Voters can change the roster of the Baker City Council a little or a lot in the Nov. 4 election.
We recommend the latter.
Nine candidates are vying for four vacancies on the seven-member City Council.
Three of the four members of the Baker City Herald’s editorial board
had half-hour interviews with eight of those candidates during the past
few weeks (Bill Todd declined our invitation).
Editorial board members who attended those interviews are: Kari Borgen,
the newspaper’s publisher; Jayson Jacoby, the editor; and Chris
Collins, the police and schools reporter. The board’s other member,
reporter Mike Ferguson, did not attend candidate interviews because he
writes news stories about the City Council and so, in the interest of
preserving his objectivity, he was not involved in the board’s decision
about endorsing candidates.
We urge residents to give their votes to this quartet: Aletha Bonebrake, Clair Button, Jeremy Gilpin and Milo Pope.
Voters will quickly notice, we suspect, that we are not endorsing any
of the three incumbents: Sam Bass, Gail Duman and Terry Schumacher.
The future of Baker County’s economy is already here.
We just need to start tapping it.
The term you hear most often is alternative energy, but why don’t we just delete the “alternative?”
Energy is energy.
Your light bulbs don’t burn brighter if the electricity was generated by burning coal rather than flowing water or gusting wind.
Semantics aside, energy sources such as wind and biomass bring so many
potential benefits, and pose few if any pitfalls, that there’s no
legitimate reason why local officials and residents should not pursue
The planned hydroelectric plant at Mason Dam is a good start, and the
iron is quite hot now for more — the $700 billion financial bailout
includes $17 billion in tax credits for renewable energy.
I have long believed that my personality inclines rather steeply toward
pessimism, but recent events have prompted me to reconsider.
The thing is, I can’t rouse myself to a respectable pitch of despair about the economy.
I don’t feel right about this.
The overwhelming consensus in the country seems to be that this current
crisis ranks as America’s most severe since the Great Depression.
I’m pretty sure that’s true.
The stock market numbers, which are spinning with the speed of a slot machine, bear it out anyway.
Yet the implication of our collective hand-wringing, or so it seems to
me based on what I’ve read and heard from myriad sources during the
past month, is that our nation teeters on the brink of Depression No. 2.
I’m pretty sure that’s not true.
Selling carbon credits sounds farfetched, but the process could be one
of the best things ever to happen to Baker County’s private forests.
It could benefit a somewhat larger area, too — the Earth.
Oregon is one of three states picked to participate in a carbon credits pilot project through the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Here’s how the market works:
Companies and other entities that emit airborne carbon, and thus
contribute to climate change, can buy credits from people who own
forests, which absorb carbon and hold it in the trees so the element
doesn’t foul the atmosphere.
Or to paraphrase, polluters pay people to counteract the effects of pollution.
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