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Express opinion, but not with chalk

We’d wager that it’s a simpler task to sign your name on a sheet of paper than to scrawl words on a sidewalk with a chunk of chalk.

Signing the paper isn’t against the law, either, which is nice.

Nor do you have to wait until after sunset.


Letters to the Editor for June 19, 2009


Meddling in mayor election

To the editor:

Why did city council terminate Steve Brocato’s employment as city manager? 

One reason may be Brocato’s violation of the International City/County Management Ethics Code: “Not engage in the election campaign of any candidate for mayor.”  How did Brocato violate this code he told councilors he followed?

After last fall’s election, the likely candidates to succeed Jeff Petry as mayor were councilors Andrew Bryan and Dennis Dorrah. It was no secret that Brocato favored Bryan and did not want Dorrah to be mayor, but Bryan could not muster the votes.


Letters to the Editor for June 17, 2009


Brocato was a good manager

To the editor:

I had the privilege of serving Baker City as a councilor for two years. During that time we interviewed prospective new city managers. When we interviewed Steve Brocato we asked what his management style was. His response was if you want a bureaucrat, I am not the one, but if you want a team builder and a fiscally responsible financial manager then I am the one you want.


Letters to the Editor for June 15, 2009


Brocato could use some advice

To the editor:

From newspaper accounts, observance of council telecasts and from information conversations, it appears to me that despite Mr. Brocato’s obvious management skills (recognized by six of the seven council members in his recent evaluation) four of his employers have been so shaken by his management style that it was impossible for them to arrive at any solution but his dismissal.


Letters to the Editor for June 12, 2009


Four councilors should resign

To the editor:

I am deeply grieved and concerned regarding the firing of City Manager Steve Brocato by four City Council members who apparently met sometime before the June 9 meeting and agreed to fire Mr. Brocato. Does not state law require all council decisions to be made in an open public meeting by all council members? What kind of secret club do these four council members have?


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