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Letters to the Editor for Feb. 10, 2016

Bundy is standing up for a once great nation

This letter is intended to clarify the essence of the recent dispute at the Wildlife Refuge near Burns. The underlying contest is over whether these United States should be governed by Admiralty law (the law of the sea) or Constitutional Law. Bundy’s organization believes so strongly in the U.S. Constitution that they are willing to buck the existing federal government, even to the point of death. 

One indication of the system of law under which you and I live is the flag that is being used. If the national flag is displayed decorated by a golden fringe and tassel, like that displayed in our courtrooms, that is Admiralty. Under that flag there is no obligation to honor the Constitution. And under Admiralty law a person has no enforceable rights, the same as aboard ship at sea. The captain is in complete control.  

Another indication of which law you live under is how your name is printed on government legal documents, such as licenses. That is the government’s indication of your legal status. If your full name is all in capital letters you are no longer a person, but chattel,  property of the government.

 News accounts of the subject event in this area all appear to state the federal government’s position, that the Bundy group is an outlaw organization. Then took action similar to that used at Waco and Ruby Ridge: Violence where violence was not necessary. No government officials were held accountable in those atrocious events and you can expect the same here. 

This nation’s government would never have become a Constitutional Republic if it were not for people of courage such as shown by the Bundy organization. It has gradually been converted to Admiralty law at the hands of government officials and others in power who prefer the authority available under Admiralty law.

These are the facts as I understand them. Please don’t condemn Bundy until you have satisfied yourself as to whether he deserves condemnation or a high level of praise, as I do, for his courage and willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of the people of this once great nation. 

Jasper Coombes


Price of freedom: Hearing what we don’t like

In Mike Meyer’s Feb. 8 letter to the editor (“Keeping our faith to ourselves”), he said, “To those that feel it necessary to publicly express their religious leanings to anyone within earshot: I honestly don’t want or need to know about your God.” Interesting ... Mr. Meyer has no problem exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech by publicly complaining about others, but he doesn’t like those same people exercising their constitutional right to freedom of religion when publicly “expressing their religious leanings” within earshot of anyone. As assertive as Mr. Meyer appears to be in his article, I find it highly unlikely that anyone would be able to “force” or “shove” God in his face and get away with it for very long.

As Americans, we all have to put up with things we don’t like seeing, hearing or smelling in public. I don’t like seeing people act obnoxiously at public sporting events. I don’t like hearing people swear in public restaurants (especially in close proximity to children). And I don’t like smelling other people’s cigarettes as they walk past me on the street. But tolerance and respect for others — and their constitutional rights — is the price I pay to live in a free society. It’s my hope Mr. Meyer will consider embracing these same virtuous qualities in order to “live in peace” with those he hears publicly expressing their religious leanings within earshot of him. God bless!

Chris Burk

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 8, 2016

Keeping our faith to ourselves

To those that feel it necessary to publicly express their religious leanings to anyone within earshot: I honestly don’t want or need to know about your God. I may have my own God or gods, or none at all, most certainly it is none of your business. I have no objection to your God, as long as you don’t attempt to force him or her on me or feel a compulsion to shove him or her in my face. Is that too much to ask? 

I solemnly promise to keep my God or gods, or none at all, to myself. Please have the respect to do the same, then perhaps we can all live in peace. Thank you.

Mike Meyer

Baker City

Why won’t Idaho Power just go away with B2H?

With almost everybody in Oregon not wanting the Boardman to Hemingway power line, why won’t it just go away? Even Idaho Power says: “The B2H project is neither required to support any particular new generation project nor justified by any particular existing generation project.”

Idaho Power says it is the federal government, actually Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that is making them do it! Remember that Idaho Power is the midget in this project, PacifiCorp owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is financing 54 percent of the bill with Bonneville Power lurking in the background. Idaho Power estimates that just total permitting cost to be $204 million with their share at $43 million. 

Our friends at the BLM seem determined to find an environmentally preferred route. The BLM must know that we don’t want the power line in Eastern Oregon. They have moved the suggested route several times. Why can’t they just say NO. 

BLM certainly must be aware that this B2H project has some similarities with other recent proposals like Ochoco Wilderness, Owyhee Canyonlands and even Malheur Wildlife Refuge problem. B2H will designate about 11,000 acres of land to the 300-mile right-of-way. Much of this is family farm and ranch ground and some national forest.

