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Letters to the Editor for March 25, 2013


Randy Daugherty for OTEC board of directors

OTEC members are at a crossroads. As Director Position 9 opens, I encourage you to vote Randy Daugherty to our OTEC board. We need both his experience as well as his thoughtful fiscal understanding to keep our utility providing reliable and affordable power.

Daugherty is a Baker County homegrown leader. He understands our community and the needs of Eastern Oregon. His solid business experience comes from managing an automobile business through difficult economic times. His years of service on city and county boards have honed skill sets that prepare him for active and vibrant decision making for our utility. These include understanding of both budgets and long-range planning goals. Randy can make tough decisions now that will benefit us all in the future.

Randy Daugherty cares about the residents of OTEC’s service area. He has spent a lifetime volunteering to maintain our healthy, rural lifestyle. As a motivator and tenacious worker for us all, we will benefit from his election to the OTEC board of directors. Please join me and vote Daugherty.

Peter Ellingson

Baker City

The real gun problem is in the inner cities

It should be an interesting week with Bloomberg and the left running antigun ads on TV. Talk about shooting flies with an elephant gun. Universal background checks, translated as universal gun registration, because some young white boys decide to shoot up a school. The glaring facts are that in all of these cases the shooter was local, had given off signals for a long time before they went off and there was no way to stop it because mental health in this country is a joke. These crazies were not traveling the nation looking for targets.

It’s kind of funny watching Piers Morgan campaign against my right and duty to own a good rifle. The purpose of the second is to provided a barrier to tyranny. If it was ever necessary to fight I want a good rifle. They gave me a good one in Vietnam and I don’t want to engage in a firefight again with Joe Biden’s shotgun. Yes I do want one of those “military type weapons.” I can’t figure out if all Brits are thickheaded or if they just export them over here and get them jobs on CNN. Piers follows the Hitler line, just repeat the lie often enough and it will become fact. He has the left convinced that the second amendment has something to do with hunting. It is ironic that the Brits couldn’t disarm us at Lexington and Concord or in the seven-year war that followed but now find it easier and cheaper to put a dumb jabbermouth on the telly.

Hey Piers: The high rate of gun deaths in this country has to do with drugs and gang violence. I would suggest that there is an inner city problem that has nothing to do with rural America. If New York, Chicago and Killadelphia has a problem then get at the source of that problem and quit agitating for something that will eventually cause the rural and urban areas to want a political separation. Looking on the Internet it seems that the idea partitioning states, drawing lines between the red and blue seems to be picking up steam.

Steve Culley

Richland

 
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