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Singing state’s praises

Critics have pounced, predictably, on the Oregon Legislature for considering a bill that would change the state song.

But we don’t mind. We haven’t seen any evidence that the bill to replace “Oregon, My Oregon” with “No Place Under the Sun Like Oregon” is diverting lawmakers from more vital matters.

In a land of sunshine, there’s no reason to fret about rain

How peculiar this past week has been, bringing such a prolonged patter of rain to the roofs of Baker City.

This is at least a pleasant sound. The soothing rhythm reminds me, when I listen during that peacefully hazy period which precedes sleep, of the trilling of a small stream heard through an open window.

Respect the gavel

Baker City Mayor Dennis Dorrah needs help.

Dorrah, who was elected to the largely ceremonial job by his fellow councilors in January, tried awfully hard to prevent the Council’s April 28 meeting from devolving into a shouting match.

He did pretty well, considering the circumstances.

Dollars, not words

We’ve read a lot of words recently from Washington, D.C., about how vital it is to restore the public forests, and the economy, of Northeastern Oregon.

What we haven’t seen are dollars.

Which makes all the talk, as the saying goes, pretty cheap.

Swine flu: Not all bad

For all that’s been said against swine flu, the virus has at least one good thing going for it.

It has scared people into washing their hands and covering their mouths when they cough.

This, of course, is sound advice under any circumstances.

Changes coming to the Herald

Effective June 1, the Baker City Herald will change our publication dates from five days to three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our doors will continue to be open for business five days a week, and we will continue to be a daily news organization, publishing news to the Web every day at www.bakercityherald.com. But we won’t be printing a newspaper on Tuesday or Thursday.

Reducing our publication frequency will not reduce our local news content.

Letters to the Editor for May 4, 2009

Tiger muskies the answer to perch

To the editor:

I have read the recent articles on the perch netting on Phillips Lake and cannot believe the wasted time and tax money. I read Ed Shorts’ letter and agree with him on just about everything.

I have only been in Baker for about 15 years but before I moved here I heard about the trout fishery in Phillips. Even Alaskan fishermen had heard of Phillips trout. When I first fished Phillips about 15 years ago my neighbor, Sandy Sanders, took me out in his boat. We hooked one nice trout which I played to the boat and saw it was a nice 2- to 3-pound trout. When it got away Sandy exclaimed that the fish was just like they used to catch before the perch were there. I soon learned about perch and what had happened to the trout in Phillips and why this lake was no longer a popular destination sport fishery.

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