A tip of the hat to the idea of a “Made in Pendleton” store on the city’s Main Street.
Many Pendletonians have had the pleasure of showing off the town to visiting family and friends who immediately become smitten with the town (Because who wouldn’t be?). Yet when those visitors ask you where they can pick up a little trinket to remember the town by, we’re often left scratching our heads.
Sure, we’ve got the woolen mills, and the Pendleton Center for the Arts has plenty of locally-made and influenced products, as does Tamástslikt. And Blue Mountain Creations or Stapleman Boots can create something from scratch if you’ve got the time.
But the city is crying out for a tourist-friendly outlet on Main Street that offers an array of goods produced in the town — and others that show Pendleton’s signature style. The store then would have the ability to not just support itself, but other local businesses and makers, too.
A tip of the hat to the open, useful discussion we have had about gun violence in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida.
Much of the credit goes to the remarkable Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and teachers who witnessed and were forever changed by this horrific event. They have led this movement, and forced this painful discussion into the open.
But politicians, including President Donald Trump and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson deserve credit, too, for listening to the victim’s unvarnished pain as well as their policy prescriptions.
The problem of gun violence and school shootings is vast and complicated, and there is no easy fix.
But an open debate, free from overwhelming interest of lobbyists and extremists, is a long-overdue step forward.
A tip of the hat to the loss of some titans of Pendleton in the last few days and weeks.
Richard Courson, Virginia Lindberg and Gene Ann McLean — just to name three — each made a remarkable impact in the community in their long and illustrious lives.
They will be missed.