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City's wasting time on the dots

To the editor:

Dear Major Petry and City Manager Brocato: Stop wasting my tax dollars on witch hunts. I realize from what I read in the Herald and hear through the grapevine that you two don't get along with councilwoman Calder. This however does not give you the right to waste tax payer money on such frivolous "investigations."

Here's the first reason this makes you and our city look bad: The dots hurt no one, they were done in a very clean and respectful way, and they were intended to promote good cheer at the Elkhorn Classic, a very important event held here that we want to see back again and again. Now if any of the corporations that you are currently courting to move their operations to Baker were to read about this, which I'm sure they have, it makes you look like clowns. What business would move to a place where the city makes a big deal out of non-issues? Most of them wouldn't.

Second, Bella is one of the most important businesses on Main Street. It's the only place that's open seven days a week and serves both tourists and locals alike. You may not always see eye to eye with councilwoman Calder, but the fact is Baker City needs her, and she does more for this town than most people realize. Are any of you paying out of your pocket to provide transportation for seniors to the council meeting? Are any of you paying out of pocket to promote events like the Elkhorn?

I know that your little "investigation" won't run off Beverly Calder, because she loves this town so much, more than most people I know, but any business considering moving on to Main Street might look elsewhere if this is the way you keep treating businesses like Bella that we, Baker City, would be lost without.

So in conclusion, stop wasting our tax dollars and do your jobs: Making sure we have good schools, crime-free neighborhoods, clean streets and a vibrant thriving downtown. Even one with dots on the sidewalks.

Brian Vegter

Baker City


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