To the editor:
I returned to Baker City from Pendleton in 2004 after a 26-year hiatus. During that period Pendleton had three mayors and two city managers. Never in all that time did I read such vitriolic letters to the editor concerning city management than I've read locally the past few months.
In a free society, anyone has the right to voice an opinion, but as our presidential candidates are finding out, the electorate wants a full and accurate disclosure. Transparency is the order of the day.
I have discovered that several of the more accusatory letters criticizing city management came from individuals whose phone numbers and voter registration are beyond the city limits and projected growth boundaries. A letter signed only "Jane Doe, Baker City" would be from Keating, Sumpter or other rural areas. Signing only "Baker City" to ones diatribe is misleading to say the least.
With the above in mind, I am disclosing the following information about myself:
1) I have lived in Baker City over 40 of my 76 years.
2) My voting precinct is No. 2.
3) I live across the street from the city manager (I arrived first).
4) Milo Pope lives across the alley from me.
5) My son-in-law is on the City Council.
6) I coached our mayor in Babe Ruth baseball.
7) I either coached or taught Fred Warner, Tim Kerns, Randy Daugherty and Ken Helgerson.
8) Dr. Stiff was a high school classmate.
9) Tami Green, our county clerk, was a student of mine at Pendleton High.
10) I voted for Beverly Calder.
Despite these connections, none of the above have counseled, advised or influenced me to write this letter. Further, I have never had coffee with any one of the above except my son-in-law, and I paid him for it.