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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 8, 2010

Kitzhaber the logical choice
To the editor:

In the upcoming gubernatorial election, Oregonians have two choices. One is John Kitzhaber, a doctor and longtime public servant who, as governor, helped expand health coverage to Oregonians and cut waste from the state budget. The other, Chris Dudley, is a puppet for big business interests with no experience in government and who has forgotten to vote more than half the time.

With big business pouring money into a massive campaign war chest, Chris Dudley has taken to filling the airwaves with advertisements promising Oregonians that he can somehow cut taxes for big business and individuals, while simultaneously privatizing liquor sales, saving money in a rainy day fund and increasing funding for higher education. This is nonsensical; the revenue lost from these proposals will not magically reappear out of nowhere. Dudley won’t spell out what he would cut, instead hoping he can sell Oregonians on his magical accounting. A former money manager for the ultra-wealthy should know better. And as for the jobs Dudley claims he can create? They won’t seem as exciting if, as he has said, he slashes Oregon’s minimum wage.

By contrast, John Kitzhaber was a practicing physician in Oregon before going into politics. After serving Oregonians as a legislator and governor from 1978 though 2003, Kitzhaber went on to work on healthcare-related issues and founded the Archimedes movement, which aims to make health care more efficient. During his time as a legislator, he was widely credited with helping shape the revolutionary Oregon Health Plan. Over his time as governor, more than 125,000 jobs were created, and the income of Oregonians increased by almost 50 percent.

Don’t fall for magical accounting and robotic assertions of job creation. As governor, Chris Dudley will hurt working class Oregonians. John Kitzhaber offers realistic proposals to deal with the problems facing Oregon today. Join me in voting for John Kitzhaber for governor.                                 

Elliott Averett
Baker City

Mining can save our economy
To the editor:

Mining is the world’s most vital industry. Nothing can be made without using minerals directly or indirectly.

All jobs, all businesses and industry are dependent on a source of minerals.

Most people don’t realize that our country has been engaged in another war for over 90 years that is completely separate from our military affairs.

This is an economic war. There are powers that have been working all these years to create an economic breakdown of our country. For many years they supported and financed the communist system as a means to control the world, but communism was so inefficient that it could not support itself.

When it failed they decided to use the environmental movement as their vehicle. Environmental extremists whose true goal is not to protect the Earth but to stop production, have infiltrated our government and used every means possible, including creating regulations contrary to congressional law and rulings of the court. They are succeeding, economic breakdown is imminent.

The basic industries that harvest our food and resources have been seriously damaged and our country is forced to spend the accumulated wealth of our nation to buy the things we will not let ourselves produce.

Most of our needed minerals are imported instead of creating jobs and new wealth which our country desperately needs.

For example, we estimate that in the Baker area there are approximately 148 small mining operations being held up by the Forest Service and BLM that could be producing. The economic impact of mining is high because it has a multiplier effect of $33 benefit for every dollar worth of minerals recovered.

If each of these mines recovering half an ounce of gold per day this could mean $650 x 20 productive days per month, which equals $57.7 million in new wealth would be added to the economy per month. Much of this would be spent locally. If regulations were relaxed statewide or over the mineral-producing West, the economic impact would be a major stimulus to our entire economy. Mining is important! Help save our country.

Kenneth Anderson
Retired mining geologist
Baker City

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