Building’s brighter future?

We’re probably quite a ways from seeing a detailed proposal, but we’re excited about the … Read more

Protesters like to listen — but only to themselves

My diploma from the University of Oregon was wedged between photo albums on a shelf … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Oct. 13, 2017

Voters want to decide on major issues in Oregon This past September the Baker County … Read more

Public safety fee question

Since July 1, Baker City households have been paying $3 per month and businesses $6 … Read more

Privacy and local pot taxes

The budding marijuana industry in Oregon has created a direct conflict with the state’s venerable … Read more

Libraries as bastions of freedom

We sometimes take the public library for granted, thinking of it only as a place … Read more

Piano under the sky: A magical musical moment

The soft notes from the piano drifted through the sage-scented air, just at the brink … Read more

The gun debate

The platitudes that follow a tragedy such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas on … Read more

Protecting vulnerable children

The meeting that took place a week ago in Baker City was the sort of … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Oct. 4, 2017

Democrats in Salem are bankrupting Oregon I cannot resist the fodder in tonight’s Observer, Sept. … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Sept. 29, 2017

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NFL players should rely on words, not actions

If you don’t think America has made progress in addressing its racial problems over the … Read more

Finding a place for our plastics

It’s all but impossible for a consumer to avoid buying plastic, but until recently it’s … Read more

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 27, 2017

Editorial mistakenly compared two timber sales A recent editorial, “Reviving a forest project,” Sept. 6, … Read more

Trump’s words, actions

If President Trump were his own press secretary he would have fired himself by now. … Read more

Welcome state audit

We’re pleased that Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson seems to share our distaste for … Read more

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 22, 2017

Walden should reject budget that hurts working families I am disappointed and discouraged that District … Read more

Fascinated by a baby; saddened by a lonely car

I was fascinated recently as I watched a baby furrow his eyebrows as he gazed … Read more

Money goes up in smoke

The idea is so simple, and so obvious, that it’s hardly surprising Congress hasn’t acted … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Sept. 18, 2017

Reconsidering the best ways to make your point Shawna Cox, as in Malheur Refuge occupation, … Read more

Making sure of a life sentence

Although the people who murdered seven strangers at Charles Manson’s behest in 1969 renounced their … Read more

A girl, a pig and a stick: The magic of a county fair

The pig probably had 200 pounds on the little girl. But the little girl had … Read more

City should take grant

The Baker City Council on Tuesday night tabled its discussion about whether to accept a … Read more

Fires affect everyone

After listening to the mournful interviews and reading the elegiac laments about the effects of … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Sept. 8, 2017

Thanks, public servants Dear Public servants: At this time of year, I am moved to … Read more

Baker’s mineral-rich history isn’t all glittery gold

Gold helped to build Baker County, but it’s a much more common, and utterly unglamorous, … Read more

Reviving a forest project

We’re pleased that the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is reviving a large logging project in eastern … Read more

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 6, 2017

City deals promptly with graffiti along Adler Parkway Hats off to the code enforcement officer … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Sept. 4, 2017

Troubled by cases pitting citizens vs. local government I have nothing but the utmost respect … Read more

Councilor’s legal trouble

Baker City Council member Adam Nilsson has not been convicted of any crime, but the … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Sept. 1, 2017

Anastasia Salgy was born to a methamphetamine-addicted mother. A month prior to coming into the … Read more

Eclipse liquor sales; and Sam Bass’ magical legacy

The solar eclipse had more in common with a college football game than I had … Read more

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