BLM needs to support the public by just saying no. Idaho Power needs to move their power line to Idaho. What is it that tends to override public opinion, what am I missing?

Gail Carbiener


Letter to the Editor for Feb. 5, 2016

B2H plan makes my head itch

In order to help us expedite putting up unwanted power lines through your landscape, Large Idaho Corperate Energy Syndicate (LICES) asks you to take a moment and fill out our survey. Check one:

When were you first aware of LICES in your area?

• Run over by LICES truck. 

• House bulldozed without warning. Replaced with a pylon.

• Dammed Snake River then reneged on contract to provide fish ladders.

• Garbage was tipped over.

• Daughter became pregnant.

• Tourists stopped coming to store because power lines ruined view of Oregon Trail.

• Offered large sum of money for power line to run through my property.

In what manner did you receive your “gift?”

• Hundreds in paper bag

• Hundreds in plastic bag

• I was only given fifties. What’s the deal?

• I would have preferred a new truck.

• I was only given a Frisbee

Your occupation

• Governor 

• BLM mediator 

• Ex-governor

• U.S. Senator

• BLM mediator

• Large absentee landowner

• BLM mediator

• Unemployed due to fall in tourism

What movie best describes your encounter with LICES?

• “Nightmare on Elm Street”

• “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

• “Little Miss Sunshine”

• “Dirty Dancing”

• “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

• “Frankenstein”

• “Myra Breckenridge” 

• “It’s a Wonderful Life”

• All the above

Which strong-arm tactic do you most admire about LICES?

• The way we wait until Christmas holidays to unveil our scheme, knowing that people won’t notice what we are doing. 

• The way we plan to string power lines through the Baker County that can be seen from outer space while ignoring local laws and regulations i.e. Oregon’s land-use planning that keeps the land from being subdivided and farmlands protected.

• How we run our power lines through five Oregon counties while sacrificing only one of our counties in Idaho

• Our refusal to admit that EMFs really exist.

• With our power lines, our insistence to destroy the viewscape of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the “crown jewel” of the Oregon Trail historical sites while ruining Baker’s tourism industry.

• Give Baker nothing in return.

• Invent false needs to build power line.

When you think of LICES which song comes closest to your feelings? 

• “Feelings” — Morris Albert

• “My Way” — Frank Sinatra

• “Muskrat Love” — Captain and Tennille

• “Big Eyed Beans from Venus” — Captain Beefheart

• “Crazy” — Julio Iglesias

• “Hooked On a Feeling” — David Hasselhoff

• Theme song to Scooby Doo

• “More than a Woman” —Bee Gees

• “It’s a Small Small World” —Disneyland Children’s Chorus

• Piano Concerto #5 in B flat minor Adigio ma non troppo, un poco maestoso/Sergi Rachmaninov

• “Dancing Queen” — ABBA

• “Spirit in the Sky” — Norman Greenbaum

Thank you for your time. Your comments are important to us, well, sort of important to us — at least we’d like to make you think they are important to us. No, actually, they’re not important to us at all. We certainly don’t read them. Do you have any idea how much it costs to throw these questionnaires and all your letters away?

Whit Deschner is a Baker City resident. 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 3, 2016

Baker schools need to reconsider 4-day week

The school district is proposing “extra help” on Fridays for students. This indicates the 4-day school week is not effective. We owe it to our children to rethink the model of education that we provide. On the 5-day model, did students attend on Saturday? Is it fair to ask a struggling student to be excluded from their peers on Friday by extending their week: 4 extra long days of work (7:20 to 3:00 – add a bus ride). How does the child react to this? Are we looking at the physical well-being and social-emotional growth of students?

 Every child learns at a different rate and pace, therefore, ALL students’ needs should be met within a regular school day. Many students benefit from working individually or in small groups. We already have small group leveled reading times, push-in support for students who need it, reading interventions — as well as innovative activities designed by teachers happening every day! Did anyone consider smaller class sizes by downsizing administrators and increasing teacher numbers? The 5-day school week for all students needs to be reconsidered because as a community we need to do what is best for all of our children. To say the parents and community have “adjusted” makes one think that the parents and community are adjusting to the needs of the school district and not the school district “adjusting” to the needs of the parents, community — and children!

Baker schools have a high dropout rate; a large number of students are being homeschooled — why is that? On Jan. 27, 2016, Baker City Herald reported 21 percent or more 8th graders drank alcohol; 10 percent of the 8th graders “binge” drank and 9 percent of the 8th graders have used marijuana and it goes on — what are our kids doing on Fridays with no school in session? 

