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Letters to the Editor for Feb. 1, 2012

Buffett, and other people's taxes

To the editor:

Recently we have heard a great deal about Mr. Warren Buffett and his advice on taxes. He thinks that taxes should be increased, especially on wealthier taxpayers.  Mr. Buffett is considered by many to be America's best investor and is one of the wealthiest so his words carry some weight. He has become a great favorite of President Obama. His secretary sat right beside Mrs. Obama at the State of the Union address.

Now we often hear that Buffett pays less in taxes than his secretary. How can this be explained? Either his secretary is very highly paid or Buffett pays very little tax. The truth is that Buffett has never liked to pay taxes. His principal source of wealth is his ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, a company that he bought many years ago for a few dollars a share and which is now selling for $115,000 a share.  The company has never paid dividends since he has controlled it. Owners who receive dividends on their shares have to pay taxes on the dividends. Horrors! Buffett doesn't like to pay taxes. He wants other people to pay (more) taxes.

Carl Kostol

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for Jan. 30, 2012

Keep full-time Justice Court

Friday's paper details a possible plan by the county commissioners to reduce Baker's Justice Court down to a half-time position after all comments received at their Jan. 18 meeting were asking them to not reduce the court and leave it as it has been historically — a full-service court serving the needs of our city and county every day of the week.

Moving the criminal cases up to Baker Circuit Court, thereby eliminating the need for the public defender's contract, will do nothing short of clogging up the already full docket Judge Baxter handles plus creating big delays in getting cases adjudicated. Just remember that we (you and I) are still paying for the costs of these cases with taxpayer dollars no matter at which level they are processed, state or county.


Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27, 2012

Volunteers make banquet work

To the editor:

What is the Baker County Chamber Banquet all about?

Volunteers, that’s the short answer. The long answer: An opportunity for the community to thank individuals in Baker County that make a career out of volunteering to run community events, championing charitable projects, participating in community infrastructure missions and leadership projects that support and encourage economic commerce in our community.


Letters to the Editor for Jan. 23, 2012

Wind power a viable option
To the editor:
Your Jan. 13 editorial “Not All Birds Equal” draws a parallel between the regulation of wind farms with respect to birds and that of hydro dams with respect to fish. The differences, however, are considerably greater than your editorial reflects.

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 20, 2012

Income inequality: Theme of 2012
To the editor:
Your editorial cartoon of Jan. 13 depicts Mitt Romney in unfavorable light as an out-of-touch Republican presidential candidate. His personal wealth (around $250 million) and his recent comments have made him a sort of poster child for the top 1 percent of Americans.

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 18, 2012

No evil had been planned at school
To the editor:
It falls to me to take Kyle Knight to task for his need to publicize himself to the detriment of the 5J district and of his own integrity.
In the latest episode, our hero discovered that some teachers at Baker High School were behaving strangely on Jan. 2, and eagerly called all of his media sources to condemn the district for holding school on that day.

School on Jan. 2 was a mistake

Holding school on Jan. 2, a federal and state holiday, was a mistake. While other government agencies were closed, Baker schools opened.

The school district’s response, that they would recommend we don’t do this again, was a smart move. I am still concerned about statements made to me by the superintendent that “Those who chose to skip or promoted skipping are making a judgment that is ethically challenged. It is the behavior of those who skipped that bears scrutiny, not the district’s.”


Letters to the Editor for Jan. 11, 2012

$3 billion would buy U of O
To the editor:
There seems to be some smoke blowing into the eyes of the UO President’s Search Team that without an assurance of freedom from that horrible Board who rightfully fired their president, no candidate will look at the position.

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 9, 2012

What we know about forests
To the editor:
I read with interest with Jayson Jacoby’s column (Dec. 30) on Nancy Langston’s book “Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares.” I agree that a forest is a complex place, but there are some things that we know about forests and trees:

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 6, 2012

Time for radical political change
To the editor:
Replace all our politicians. Radical? Yes. Necessary? Yes. Why? Have they done anything to deal with our country’s serious issues in most recent times? No. Have they passed a bunch of Mickey Mouse laws that mostly just affect your liberties and rights and nothing else? It appears so to me.
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