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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 21, 2011


What’s behind road closures?
To the editor:
For those who have been paying attention to the issue it is clear that the current administration, specifically through the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior, is engaged in the largest land grab in history. Under the cover of various names huge chunks of many states are being declared off limits to the very public that owns the land.
Examples are efforts by executive fiat to close lands for “desert and mountain protection,” new national wilderness areas, and new national wild lands protection areas.  The only protection our public lands need is protection from a government that is bent upon implementation of the United Nations Agenda 21. If you are unaware of what that agenda is do some online research.  It is frightening in its implications particularly in rural areas like ours.
Is the Forest Service “Travel Management Plan” part of this overriding agenda to deprive citizens access to the very public lands we own?  I think so. What I know is the forests which have already made public their TMPs have proposed closures that will negatively impact our economy, our recreation, and our lifestyles. I think it is more than coincidence that all of these close public lands to public access initiatives are being pushed at the same time.
I am not a “conspiracy theorist” by any stretch of the imagination.  All you have to be is a careful observer of what the federal government is doing to recognize that “we the people” are being sold out in favor of a new one world order.
Jerry Boyd
Baker City
 

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 18, 2011


Demonstrators represent most
To the editor:
We are engaged in a morality struggle not greatly unlike that of the Civil War. Today the issue is: shall a few people — a minority class having a vested interest in preserving an obsolete economic system that never again will sustain the well-being of our majority class — prevent that majority from moving to a new system?
 

Protect safety nets

Three problems: jobs, economic growth, protection of our safety nets.

These problems are closely united, and solving the first two should lead to protecting the third. However, conservatives (largely Republicans) thwart passage of a jobs bill that would create 400,000 jobs.

 

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 2, 2011


Global warming: Real, right now
To the editor:
The fossil-fuel industry has created a well-funded and carefully orchestrated campaign to reposition global warming as theory rather than fact, to block regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Groups like the Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, and Americans for Prosperity are using this funding to put out misinformation propaganda, just as the tobacco industry did to instill doubt that smoking causes cancer. Their red herrings are then endlessly repeated by Fox News, right-wing talk radio, and politicians and others with financial or ideological motivation.
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 28, 2011


Way to go,
Kyle Knight

To the editor:
When someone does a good job you should let them know. Good job Kyle Knight. There is a lot of people in this community that are behind you. Please don’t succumb to politics and lose your fight for the people. We need more politicians with common sense.
Julie Miller
Baker City
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 26, 2011


Vaccine safety still a question
To the editor:
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled against the people in the case of Bruesewitz vs Wyeth (Wyeth Laboratories). Hannah Bruesewitz suffered catastrophic seizures and brain injury within hours of a DPT vaccine. The vaccine was pulled from the market several years after her injury because it was insufficiently safe.  All of her parents’ attempts and appeals at compensation, starting with the vaccine Injury Compensation Program, were turned down. 
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 24, 2011


Gun-free zones don’t protect students
To the editor:
At the Oct. 18 School Board meeting, I was dismayed by the attitude of the District’s legal advisor and a few others toward those who have gone through the extensive background check and training to legally carry a concealed firearm.
The majority of the School Board members understand that an armed maniac can be stopped by an armed citizen or teacher, and I applaud them for their common sense. They have decided to investigate the issue further instead of making an uninformed or ill-advised decision.
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 21, 2011


The best place for the wolves
To the editor:
After a lot of deep pondering I believe I have come up with the perfect solution to the wolf problem. Let’s move all of the wolves, cougars and coyotes to the Willamette Valley, concentrating mainly on Portland and Euegene. There should be lots of pets there.
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 17, 2011


GOP locks up the 2010 election
To the editor:
The GOP already has the 2012 presidential election in the bag and so, for them, the coming election squabble is over which of their candidates shall retire Mr. Obama and himself lead us deeper into aromatic pucky creek. This is only my opinion, not my desire, please understand.
 

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 14, 2011


Wolf tactics don’t always work
To the editor:
I am writing in response to Suzanne Fouty’s recent letter, “A new approach to wolves,” which appeared in the Oct. 5 issue of the Baker City Herald.
Todd Nash, a cattle rancher from Wallowa County, practices excellent animal husbandry and has been very proactive in learning how to best operate within the existing guidelines as they pertain to cattle ranching among wolves. This includes attending Timmothy Kaminski’s 2010 discussion referenced by Fouty, on experimental practices used by cattle ranchers in Canada.
 
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