“Our children should not be working to reach an arbitrary bar of learning set by the state; rather, they should be allowed to shoot for the moon.  Even if they miss, they will land among the stars.”

— Les Brown

Colleen Collier

Retired teacher

Baker City

Large minimum wage hike hurts some with few skills

Governor Brown wants Oregon’s Legislature to raise the minimum wage so that “no one who works full time has to live in poverty.” The mental picture here is of the poor struggling mom trying to keep bread on the table for her kids. But few minimum wage workers fit this picture. For one thing, two-thirds of them work only part time.

 25.7 percent of minimum wage workers do come from households with less than $20,000 annual income. But even more such workers, 29.4 percent, come from households with an annual income greater than $60,000, and 11.8 percent have household income of more than $100,000. How can this be? Such people come from households where there are two or more employed, someone whose spouse has a good-paying job, for instance, or college students living at home with their parents. Minimum wage workers’ household income is scattered up and down the entire distribution.

Employers facing a large increase in the minimum wage will compensate by reducing the cost of employees. Some workers will have their hours reduced; others will be laid off, their income reduced to zero. It seems a bit much to have some poor people lose their jobs so that other poor people can make more money. But should some poor people lose their jobs so other well-to-do people can earn more? (Remember those 29.4 percent whose annual household income is over $60,000.) Come on, now!

Minimum wage jobs can be the bottom rung of the ladder to success for people with few job skills. But a large minimum wage prices such people out of the job market. If an employer has to pay someone $13 to $14.50 an hour, (Governor Brown’s proposal) who do you think will be hired? A college student or a high school drop-out? A high minimum wage slams the door of opportunity in the faces of those with few job skills.

Those advocating a high minimum wage despite all of the above want you to have a warm, fuzzy feeling about yourself; you are in favor of a program that will help that poor struggling mother, even though it really doesn’t.

Pete Sundin

Baker City

Based on evolution, why worry about climate change?

Of the many questions regarding climate change (global warming) I’ll bring up just one. In the U.S. every year we spend millions of dollars educating our children in public schools. For biology, the only acceptable theory is evolution, the concept that all living matter changes over time to adapt to the environment. It is my understanding that teachers are not allowed to mention creation or even a generic big-bang term, only evolution. If we’re spending so much promoting the idea that all life forms adapt to their environment, why is there any cause for worry if the earth changes? If evolution were true, climate change wouldn’t matter, everything would evolve to the changed conditions. Logically we shouldn’t be spending time and money promoting the theories of evolution and climate change, they are mutually exclusive. People who argue for evolution and express fear over climate change shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways.

Jim Carnahan

Baker City

Trader Joe’s could help solve Baker’s grocery problem

Baker City and Baker County citizens, arise!

You are probably tired of having only one major grocery outlet here in Baker. I have found a possible solution to this problem, but it will take the inputs of all of us to bring it about.

Ever hear of small grocery stores called Trader Joe’s? There are a few in the Portland area and one in Boise. These grocery stores are reasonably priced, well-stocked, clean and operated by people who are friendly and courteous. In national ratings, Trader Joe’s was voted number one for the last two years.

I have talked to the manager of the one in Boise and he told me that the company’s headquarters responds best to letters or emails from customers encouraging the opening of new stores. (This was a major factor in opening the one in Boise.) The address is Trader Joe’s, 800 S. Shamrock, Monrovia, CA 91016, attn: planning department. The website is TraderJoe’s.com/contactus.

If you have shopped at a Trader Joe’s and agree with my assessment, send them a letter asking them to come to Baker. Or, you can go to one in Portland or the one in Boise and see for yourselves.

Let’s all sit at our writing desks or computers and solve our grocery problem!

Robert L. Heriza

Baker City

Meeting prayer issue need not divide us

I have been waging a battle in my mind over Mr. Gary Dielman’s prayer issues. I have decided to pray for Mr. Dielman as I don’t think he truly realizes what he is doing.

I am very proud to be a Christian. I’m not perfect, but I’m better than I used to be. I serve a true and loving God, but he is a jealous God and I would think it is unwise to turn your back on God, not praise God and be disruptive in meetings. If Mr. Dielman would like to come to meetings a few minutes late, every one will be glad he did and no one will be upset. Please don’t continue to water the poison tree.

