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Letters to the Editor for June 6, 2012

Crowded out at graduation

My husband and I were at the graduation last Sunday to see a few of our friends graduate.

We were seated in the wheelchair area of the stadium because of our disabilities. The ceremony started, and I rolled my walker closer to get a good photo of one of our friends graduating. By this time everyone coming in decided to make the wheelchair area their home. We couldn’t move and we couldn’t see because they were standing all around. I yelled, “everyone that is not wheelchair please leave.” Some took the hint One guy had a wheelchair mom there and was going to leave. I said, “no, you’re with her.” Asked these other people if they had family there and they said, out on the field, they were graduating. I asked them to leave and find a seat elsewhere and they refused and were quite obstinate about it. They were not going to leave at all. It ruined our day there and my husband came home with a terrible backache because he had to stand the entire introduction of the graduates. We never got to see the graduation, we left early and felt violated by these people. Part of me wants them to experience the same grief they caused us, but another part of me hopes no one would put them through being violated as we were.

I do think that the school should have someone to regulate the area seating so it’s fair for everyone.

Tammy Hadley

Baker City

Nice gesture at cemetery

I want to express my thanks to who ever placed the small bouquets of baby breath on each small grave in the Baby Hearts at the cemetery.  How thoughtful and caring.

Adele Ragsdale

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for June 1, 2012

Clearing up issue in story

To the editor:

I would like to clear up one point on the article on my family tree research (in the May 30 issue). I may have misspoken or been misunderstood, but what I meant to say was that one branch of my family tree has been researched to the “Time of Christ” not to Christ himself.

I in no way intended to presume Christ is in my family tree.

Bill Ward

Baker City

Working to wreck an industry

To the editor:

I hope everyone noticed a couple weeks ago the letter to the editor written by Loren Hughes advocating more forest road closures and further federal takeover of the land.

I just want to make sure that everyone realizes who Hughes is so that we can all recognize the damage he has single-handedly caused during the past 40 years to the people of this region. Hughes was given the nickname “Mr. Fifteen Center” several decades ago during the spotted owl controversy after he wrote a letter addressed with one fifteen-cent stamp to the Forest Service. His letter effectively shut down several large FS timber sales and helped deal a fatal blow to the timber industry. Hughes also has a long association with extreme environmental groups such as the Hells Canyon Preservation Council in La Grande.

So, I want to make sure and pay Hughes his due. First, Mr. Fifteen Center, thanks for killing an industry that will never return during my lifetime.  Thanks for changing the median age in Wallowa County from a vibrant 32 years old in 1982 to the current 50 years old today. And, because of your agenda, nowadays we harvest people’s lives with the prison industry instead of putting them to work harvesting the earth’s bounty. So, really thanks for that too, because that is the consequence of your life work.

And also, thanks Mr. Hughes for providing an example of a person who is willing to sell the economic stability of the region he calls home so that he can fulfill some theoretical environmental preservation agenda. Or, maybe Hughes has his sights on bigger fish. Maybe his environmental concerns are simply a front for a more clandestine agenda. Maybe he is actually interested in changing our form of government. Or is it just a coincidence that the work of his life has resulted in a weakening of fundamental American ideals such as freedom, liberty, and private property rights? Maybe.

Brian Addison



Letters to the Editor for May 30, 2012

Teachers deserve the raises

To the editor:

After reading an article in the Herald about salary increases for administrators in the school district, some would probably be in shock. However, even with the most laughable explanation that could be given for this decision, I can’t say I’m shocked at all. I did glean one important nugget of truth from the article: It’s good to know why they worked so hard to keep that budget balanced! I would believe that after this article was published, many put their paper down on their coffee tables and scratched their heads and said, “huh?” If so, they did with good reason.


Letters to the Editor for May 18, 2012

Judge candidate says thanks

To the editor:

I was one of the seven candidates for Baker Justice of the Peace. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the two winners of this week’s election. I also wanted to thank all of those that voted for me. Your support was greatly appreciated. 

I would also like to thank the community of Durkee for the opportunity to come and speak to them. I have learned a lot in the past few months. The support from my family, friends and local business has been great. Thank you.

