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Letter to the Editor for August 3, 2015

Lawmakers did some good for rural Oregon in recent session

The Oregon Legislature currently holds a Democratic majority to the dismay and vociferous negative comments of many fellow conservatives. But, all is not bad and the system is not broken and Salem does not deserve extreme criticism for the 2015 session.  

Many good bills were passed, many were bipartisan, some remain yet to be resolved (transportation) and most all representatives and senators are honorable people just trying to do the best to represent their constituents. 

Not all bills were for the west side. Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Ted Ferrioli did a fine job in looking out for Eastern and rural Oregon. One bill in particular, HB 2075 favored rural Oregon with equal support from liberals and conservatives, passing the House and Senate with a 90 percent majority.

HB 2075 was submitted by Oregon Aviation Industries to increase aviation funding by $20 million over the next six years by raising aviation fuel tax by 2 cents per gallon. Nearly all of the funds are focused on rural Oregon for aviation economic development, rural air service, grant matches, infrastructure, emergency preparedness and safety. 

Our team spent many months at the Capitol and we were all very impressed with the committee hearings, work sessions, citizen input and relationships developed with legislators. At least on this bill, rural Oregon was heard loud and strong and it was a big win for the east side. If you couldn’t be there in person to observe the process, the State provides video archives and the progress of bills. www.oravi.org/HB2075 is one good example of democracy in action for the benefit of rural communities. 

Gale “Jake” Jacobs

West Linn

Oregon Aviation Industries

Executive Director

www.oravi.org


Guest Editorial: New leader equals new beginning


From The (La Grande) Observer:

There is usually always a certain degree of optimism when a new leader steps into the top slot of an organization, whether it be a local civic club, military unit or the presidency. A new leader carries the connotation that a new beginning is now at hand and the future will be a bright one.


Letters to the Editor for July 29, 2015

Registered sex offender expected a certain level of scrutiny

Since my release from prison in New Mexico on July 16, I have sought to remain in compliance with the law and to keep my behavior lawful and ethical. In good faith, I have been striving to do all that is necessary to put my life back into order after my wrongdoing sent me away five years ago.

  I was placed on the bus on Thursday July 16, in Las Cruces, to arrive in Baker late on Friday night. That was too late to accomplish anything before the weekend, but I was resolved to register with the State Police first thing Monday morning, which I accomplished.


Guest Editorial: Advisory councils need a fix


Editorial from The (Bend) Bulletin:

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations, charged with delivering medical care to residents who qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program, are charged with listening to those they serve as they spend the state’s money. They do so with advisory councils which, by law, must include members who are OHP clients.

Or at least they try to include OHP clients on the councils. Finding willing participants has proven difficult, even though some councils pay their client members to take part.


Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2015

Mexican drug lord should be prime target for U.S. along with ISIS, Al-Quaida

On Sept. 11, 2001, some ignorant radicals flew a couple of jets into the World Trade Center and killed about 3,000 Americans. George Bush toured the rubble and promised retribution. He said Osama Bin Laden was “wanted dead or alive.”  Through a lot of diligent work by our intelligence people we found him. Our military people did a good job of eliminating him. We didn’t much give a damn about Pakistan’s borders when we did it.


Guest Editorial: Forest Service stifles the public

Editorial from The (Bend) Bulletin:

You’ll be pleased to know that Oregon will spend some $300,000 of your tax dollars in the next two years to study moving the state to a single-payer health care system.

You’d think we’d learn.


Reminder to Baker parents

The announcement Monday by Baker City Police that a predatory sex offender has moved to town prompted a predictable response.

People are worried about their kids.

We understand.


Lure of the little: Hunkering for huckleberries

We drove up past the drought-shrunken Wolf Creek Reservoir last Sunday, hunting for the forest’s smallest and sweetest quarry.

Huckleberries.

Which at least offset their diminutive nature by being far more numerous than, say, elk.

Slower, too.

And although the successful pursuit of either can leave you with slimy hands, the innards of berries are notably less unpleasant than the equivalent parts of an elk.


A little boy’s legacy

Michelle Ryan’s story is tragic, and we can’t conceive of the level of courage she needed to tell it.

But the story of Michelle’s 5-year-old son, Jordan, who was killed by a pit bull in Baker City on Sept. 27, 2013, a story we published in the July 17 issue, also reminded us that Jordan’s needless death resulted in something that Baker City needed.

A dangerous dog ordinance.


Letter to the Editor for July 20, 2015

Walden helped Army veteran get his benefits

I want to thank Rep. Greg Walden for his help with the VA. As an Army veteran I fought for my benefits with the VA for over a year. They even told me “we don’t owe you anything.” When I shared my story with Mr. Walden, he was concerned and offered to help. Greg took my issue to the VA and it turns out they did owe me, and my benefits had been held up because of a silly computer error.

I received my full benefits in less than a week after I contacted Mr. Walden. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me and I won’t ever forget it.

Gerald Teixeira

Baker City


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