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Letters to the editor for November 13, 2008

Letters to the editor for November 12, 2008

Letters to the editor for November 11, 2008

Letters to the editor for November 10, 2008

Voters do bridge rural-urban divide . . . . occasionally

“Baker County votes don’t matter — Portland decides every election.”

This lament is one we hear often.

And it’s not without merit.

Consider, for instance, that President-elect Barack Obama received 57 percent of the votes cast in Oregon, and John McCain 41 percent.

Obama did exceptionally well in Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous, where he got 77 percent of the votes to McCain’s 21 percent.

Yet in Baker County Obama polled just 32 percent to McCain’s 64 percent.

The returns are similarly reversed in the U.S. Senate race.

Letters to the editor for November 7, 2008

Elk season arrives, and with it the excuses

The elk hunt commences one day hence and I have been hard at it, gathering my woolen garments and my excuses.

In this way I hope to protect my skin as well as my ego, although I’m too pragmatic to expect much as to the latter.

I do own a closetful of coats — enough insulation, probably, to keep several versions of myself toasty in all but the most frigid weather. Except probably it will just rain.

As for the actual hunting, I lack anything like the creativity necessary to conjure tales that would diminish, in any meaningful sense, my incompetence.

To begin with I’m not what you could call stealthy.

I can usually stay upright, even on uneven ground. The trouble is I tend to snap twigs and kick stones and snag low-hanging limbs with my sleeves and in general upset the normally tranquil woods with the sort of cacophony which not even the most naive elk will tolerate.

Last fall I didn’t see a single elk. I don’t know if this is because there weren’t any elk around, or because I made such a racket that all the elk heard me before I was close enough to see them, but I suspect the second theory is a lot nearer the truth.

Baker County’s big bargain

Rarely is a government agency presented with the kind of bargain that Baker County Commissioners gratefully accepted recently.

Commissioners want to build a hydroelectric plant at Mason Dam between Baker City and Sumpter.

They solicited bids from consultants interested in overseeing the county’s application for a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Four consultants submitted bids.

Letters to the editor for November 6, 2008

After this election day, even the losers win

I feel especially proud today to be an American.

Not because my candidate won.

I voted for John McCain, and he lost.

His defeat disappoints me because I think McCain would be a better president than Barack Obama.

But I’m hardly inconsolable, because I also believe that Obama could be a pretty good president.

And I hope he fulfills his immense promise.

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