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Yes on Measure 1-63

We endorse Measure 1-63 on the May 19 ballot, which would make the three Baker County Commission positions nonpartisan, because we think people who register to vote should be able to vote.

And not just on certain races in certain elections.

This might seem an unnecessary plea to make in a country where suffrage is so fundamental to our national identity.


Useful reminder about herbicides

We don’t think the Baker City Council needs to ban the use of certain herbicides at parks and other public spaces.

However, we believe the recent request by a few residents for the Council to impose such a ban can be a valuable reminder about the responsible use of products such as Roundup.


Speed limit compromise

Oregon’s periodic legislative effort to catch up, so to speak, with neighboring states in speed limits has been revived.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, would boost the limit for Interstate 84 between The Dalles and the Idaho border from 65 mph to 75 mph. The bill also would increase the speed limit for some rural two-lane highways, including U.S. 95 in the state’s southeastern corner, U.S. 20 between Bend and Burns, and U.S. 197 and 97 between The Dalles and Klamath Falls, from 55 to 70 mph.


Local control of public lands

Federal Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payment schemes are not in the best long-term interests of Oregon’s citizens. I have attended countless budget meetings where hard-working folks strive to manage their limited resources. However, the hard-truth is that relying on these monies will only place us on the same street corner next year, with the same cardboard sign, asking once again, “Please, Sir, More…”


Pot on the job: Not like booze

This summer brings with it the right to smoke marijuana legally in Oregon, even if you don’t have a doctor’s prescription. There are limits, however, and some of them apply to the workplace.

Workers and their bosses should be current on what the state’s new marijuana law does and does not mean in the workplace.

The new law, approved by voters in the November 2014 general election, does not change the way marijuana can be dealt with at work.


Moderation on minimum wage

The Oregon Legislature is considering several bills that would increase the state’s minimum wage.

Which is interesting, considering the small number of Oregonians who earn the minimum wage — about 5.7 percent of workers in the state, and 8.3 percent in Baker City — already have gotten a raise this year, starting Jan. 1.


Lifesaving data for fire crews

If your property is burning, you want the firefighters to focus on dousing the flames.

You don’t want them getting a water-laden fire truck stuck because it drives over the septic tank and cracks it.


Laws don’t deter the lawless

The Oregon Legislature seems all but certain to pass a bill that we believe has little if any chance to achieve its goal.

That goal — to prevent convicted felons who aren’t legally entitled to own a gun from buying one — is a worthwhile one, to be sure.


School spending and strange political bedfellows

Don’t feel badly if the recent debate in the Oregon Legislature over how much money the state should spend on public schools has left you a trifle woozy.

In a reversal of typical partisan roles, Republican legislators have pilloried the majority Democrats for shortchanging the state’s schools by hundreds of millions of dollars.


PILT is key for the county

It’s a yearly pest as predictable as the dandelion and the mosquito, but with much more serious potential consequences — Baker County officials wondering whether this is the year Congress pulls the budget rug from under their feet.

This year, as in the past, lawmakers eased the county’s fears by continuing a federal program that’s been a vital source of money for the road department for the past 15 years.


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