I will pray for grace, which is God’s unmerited favor. We all need it. When you turn your life over to Christ it is the most wonderful, liberating feeling in the world. It is a free gift offer to everyone of us if we accept it.

Please continue to pray. Pray for our families, friends, community, for our country, for the elderly and the poor, the sick and dying, for our politicians and for the beautiful town we live in. Let us put all of this silly behavior aside and pray this issue is solved once and for all.

We are all so blessed.

Rocky Morris

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 29, 2016

Harvey’s handling of county business is common sense

This missive is in direct response to Mr. Gary Dielman’s diatribe dated Jan. 25, 2016.

Mr. Jacobson correctly states that the manmade climate change is a hoax being perpetrated by the liberal elites in the old Chicken Little adage, the sky is falling. How can we as mere mortals think that we can effectively change the climate? The late George Carlin stated that man is arrogant to believe that man can achieve this goal.  

The scientists that gathered are in large part the huge liberal elitists who think that they know so much. Former President Ronald Reagan once opined, it is not that our liberal friends are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so. 

Mr. Dielman goes on by saying that a short prayer in asking for guidance and wisdom from God is offensive. May I remind Mr. Dielman that the framers of our great nation and constitution were in large part based on Judeo-Christian principles. That by giving an invocation such as starts the commission meeting is practicing what the founders had intended.

If this short prayer offends Mr. Dielman may I suggest that he show up to the meeting a little late thereby avoiding what he perceives as such offensive behavior.  

The framers of our Constitution were very concerned that the federal government would have too much power over that states and the constitution was written to avoid what has happened today. The federal government has grown into such a leviathan that every legal means possible should be taken in order to avoid “big brother” from deciding on states issues. An article 5 convention of the states would rein in some of the federal powers that have been stolen from the states. 

In conclusion I would like to suggest that Mr. Dielman’s earlier recommendations to Mr. Harvey be construed, as a liberal view of utopia and that in large part should be ignored. 

May Mr. Harvey continue to show the leadership, common sense approach in handling Baker County business.

Roy Hutchings

Baker City

We deserve balanced reporting on Harney County situation

I’m concerned by the one-sided accounts of the armed occupation in Harney County appearing in the Baker City Herald. In essence, they infer that Dwight and Steven Hammond are martyrs to unfair and unjust sentencing, thus inflaming the already contentious discussion of rancher/government relations.

Whether it is the Herald’s own reporting or the printed articles and op-eds by the Wall Street Journal, Rep. Greg Walden, or The Oregonian, only the Hammonds’ assertion is presented — that the arsons were merely the accidental spread of fires they set to control noxious weeds. 

In striking contrast, the Record-Courier printed a lengthy statement by Billy J. Williams, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, citing sworn court testimony that the Hammonds set the 2001 range fire to destroy evidence of an illegal slaughter of a deer herd. At least seven deer were shot with others limping or running from the scene. This is hardly a model of responsible land stewardship.  ( https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2660399/Statement-USattorney.pdf )

I believe we are entitled to comprehensive reporting on matters that affect our community deeply, especially when opposing views and facts are so readily available.

Similarly, I believe that alleged threats and intimidation by the armed occupiers deserve to be reported. According to the New York Times (Jan. 12): “..death threats have been made against federal employees, and a judge’s wife has taken up her pistol, fearful of a gunfight in town..  Unfamiliar people have been stalking refuge employees, idling outside their homes and questioning them at grocery stores in Burns...”

In a well-reasoned op-ed in the Record-Courier titled “Ammon Bundy Please Go Home,” Harney County rancher Mary Kerns charged that he threatened her friends and family members, and demanded that he “LEAVE NOW.”

Combined with the illegal armed occupation, personal threats and intimidation endanger the very Constitutional rule of law that the intruders claim to protect, and they make a mockery of the “well-regulated militia” provision in the Second Amendment.

We must not be ruled by fear or ignorance.  We must come together to strongly condemn this threat to our democracy and to insist on balanced reporting.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

Letter to the Editor for Jan. 27, 2016

Land line phone numbers are vital for businesses

Just a note to remind Baker City business people that I cannot call you on the phone if you do not have a land line phone that is listed and easy to find in the Baker City phone book. Businesses need customers, and customers need to be able to contact businesses. To those who care, thank you.

Mardelle Ebell

Baker City

Letter to the Editor for Jan. 27, 2016

Land line phone numbers are vital for businesses

Just a note to remind Baker City business people that I cannot call you on the phone if you do not have a land line phone that is listed and easy to find in the Baker City phone book. Businesses need customers, and customers need to be able to contact businesses. To those who care, thank you.

