Letter to the editor for Aug. 16, 2017

Vigil honors victims of weekend violence (Editor’s note: Gretchen Stadler of Baker City made this … Read more

Letter to the editor for Aug. 14, 2017

Councilor accused of trespassing not a victim In regard to City Councilor Adam Nilsson’s letter/rant/ramble, … Read more

Oregon’s misleading climate reputation persists

For a topic with such inherent numerical precision, weather leads journalists astray with a depressing … Read more

The Korea problem

“Saber rattling” is the analogy frequently used to describe two countries exchanging verbal threats of … Read more

Letter to the Editor for Aug. 11, 2017

TV translator district shouldn’t mislead residents With reference to Joshua Dillen’s article, “TV district has … Read more

Focus on fire threat

We didn’t need a reminder about the danger of human-caused wildfires as we approach the … Read more

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 9, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the letter Baker City Councilor Adam Nilsson sent to his fellow … Read more

The PERS problem persists

The bad news is that Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System is on shakier financial ground … Read more

Awaiting storms; and Sgt. Pepper’s better than ever

Few days seem to me as compelling as those summer days when storms breed in … Read more

Salt pros outweigh the cons

Salt is pretty plain, as compounds go, but its reputation is much more grandiose. Depending … Read more

Trump’s blunder

President Donald Trump has had few tranquil periods during his six months in office, and … Read more

A snowdrift’s demise severs the link with winter

My final tangible link to the great winter ended as I walked west toward the … Read more

Letters to the Editor for July 26, 2017

Speeding, distracted drivers need to be punished “Lovely tranquil Baker,” we thought while enjoying a … Read more

Rethinking economic development

The Baker County Commissioners’ decision last week to give the county’s economic development contractor a … Read more

Congress takes away a bargain

The National Park Service turned 100 last year, and the venerable agency has not aged … Read more

The loss of one little boy affects entire community

The little boy is smiling the perfect smile but I struggle to look at his … Read more

For safer parades

We agree with Baker City officials’ decision to discuss ways to make parades safer in … Read more

Letter to the Editor for July 19, 2017

One man’s response to Jayson Jacoby’s column from July 7: What exactly should OSU have … Read more

Signs of brightness on Baker’s dark day

Saturday morning was warm and bright and as the floats comprising the Miners Jubilee parade … Read more

‘Fake news,’ and what true censorship looks like

I came across the phrase “false news” in a most unexpected setting the other day … Read more

State lags on water studies

You might think it a reasonable thing for the Oregon Legislature to spend $1.8 million … Read more

Kids, pets and cars in the heat

It’s been a hotter-than-average July in Baker City, and for many people a busy one. … Read more

Public colleges, and athletes’ crimes kept private

The best pitcher on Oregon State University’s record-setting baseball team is a registered sex offender. … Read more

Letter to the Editor for July 5, 2017

Lifestyle choices do have actual consequences Up until about 50 years ago, the cultural expectation … Read more

Legislature wise to keep crime lab open

Eastern Oregon got some good news from Salem last week. The state House of Representatives … Read more

Freedom to peaceably assemble — and excrete

The freedom to defecate on public land is conspicuously absent from the Bill of Rights. … Read more

Don’t delay on roadkill salvage law

The headlines proclaiming that people who crash into a deer or an elk on an … Read more

Health care bill yields frightening projections

No one can say with precision how the health care reform bill that Congress is … Read more

Letter to the Editor for June 28, 2017

Trump’s disdain for ‘poor people’ hard to stomach At a political rally in Iowa on … Read more

Thanks again, Leo

The years pass with such a smooth speed that we were more than a bit … Read more

To the west, even wilderness areas are crowded

There walk among us liars whose abilities, however much they might at times annoy me, … Read more

Why we can always use more water here

The sight that greets eastbound drivers on Highway 7 near its intersection with Hudspeth Lane … Read more

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