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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 27, 2010

Socialists posing as Democrats
To the editor:

The elections are nearing and it seems a good time to review my voting experience and add some insight. My first vote was in 1940 and I only missed a few votes since with excused absences in WW II.

The recent vote on Obama’s medical care bill is frightening. To have the Congress rush this bill so fast that they were voting on it until 3 a.m. with the president waiting in his office later the same day with his pen poised to sign it adds to the fright.

Further fright was added when their radical leader, Nancy Pelosi, urged her colleagues to “pass the bill so that we will be able to read it.” This bill covered thousands of pages and virtually no one had been able to read any of it. This is a terrible way to pass any legislation.

The interest in medical care by the politicians on the radical left is easily explained by their adherence to the Karl Marx manifesto which explains to disciples how to control a population. The first item in his manifesto is that if you can control their access to medical care then you control the people. This has led to a lot of political activity.  One fairly recent instance was Hillary’s attempt to produce a medical care bill. How did she get this much power? No wife in history even came close. The main thing that I remember about her proposed bill  was that it contained the word “penalty” over 900 times.

The problem as I see it today is that we have too many people who are really Socialists but present themselves as Democrats because Socialists have never done well in getting elected. Congressman Ben Davis was the lone exception but his time is long past.

Do I think that all Democrats are Socialists? No. I believe most Democrats are just Democrats. Our problem is the Socialists posing as Democrats and working themselves into important positions of influence. All Democrats are not Socialists but a lot of Socialists pose as Democrats.

Carl Kostol
Baker City

Won’t vote for the GOP ticket
To the editor:

We’ve had all the fox guarding the chicken-coop shenanigans I think we can stand, in these Divided States of America and even though it will take us a long, long time to pull out of our national tragedy, the party of “NO” wants us to put them back in power again. That’s known as chutzpa, or inordinate gall.

I thought the party of “NO” would have retreated so far back in the woods they would soon be forgotten but no such luck. Like the bad habit they are, they keep coming back. H.L. Mencken, a leading newspaperman of the early 20th century, was famously quoted: “Nobody ever lost money betting against the intelligence of the American voter,” and he was right because the beat does go on. This cynical GOP party did all but flush our once great nation down the loo in the last decade and now are demanding we return them to the management table.

Here’s a short list of their horrors in that short time.  They lied to us in starting a needless, senseless war in 2003, causing the deaths of 285,000 Iraqis, 63 percent of them civilians; 4,287 American dead, 30,182 wounded and this repugnant charade isn’t over yet, and when it is we’re not going to know who won. . . all the while the cost meter has been humming at 1.97 million dollars a minute for seven years and counting, and nobody seems to talk about this hideous shame on our national psyche, much less the outrageous cost.

So thanks to their shameless excesses, centered around money, and their incessant shucking and jiving over who loves God the most, America might not be able to pull off the necessary recovery. So coming down to our state political races, remembering Mencken’s words, I’ll not vote for a 6-foot-10 basketball player for governor, with absolutely no experience running anything, and won’t vote for our career congressman who has been an integral part of our national shame either.                                

Gene Wall
Baker City

BHS Film Club gets lots of help

To the editor:

Last April Baker High School approved a Film Arts Club (FAC). This club gives students a chance to work on various parts of film making from writing to directing to acting to camera operation. Jason Smith agreed to be their advisor. Of course, the video equipment is expensive and during the last year they were able to borrow a local videographer’s editing suite.

Terry and Dan McQuisten of the Eltrym Theatre sponsored a film festival for the students to see their films on the big screen. There was a vote for the best film and all proceeds from ticket sales went to the FAC. The winning film from the FAC festival was automatically entered into the Baker Art Guild’s “We Like ’em Short” film festival and donated the proceeds to the FAC.

During July the FAC members held a car “bash” during Miners Jubilee and a “Spray paint this car” fundraiser during the Memory Cruise weekend. Both times, Frank Gargalis of 5 Star Towing not only donated a car for them, they also delivered it and picked it up when the fundraiser was over. Now that’s service!

The FAC also had a booth to sell soft drinks at the Baker Air Show thanks to the assistance of Mel Cross.

On Sept. 4, the FAC had their final “summer” fundraiser — a huge yard sale. The Agape Church allowed the club to use their parking lot to catch the Sumpter Flea Market crowd. Many Baker City residents donated items for the yard sale. Barbara Westlund and Vera Walker assisted during the sale making it a great success.

Melinda Sherrieb donated her canopy for all of the FAC fundraisers so the students had “an entry” and shade during those hot sunny days.

As a parent it is overwhelming to see the outpouring of support from the entire community to the BHS students trying to raise funds for a new club. I would like to thank everyone that helped out in any way. 

The club is currently working on multiple film projects and exciting fundraisers for the current school year.

Susan Schlipf
Baker City

Warner lets down county on roads
To the editor:

We have choices to consider in the upcoming elections. I have been dismally disappointed in the handling of the Travel Management Plan taken by our county court. 6,000 signatures were gathered in a very short time, urging a stand against road closures. Using 6,000 as a comparative figure, the Baker City Herald has a circulation of 3,199; or another figure, in 2002 Fred Warner Jr. was elected county chair with a margin of less than 200 votes.

Open public domain diminishes daily. Many, in fact thousands, feel that a stand of “no more road closures” to be quite a realistic stance. Movements such as the Tea Party are born when 6,000 people are recklessly ignored.

A Warner-led Commission found many forest roads, in their judgment, weren’t being traveled. The Commission feels these roads will be valuable as bargaining chips when closures are implemented. The logic here evades me. Who believes the Forest Service have their sights on closing roads not being traveled. During my lifetime they’ve managed to close road after road, one after another, my family and countless others routinely traveled.

My vote goes to who I feel is representing local interests. I felt the Travel Management Plan was the biggest issue to emerge since the Endangered Species Act sank the timber industry. The mining industry is now facing the same fate as the timber industry.

Coordination might help, might not. I attended a few meetings. Coordination was introduced to the county early in the travel management issue. Knowledgeable individuals were ignored when they volunteered to bring the county up to speed on the concept. Common sense would tell you to reach for the life vest that possibly offered a chance to preserve this area’s cultural and natural resource industries.

Thus being said, Mr. Fred Warner does not have my support in the upcoming election.                              

Wanda Ballard
Baker City

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