Republicans will welcome newcomers with open arms
I read with interest the article regarding the number of Democrats that have switched to the Republican Party over the last few weeks. I am sure the Republican Party will welcome these new members with open arms both in Baker County and those that also switch parties across this great nation of ours. It is heartening to see so many leaving what today is more a liberal Democrat Socialist Party than the true Democrat Party of the past.
Warner has experience to guide county into the future
County Commission Chair is a big job with many challenges and responsibilities.
Fred Warner Jr. has accepted this position and has done a good job for Baker County. He has the ability and knowledge to continue to guide Baker County into the future. He is a proven leader and manager for Baker County business and interests. With Fred’s guidance, Baker County has been able to operate with a balanced budget and maintain necessary services, while other counties in Oregon have had to cut services.
Fred represents all of Baker County, traveling to all communities, listening to and discussing concerns and ideas of the citizens. Fred was born and raised in Baker County and cares deeply for the people and their future.
Fred has the ability, knowledge and experience to guide and direct Baker County into the future.
The voter would be wise to re-elect Fred Warner Jr. as Baker County Commission Chair.
Don’t always agree with him, but Warner is best choice
We did not support Fred Warner in his first term for head commissioner, but since that time he has certainly gained our confidence and trust. We believe strongly that he has encouraged decisions that have been in the best interests of our County. Our theory is, when things are running smoothly it is not the time for change.
We have lived in Hereford on our Century Ranch for our entire lives. We value the rural/conservative quality of life that Fred and the commissioners have tried to protect and enhance. Granted, there are some decisions made by the commissioners that we do not totally support, but realize their choices were made in the best interest of the majority. We can’t let disgruntlement unseat a man who has worked very hard and accomplished much for the best interest of Baker County and its residents.
Of course, we all know that campaign promises can be made, but what really counts is what happens in office. Fred has an admirable track record in dealing with county budget, wolf de-listing, natural resources advisory committee, sage grouse recovery plan, Idaho Power transmission lines and more. He strongly opposes creating additional wilderness and closing additional Forest Service roads, two issues which greatly concern our family.
Fred, over the past three terms, has developed and nurtured many relationships with both individuals and entities on the county, state and federal levels. These relationships will help enhance his effectiveness in leading our county in the future. Please join us in voting for Fred Warner, the one who has experience, knowledge and ability to continue to move Baker County in the right, positive direction.
Allen and Bev Duby
Don’t let temporary Republicans win; vote Harvey
The political party changes just for the primary election just seems wrong. But then having a candidate change parties just because he thought it would be the easiest way to be reelected was also a judgment issue and possibly following very bad advice. We now have the daily paper instructing Democrats becoming Republicans just to vote in the primary and then register back again. What has happened to personal ethics? Doesn’t anyone stay true to their convictions and beliefs? Is everything for political expediency?
The clouds and the sunshine have finally worked out their customary spring schedule, and my grass is greening nicely.
Not so nicely as the dandelions, of course.
I despise dandelions, and have employed all manner of weapons to eradicate them from my modest expanse of turf, yet I can’t help but admire their tenacity.
This war I wage, like almost all wars, is a needless conflict.
My disdain for dandelions brands me as the product of a culture which venerates some vegetation and abhors others for reasons which aren’t altogether rational.
Warner leads with results, not promises
This is a letter of support for Fred Warner for County Commissioner.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Fred on several issues the past few years and have found him to be very solution-oriented in every case. An example is when the Anthony Lake Ski Resort was going to be closed. Fred and the Baker County Board of Commissioners brought in some local business people, crafted a low-risk business model and agreed to take the ski area as a gift from the previous owners. At the time, $30,000 was sitting in a Transient Room Tax fund generated by a fee that local motels collect from overnight stays and dedicated to economic development. The county allocated that money to fund startup operations for the ski area. The county did not commit any funding, has never been asked for other funding nor has it given any funding to Anthony Lakes. Since that startup four years ago, Anthony Lakes has made local payroll of over $1.7 million and spent almost $1.8 million on goods and services from local businesses. In 2013-14, out-of-town skiers at Anthony Lakes spent over 425 nights in local motels — and this number grows yearly. This translates into huge increased business for local restaurants and shopping at local merchants. This has been an extraordinary and sustainable return to Baker County at no cost to the county taxpayers.
