>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Baker City Herald print edition

view all Baker City Herald print publications »

The Baker City Herald is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow Won't come back to Baker City? Good

Won't come back to Baker City? Good

To the editor:

Regarding Marylee Norick's April 8 letter: My husband and I found your letter to be extremely ignorant, offensive, and arrogant. Your oversimplified assessment concluded that our neighborhoods are filled with "street after street with yards of trash, old furniture, and wrecked cars" and you summarized that Baker City "is not a place that we could consider moving to, telling our friends about or even visiting again."

We find it highly ironic that you live in a city with the highest median household income ($74,000) and one of the lowest poverty rates (9 percent in Santa Clara County) in the U.S. Please compare these figures to the rural poverty of Baker County, where the median income is $32,500 and the poverty rate is 18.9 percent.

Is it starting to make sense from your affluent perspective why certain residents in Baker City can't afford to tow their disabled vehicles off their residence or discard old furniture into the junkyard? If it isn't clear, read the works of Robert Reich, Michael Harrington, Howard Zinn, Jonathon Kozol, and Michael Parenti. These authors will provide you with a thorough understanding of the complexities of poverty in America.

You write that San Jose is a "clean" place to live. Do you ever drive in the comfort of your luxury vehicle to some of the dirtier (aka poorer) areas of San Jose? Despite what you imply, they do exist. I'm just guessing that you don't enter those neighborhoods of your city.

I am surprised that you have traveled to several continents and not experienced the "shock" of refuse that is the result of poverty. In our international travels, we have found that poverty exists everywhere. Perhaps we do not travel to the same places as you, or perhaps we have a difference in understanding of the socioeconomic impact that poverty can have on a place, even a place of beauty.

We are hopeful that you will honor your statement that you, your husband and your friends will never visit Baker City again. Your attitude and ignorance is worse than any visual blight that could scar our town.

Heather and Pat Heriza

Haines

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Features
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use