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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters to the editor for the week of June 12 to June 16, 2005


Letters to the editor for the week of June 12 to June 16, 2005

Sidewalk sting

To the editor:

In regards to the crosswalk sting protest staged by Paul Olmstead, I would like to address his however well meaning but tragically misplaced goodwill.

My wife and I have been going for walks in our beautiful city for 20 years now, and if you have ever seen us walking you will note that I always carry a rather large wooden cane. If you will also note, I don't limp. Therefore one can assume I carry it for self defense against vicious dogs and careless drivers. Over the years I have used it on four dogs and one pickup truck. This is no laughing matter.

You literally take your life in your hands walking our streets, and if a crosswalk sting makes it a little safer for us, then bring them on, because each time they have occurred in the past we see a noticeable difference in the attentiveness of drivers.

I question your motives, Mr. Olmstead. Does this mean you received a ticket in the past? Or do you just not like taking a few seconds out of your precious time to stop and respect your fellow citizens life and safety? When you ask the question, "Are we so stupid that it takes a $253 lesson to make us stop?" I would answer you this way: Don't ask a question unless you think you will like the answer, and from me and my wife the answer is "Yes."

Bill Ward

Baker City

Honor the flag

To the editor:

June 14 is Flag Day. Every year, the Baker Elks Lodge in conjunction with the Boy Scouts and veterans organizations presents a Flag Day ceremony. This ceremony gives the history and the signifigance of our flag/s. It begins with the first flag that symbolized us as a nation and shows all the flags that followed as it traces the history of our present-day flag. Boy Scout Troup 433 and local veterans will show these colorful flags as a narrator explains their importance in our history. It is an impressive show.

If you and/or your children haven't seen this patriotic ceremony you are in for a treat. It is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Baker Elks Lodge on Second Street. You won't be disappointed. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Carol Martin

Baker City


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