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Standing up for Oregon

I am disappointed and surprised by the article written as a letter from Ashland, Ore., ``Oregonians Shrug Off Image as `The Last Weird Place,' '' Jan. 31.

The writer missed an opportunity to find good in the events occurring. Oregonians certainly are not weird, different, strange, and above all boring. The little town of ``Boring'' was named after a pioneer.

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Oregonians are warm, civic-minded, cultural people; we have the finest symphony in the United States. Barbara Pennington, Milwaukie, Ore.

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