Walden’s record on Constitution is lacking
Congressman Greg Walden is asking Oregon voters to send him back to Congress for yet another term. Before we do that we should compare his existing voting record with the requirements of the U.S. Constitution, which is still the law of the land. Each elected public official from the president on down has sworn, that is SWORN, to abide by the Constitution in fulfilling the duties of the office for which he or she was elected. According to information contained in the Jan. 6, 2014, and July 28, 2014, editions of the “New American” publication, in which each bill involving a constitutional issue is considered, Mr. Walden scored 53 percent. This indicates that he violated his oath to obey the Constitution roughly half the time. Some examples of his unconstitutional votes:
• H.R. 1960, June 13, 2013, voted to permit indefinite military detention of prisoners without trial.
• H.R. 1947, June 20, 2013, voted for the Farm and Food Programs bill which would spend nearly $1 trillion tax dollars on federal food programs which is not allowed under the Constitution.
• H.R. 2397, Sept. 6, 2013, voted against an amendment that would prohibit the government from collecting information on individuals not suspected of crimes.
• H.R. 4435, May 22, 2014, voted for indefinite military detention of any person detained under the Authorization for the use of military force authority in the United States.
Mr. Walden also voted, in violation of the Constitution for: Ukraine Aid, H. R. 4152; Use of military force, H.R. 4435; Omnibus Appropriations bill, HR 3547; and the Farm and Food Programs, H.R. 2642.
For an individual who claims to, and has sworn to, uphold the U.S. Constitution, this is a very poor record. Shouldn’t we attempt to find a candidate for that office who will do what the law requires and what he or she has sworn to do? Let us try!
Americans need to recognize dirty political tricks
Gary McManus’ recent letter to the editor seems to be based on information he got off the Internet that Snopes.com — the mythbuster website — has called “FALSE.”
In that letter McManus attributes to Saul Alinsky “eight rules to create a socialist state.”
It took me just minutes to find out that Saul Alinsky, who has been dead since 1972, did not create those “eight rules” that McManus lists. The misinformation came from the Internet and smacks of political dirty tricks that the public finds so distasteful.
I’m writing as someone who recently was the target of political dirty tricks, when local persons, pretending to be me on Facebook, carried on Facebook conversations with about two dozen unsuspecting Baker City citizens, organizations, and businesses, including, among others, two of our local newspapers, a 5J board member, and a couple of my next door neighbors.
McManus pleads for “all Americans to wake up.” Yes, I agree!
Coles made right decision to not run for re-election
This letter is prompted by your recent item about city councilman Roger Coles who says it is time for him to “move on.” I agree, it is time.
The highlights of his swan song are these:
“The budget boards have really been phenomenal. I think they’ve worked hard to keep the financial health of the city in check...” That statement from Coles assumes that he and other phenoms saved the city from financial deficit. That is not true and never has been. City staff has traditionally ended each fiscal year with a surplus.
“I think you have people with different philosophies. You got people who are, however it is handled, it’s fine. Then you have people asking about accountability and responsibility.” Mr. Coles counts himself as responsible and regards city staff as irresponsible. That is not true either. While Mr. Coles’ place of business is just across the street from City Hall, he has appeared only one time to meet with City Manager Mike Kee. He mostly berates city workers in public at council meetings, facts or no facts.
“I wasn’t a person to sit there and be willing to rubber stamp what was put in front of me.” That is true, he wasn’t. His favorite mantra has been, “I can’t buy into that.” Among the efforts he could not buy into was the effort to guard against cryptosporidium in our water supply. When the crypto outbreak did occur, Coles pretended that he had advocated for a filtering system all along. But he repeatedly voted against protection. And now, years and one outbreak later, we are building a system. Finally, we have bought into it.
Roger Coles deserves our thanks for his willingness to serve on the council. He is not entitled to much credit for the manner in which he has done so.