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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal March 20, 2002 Would Have Felt Cheated To the Editor, Regarding the letter in the 3-13-02 issue by F. Griffin Hale: Had I given him a penny for his houghts I would have felt cheated. Sincerely, Dean Thomas Halfway, Oregon What's in a Name? To the Editor: After voting and observing the politics of our country for over 60 years, I would like to record some important changes that have occurred. In particular, there has been a change in the language ofpoli- tics. Being called a liberal 60 years ago was a rather benign label for someone who was just slightly to the left in the politi- cal spectrum. But socialists called themselves socialists and communists called them- selves communists. Few of them tried to hide their ex- treme political views. We had some socialist party members in congress and communists in elective offices around the country. If you voted for them you knew what to expect from them. But in more recent years the extremists on the political left prefer to be called liberals to conceal their real political agenda under the liberal um- brella. Now if someone is la- beled a liberal, you really can "t be sure whether he just leans a little to the left of center or is a wild-eyed socialist who would like to see the federal govern- ment control every aspect of our lives, own all property and redistribute the wealth. There is a similar problem at the opposite end of the po- litical spectrum. Sixty years ago being called a conserva- tive was a compliment whether it was in politics or in per- sonal life. Slowly, over the years, many radical groups have begun to call themselves conservatives to conceal the truth about their extreme ideas. David Duke and his Ku Klux Klan brethren began to call themselves conservatives. The neo-Nazis and the vari- ous paramilitary groups try to come under the conservative umbrella. The same with the infamous posse comitatus and their ilk. Another example of such extremism trying to hide under the conservative label is the self righteous religious fanatics that now seem intent on invading politics at all lev- els in order to try to force their ultra-religious ideas on every- one by political means. So what is a poor voter to do ? Could we have degrees of liberalism and conservatism ? Could a candidate say he is just a wee bit liberal or a little bit conservative ? Or could we have a sliding scale from one to ten ? But who would assign the grades ? For now a voter can only be very suspicious about'he liberal and conser- vative labels. Maybe we should pay more attention to the can- didates who we can call mod- erates. Carl R. Kostol Baker City, Oregon Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 email: hcj @pinetel.com Editor and Publisher. Steve Backstrom Staff: David Baker, Pat Gardgus, Angle Rice, Tana Sessions, Cindy Thayer and Patti Walker Correspondents: Marjorie Baker, Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrie Kvamme and Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journal is published weekly for $20.00 (Baker County) or $25.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. Periodical postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number: 002-953. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, ishc.:'rs A~;~ociation ' by Pat Garrigus Opportunity Missed Again I keep looking for Wilbur Thureon's column in the Hells Canyon Journal. If there could be one at least every other week, I wouldn't feel so pressured to find something to have penny thoughts about in a season where ha'penny thoughts are hard enough to come by. I miss Wilbur's subtle wit and sense of fun and hope he comes out of hi- bernation soon, otherwise I lhight be the grouchy bear come spring thaw when the slides have slid. I heard Dee and Squeak West were heading back to Sitka last week and I've missed my opportunity to ask them if they know John Straley, who writes so con- vincingly about Sitka and environs in his Cecil Younger detective series. In my imagi- nation, they are buddies with Cecil, who fishes some be- tween his adventures as a defense investigator living in a house on pilings in Sitka. Cecil lost his driver's license years ago in his drinking days and walks everywhere he can't go by boat or bush plane and I'm sure the Wests must have given him a ride around town. I would have liked to have heard their impressions. Chances for a first hand opinion of a fictional charac- ter aren't too plentiful and here I've gone and missed the opportunity again. Dink and I didn't miss the opportunity to stand in the Crab Feed line for almost 3 hours, after arriv- ing at about 1:30 p.m. Thank good- ness we wore the ugly hats we've been knitting so I could tell for sure it was a dry socket and not hypother- mia dulling the dental drill still in my head. There just wasn't time to freeze in that loud, tipsy crowd; our necks were swivel- ing too fast watch- ing people fall off snowbanks. So with a frozen jaw, I ate all of my share of crab and six other people's por- tions, too. Couldn't, however, even with Dink's help, keep up with the little, short cowboy across the table who ate 17 half-crabs with- out chewing more than 34 times. By February next year I'll have forgotten the long, loud lines and just remember the Sweet sea-flavor of the Dunge- ness. Thanks again, Ralph. Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3 ~33 GOVER LANE HALFWAY 10 AM ro 4 pu MO. l SAT I COUNTRY LIVING - Rare small acreage in Pine Valley. 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Financial information available to qualified buyers. Asking $298,000. PROPERTIES SINCE JANUARY 1, 2002 - 266 acres in Pine Valley; manufactured home in Halfway; 137 acres in Eagle Valley; nice home with large shop in Richland; 12 acres with A-Frame on Pine Creek; 480 acres on Snake River (pending).' 1-800-223-1139 Call Steve (Broker) at 893-6133 or 893-6352 (home) Larry at 742-2233 or 742-5800 (home) Investmentsj Inc. Rk/ffand OR