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Letter to the Editor for May 27, 2015

Forest Service playing shell game with road closures

It’s been described as a shell game, it’s been delivered as a saving grace for the “sustainability” of our nation, and it is so important that is has taken at least five forest supervisors and eight years to complete, but one thing is for certain, they don’t want you knowing what you’re getting in the travel management plan, and they surely do not want you having a true voice in the discussion.

Currently the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is working on Subpart A of the plan, this part is where the forest service decides how many and what roads are needed (or more importantly not needed) to manage the forest. One would think the supervisor’s office would hold meetings with the residents of the region to find out their specific uses and needs and work that into the equation, unfortunately that isn’t the case. I personally have a request in from September of 2014 for the draft document outlining those minimum roads numbers, as of today, I still have no document. 

Why, you might ask, well it’s pretty simple because they don’t want us to know. See, it’s pretty hard to sneak something thru when everyone knows what you’re doing, and so the Forest Service simply keeps us in the dark until they file the report with their regional office in Portland. They’ll say, we asked them to participate in the maps session and that should count for meeting their needs, but it doesn’t.

Currently in Eastern Oregon exists a draft document of the Subpart A report, and the roads it intends to identify for closure. And by the end of 2015 the WWNF will release that plan to the regional office for acceptance.

The question is, will you allow them to do it without standing up and saying no?

If you have time, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it requesting the draft Subpart A report and tell him travel management planning cannot move forward until all uses are protected in the Subpart A report.

John D. George

Bates


Letters to the Editor for May 15, 2015

No reason for commissioner positions to be political

I have yet to see any argument that convinces me the three local commission positions should be political. So why do we need a partisan election?

I’m voting yes on 1-63!

John Rohner

Baker City

Voters avoid nonpartisan elections: No on I-63

Time is getting short to mark and return your ballots in time to have your vote counted. The nonpartisan I-63 that the Democrats put together is another attempt by them to try to control by confusion. The Oregon counties that have tried nonpartisan voting are changing back because of lacking voter interest.

Case in point was their experiment in nonpartisan politics in Los Angeles. Last week there was another in a long series of Democratic nonpartisan catastrophes. The nonpartisan voting in Los Angeles dropped down to only 15 percent of registered voters who cast their ballots to fill municipal offices. When the two parties put forth candidates who compete for a municipal office such as in this last Commissioner’s race you want and get an informed choice. If there is anything good or bad about the candidate that would make you vote either for them or against them you will know it by election time.

Don’t be fooled by all of the hype that the Democrats are putting out on this nonpartisan I-63, it is failing from the simple fact that people lose interest and don’t vote, Los Angeles and other Oregon counties are a case in point. Let’s keep our two-party system and vote this I-63 down, stand with me and vote no.

Chuck Chase

Baker City

No on I-63, keep candidates’ core beliefs part of process

Many want to be elected into office, but what do we really know about them?

What are their core beliefs?

If they belong to a party at least we understand to a certain amount of degree what they stand for.

We have seen what has happened not only in our county, state and now even in our home base, Baker City, the consequence when liberal beliefs are in place vs. conservative principles.

We already have in place the ability for all individuals to vote if they want to vote in the general election, including those non-affiliated with any party. So why take away the ability to understand what they stand for and where they will lead us?

Take the time, check out what happened in other counties that implemented this.

Alaska voted yes to this and it was a disaster for them.

Maintain local control and keep core beliefs of candidates’ part of the selection process

Do not fix something that is not broken.

Vote no on Measure 1-63.

Ramona Creighton

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for May 13, 2015

Nonpartisan candidates will have to explain their beliefs

We, as registered Republicans, were insulted by the propaganda the Baker County Republicans sent out urging us to vote no on 1-63. It infers that “affiliations will be cloaked.” News flash — They are now.  Politicians don’t always vote the party lines.


Letters to the Editor for May 11, 2015

The U.S. needs a free trade agreement

Aside from being a Baker City Councilor, I also own and operate the Always Welcome Inn, a motel here in Baker City. “Always Welcome” is the approach the United States needs to have to future free trade agreements. Free trade agreements allow for American businesses to compete on a level playing field with foreign competition. This results in an increase of exports and an increase in good paying American jobs.


Letters to the Editor for May 6, 2015

Give all voters a voice: Yes on Measure 1-63

I support Measure 1-63.

Since 1870, Baker County has had 22 county judges / chairs. 12 have been Democrats, nine have been Republicans, and one a member of the Union Party.


Letters to the Editor for May 4, 2015

Measure 1-63: It’s not good for Baker County

A vote of  “no” is needed for Baker Initiative 1-63. This measure is just not good for Baker County. It appears to be change for the sake of change — sound familiar?


Letters to the Editor for May 1, 2015

Answering questions about the new bandstand

I have read remarks from writer Koontz in the April 24 edition. Regarding the water fountain in Geiser-Pollman Park, it will be re-installed, but in a slightly different location. As for placement of the new bandstand,  it was carefully studied, by committee, city officials and architect. Location considered  total footage needed, plus seating capacity and non-disturbance of full growth trees. Nearby residents were canvassed  and agreed to the planned location of the structure.


Letters to the Editor for April 29, 2015

Work together, not against each other: Yes on 1-63

After much research and soul searching this letter is meant to address two very important issues. In Baker County, I believe, they are related.


Letters to the Editor for April 27, 2015

Much has been said recently in the West about local control of and “taking back” our public lands.

Taking them back from whom? The public lands never “belonged” to the states…they are made up of what was left after the U.S. government made land available for, among other things, homesteading, road-building, selections by the states as each came into the Union, and constructing the railroads that welded our young country together.


Letters to the Editor for April 24, 2015

Nothing to gain by changing: Vote no on Measure 1-63

Please vote no on Measure 1-63.

I favor the present partisan voting system for county commissioners, and cannot see anything to gain by changing it.

It has been my experience to see that whenever somebody is driven to such an extent as the backers of this measure, it turns out they are after a power grab of some kind, revenge, or other.


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