Mark Bennett is the incumbent in his campaign against his fellow Republican challengers Gene Stackle and Dick Fleming for Position 2 on the Baker County Board of Commissioners.
But incumbency isn’t Bennett’s major advantage, and it’s not the main reason we urge registered Republicans to vote for him in the May 20 primary.
What distinguishes Bennett is his experience in helping to run Baker County, and the knowledge he’s gained during more than 20 years as a county employee.
Bennett’s career includes stints in two jobs that give him a depth of expertise about issues that matter to county residents, a depth that few candidates for his position have boasted.
Harvey is a fresh voice for Baker County
We have been Bill Harvey supporters since he filed, but after the forum last Tuesday, our choice has never been more clear, after some issues were brought to light, with which we are uncomfortable.
1. Mr. Warner stated that he was protecting Baker County from a lawsuit by overturning the unanimous planning commission decision that rejected a wind farm project. What Mr. Warner didn’t make clear in the forum was that the lawsuit threat was created by his office not filing legal paperwork in a timely manner. That is the uncomfortable reality.
2. Also, Mr. Warner oversaw the altering of a GOP 2nd Amendment resolution to, in his words, “fit Baker County” (as if the 2nd Amendment is different here). His edits excluded the protection of so-called “assault weapons” and “rejection of laws that violate the 2nd Amendment.” Oddly, Gary Dielman had a great deal of input into a GOP resolution, and Mr. Warner felt his changes made the resolution “completely harmless,” according to Mr. Dielman. We think Mr. Dielman meant “completely useless.” We ask: how does affirming an amendment to the Constitution cause harm? The edits removed the intent of the resolution to support the 2nd Amendment. As veterans, this watering down of our founding documents is repellent.
Big problems rarely lend themselves to easy solutions.
We can’t reverse global warming by twisting a thermostat.
We can’t make Vladimir Putin behave himself by yelling at him to lay off Crimea and Ukraine.
We can’t balance the federal budget by....
Well, actually we could do that by playing hide the checkbook with Congress, but first we’ve got to get our hands on the thing.
There is, though, one widespread mess that we could clean up today, and we’d probably save energy in the process.
In most businesses and government agencies, employees’ salaries and benefits are the biggest part of the budget, so it follows logically that the more workers employed the greater the cost.
If an organization has so few workers that those on the payroll have to work a lot of extra hours, the attempt to run a lean operation can backfire and lead to corpulent overtime bills.
In some cases an outfit might save money by hiring a new employee and severely curtailing overtime.
Bennett is a proven, capable county commissioner
Incumbent Mark Bennett has proven to be a very capable and effective Baker County Commissioner. Mark and his wife, Patti, operate a cattle ranch in the Unity area.
He was appointed to fill the commissioner vacancy created when Carl Stiff resigned due to health reasons. Mark has in the past been appointed to a number of important positions in the Baker County government. He has held the position of director of the Baker County Planning Commission, manager of the Emergency Operations, lead representative for Baker County for the location of the Boardman to Hemingway electrical power line, interim city manager for Unity, lead member of the Natural Resource Advisory Commission. The commission must know and understand how to deal with the various federal and state agencies that are present in Baker County.
Saturday marked the 20th-annual Baker City Herald Easter Egg Hunt. It’s an event that draws hundreds of local children each year to gather free eggs and toys in Geiser-Pollman Park.
But it almost disappeared in 1995.
That year the Baker City Jaycees, who had been the organizer of the annual event, disbanded. It looked as though the Easter Egg Hunt would not go on, for lack of a sponsor.