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Letters to the Editor for Dec. 6, 2010


Eliminating labels from politics
To the editor:
We have drawn a ridiculously stagnant line in policy and politics that has become a line without room for gradient or inevitable change.
I believe there is only one race: the human race.

This race can be run as a rat race, fast and hard, maybe it will not last too long, every person for themself. The young and old of course will not make it, only the strongest can survive. It could also be ran with only the strongest young men, leaving the women to care for young and old and the weary runners. The men, rewarded with authority until the women discover they can run as fast. Imminent competition.
The final option, no lines drawn and no labels, slow and consistent, all people working for the same goal, solidarity.  A winning race.
If we stopped the labels and lines, brought back a united forum of politics with effective policy voted on “by the people, for the people,” equally represented, as outlined per definition of each of our major political parties we could stop the race and erase the lines drawn.
 Democracy equals government in which political control is shared by “all” the people (the public) directly  or through elected representation. Political, social, and legal equality.
Republic= (ris- publicus) this public. Residing in the vote, by election, of the people for representation.
Public= of or pertaining to the people, relating to community for the use of all.
Not only do I not see an opposite definition here or a reason for a line to be drawn, I cannot see a reason for the label or to register as one and vote to that effect. Elephant or ass, they are both animals with obvious little effect for the good of public policy or needed change. We should be voting for a party, a party of people not affiliated with any agenda other than the public and what we want represented. The “Peoples’ Party.” No ends, no labels, and erases the party lines, for good. Vote for society, a healthy, educated, cooperative of continuity, a scaffold of growth, no lines.
Debra Parlin
Baker City


A feel-good opportunity
To the editor:
Christmas, a season of giving and sharing with others!
Warmth caused by the “feel good” feeling that comes from a giving heart.
Community Bank Corporation has graciously offered a “50 percent match” for the dollar donation amounts received at each local branch office.
The winning Community Bank branch will be awarded an additional $1,000 company-sponsored donation.
What a great opportunity for the citizens of Baker City to provide much needed support for the local food banks.
Join us in “giving a helping hand,” as a gift of remembrance, a gift of thanks, or a “pay it forward” thought, whatever the amount.
Contributions accepted through Dec. 27, 2010.
Merry Christmas!                                 
Cheryl Gushman
Baker City
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