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Home arrow Opinion arrow Editorials arrow Letters to the editor for the week of May 29 to June 2

Letters to the editor for the week of May 29 to June 2

What's next?

To the editor:

I'm amused to read of "gift certificates" offered to tour Baker Middle School (Baker City Herald, Tuesday, May 30)

Presumably those who are interested would do so on their own, without being offered incentives.

What's next? Bribes at the ballot box?

Phyllis Badgley

Baker City

Let families decorate graves

To the editor:

I, too, am disgusted with the police-state activities taking place at Mount Hope Cemetery. Just prior to all hell breaking loose, I decorated my sister's grave on her birthday, March 14.

I was on my hands and knees clipping stems from a live-flower bouquet, placing them in a coffee can, watering them and then anchoring the coffee can with three coat hangers. (Coffee cans have to be anchored from March winds to prevent the flowers from being strewn over other graves — not $15 worth!)

Her grave is 8 feet from a paved roadway. It seemed unusual that a diesel pickup from the center of the cemetery passed behind me, made a U-turn on Bridge Street and returned to the cemetery center. Was someone observing me with field glasses and spying on me?

Walking home a half block from the cemetery, I wondered if someone had pulled up the coffee can and thrown the flowers away. With all of the other unorthodox complaints, I wonder.

In 11 previous years of decorating I never felt Dan Sword was spying on me or that he had disturbed the flowers.

I now feel citizens of this community have a legitimate right to demand the city attorney approach the idea of the City Council buying out Don Fink's contract. Bring back Sword's 21 years of decent respect and expertise. Give the cemetery back to the people. Let them care for their loved ones with dignity, not fear.

Ronald H. Chaney

Baker City

Cemetery sympathy

To the editor:

As I honored my parents, sisters and my husband's parents by putting flowers on their graves, I can't remember a year I have not wanted to go to Mount Hope Cemetery to decorate them. It's not the only time during the year I go. Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and their anniversaries. This battle with the city over what should and should not be is plain stupid. I remember as a kid going with my folks to decorate my grandparent's graves and there was never a problem.

It's not that any of us really love being at the cemetery per se, as we'd love to have our loved ones here with us. Just please, have some sympathy for the families who care enough to go.

Georgene Ritch

Baker City

Build a band shell

To the editor:

Two of my friends have told me I'm nuts, but they're not the first! Anyway, we will probably get new schools, and that's good. Then we have more old buildings. What to do with them? Here's an idea. Tear them down, build a park with a real band shell like the one that used to be in the city park. What great Sunday concerts must have been enjoyed there. Also, parking on one of the sites, perhaps a utility building of many uses, even tennis.

I have been told John Philip Sousa brought the Marine Band to Baker City and they gave a concert in the old band shell. Does anyone remember that?

Marv Pilkenton

Baker City

Power of tourism

To the editor:

Representatives from the City of Baker City's staff and law enforcement, Baker City business owners, Historic Baker City, Inc., and Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau had a follow up meeting Monday morning as the Powder River Correctional Facility Inmates searched the streets of Baker City for any trash left over from the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. There was no debris to be found but the motorcyclists did leave their mark on our county in a very significant way.

J. Tabor Jewelry, which normally does not generate event specific sales, had a banner weekend stemming from well-heeled rally goers. Michelle, from the Oregon Trail Yamaha, reported they sold over $40,000 worth of merchandise and took in three trade-ins from rally riders. Joyce's Secondhand thrift shop nearly sold out of leather gear and had the shop open late Friday and Saturday nights. A survey of Chamber businesses, lodgers, and residents has already shown overwhelming support for next year's event.

Business owners all over the county benefited from the motorcycle rally and Baker City businesses in particular, reported that the rally generated significantly more sales than the State 4-1A Basketball Championships or the Elkhorn Classic. The economic impact of the event is, in my opinion, news worth noting. As our community struggles to gain a foothold on economic development, we should be reminded that tourism is a significant force to be reckoned with.

The spike in sales from the rally illustrates that tourism in rural areas, like ours, has a great impact on our local economy. The financial success of the rally will ricochet throughout our county businesses and feed our community for months to come. I encourage business owners and community members of the Baker County to join us as we prepare to make next year's event even stronger.

Amy Dunkak

Executive Director, Baker County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau

‘Code' is fiction

To the editor:

I am quite sure that a number of people will be upset about the movie "The DaVinci Code" because they will feel it threatens their belief about God and Jesus Christ.

If you would look at the book that the movie was made from, then you will notice that one of the first things it says is that it is a work of "fiction."

Now maybe some people who have been blinded by religious teachings may not know what the word fiction means.

It means that the story has some facts, but is written to tell a story.

As far as I am concerned, the Bible is a work of fiction based on some facts.

Some of the facts as I see them are:

1. The Old Testament, the entire Jehovah God story, was written by Moses about 2,000 years after his Adam was supposed to have lived

2. The Bible was written by a man, Moses, who thought the Sun circled the Earth.

3. He also thought the Earth was flat.

4. Noah's flood, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and other so-called miracles were written by Moses

Most of what Moses wrote was hearsay.

