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Letters to the Editor for May 16, 2014

Warner is the commission chair I’ll hire on May 20

I am voting for Fred Warner Jr. for Baker County Chair. 

Every four years, the residents of Baker County use their vote to hire the job applicant they believe is best suited to manage the business of Baker County. 

This election year, we have two applicants for Commission Chair. So, we have to ask ourselves: Who is best qualified to fulfill all the job requirements?

Fred Warner Jr. understands the entire job description. He has the proven management skills to handle the county’s budget, roads, emergency services, infrastructure, and public health systems. 

Fred has proven he can successfully negotiate with city, state and federal agencies on all county issues — not just a few single-interest agendas. From the private property rights of landowners to the access of public lands, Fred Warner, Jr. protects Baker County.

In many job vacancies, there is more than one candidate. The employer or voter must examine the experience, the achievements and the reliability of each applicant as it relates to the actual job requirements. 

Fred Warner Jr. has my vote. He is level-headed. His management of the county’s business has been excellent.  His county staff is professional. He has kept this county in strong financial shape. He will not isolate Baker County from the decision-making table.

I am a Baker County Republican and I am proud to be voting for Fred Warner Jr. He is the job applicant who will keep this county moving forward on all fronts!  

Diana Brown

Baker City

Warner has worked hard to make the county better

We believe it is time to step up and question the lies and half-truths that have been coming out during the County Commission election in Baker County. 

We believe that if the only way one can run a campaign is to slam your opponent with innuendo and false statements, then shame on all of you who are pushing this propaganda. All one needs to do is look at Fred Warner’s record as County Commissioner to see that we have an effective and efficient government. 


Letters to the Editor for May 14, 2014

Candidates show where they stand on basic issues

As a Baker voter, I believe we need to understand the candidate’s position on some basic questions. Here are the results of the Oregon Family Council Voters Guide Candidate Survey.   

Candidates were asked to provide a “support” or “oppose” answer, reflecting the kind of response they must ultimately provide as an election official.

Life: Would you support or oppose an Oregon law restricting abortion with exceptions only for rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Greg Stackle (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Gambling: Would you support or oppose off-reservation and private casinos? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Zoning: Do you support or oppose zoning laws allowing governments to prohibit adult businesses from locating near residential neighborhoods, schools, or day care facilities? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Marriage: Would you support or oppose overturning current law defining marriage as only between one man, one woman? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Greg Stackle (Oppose) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Religion: Would you support or oppose including religious exemptions in legislation to prevent restrictions of religious freedom? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Marijuana: Would you support or oppose marijuana becoming legally available to the general public in Oregon? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Greg Stackle (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Education: Would you support or oppose open enrollment in online charter schools in Oregon? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Taxes: Do you support or oppose the existing law that requires the state to return over-collected taxes to individual taxpayers? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer)

Visit www.oregonfamilycouncil.org for more information. 

Richard Wood

Baker City

Fred has the experience needed by commission chair

I would like to encourage people to vote for Fred Warner Jr. for Baker County Commission Chair. I have known Fred and his family for many years. 

The family has been in the livestock business in Baker Valley since 1866. I have dealt with him on both a business and personal basis many times. 


Letters to the Editor for May 12, 2014

Newspaper should not have printed Hofmann’s letter; he’s ‘out in left field’

It is not difficult to see that you are a Democratic newspaper as your support of Mr. Warner is obvious, but I see no reason for Charles Hofmann’s letter to even be printed.

Mr. Hofmann is out in left field somewhere when he accuses Mr. Harvey and his campaign of negative tactics. Mr. Harvey has not used or said anything that can be denied by his opponent and maybe, Mr. Hofmann, you should let someone else answer your phone if that simple vote for me bothers you. 

 Robo calls are made by the thousands every day. If things are so sensitive for you then maybe you should be the one to go to California.  Mr Harvey has been here 35-plus years. 

The newspaper article telling all Democrats to run down and become Republicans just to vote was the lowest campaign trick that has happened so far.

Harold Reed

Baker City

Please leave ‘California’ out of disparaging remarks about people with differing opinions

It seems one of the ways “we do things in Baker County,” is to make disparaging remarks about “California” over and over again. I’m a native of Baker City, and I have also lived and worked in California, so I think I can give an opinion about both. 

