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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.

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 12, 2011

‘Facts’ don’t fly
To the editor:
I of all people wish the article entitled “County officials explain about Columbia decision” was true that Columbia Basin Helicopters, Inc. had enough work that would justify making up to 14 flights per day, seven days per week. The real answer is one to two flights per month averaged over a year. Why was this information printed? I wish people would take the time to do their homework and get their facts straight.
We support local farmers with aerial application and will store some of our helicopters in Baker over the winter when they typically have no contracts.
David McCarty
Baker City

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 10, 2011

Global warming not in real dispute
To the editor:
In a recent letter to the editor, Pete Sundin, who poo poos global warming theory, says he’s looking forward to a warmer climate such as Europe experienced in the Medieval Ages. He claims there are “thousands of scientists” who believe as he does.
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