Letters to the Editor for May 6, 2011
Come on parents: Put your kids in helmets
To the editor:
I have to admit that when I am in Idaho and I see a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet, I secretly think that the rider has no intellect. I do, however, realize that having the freedom of choice is an American privilege. The rider is an adult and has the mental capability to decide if they want to protect one of their body’s most vital organs, or not. Obviously children do not have the same decision-making abilities as adults do. This is due to the fact that the prefrontal cerebral cortex (the area of the brain that is in charge of decision-making) of the human brain is not fully developed until, generally speaking, 25 years of age.
With the warmer weather approaching, the residents of Baker, including myself, are starting to dust off the seats of their bicycles and go for a ride. My toddler loves to hop in the bike trailer and go for a spin. Before strapping him in I always ensure that his helmet is securely fastened.
Now to the point of this letter: I have been seeing more and more children enjoying their bicycles helmetless. I see parents pulling their young children in a bike trailer and half of the time their developing brains have no protection whatsoever! I wonder if they think that the flimsy frame of the trailer will protect their child if a car slams into them. Last week I saw a mother riding her bike with her infant strapped to her chest via a baby carrier. Guess what? The baby had no form of protection on its fragile little skull. Come on!
What happened to the helmet law? Parents, where is your common sense? It is your job to protect your children. You may think, “That will never happen to my child.” But try saying that to one of the thousands of parents who have lost their child to the negligence of not ensuring their child’s safety while riding a bike, and see what their response is.
Speed limit on 17th Street should go up
To the editor:
Frank Cook wrote a letter last week and I concur with him completely.
The speed on 17th at Campbell should go up to 35 mph. I find myself speeding up in that area because there are no homes or traffic. The speed limit on Cedar is 35 mph not 30 mph and they recently changed a part of the residential to 25 mph.
Tickets on 17th Street is trapping a person from their own natural instinct to speed up in open spaces.
Setting record straight on DUIIs
To the editor:
I am writing to clarify the information that was in the Baker City Herald on April 18 and April 22 in The Record-Courier in reference to a supposed citation that I received for a driving under the influence.
A Baker City Police officer arrived at my house at 8:30 p.m. on April 15 and told me that he had a warrant to issue me a summons to appear in Circuit Court on April 25, 2011.
I just want to set the record straight that I did not receive a second driving under the influence citation. Due to a problem with the court my original hearing has been scheduled for another date with another court.
I have had numerous calls from people asking myself as well as my family if I had received another driving under the influence. This has caused great stress and strain for myself as well as my family. It also has created a financial hardship to myself and my business.
Hopefully this will explain what really happened.
Richard L. Hack
AAUW grateful for support
To the editor:
The Baker Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) wants to thank the community for their amazing support of our March Women’s Celebration “Bridging Cultures.” Between the generosity of the local businesses and private individuals who donated items for the silent auction and the women who attended the celebration, AAUW raised a total of $4,940.
This money has been reinvested in our community via grants to help the following organizations: MayDay, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc., NE Oregon Red Cross, Haines Elementary fifth/sixth grades, Baker County Literacy Coalition, Child Care Resource & Referral, Baker County Health Department, Pine Eagle Education Foundation, First Book and the Haines Mutual Improvement Club.
Thirteen groups applied to AAUW this year for funding. The monies raised during the celebration allowed AAUW to fund 10 of the 13 groups of which eight requests were fully funded. The criteria for the grants is our mission statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Once again, thank you to all the businesses and participants who made the 2011 AAUW Women’s Celebration a success.
AAUW Baker Branch co-president