First of all, not EVERYTHING about Baker County is always GOOD. Second, not EVERYTHING about California is always BAD. Could we just leave “California” out of our negative opinion vocabulary? It is my opinion that telling people we disagree with to “go back to California,” is not one of the things about Baker County that makes it good.

Linda Wunder Wall

Baker City

Let me vote for the best candidates without the unnecessary additional politics

Why can’t I, as a non-partisan, vote for the best of both Republican and Democratic parties, in whatever seat. No additional politics involved. 

Carl Koontz

Baker City


Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2014

Regardless of party, I think Warner’s best for the job

For the life of me I don’t understand why the county commissioner’s position is political! This person represents all of the people of the county, regardless of party.

I am a Republican, but during the last election I supported Fred Warner, even though he was a Democrat, because I felt he was the best man for the job. I support him this time, not because he changed parties but because I still think he’s the best man for the job.

Colleen Brooks

Baker City

Carpenter most qualified for County Clerk

I am voting for Cindy Carpenter for County Clerk because she has the experience and the “know-how” to run the office from the get-go. She has nine years experience in the office, is currently ranked Management Assistant II, which delegates to her the responsibilities of running the office in the absence of the county clerk. She could step into the job of county clerk without missing a beat...and she’s a hometown girl! I urge you to vote for her as the most qualified candidate for the job.

Alberta Bailey

Baker City

Negative letters miss the mark with Warner

Wow! The negative letters about Commissioner Fred Warner would leave one to believe that he is either the devil in disguise or a communist. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.


Letters to the Editor for May 7, 2014


Pleased to cast my vote for Warner

I have lived all over this country for 80 years, serving her with love and honor. However, in the past eight years our national leadership sails a very slick ship on rails lubricated with greed. We need Baker County to become a bellwether for the rest of mid American and its people. Toward that end, Fred Warner, I will be pleased to cast my vote for your proven leadership.

John Duke

Baker City

Warner is focused on all issues vital to Baker County

This is an emotional letter to write, as I personally know both candidates, but feel that one is much more qualified to lead our county.  Fred Warner has proven himself over the last several years as a leader that can successfully work with the local, state, and federal governments on several issues. He has done so with professionalism while keeping the county’s best interest in focus.


Letters to the Editor for May 5, 2014


Republicans will welcome newcomers with open arms

I read with interest the article regarding the number of Democrats that have switched to the Republican Party over the last few weeks. I am sure the Republican Party will welcome these new members with open arms both in Baker County and those that also switch parties across this great nation of ours. It is heartening to see so many leaving what today is more a liberal Democrat Socialist Party than the true Democrat Party of the past.

R.B. Erwin

Baker City

Warner has experience to guide county into the future

County Commission Chair is a big job with many challenges and responsibilities.

Fred Warner Jr. has accepted this position and has done a good job for Baker County. He has the ability and knowledge to continue to guide Baker County into the future. He is a proven leader and manager for Baker County business and interests. With Fred’s guidance, Baker County has been able to operate with a balanced budget and maintain necessary services, while other counties in Oregon have had to cut services.

Fred represents all of Baker County, traveling to all communities, listening to and discussing concerns and ideas of the citizens. Fred was born and raised in Baker County and cares deeply for the people and their future.

Fred has the ability, knowledge and experience to guide and direct Baker County into the future.

The voter would be wise to re-elect Fred Warner Jr. as Baker County Commission Chair.

Gerald Hopkins

Baker City

Don’t always agree with him, but Warner is best choice

We did not support Fred Warner in his first term for head commissioner, but since that time he has certainly gained our  confidence and trust. We believe strongly that he has encouraged decisions that have been in the best interests of our County.  Our theory is, when things are running smoothly it is not the time for change.

We have lived in Hereford on our Century Ranch for our entire lives. We value the rural/conservative quality of life  that Fred and the commissioners have tried  to protect and enhance. Granted, there are some decisions made  by the commissioners that we do not totally support, but realize their choices were made in the best interest of the majority. We can’t let disgruntlement unseat a man who has worked very hard and accomplished much for the best interest of Baker County and its residents.

