The television commentator frowned as she dissected Monday’s carnage on Wall Street.
People with 401(k) retirement accounts, she opined, must be plain sick about all the money they just lost.
What money did she mean?
Certainly not the currency most of us spend every day.
Baker City Councilors are elected to do three main tasks:
1. Supervise the city manager
2. Oversee the city’s budget.
3. Approve city policies.
Last Tuesday Councilor Gail Duman asked a legitimate question about Dan
Van Thiel, the city’s contract attorney, representing City Manager
Steve Brocato in a personal legal matter that didn’t involve his work
as city manager.
Unfortunately, Duman, along with the rest of the council and city
residents, received only a partial answer to her question Tuesday
because Mayor Jeff Petry was so quick to bang his gavel.
Brocato said he did not spend city money to hire Van Thiel — a
statement which Van Thiel’s billing records confirm. That answers the
Could I please read one story about Sarah Palin that does not describe her as either “gun-toting” or a “hockey mom” or both?
Thank you in advance, anonymous writer who eschews inane adjectives.
I mean adjectives.
Palin’s been all over TV these past two weeks and I’ve yet to see
the butt of a revolver protruding from her jacket, nor the telltale
bulge of a semi-automatic tucked into a shoulder holster.
Anyway it’s not as though reporters and pundits need to plunder a
thesaurus to uncover descriptions of Palin that are more relevant than
which weapons and which sports she prefers.
I don’t much care that she hunts, or that her kids play hockey.
Proficiency with firearms is not, after all, a prerequisite for the office she is seeking.
Not after Dick Cheney’s tenure, it’s not.
On Sunday police agencies across Oregon started a two-week campaign to ensure kids riding in cars are properly buckled in.
The Oregon Department of Transportation will use federal dollars to pay
for police overtime during the “Click It or Ticket” effort.
This is money well spent. According to ODOT, about one-third of kids
younger than 8 who were killed or hurt in a car crash last year were
either unrestrained, or were not sitting on a booster seat.
Jim Lunders’ job hardly changes from year to year but his approval
ratings, for want of a better term, fluctuate as widely as a
This is because Lunders’ performance depends largely on the weather.
Lunders gets paid to kill mosquitoes.
This is never an easy task in the 200,000-acre district that Lunders
manages. But some years his duty is considerably more daunting than in
The past two years illustrate this point perfectly.
Let’s be clear on one thing: The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s road-closure process is not a democratic one.
Only one person will decide which roads on the Wallowa-Whitman that are now open to motor vehicles will be closed.
His name is Steve Ellis. He’s the Wallowa-Whitman supervisor.
But although no one other than Ellis will make that decision, everyone else has the right to lobby him.
This includes residents of the five counties across which the
Wallowa-Whitman sprawls: Baker, Union, Wallowa, Grant and Umatilla.
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