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Letters to the Editor for May 30, 2012

Teachers deserve the raises

To the editor:

After reading an article in the Herald about salary increases for administrators in the school district, some would probably be in shock. However, even with the most laughable explanation that could be given for this decision, I can’t say I’m shocked at all. I did glean one important nugget of truth from the article: It’s good to know why they worked so hard to keep that budget balanced! I would believe that after this article was published, many put their paper down on their coffee tables and scratched their heads and said, “huh?” If so, they did with good reason.

Letters to the Editor for May 18, 2012

Judge candidate says thanks

To the editor:

I was one of the seven candidates for Baker Justice of the Peace. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the two winners of this week’s election. I also wanted to thank all of those that voted for me. Your support was greatly appreciated. 

I would also like to thank the community of Durkee for the opportunity to come and speak to them. I have learned a lot in the past few months. The support from my family, friends and local business has been great. Thank you.

Mike Downing

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for May 16, 2012

Let’s celebrate real food May 19

To the editor:

Best selling author Michael Pollan writes: “We need to stop flattering nutritionally worthless foodlike substances by calling them “junk food” and instead make clear that such products are not in fact food of any kind.”   

Join us at a celebration of real food:  Food Revolution Day on May 19.  This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baker High School Commons. Come and see the biggest display of produce in the Northwest!  There will be raffles, giveaways, samples, cooking and gardening instruction and much more. Most importantly, there will be real food!

Kevin Lee

Baker City


No luck with Airlink refund

To the editor:

Regarding the May 11 article regarding AirLink Service:

I went personally to Baker Fire Dept. to inquire about the May 31 deadline coverage from AirLink (in Bend) which I have belonged to. Baker Fire Dept is changing to LifeFlight, so in order to have identical coverage, I’ll need to join that network.

 I paid by check Oct. 20, 2011, to AirLink, $108 for ground /air coverage for a year. Now I’m told they will no longer cover after May 31. 

My membership card has toll free number, which I used, anticipating a 6-month refund. I was told by the woman on the line, “it is non-refundable.”

So now, in order to be covered through Baker City Fire Med Plus, I’ll be required to pay another $110 (with no refund from AirLink to help with expense). Good luck to anyone else who approaches AirLink in Bend for a refund. I was unsuccessful. Phone information is on page 6A, Baker City Herald, May 11 issue. Or write to AirLink: Attention: Audra, 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend OR 97701 and airlink@stcharleshealthcare.

Phyllis Badgley

Baker City

Letters to the Editor for May 14, 2012

Ambulance crew gets an assist

To the editor:

Earlier this month the Eagle Valley Ambulance transported a patient from Richland to St. Al’s Hospital in Baker City. After we were done in the hospital, we got in the ambulance to return home to Richland. But, when the ambulance was started, the air was not filling the suspension.  We drove very slow to two businesses in Baker City who had done prior work for us on the ambulance. But neither had the time or would have the time to help us on that day.

So we went over to Grumpy’s — JR Streifel came out to the ambulance to see what we needed. It was explained and without hesitation JR stopped what he was doing and immediately went to work to trace down the problem. JR had the ambulance fixed and the ambulance was back on the road in service in less than an hour. 

JR: Thank you for your time, your commitment and we just could not be more grateful for your expertise and care that we could continue to provide service in our area without delay.

Tami Waldron, on behalf of the Eagle Valley Ambulance EMTs

Letters to the Editor for May 11, 2012

Board misses teachers’ reception

To the editor:

May 6, 2012, Sunday at Crossroads Art Center, was a time set aside to honor seven retiring 5J school teachers. Their combined experience must surely exceed 125 years. It was a lovely reception. The attributes and contributions of each teacher were highlighted and appreciated.

Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2012

Bogart has my vote for Justice of Peace

To the editor:

Steve Bogart has my vote for Justice Court Judge.

Steve is the best man for Justice Court Judge. His experience is vast. Steve has served on State Boards, Baker County Judge in the nineties, City Manager. During his tenure as Judge Bogart, he and the other County Commissioners put into place Resolution 94 1003 that recognizes RS 2477 roads under County authority.

Letters to the Editor for May 7, 2012

Herald misses point on coal

To the editor:

It was disappointing to read the Herald’s recent editorial which ignored the dangers of accelerated burning of U.S. coal (April 27). Coal and other fossil fuels (carbon-intensive fuels) are the cause of undeniable and devastating impacts around the world through the mechanism of global warming. 

Letters to the Editor for May 4, 2012

Williams the right person for job

To the editor:

Lately we’ve been reading about the attributes and qualities of the many candidates seeking election for the Justice of the Peace. Given the changes occurring in the budget and the reduction to a half-time position for the judge, it will take someone with excellent management skills to successfully make the transition. Several candidates fit that bill. However, the other part of the equation, and of equal importance in my mind, is a candidate’s knowledge of criminal and civil law, as legally sound decisions must be rendered daily.

Letters to the Editor for May 2, 2012

Vote for Duman

To the editor:

I’m supporting Gail Duman in her race for Justice of the Peace. I’ve known Gail to be a successful Baker City businesswoman more than a dozen years.

Gail has confirmed her moral ethics to be a credit to her success in business.

Letters to the Editor for April 30, 2012

Support our schools

To the editor:

Take a free test-drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6,000 to the Baker High School.

Get behind the wheel of any Ford vehicle at a local Drive One 4 UR School event and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an all-new 2013 Ford Escape!

Mark your calendars:

Where: Baker High School - Back Parking Lot

When: Saturday, May 5  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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