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Letters to the Editor for July 29, 2015

Registered sex offender expected a certain level of scrutiny

Since my release from prison in New Mexico on July 16, I have sought to remain in compliance with the law and to keep my behavior lawful and ethical. In good faith, I have been striving to do all that is necessary to put my life back into order after my wrongdoing sent me away five years ago.

  I was placed on the bus on Thursday July 16, in Las Cruces, to arrive in Baker late on Friday night. That was too late to accomplish anything before the weekend, but I was resolved to register with the State Police first thing Monday morning, which I accomplished.

Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2015

Mexican drug lord should be prime target for U.S. along with ISIS, Al-Quaida

On Sept. 11, 2001, some ignorant radicals flew a couple of jets into the World Trade Center and killed about 3,000 Americans. George Bush toured the rubble and promised retribution. He said Osama Bin Laden was “wanted dead or alive.”  Through a lot of diligent work by our intelligence people we found him. Our military people did a good job of eliminating him. We didn’t much give a damn about Pakistan’s borders when we did it.

Letter to the Editor for July 20, 2015

Walden helped Army veteran get his benefits

I want to thank Rep. Greg Walden for his help with the VA. As an Army veteran I fought for my benefits with the VA for over a year. They even told me “we don’t owe you anything.” When I shared my story with Mr. Walden, he was concerned and offered to help. Greg took my issue to the VA and it turns out they did owe me, and my benefits had been held up because of a silly computer error.

I received my full benefits in less than a week after I contacted Mr. Walden. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me and I won’t ever forget it.

Gerald Teixeira

Baker City

Letter to the Editor for July 17, 2015

Harvey’s complaint ignores one-man, one-vote idea

The Baker City Herald (July 10) headlined an article “Harvey not happy with Legislature.” 

Baker County Commission Chair Bill Harvey laments legislation the Democratically-controlled Oregon legislature “shoved down our throats” resulting in “an abject failure,” so reported the Herald. “I’m sick with what the Legislature has done... when one party holds power.” (But I doubt that he laments the fact that since the last national midterm election, just the reverse is true with the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress.)

Letter to the Editor for July 15, 2015

But what if a warmer climate is good for the Earth?

Some of our local pundits continue to quote St. Al Gore as if his words were Gospel. But they’re not. Consider:

The ultimate test for a scientific theory is how well it matches the real world. If it does, then fine. If not, then it’s time to toss that theory and try something different. The Theory of Catastrophic Climate Change utterly fails that test with reality.

Letters to the Editor for July 13, 2015

Forest supervisor addresses status of travel management 

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is well into summer mode! And that means the usual increase in forest activities, forest visitation, and the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal splendor of the Blue Mountains. As we approach the bustling summer season, I wanted to relay the status of ongoing planning projects here on the forest.

Letter to the Editor for July 10, 2015

Meth: A national emergency

Recently there was an article about my son and his meth addiction and suicide in the Baker City Herald. I would like to follow up.

Letters to the Editor for July 1, 2015

Pope Francis’ inspiring call to action on climate change

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

There are many profound teachings in Pope Francis’ newly-issued, wide-ranging Encyclical on climate change, inequality, and justice. It is a truly majestic document. It’s lengthy, but I urge everyone to read it in its entirety with both mind and heart, and to go well beyond the words to the spiritual meaning they convey.  (A link may be found here:  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Franc/index.htm)

Letters to the Editor for June 24, 2015

Volcanoes as major CO2 source myth refuses to die

In a recent letter to the editor, Chuck Chase makes this completely erroneous claim: “Just the (volcanic) eruption in Iceland alone...put more carbon dioxide in the air than we (humans) have since we started cutting back on carbon dioxide.” Then he jokes that believers in global warming should “quit drinking Kool Aid and believing in fairy stories..."

Letter to the Editor for June 22, 2015

Forest Service trying to hide road plan from public

The U.S. Forest Service has sunk to a new low in Eastern Oregon, that is, they have decided that you are too dangerous a group of people to be informed as to what roads they plan to close in your mountains. How do I know that? Because I have received a response telling me so.

While they put out propaganda of how they want to engage with you on the national forest, but when I or anyone else requests documents to engage, we are told we may cause “injury to the quality of the agency decision.” Let me emphasize, we, the people of Eastern Oregon may cause injury because we received a document to educate ourselves with.

Much like the mullahs in the mosques of Afghanistan, the Forest Service means to keep you ignorant as to what is going on around you. Communities and citizens are easier to control if they are kept from the truth of what’s going on around them and the decisions a few are making for the larger population. See, you/we/I are too dumb, too backwards, too unenlightened to understand the complexities of such ecological process, or are we?

I have a college education in natural resource. I know that water flows downhill and that active management techniques play a greater role in meeting the public’s needs than exclusion of use. I know that there is a “tread lightly” campaign being pushed by a small minority on the upper echelons of the Forest Service where man is looked at as a disease on the landscape and not a part of it. But most importantly I know this. You and I are not dumb, backwards or unenlightened.

It’s a lie, and we are dealing with liars in the leadership positions of the Forest Service, from the supervisor’s office up. If you want to keep your mountains open you are going to have to dig in. 

John D. George


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