Mike Downing

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for May 16, 2012

Let’s celebrate real food May 19

To the editor:

Best selling author Michael Pollan writes: “We need to stop flattering nutritionally worthless foodlike substances by calling them “junk food” and instead make clear that such products are not in fact food of any kind.”   

Join us at a celebration of real food:  Food Revolution Day on May 19.  This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baker High School Commons. Come and see the biggest display of produce in the Northwest!  There will be raffles, giveaways, samples, cooking and gardening instruction and much more. Most importantly, there will be real food!

Kevin Lee

Baker City


No luck with Airlink refund

To the editor:

Regarding the May 11 article regarding AirLink Service:

I went personally to Baker Fire Dept. to inquire about the May 31 deadline coverage from AirLink (in Bend) which I have belonged to. Baker Fire Dept is changing to LifeFlight, so in order to have identical coverage, I’ll need to join that network.

 I paid by check Oct. 20, 2011, to AirLink, $108 for ground /air coverage for a year. Now I’m told they will no longer cover after May 31. 

My membership card has toll free number, which I used, anticipating a 6-month refund. I was told by the woman on the line, “it is non-refundable.”

So now, in order to be covered through Baker City Fire Med Plus, I’ll be required to pay another $110 (with no refund from AirLink to help with expense). Good luck to anyone else who approaches AirLink in Bend for a refund. I was unsuccessful. Phone information is on page 6A, Baker City Herald, May 11 issue. Or write to AirLink: Attention: Audra, 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend OR 97701 and airlink@stcharleshealthcare.

Phyllis Badgley

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for May 14, 2012

Ambulance crew gets an assist

To the editor:

Earlier this month the Eagle Valley Ambulance transported a patient from Richland to St. Al’s Hospital in Baker City. After we were done in the hospital, we got in the ambulance to return home to Richland. But, when the ambulance was started, the air was not filling the suspension.  We drove very slow to two businesses in Baker City who had done prior work for us on the ambulance. But neither had the time or would have the time to help us on that day.

So we went over to Grumpy’s — JR Streifel came out to the ambulance to see what we needed. It was explained and without hesitation JR stopped what he was doing and immediately went to work to trace down the problem. JR had the ambulance fixed and the ambulance was back on the road in service in less than an hour. 

JR: Thank you for your time, your commitment and we just could not be more grateful for your expertise and care that we could continue to provide service in our area without delay.

Tami Waldron, on behalf of the Eagle Valley Ambulance EMTs


Letters to the Editor for May 11, 2012

Board misses teachers’ reception

To the editor:

May 6, 2012, Sunday at Crossroads Art Center, was a time set aside to honor seven retiring 5J school teachers. Their combined experience must surely exceed 125 years. It was a lovely reception. The attributes and contributions of each teacher were highlighted and appreciated.


Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2012

Bogart has my vote for Justice of Peace

To the editor:

Steve Bogart has my vote for Justice Court Judge.

Steve is the best man for Justice Court Judge. His experience is vast. Steve has served on State Boards, Baker County Judge in the nineties, City Manager. During his tenure as Judge Bogart, he and the other County Commissioners put into place Resolution 94 1003 that recognizes RS 2477 roads under County authority.


Letters to the Editor for May 7, 2012

Herald misses point on coal

To the editor:

It was disappointing to read the Herald’s recent editorial which ignored the dangers of accelerated burning of U.S. coal (April 27). Coal and other fossil fuels (carbon-intensive fuels) are the cause of undeniable and devastating impacts around the world through the mechanism of global warming. 


Letters to the Editor for May 4, 2012

Williams the right person for job

To the editor:

Lately we’ve been reading about the attributes and qualities of the many candidates seeking election for the Justice of the Peace. Given the changes occurring in the budget and the reduction to a half-time position for the judge, it will take someone with excellent management skills to successfully make the transition. Several candidates fit that bill. However, the other part of the equation, and of equal importance in my mind, is a candidate’s knowledge of criminal and civil law, as legally sound decisions must be rendered daily.

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