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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
KATHRYN B. BROWN
WYATT HAUPT JR.
Founded October 16, 1875
There is nothing quite like a county fair
that harkens back to a
simpler time, a county
fair typically serves as a demarca-
tion line between the end of sum-
mer and the start of school. Sure,
students around the area will not
be hitting the books very soon, but
the fair is sort of that milestone of
the summer, a place in time that
signals the last big local event until
This year, the Umatilla County
Fair opens Tuesday at the East-
ern Oregon Trade and Event Cen-
ter and if you get the chance, we
urge you to stop by. That’s because
there will be plenty of features for
just about everyone of any age. A
carnival will glisten the sky with
bright neon shadows and will
surely be a popular attraction —
but there is much, much more to
From across the county, young
people will converge as FFA mem-
bers and area 4-H clubs show their
steers, lambs, hogs and rabbits.
The youth — and their parents and
siblings — will devote the next
five or six days preparing their ani-
mals, then setting up for final judg-
ing. These young people illustrate
another one of those long-standing
elements to a county fair — hard
Staff photo by E.J. Harris, File
Amy Armstrong, 11, of Hermiston, positions her Nigerian dwarf goat during the nov-
ice dairy goat showmanship during the 2018 Umatilla County Fair.
work inside the heat and dust to get
their animals prepared.
Getting to those animals and
the other events at the fair will
be easier this year too, thanks to
improvements to the accessway
and a free shuttle service. The
free shuttle service will run from
4 p.m. to 1 a.m from Hermiston
City Hall to the fair.
There will also be a rodeo and
other entertainment during the fair,
plenty enough to satisfy just about
anyone with an interest. A stop at
the fair is also not just about the
carnival or the animals. In a real
way the fair represents the quint-
essential fabric of Americana. In a
sense the Umatilla County Fair is a
way to see the values — hard work
and determination — we all cher-
ish at work.
Besides all of that, though,
going to the fair is just a good
time. Fair food, meeting up with
friends, enjoying the carnival and
seeing a daughter or grandson
show their prized steer are all part
of the ambience of a local event
that really has no peer.
Take a little time out this week.
Brave the heat. And take a minute
— or an hour — to visit the Uma-
tilla County Fair.
The Democrats lost their
Death penalty changes
regon Gov. Kate Brown
on Thursday signed
Senate Bill 1013, a bill
that dramatically narrows who
is eligible for the death penalty
in this state. It was not the way
to change Oregon’s death pen-
Oregon has not executed
anyone in more than two
decades. In 2011, then-Gov.
John Kitzhaber declared a mor-
atorium on the penalty. Brown
continued that moratorium and
the 2019 Legislature rewrote
the definition of aggravated
murder in SB 1013, the only
crime subject to the death pen-
alty in the state.
When the bill goes into
effect near the end of Sep-
tember, only those convicted
of killing two or more peo-
ple during an act of terrorism,
killing a child under 14, kill-
ing an inmate if the killer is in
jail or prison or have a previous
murder conviction, or killing
a police, corrections or proba-
tion officer will be eligible for
the penalty. The law does not
eliminate the penalty for the 31
men and women currently on
While this newspaper has
long opposed the death penalty,
the Legislature’s action was not
the way to go about making
dramatic changes to the current
law. That’s because lawmakers
declined to refer the measure to
a vote of the people.
Yet historically, it’s the peo-
ple, not lawmakers, who have
made the death penalty avail-
able in Oregon, and it’s been
the people who have removed
it from the state’s punishment
arsenal. True, lawmakers first
put the penalty in place here
in 1864, but citizen votes have
repealed the law twice and
restored it three times since.
Once, the state Supreme Court
declared it unconstitutional.
Voters should have been
given the final say this time.
Lawmakers should have
referred this change to the bal-
lot. They should not have taken
it upon themselves to undo law
that the people put in place
without giving those same
people the right to approve
or defeat their action in an
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s it safe for me and my wife
speed debate format that gave no
to return from our vacation in
one enough time to answer, rebut
or explain anything.
I don’t know how many
Not just for not asking any
Americans who tuned into the
questions about the economy or
two Democratic presidential
the Mueller Report.
debates on CNN this week actu-
CNN should be ashamed
ally paid attention or were able to
for producing a lousy presiden-
stay awake both nights.
tial debate like it was a
But anyone who can
Super Bowl telecast.
prove they watched all
Ten debaters were
introduced each night
six hours deserves some
kind of psychiatric help
like they were the start-
ers on a pro football
from the government.
team, when actually
Maybe Bernie Sand-
ers, Elizabeth War-
they were two or three
ren and the other pro-
star players and a bunch
gressives who want to
of scrubs and walk-ons
be president can add
who’ll never make the
free counseling for
The big winner on
Syndrome to the list of freebies
night one was Elizabeth Warren,
they’re promising to give every
the shrill progressive professor
who has written comprehensive
I’m still in Austria — or is it
plans to fix everything from col-
lege loan debt to climate change.
Warren and her arm-waving
But my sources back home
soulmate, angry Bernie Sanders,
tell me that for two nights leftist
became a socialist tag-team.
Democrats tooted their own tin
They spent the night defend-
horns, attacked each others’ pie-
ing their costly left-wing health
in-the-sky “Medicare for All”
care pipe-dreams from the occa-
health care plans and proved once
again that not one of them is qual- sionally sensible attacks of mod-
ified to be president.
erate lefties like millionaire busi-
When they weren’t calling
nessman and ex-Congressman
John Delaney and Rep. Tim
the president a racist or prom-
ising to give trillions of dollars
Ryan of Ohio.
of free health care, college and
Delaney and Ryan, like
other stuff to Americans or illegal Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mon-
tana Gov. Steve Bullock, had
aliens, the candidates were rail-
ing against the usual devils — the their moments — seconds, really.
NRA, the Koch Brothers, greedy
The only real entertainment
drug companies, the evil fossil
at the Tuesday night debate was
fuel industry, etc.
provided by Marianne William-
son, the new age spiritualist and
The Democrats’ top talent
self-help author whose hippie
looked bad, but CNN ought to be
rants about “dark psychic forces”
ashamed of itself.
and political failure in Washing-
Not just for using its
Trump-hating trio of Jake Tapper, ton made her the most Googled
name of the night.
Dana Bash and Don Lemon as
The second debate in Detroit
had more star power, but even
Not just for devising a high-
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fewer laughs and just as many
unlikable and humorless Demo-
crats making dozens of un-keep-
able promises and gratuitous
Joe Biden brought his C game
Wednesday and was much better
But Kamala Harris and a
supporting gang headed by
Corey Booker, Julian Castro
and Kirsten Gillibrand went
after him all night like a pack of
jackals attacking an old water
Biden was left standing,
barely. He made at least seven
gaffes and looked old.
He had trouble defending the
now politically incorrect posi-
tions he held on crime, school
busing, the drug war and work-
ing women during his 40-plus
years in DC.
It wasn’t pretty. If there is a
big sympathy vote out there in
the American electorate, Old Joe
Meanwhile, Harris got some
of her own nasty medicine.
She was badly wounded when
Tulsi Gabbard, the congress-
woman from Hawaii, suddenly
brought up some of the un-pro-
gressive highlights of her career
as California’s tough-on-crime
Winners on Night Two?
Biden, by default. Gabbard.
Maybe Booker or Castro, if you
grade on a generous curve. The
rest were losers.
For the week, Prof. Warren
was the big winner, if you don’t
count President Trump.
The big losers were Harris
and the Democrat Party, which
showed the country just how bro-
ken and crazy it is.
Michael Reagan is a nation-
ally syndicated columnist.
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