Of course, we all know that campaign promises can be made, but what really counts is what happens in office. Fred has an admirable track record in dealing with county budget, wolf de-listing, natural resources advisory committee, sage grouse recovery plan, Idaho Power transmission lines and more. He strongly opposes creating additional wilderness and closing additional Forest Service roads, two issues which greatly concern our family.     

Fred, over the past three terms, has developed and nurtured many relationships with both individuals and entities on the county,  state and federal levels. These relationships will help enhance his effectiveness in leading our county in the future. Please join us in voting for Fred Warner, the one who has experience, knowledge and ability to continue to move Baker County in the right, positive direction.

Allen and Bev Duby

Hereford


Letters to the Editor for May 2, 2014


Don’t let temporary Republicans win; vote Harvey

The political party changes just for the primary election just seems wrong. But then having a candidate change parties just because he thought it would be the easiest way to be reelected was also a judgment issue and possibly following very bad advice. We now have the daily paper instructing Democrats becoming Republicans just to vote in the primary and then register back again. What has happened to personal ethics?  Doesn’t anyone stay true to their convictions and beliefs? Is everything for political expediency?


Letters to the Editor for April 28, 2014


Warner leads with results, not promises

This is a letter of support for Fred Warner for County Commissioner.   

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Fred on several issues the past few years and have found him to be very solution-oriented in every case. An example is when the Anthony Lake Ski Resort was going to be closed.  Fred and the Baker County Board of Commissioners brought in some local business people, crafted a low-risk business model and agreed to take the ski area as a gift from the previous owners.  At the time, $30,000 was sitting in a Transient Room Tax fund generated by a fee that local motels collect from overnight stays and dedicated to economic development. The county allocated that money to fund startup operations for the ski area.  The county did not commit any funding, has never been asked for other funding nor has it given any funding to Anthony Lakes.  Since that startup four years ago, Anthony Lakes has made local payroll of over $1.7 million and spent almost $1.8 million on goods and services from local businesses. In 2013-14, out-of-town skiers at Anthony Lakes spent over 425 nights in local motels — and this number grows yearly.  This translates into huge increased business for local restaurants and shopping at local merchants. This has been an extraordinary and sustainable return to Baker County at no cost to the county taxpayers.


Letters to the Editor for April 25, 2014

Harvey is a fresh voice  for Baker County

We have been Bill Harvey supporters since he filed, but after the forum last Tuesday, our choice has never been more clear, after some issues were brought to light, with which we are uncomfortable. 

1. Mr. Warner stated that he was protecting Baker County from a lawsuit by overturning the unanimous planning commission decision that rejected a wind farm project. What Mr. Warner didn’t make clear in the forum was that the lawsuit threat was created by his office not filing legal paperwork in a timely manner. That is the uncomfortable reality. 

2. Also, Mr. Warner oversaw the altering of a GOP 2nd Amendment resolution to, in his words, “fit Baker County” (as if the 2nd Amendment is different here). His edits excluded the protection of so-called “assault weapons” and “rejection of laws that violate the 2nd Amendment.” Oddly, Gary Dielman had a great deal of input into a GOP resolution, and Mr. Warner felt his changes made the resolution “completely harmless,” according to Mr. Dielman. We think Mr. Dielman meant “completely useless.” We ask: how does affirming an amendment to the Constitution cause harm? The edits removed the intent of the resolution to support the 2nd Amendment. As veterans, this watering down of our founding documents is repellent.


Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2014


Bennett is a proven, capable county commissioner

Incumbent Mark Bennett has proven to be a very capable and effective Baker County Commissioner. Mark and his wife, Patti, operate a cattle ranch in the Unity area.  

He was appointed to fill the commissioner vacancy created when Carl Stiff resigned due to health reasons. Mark has in the past been appointed to a number of important positions in the Baker County government. He has held the position of director of the Baker County Planning Commission, manager of the Emergency Operations, lead representative for Baker County for the location of the Boardman to Hemingway electrical power line, interim city manager for Unity, lead member of the Natural Resource Advisory Commission. The commission must know and understand how to deal with the various federal and state agencies that are present in Baker County.


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