Mardelle Ebell

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 25, 2016

Don’t like feds managing land? Take them to court

In a recent letter to the editor, Neal Jacobson criticizes my suggested New Year’s resolutions for Baker County Commissioner Bill Harvey. I appreciate his letter, because it gives me another opportunity to point out the failings of Harvey’s leadership. 

Jacobson undermines his credibility as a serious critic by identifying himself as a climate change denier writing that climate change believers have “a rich fantasy life” and the science is “tainted and inconclusive at best.”  

So, he would have us believe that the overwhelming scientific consensus and the leaders of 195 countries who met in Paris a month ago are all just “fantasying” that there is a serious problem that threatens life on earth as we know it,  and that Harvey and he know better than all of them.

Jacobson asks who is “harmed by a short prayer” at the beginning of County Commission meetings. He left out “100 percent,” “sectarian,” and “Christian.”  That’s really not an answer he can supply as a member of the majority religion in Baker County, implying that persons of a minority opinion should just sit there and remain silent. Obviously, if Jacobson believes I’m going to do that, he’s the one “fantasying.” 

As for writing that I’m asking the county to “accept all (Federal) regulations without comment,” here’s my answer. Harvey and persons like Jacobson, and Cliven Bundy and his sons are all talk and no legal action. If the regulations need changing or if the federal government needs to “give back” federal lands to ownership and management by states, then let them quit bellyaching and do something legal like filing suit in federal court or appealing to Congress.

Gary Dielman

Baker City

Bundy is not the sort of leader I would ever follow

Back in the ’80s I had to go over to Boise to treat PTSD at the Veterans hospital. My counselor, a Vietnam vet himself, once told me to go home and watch a movie called “Forrest Gump.” Pay special attention to a guy called Lieutenant Dan, he said. I guess he saw some kind of resemblance. I did use the phrase, “try not to do anything stupid,” a few times while raising children. The situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge brings the phrase to mind again.

Mr. Bundy: Get your butt off my land. Bundy and his crew are probably building bonfires on my ancestors’ wagon tracks. They were part of the Elliott wagon train of 1853. Helen Marny Stewart’s diary is at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.  Don’t expect me to run down there and fight to start the process of turning it over to the states who will very quickly start selling it to corporate America. This stupid move is going to play into the hands of the Democrats who will certainly use the issue to say that the Republicans want to privatize your national forests and rangelands. Get used to President Hillary.

I see lots of tough guys down there. I have seen them before. Back in the ’60s when we had a draft they were paying attention to Vietnam, right up to the time they got a good draft number. Many of those who didn’t pulled all the strings they could to get a deferment. Later when I took part in some Vietnam veterans’ groups we found out that some were lying about being vets, wannabees who cheapened the service. I see some of them at Malheur.

If this movement to privatize doesn’t stop then I’m going to wait for a lucky draft number or get a deferment if it ever comes to pushback time and most certainly will stay away from the polls next election. In the military you have to follow those in charge. I’m out and independent now and will pick my own leaders. Mr. Bundy does not qualify.

Steve Culley

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 20, 2016

A grocery allegory: What if occupiers showed up here?

The unarmed occupiers of the former Haggen/Albertsons have stated that they will not leave until either WinCo or Fred Meyer moves in. Many of these scofflaws are not even Baker City residents, some heralding from distant places like Huntington, Sumpter and Haines. In a statement by spokesman Abbon Mundy, “We are not leaving until the government looks into this Albertsons/Safeway monopoly and the shady dealings that brought the demise of Haggen.” “Until we have another grocery store, other than Albertsons, we are here for the long term.” Mundy then added, “And no Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, those puppet commercials freak me out!” 

The occupiers called attention to their presence with a huge parking lot bonfire fueled by tons of outdated worthless Haggens coupons. Local sheriff’s spokesperson Iwanna Storetoo said “It’s a good thing that fire didn’t get out of control, otherwise they’d be looking at some serious jail time!” She went on to add, “At this time we are monitoring the situation and have contacted other jurisdictions for additional support if things escalate.”

Local resident Igoto Boiseforfood said “Most of em ain’t even from here, they’re trespassing and just look at that asphalt damage! “They are nothing but common criminals that need to go back where they came from.”

