Feral pigs aren’t a major problem in Oregon.
But wild swine, which reproduce with disturbing rapidity, have the
ability to wreak havoc on the state, including its valuable farm and
“They can tear up crops and rangelands overnight,” said Rick
Boatner, invasive species coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish
Republicans don’t have an abundance of influence in Salem these
days, but the minority party’s leaders have floated some ideas that the
majority Democrats ought to consider.
At the top of that list is the GOP’s proposal to trim income tax withholding tables by 4.2 percent.
Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli, who represents Baker County,
estimates that change will boost Oregonians’ income by $100 million
Oregon legislators haven’t forgotten last spring’s rash of
resignations by mayors, city councilors and other officials in rural
Several dozen officials, including more than a dozen in Northeastern Oregon, quit in protest of the Oregon Ethics Reform Act.
That law, which requires officials to fill out forms describing
their sources of income (but not the amounts), is designed to ensure
that mayors, councilors and others don’t abuse their positions for
Saying it well, in a few words
To the editor:
Iva Mace’s letter in the March 24 Baker City Herald was one of the best items I have seen in the Herald for a long time. I have to admit, I stop reading some of the editorials and columns after the first few sentences.
She said it well, she said it succinctly.
We understand that the Oregon Legislature has multibillion-dollar
dilemmas to deal with, but we’re glad lawmakers have gotten around to
another problem: Ethanol.
Last year a state law took effect that requires service stations to sell gas that contains 10 percent ethanol.
Ethanol is a plant-based fuel that doesn’t produce as much pollution as gasoline.
But ethanol is not without faults.
We need to protect our borders
To the editor:
Re: drug war. The problem is the customers of these drug terrorists,
who supply money to keep them in business. The root of the problem is
the answer. Bring our troops home to protect OUR borders not someone
The Baker City Council struck a good balance with the new sign ordinance.
First, councilors paid attention to people who complained about the original version of the ordinance because it banned new LED signs, which are becoming more popular.
When I think about the income taxes I pay — and I do so as infrequently
as I can manage — I feel a peculiar mixture of patriotism and regret.
On the one hand I know I’m contributing, albeit in a meager way, to the
most generous country on earth. I know the modest fruits of my labor
help to heal and feed kids who are sick and starving in some wretched
On the other hand I’m also paying for manure odor studies and Barney Frank’s salary.
Ponder that for a few seconds and see if you can still smile.
Still and all, my disdain for certain of the federal government’s
spending habits is not so great that I think it’s appropriate to
compare Barack Obama to King George III.
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