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Letters to the Editor for April 4, 2012

Knight’s done nothing wrong

To the editor:

During the School District’s last meeting, Chair Lynne Burroughs claimed Board member Kyle Knight had violated his oath of office. After reading Friday’s BCH article and others, I see no wrongdoing on Knight’s part.

Burroughs and Board member Henderson are upset Knight spoke about an employee using a district purchase order for personal purposes. You’d think they’d be upset about the theft instead. Burroughs accuses Knight of violating their Code of Conduct, “Content discussed in executive session is confidential.” To my knowledge, an executive session wasn’t held regarding the theft. Everything the Board says and does during meetings is open to public scrutiny. The letters they write and emails they send are also open to the public. We have a right to be aware of this personnel issue. Knight followed the Code that states he must “be open” with “no hidden agendas” and “respect the right of the public to be informed about District decisions and school operations.” In attempting to muzzle Knight and suppress information, I believe Burroughs is the one violating her oath. Not only did Burroughs illegally attempt to keep this meeting behind closed doors, but she gave Knight a letter saying he’d forfeited his First Amendment rights, and instructed him to sign a gag order. This is the U.S.! A person doesn’t sign away his constitutional rights to serve in office!

Letters to the Editor for April 2, 2012

National forests are for the people

To the editor:

Baker County was formed in 1862. Thirty-five years later, Congress passed the 1897 Organic Act. This Act created the Forest Service and allowed the federal government to manage hundreds of thousands of acres of Baker County as national forest. A couple of quotes from The Use of the National Forest Reserves (1905 Use Book), illustrates how the Forest Service was supposed to manage these lands:

Letters to the Editor for March 30, 2012

Catholics’ opinions vary on contraception

To the editor:

In response to Mr. Huyett’s letter of 23 March 2012:

He questions why Ms. Fluke would attend a Jesuit university if she disagrees with the fundamental principles of the school. Teachings on contraception are not part of the dogma of the church.

Letters to the Editor for March 28, 2012

‘We the people’ no longer exists

To the editor:

It is an insult to the flag of the United States to be flown above the Forest Service complex in Baker City.

Our flag represents “we the people,” which the Forest Service doesn’t want to be concerned with.

Letters to the Editor for March 23, 2012

Why is Sandra Fluke complaining?

To the editor:

After reading numerous letters condemning Jayson Jacoby’s article on why Rush Limbaugh statements about Sandra Fluke should not be national news, I feel the need to question some of his critics’ logic.

Letters to the Editor for March 21, 2012

Travel plan surprise? Not to me

To the editor:

No one should be surprised at the Travel Management Plan released last week by the Forest Service. No one who has paid attention to the track record of TMPs around the West that is. No one should be surprised when the BLM equivalent is published in final form either. It is all about government “environmentalism” and the public be damned. No news here for anyone that has been objectively following the actions of the current administration in D.C. Just one of many ways the U.S. government has sold out to the United Nations and its menagerie of environmental whackos.

Letters to the Editor for March 19, 2012

Limbaugh is just plain nasty

To the editor:

What were you thinking, Jacoby?

You took half a page to try to let Limbaugh off the hook. “So what’s the big deal? (to paraphrase you). So he went a little overboard this time with his trademark slander. What’s so wrong with that?"

Letters to the Editor for March 16, 2012

To the editor:

So — Jayson Jacoby becomes an apologist for Rush Limbaugh, whose latest “gaffe” (actual meaning is a social blunder) was nothing more than labeling a woman a slut and prostitute for daring to express her opinion in front of Congress. And gee, he apologized. Didn’t he? I assume then that one may call your wife or daughter those names and you would shrug it off as inconsequential.

Letters to the Editor for March 14, 2012

Generosity makes food aid work

To the editor:

I am writing to thank Jeff Nelson, the owner of The Clothes Outlet, who generously organized a food drive for Learn and Grow to Go. Patrons brought in nonperishable food items and cash to support our local backpack food program. I gladly picked up four big boxes of food that will be distributed to students throughout Baker City.

Letters to the Editor for March 12, 2012

Explaining why wolves work

To the editor:

In response to the sarcastic criticism of my comments on the wolf’s hunting habits, I will explain how the wolf can identify barren elk and deer: the barren ones are old or infirm – that’s why they’re barren. And the non-performing bulls and bucks are non-performing because they’re old or infirm – they can’t compete with the younger studs. Wolves notice these things (after all, they spend their whole lives preying on and observing these animals). Wolves attack the barren and non-performing because they’re old or infirm or sick, and this makes them slow.

Here are some sources on the scientific evidence to support the effects of wolves and other large predators on the landscape:

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