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Letters to the Editor for March 12, 2012


Explaining why wolves work

To the editor:

In response to the sarcastic criticism of my comments on the wolf’s hunting habits, I will explain how the wolf can identify barren elk and deer: the barren ones are old or infirm – that’s why they’re barren. And the non-performing bulls and bucks are non-performing because they’re old or infirm – they can’t compete with the younger studs. Wolves notice these things (after all, they spend their whole lives preying on and observing these animals). Wolves attack the barren and non-performing because they’re old or infirm or sick, and this makes them slow.

Here are some sources on the scientific evidence to support the effects of wolves and other large predators on the landscape:

 

Letters to the Editor for March 7, 2012


Lots happening at the hospital

To the editor:

On Feb. 27 I was an invited guest at the St. Alphonsus Ladies Auxiliary monthly  meeting. During that meeting I learned of many changes taking place at the local community hospital, not just in name or current corporation management.

 

Letters to the Editor for March 5, 2012


Legal fight takes toll on elderly man

To the editor:

I have pondered for almost a year the judgment of the Baker County Justice Court, and the legal system it entertains.

 

Letters to the Editor for March 2, 2012


Forest travel management plan out soon 

By MONICA SCHWALBACH

I am always pleased to see the public getting involved in matters affecting their community, and even more so when that passion surrounds the use, management and enjoyment of our national forests. In the next couple of weeks we will publish the long anticipated Record of Decision for Travel Management on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The most important question raised in regard to this decision was “what is the appropriate amount of motor vehicle-based recreation, in relation to natural resource protection needs across the forest?"

 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 29, 2012


Wolves fix all? Really?

To the editor:

Wally Sykes and Christopher Christie state the following about wolves in the Feb. 24 edition of the Baker City Herald.

"(W)olves freely work for the taxpayers by helping to restore the riparian and aquatic habitat..."  "Wolves will move ungulates around so they don't overgraze places..."

 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 27, 2012


BLM road proposal unfair

To the editor:

The Baker BLM draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) states in the preferred alternative, No. 1, and in alternatives 3, 4, 5, 5a under the heading Land Use Allocation: “Congressionally mandated areas (wilderness, wild section of WSRs and WSAs) Oregon Trail ... and public lands with no legal public access, ... would be closed to motorized use." This statement is buried in a lot of other stuff. This little statement, if adopted, will adversely affect all landowners within the RMP area who have these little landlocked parcels within their private land.

 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 24, 2012


Wolves do good work — for free

To the editor:

It was painful to read Jim Ward refer to the scientific studies of Ph.Ds and devoted ecologists as mere “talk” and then read that he reached similar conclusions about the value of wolves from some casual trips to Yellowstone.

Mr. Ward, having dismissed science as “talk,” then tells us that hunters “are keeping the game herds in check” and that wolf management costs too much.  He bemoans that livestock will be lost and “species will all suffer . . . funding sacrifices for a couple dozen canines."

 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22, 2012


Government and liberty: The dilemma

To the editor:

The excellent letters from Jay Boyd and Gary Dielman illustrate the dilemma of human society. Because human nature cannot be trusted to be always good, government tries to check the blossoming evil as when capitalists have "no regard for the welfare of their fellow man." (quote from Gary Dielman's letter.

 

Letter to the Editor for Feb. 13, 2012


By MARK HENDERSON

I appreciated the concern for our schools that Mr. Averett expressed in his Feb. 6 letter. I first want to say that I understand how the stream of recent letters to the editor could lead one to become very discouraged about our schools. So, I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify some points.

First, Kyle Knight stated in an earlier letter that the Baker 5J “employees and staff” had been “unfunded." Let me confirm to Mr. Averett and everyone else that this is not the case. Times are tough, and some of the district's state funding is still uncertain. However, let me assure everyone that our employee’s paychecks will not bounce!

Second, Kyle states that “I found misappropriated funds in the 2011-2012 budget.”.The “misappropriation” of public funds is a very, very serious charge that carries severe criminal sentences and fines. Let me assure everyone that our latest third-party audit came back with no such findings.

 

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 20, 2012


Community helps kids read

To the editor:

The purpose of this letter is to thank the many community volunteers, businesses and service organizations who promote reading as a positive experience for children in Baker County. In the Read Everyday And Learn (REAL) program, 45 volunteers read with almost 170 students from first through sixth grades in four schools every week. Volunteers also read with students who need extra help with their reading in the afterschool programs. Students get to pick out a book to keep four times per year. Last summer, for the first time, volunteers read with children twice per week during the YMCA free summer lunch program. Additionally, volunteers provided at least three months of tutoring to five people who wanted to improve their reading skills.

The Baker County Community Literacy Coalition (BCCLC) has promoted literacy in Baker County since 2001. The BCCLC sponsors the REAL program, an expanded version of the K-3 SMART reading program.

We are very grateful to the Lions Club, Community Bank, AAUW, YMCA, Chaves Consulting, Guyer and Associates, Eastern Oregon Medical Associates, Baker City Herald, Leo Adler, and D.E. and Jane Clark for their generous financial support. Several businesses allowed their employees to read with the children at school during work hours. We also appreciate the contributions of individual donors who help us sustain our program. The Baker Library provides office space and a place to store our books. We also want to thank all the teacher and school district staff who work with us to make the reading program operate as smoothly as possible.

Strong reading and comprehension skills are needed to be successful in life. Without the volunteers and financial support from the community we would not be able to run our successful program and serve so many children. This is a great example of a community in action working toward a common goal!

Jim Tomlinson

Literacy Coordinator, Baker City

 
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