Now to the New Testament and Jesus:

1. Jesus told Pontius Pilate that he, Jesus, was the son of Man.

2. Pontius Pilate did not think Jesus was guilty of anything.

Now comes the part that may be fiction, or may not. Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene. Why some people seem to think there is something wrong with that, I don't know.

After all, didn't this God that people say they believe in tell Adam and Noah to go forth and multiply?

Why would Jesus be against what his God told him to do?

And why are these religious fanatics against that, whether it's fiction or fact?

Charles Dougherty

Baker City

Power of tourism

To the editor:

Representatives from the City of Baker City's staff and law enforcement, Baker City business owners, Historic Baker City, Inc., and Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau had a follow up meeting Monday morning as the Powder River Correctional Facility Inmates searched the streets of Baker City for any trash left over from the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. There was no debris to be found but the motorcyclists did leave their mark on our county in a very significant way.

J. Tabor Jewelry, which normally does not generate event specific sales, had a banner weekend stemming from well-heeled rally goers. Michelle, from the Oregon Trail Yamaha, reported they sold over $40,000 worth of merchandise and took in three trade-ins from rally riders. Joyce's Secondhand thrift shop nearly sold out of leather gear and had the shop open late Friday and Saturday nights. A survey of Chamber businesses, lodgers, and residents has already shown overwhelming support for next year's event.

Business owners all over the county benefited from the motorcycle rally and Baker City businesses in particular, reported that the rally generated significantly more sales than the State 4-1A Basketball Championships or the Elkhorn Classic. The economic impact of the event is, in my opinion, news worth noting. As our community struggles to gain a foothold on economic development, we should be reminded that tourism is a significant force to be reckoned with.

The spike in sales from the rally illustrates that tourism in rural areas, like ours, has a great impact on our local economy. The financial success of the rally will ricochet throughout our county businesses and feed our community for months to come. I encourage business owners and community members of the Baker County to join us as we prepare to make next year's event even stronger.

Amy Dunkak

Executive Director, Baker County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau

‘Code' is fiction

To the editor:

I am quite sure that a number of people will be upset about the movie "The DaVinci Code" because they will feel it threatens their belief about God and Jesus Christ.

If you would look at the book that the movie was made from, then you will notice that one of the first things it says is that it is a work of "fiction."

Now maybe some people who have been blinded by religious teachings may not know what the word fiction means.

It means that the story has some facts, but is written to tell a story.

As far as I am concerned, the Bible is a work of fiction based on some facts.

Some of the facts as I see them are:

1. The Old Testament, the entire Jehovah God story, was written by Moses about 2,000 years after his Adam was supposed to have lived

2. The Bible was written by a man, Moses, who thought the Sun circled the Earth.

3. He also thought the Eart was flat.

4. Noah's flood, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and other so-called miracles were written by Moses

Most of what Moses wrtoe was hearsay.

Now to the New Testament and Jesus:

1. Jesus told Pontius Pilate that he, Jesus, was the son of Man.

2. Pontius Pilate did not think Jesus was guilty of anything.

Now comes the part that may be fiction, or may not. Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene. Why some people seem to think there is something wrong with that, I don't know.

After all, didn't this God that people say they believe in tell Adam and Noah to go forth and multiply?

Why would Jesus be against what his God told him to do?

And why are these religious fanatics against that, whether it's fiction or fact?

Charles Dougherty

Baker City

Population bomb is set to land on us

To the editor:

Remember the big fights over land use policy that Tom McCall got passed in 1973 to save the land, forests, open space, and wildlife? We did that by becoming the most restrictive state in the union. Oregon decided that living in the country was bad. We had to do it, though, because too many people were destroying Oregon and the nation.

The obvious solution? Force everyone to live behind an urban growth boundary. Restrict private property rights and objections be dashed. Once passed, Metro Portland could always stop any reform and they did numerous times.

We had 210 million people when Oregon turned into a land use dictatorship. Since then, because of a national policy of liberal legal immigration and unenforced illegal immigration, we have grown to 300 million. Eighty-seven percent of our population growth is due to immigration.

Now our two senators have just voted to increase our population over the next 20 years by between 66 million and 193 million people. In their globalists' minds we just have to do it because if we don't, the world will think ill of us, social security will collapse and the rich would have to mow their own lawns and clean their own houses. The army would be short on recruits and the machine-harvested tomatoes, apples and grapes might have a bruise on them.

Fences can't work (tell that to a combat veteran). McCall's legacy, Thousand Friends of Oregon, is silent on the population bomb about to land on us. Instead, they are concentrating on making sure Measure 37 applicants can't transfer land use rights to a buyer. The media is oblivious.

Enough is enough. This isn't about Democrats and Republicans anymore. It's the beginning of a major conflict between Americans and globalists. Those who want to reverse course, stop the invasion and realize that you can't constantly grow will be labeled racist and xenophobic, but so be it.

We need to be bipartisan. We need a clean sweep of the politicians who were on watch since the last amnesty in 1986. Let's turn the tide with ballots before it gets more serious.

Steve Culley

Baker City

 
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