Oregon House adopts Code of the West

Oregon House adopts Code of the West

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Code of the West lives on in Oregon after the Oregon House adopted it as a symbolic standard for the Legislature and the state.

The Oregonian reports that House Concurrent Resolution 14 lists 10 common principles from James P. Owen, author of "Cowboy Ethics," including live each day with courage, take pride in your work and when you make a promise, keep it.

Republican state Rep. Tim Freeman of Roseburg, a resolution sponsor, said it was a way to give the Legislature a more positive image.

But critics were quick to point out the Old West had its problems too.

Democratic state Rep. Sara Gelser of Corvallis noted the resolution refers to pioneers, ranchers, cowboys and peace officers — but not American Indians.

It now moves to the Senate.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

From House Concurrent Resolution 14

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

That we, the members of the Seventy-sixth Legislative Assembly, adopt the Code of the West, as derived from the book "Cowboy Ethics" by James P. Owen and summarized as follows, as a model of conduct in the State of Oregon:

  1. Live each day with courage;
  2. Take pride in your work;
  3. Always finish what you start;
  4. Do what has to be done;
  5. Be tough, but fair;
  6. When you make a promise, keep it;
  7. Ride for the brand;
  8. Talk less, say more;
  9. Remember that some things are not for sale; and
  10. Know where to draw the line.

>>> Full text of House Concurrent Resolution 14