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Letters to the Editor for June 10, 2015

LAMP travelers: Please turn on lights at Campbell

Please remind your readers, as pedestrians, when crossing Campbell Street at the river bridge, to activate the flashing light. On Saturday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. I was driving west on Campbell when I noticed two adults on two separate bicycles aproaching the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway crossing. I stopped, of course. Without engaging the alert lights they crossed through both lines of traffic.


Making a mess of mascots

The Oregon Board of Education’s stubbornness on the matter of high schools that have Native American mascots or logos reminds us of the condescending paternalism that infected the government’s attitude toward tribes in the 19th century.


A bright spot in Kitzhaber scandal

We might not know for months, or even years, which part of the saga that ended with Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigning in February is the most sordid.

A federal investigation into the matter continues.

But from what we do know today, the attempt by an employee in Kitzhaber’s office to delete the governor’s emails from state-owned servers just before the governor resigned ranks high on our list of misdeeds.


Bakerís beer, past and present; and rock history

Brewing beer is easy.

Brewing beer that a reasonable person would drink — without being threatened, or paid a significant sum to risk his liver — is more complicated.


Letter to the Editor for June 5, 2015

County Commission has no hidden agenda

I would like to address the concerns submitted in a recent newspaper editorial about a public lands resolution, 15-01, presented to the county commissioners.

The editorial addressed the May 20 County Commission session and suggested there is an “agenda with the agenda."


BHS gets students in class

Baker High School has made substantial progress toward solving one of its more pressing problems.

It’s not about grades or test scores or graduation rates.

But it’s connected to all of those.


Crypto canít be ignored

The word is perhaps the most toxic that can be uttered in Baker City Hall.

Crypto.

Even that shortened version of the actual word — cryptosporidium — immediately conjures memories of the summer of 2013 when the microscopic parasite contaminated the city’s drinking water and made hundreds of people sick.


EPA needs to heed Congress

There is no more precious commodity than water for the agriculture industry, the nearly $100 million--per-year mainstay of Baker County’s economy.

Congress, at least, seems at times to understand this.

But as we remember from government class, there are three branches in the U.S. government.


PERS saps economic recovery

Most times, and in most places, a growing economy means more tax revenue for schools, fire and police departments, and other public services.

But that’s not always the case in Oregon.


Nonaffiliated voters stayed away from Measure 1-63

Two groups of Baker County voters who might have benefited from making the three county commissioner positions nonpartisan didn’t take advantage of their opportunity.

At least not many of them did.


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