Verilittle Tuchooz, a resident of Durkee, couldn’t disagree more, “It’s about time someone stood up to these out of control grocery conglomerates, thank God we still have people in this world that won’t just sit back and take it.”

When accused of being “nothing but a troublemaker” by local hecklers, Mundy responded by pointing across the road at the ever flowing sea of vehicles looking for a parking spot, at the crowds of people held hostage by whatever Safeway had to offer at whatever price and exclaimed “I’m not the problem, the trouble is right there in front of you!”

Only one government official responded concerning the occupation. Rep. Eylive N. Ontario said that there could be a federal case for defamation leveled on Mundy for his “racist comments against commercial puppets.”

Mike Meyer

Baker City

Grocery closure affects bottle recycling, too

I have been a bottle recycler for the past 10 years. It has always been a chosen responsible chore to recycle my bottle purchases. There have been times over those 10 years that I, along with many others, have become frustrated with the condition of the bottle recycle machines and areas offered to the local recycling citizens by the two local grocery stores.

Now with only one local grocery with the only bottle recycle center available, this frustration is an absolute mess. The actual designated recycle area size is state-regulated, as to the merchant building size plus the selling of deposit paid for designated bottles such as water, soda, beer etc. But, and here is the kicker, only if the merchant should choose to bother with providing a recycle area. The health maintenance of the area, the mechanical workings of the machines, the staff to assist the recycling citizens when the machines are filled to capacity, is strictly left to the store managers.

I recently contacted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as to what happened with the recycle machines at the empty former Haggen storefront. I was informed those machines were owned by the Haggen corporation, and how and where they went was that corporation’s business and the state agency has no say in the matter of dealing with the lack of recycling opportunities for the 10,000 Baker City citizens.

I would like to suggest to the current grocery corporation that the policymakers who now most definitely have a local monopoly to please address the lack of an adequate recycle center for bottles purchased at the only local grocery business.

And to the Baker City Council and business development planners, please include this needed requirement into any new and incoming business developments.

In the interim, I will be looking for any nonprofit group, church or school team who would desire my bottles to aid in their fundraising endeavors. I realize that they must also be recycloing at the aforementioned center, but perhaps it would hlep to limit the number of frustrated citizens jamming up the area unsuccessfully.

Cheryl Gushman

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 18, 2015

We need to speak up for abused animals

It’s hard to witness animals being abused by lack of food in the winter. Summer is a hard time also, but winter there’s no grass growing for horses and cows to forage on.

I have been watching some horses with a small colt being abused by a lack of food. Not sure what the water situation is, but some days there’s very little food, other days they don’t get anything. This is winter, everything is frozen, nothing growing and they have no voice to say “we could use some hay, it fills us up and helps our bodies produce heat to keep us warm on these cold, cold winter nights.”

This individual who owns these horses needs to ask, “Do I need them? Can I afford to feed them properly?”

If the answer to both is no, then do the humane thing and sell them. The horses did not ask to be treated like this. This individual has been turned in to the local authorities several times but nothing seems to come of it. Do we have to wait for animals to die before the authorities do something? They need to take all complaints of animal abuse seriously, whether it be dogs chained up with no food, water or shelter, or stacked in carriers and living in their own poo, or cats living in horrible conditions with little or no food and water. Horses, cows, goats are trying to live on little or no food having to eat their own poop. I have seen this, not a pretty sight.

So I’m asking anyone that has or is witnessing these abuses to speak up, write letters, call the local authorities, maybe they’ll do something if enough people stand up for animals that have no voice to speak for themselves. It would be a great year if the animal abuse of all levels could be cleaned up and the abusers held accountable.

Linda Chandler

Baker City

Obama cries for Sandy Hook, but what about abortion?

I was quite impressed by Obama’s tears for the tragedy at Sandy Hook. It was a terrible tragedy, which could have been lessened a lot if there would have been a gun controlled by a responsible person that could have stopped this mentally deficient idiot.

It would be heartwarming to see Obama shed some tears for the millions of little babies that Planned Parenthood is killing. Of course it is a very thriving business, selling baby parts — the livers, hearts and brains are especially valuable if they can harvest them while the baby is still breathing. This is a fact, as the lady doctor was gloating about the good job she had done.

Obama will do anything he can to stop the defunding of Planned Parenthood. I do not want my money going to support these abortion mills.

This is the most pro-abortion president ever. And if Hillary gets elected she will continue this horrible crime.

Pat Culley

Baker City 

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