OEA to end the practice. Justice
demands they win.
The employees claim the seizing of
dues against their wishes violates their
constitutional rights. The amounts at stake
for the three employees vary. One pays
about $992 a year, another about half that
Two of the employees signed the agree-
ment to join the union with the fine print
that says they couldn’t leave except during
September. A third refused to sign and was
told he would have to keep paying through
September anyway. The three are repre-
sented by the Freedom Foundation, which
works to fight unions.
Do all those conditions and specifics
matter? Is the OEA being fair by taking
money from people for months who don’t
want to belong? It’s not.
The question in this lawsuit fol-
lows from the Janus decision by the U.S.
Supreme Court. The court ruled that pub-
lic-sector unions must stop forcing non-
members to pay fees without their con-
sent. The “First Amendment is violated
when money is taken from nonconsent-
ing employees for a public-sector union;
employees must choose to support the
union before anything is taken from
them,” the court said.
Public-sector unions have been fighting
Janus ever since. If the OEA can’t force
people to join the union and pay dues, it
just won’t let them leave when they want.
Translation not a job for
A recent article promoted the use of
children to interpret for their parents
during medical appointments, at govern-
ment offices, and at school. In my dual
capacity as a parent and a Sworn Trans-
lator (owner of VerbioGroup.com), I am
appalled at the cavalier attitude toward
relying on youngsters to explain serious
and complex medical diagnoses or legal
situations to their parents. I would never
put my middle-schooler in a position to
explain to a parent that one of us has a
severe illness or needs to complete cer-
tain legal proceedings.
Children often lack the correct under-
standing of the technical terms in any
language. Situations like this can be
challenging, even traumatizing for
adults. Why place a child in the mid-
dle? Government agencies and school
districts have contracts with trained and
Unsigned editorials are the opinion of
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express the opinions of the authors and not
necessarily that of the East Oregonian.
professional interpreters. Private hos-
pitals are expected to apply parallel
requirements by Oregon Health Author-
ity and the Affordable Care Act. Failure
to offer services in a language that some-
one can understand is a violation of the
Civil Rights Amendment (Section V for
the Deaf community or Section VI for
limited English speakers).
Interpreting services are available
24/7 on-demand by phone and/or by
video conference to serve less populated
areas (like Pendleton) where fewer inter-
preters reside, especially for less com-
mon languages spoken in the region
(Karen, Burmese, Tigrinya, etc.). Profes-
sional interpreting requires formal train-
ing in technical jargon in two languages,
procedures, ethics, privacy laws (e.g.,
HIPAA and FERPA), and how to cope
with traumatic situations. Not a job for
Greg Smith is a man of
I have known Greg Smith for 25 years.
He is one of the most optimistic and
hard working people I have ever known.
He obviously has value to his clients or
his private sector business would not have
grown and become successful.
He has value to his constituents or they
would have stopped sending him to repre-
sent them and their interests in Salem long
He apparently has value to the House
of Representatives or he would have been
denied an impressive list of committee
His list of personal and professional
accomplishments, accolades, awards,
degrees, diplomas, certificates, honors,
and formal recognition is impressive by
The longevity and loyalty of his staff (if
Organizational Behavior research is a reli-
able indication) seems to be evidence of
decent compensation, satisfactory work-
ing conditions, and opportunities for per-
sonal and professional growth and devel-
opment that his leadership avails others.
He is indefatigable in his work ethic and
seems oddly exempt from normal fatigue.
His years of service in the public and
private sector have uniquely suited him for
It is as if he has been conditioned to
be a multitasking, bilingual, ambidex-
trous, undaunted, and unflappable force of
I know him to be a man of integrity.
In public and in private settings he com-
ports himself with honor.
He doesn’t swear, gossip, malign, belit-
tle, tell off-color jokes, or speak ill of oth-
ers behind their back.
I vouch for his character and I am hum-
bled to be his friend.
Kim B. Puzey
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