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Letter to the Editor for Aug. 5, 2015

Prohibition is ‘politics as usual’ for conservatives

Through the Herald I have been following our city council’s politically motivated approach to the legal marijuana issue. Their proposed prohibition of both medical and recreational sales is nothing more than a placebo, placating the abundant conservative attitudes of this corner of Oregon.

Letter to the Editor for August 3, 2015

Lawmakers did some good for rural Oregon in recent session

The Oregon Legislature currently holds a Democratic majority to the dismay and vociferous negative comments of many fellow conservatives. But, all is not bad and the system is not broken and Salem does not deserve extreme criticism for the 2015 session.  

Many good bills were passed, many were bipartisan, some remain yet to be resolved (transportation) and most all representatives and senators are honorable people just trying to do the best to represent their constituents. 

Not all bills were for the west side. Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Ted Ferrioli did a fine job in looking out for Eastern and rural Oregon. One bill in particular, HB 2075 favored rural Oregon with equal support from liberals and conservatives, passing the House and Senate with a 90 percent majority.

HB 2075 was submitted by Oregon Aviation Industries to increase aviation funding by $20 million over the next six years by raising aviation fuel tax by 2 cents per gallon. Nearly all of the funds are focused on rural Oregon for aviation economic development, rural air service, grant matches, infrastructure, emergency preparedness and safety. 

Our team spent many months at the Capitol and we were all very impressed with the committee hearings, work sessions, citizen input and relationships developed with legislators. At least on this bill, rural Oregon was heard loud and strong and it was a big win for the east side. If you couldn’t be there in person to observe the process, the State provides video archives and the progress of bills. www.oravi.org/HB2075 is one good example of democracy in action for the benefit of rural communities. 

Gale “Jake” Jacobs

West Linn

Oregon Aviation Industries

Executive Director


Letters to the Editor for July 29, 2015

Registered sex offender expected a certain level of scrutiny

Since my release from prison in New Mexico on July 16, I have sought to remain in compliance with the law and to keep my behavior lawful and ethical. In good faith, I have been striving to do all that is necessary to put my life back into order after my wrongdoing sent me away five years ago.

  I was placed on the bus on Thursday July 16, in Las Cruces, to arrive in Baker late on Friday night. That was too late to accomplish anything before the weekend, but I was resolved to register with the State Police first thing Monday morning, which I accomplished.

Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2015

Mexican drug lord should be prime target for U.S. along with ISIS, Al-Quaida

On Sept. 11, 2001, some ignorant radicals flew a couple of jets into the World Trade Center and killed about 3,000 Americans. George Bush toured the rubble and promised retribution. He said Osama Bin Laden was “wanted dead or alive.”  Through a lot of diligent work by our intelligence people we found him. Our military people did a good job of eliminating him. We didn’t much give a damn about Pakistan’s borders when we did it.

Letter to the Editor for July 20, 2015

Walden helped Army veteran get his benefits

I want to thank Rep. Greg Walden for his help with the VA. As an Army veteran I fought for my benefits with the VA for over a year. They even told me “we don’t owe you anything.” When I shared my story with Mr. Walden, he was concerned and offered to help. Greg took my issue to the VA and it turns out they did owe me, and my benefits had been held up because of a silly computer error.

I received my full benefits in less than a week after I contacted Mr. Walden. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me and I won’t ever forget it.

Gerald Teixeira

Baker City

Letter to the Editor for July 17, 2015

Harvey’s complaint ignores one-man, one-vote idea

The Baker City Herald (July 10) headlined an article “Harvey not happy with Legislature.” 

Baker County Commission Chair Bill Harvey laments legislation the Democratically-controlled Oregon legislature “shoved down our throats” resulting in “an abject failure,” so reported the Herald. “I’m sick with what the Legislature has done... when one party holds power.” (But I doubt that he laments the fact that since the last national midterm election, just the reverse is true with the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress.)

Letter to the Editor for July 15, 2015

But what if a warmer climate is good for the Earth?

Some of our local pundits continue to quote St. Al Gore as if his words were Gospel. But they’re not. Consider:

The ultimate test for a scientific theory is how well it matches the real world. If it does, then fine. If not, then it’s time to toss that theory and try something different. The Theory of Catastrophic Climate Change utterly fails that test with reality.

Letters to the Editor for July 13, 2015

Forest supervisor addresses status of travel management 

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is well into summer mode! And that means the usual increase in forest activities, forest visitation, and the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal splendor of the Blue Mountains. As we approach the bustling summer season, I wanted to relay the status of ongoing planning projects here on the forest.

Letter to the Editor for July 10, 2015

Meth: A national emergency

Recently there was an article about my son and his meth addiction and suicide in the Baker City Herald. I would like to follow up.

Letters to the Editor for July 1, 2015

Pope Francis’ inspiring call to action on climate change

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

There are many profound teachings in Pope Francis’ newly-issued, wide-ranging Encyclical on climate change, inequality, and justice. It is a truly majestic document. It’s lengthy, but I urge everyone to read it in its entirety with both mind and heart, and to go well beyond the words to the spiritual meaning they convey.  (A link may be found here:  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Franc/index.htm)

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