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Letters to the Editor for Feb. 21, 2011

Paper left out the good Sellier did
To the editor:
The story on Charles “Chuck” Sellier that ran on Feb. 9 appeared to be a patchwork of information from the AP newswire with a few interjections by Jayson Jacoby to ostensibly give the story local relevance.

It would be hard for the casual reader to come away from the story with any other opinion of Chuck than that he was an archetype of Mr. Potter from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” sitting in his smoke-filled office: the puppeteer pulling the strings of his political minions who in turn impose his will on us, the unsuspecting and huddled mass of also-rans.

I was specifically troubled by the condescending tone expressed over Chuck’s support of certain political candidates and causes. Chuck made sizable donations to causes he believed in, as many of us would if we had achieved the same level of success he had. However, he often gave money to people and causes that had nothing to do with politics, and he often made gifts under condition of anonymity, which speaks to his humility.

I remember Chuck making a sizable donation to the Harvest Christian Academy for computers and equipment. Around the holidays Chuck and his wife, Julie, would often be seen around town delivering hams and other gifts to their friends.

Paul Townsend, owner of Paul’s Transmission and Repair, told me that on multiple occasions Chuck had quietly helped stranded motorists who could not afford to pay their repair bill.

Frankly, in Baker County where private industry is sorely lacking and the economy is struggling badly, we could use a few more people like Chuck and Julie — people who start businesses, hire employees and advisors, buy cars, support charities, etc.

With the local newspaper taking it upon itself to deride people like Chuck and Julie for their commitment to the community, it should come as no surprise that they left Baker County.

Matt Cunningham

Baker City

Dollar’s ruined, health care next?

To the editor:

A few days ago, I found a 1952 nickel in my pocket change; it brought back some fond memories. In that year, I was a newspaper boy. On the way to my route, I would stop by a little mom-and-pop store, where for one nickel I would buy a box of Good N Plenty candy. It would be dumped into my shirt pocket and eaten as I peddled my papers. On the way home, I would stop off at the same store and for another nickel would buy a 12-ounce bottle of Hires root beer to drink.

Try that today in any store and they’ll kick you out or call for the cops. It takes 15 to 20 nickels now to buy a regular candy bar or 12 ounce can of pop. That 1952 nickel will still buy anything any other nickel would, but it has still lost virtually all of its purchasing power in the nearly 60 years since it was minted.

Through the Federal Reserve Bank, the government has taken on the task of maintaining the stability and value of our dollar. And in my lifetime, the dollar has lost 95 percent or so of its value. Someone once said that only the government can take a valuable commodity like paper and make it worthless.

Obamacare is taking our health care system and turning it over to the same entity that has made our dollar worthless. Is it any wonder that so many people want Obamacare abolished?

Pete Sundin

Baker City


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