Bucking a worm shortage to haul in a smallmouth bass
We had been past Farewell Bend many times on our excursions to Boise, once a month for Costco, Trader Joe’s, Fred Meyer and anything the wife and I can’t find here. It looked pretty fishy to me every time we drove past. When I couldn’t stand it any more the wife packed a nice lunch and I gathered up my fishing gear. I was figuring catfish for dinner. I had even bought some surefire, guaranteed, “bloody chicken” dough bait — and grabbed a dozen worms — just in case.
The dough bait proved toxic upon opening. The stench cloud enveloped my whole being and squeezing it on to my hook left a finger odor that could kill. After depositing the bag of bait a quarter mile away (my wife had moved a half mile) I threw out my line and stared at my motionless pole for a good hour before reeling in. Fighting the gag reflex, I swapped the nerve gas for a worm. On my next cast I hooked the biggest smallmouth bass of my fishing life, pushing five pounds. After sending a picture to my brother in-law, he decided to visit us. A couple weeks later Larry and I found ourselves in the midst of a local worm shortage? Any place we thought would have ’em — none, sold out, “sorry!” I couldn’t help but think the Democrats were behind it! Bi-Mart wouldn’t open for another hour and we had searched almost everywhere. Finally we located the last dozen worms in all of Baker City (ha! ha!, take that stupid Democrats). And off we went.
We soon learned that Huntington had hoarded all the worms and they don’t sell gas on Mondays? I didn’t ask but had an inkling that the local barber also owned the only gas pump. Larry and I stared at the end of our poles for most of a day before returning to Baker without fish and, surprisingly, a bit sunburnt — it was only March!
That evening we fished the Powder in town — spinners — caught fish.
I like to know about candidates; vote no on Measure 63
It looks like we will be voting on a Ballot Measure 63 in May, making voting for a Baker County commissioner nonpartisan. This means they don’t have to let you know what kind of values they possess, or the core beliefs that drive them. This ballot measure is the brainchild of the Democrats. We already know what the Democrat values are from what is going on in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. Raising the price of gas with a carbon tax that goes to enrich the alcohol producers at our expense, as well as a business having to pay sick leave if they have over five employees. Democrats are sponsoring five different bills that would raise the minimum wage up to $15 dollars an hour. They are also shutting down all mining in Oregon unless you want to pay through the nose for the privilege. Oh, and by the way, they are grabbing your kicker refund too. And on and on.
Last November Baker County rejected the nonpartisan state ballot measure, but that didn’t deter them, oh no. Democrats are trying again to slip this through the back door in Baker County by having you vote for nonpartisan county commissioners. I don’t know about you but I kind of like to know what the candidates running for office believe, we darn sure know what the Democrats believe and where they want to take our state and county. Stand with me and vote no on Measure 63.
Federal Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payment schemes are not in the best long-term interests of Oregon’s citizens. I have attended countless budget meetings where hard-working folks strive to manage their limited resources. However, the hard-truth is that relying on these monies will only place us on the same street corner next year, with the same cardboard sign, asking once again, “Please, Sir, More…”
This summer brings with it the right to smoke marijuana legally in Oregon, even if you don’t have a doctor’s prescription. There are limits, however, and some of them apply to the workplace.
Workers and their bosses should be current on what the state’s new marijuana law does and does not mean in the workplace.
The new law, approved by voters in the November 2014 general election, does not change the way marijuana can be dealt with at work.
The Oregon Legislature is considering several bills that would increase the state’s minimum wage.
Which is interesting, considering the small number of Oregonians who earn the minimum wage — about 5.7 percent of workers in the state, and 8.3 percent in Baker City — already have gotten a raise this year, starting Jan. 1.
Vote no on Measure 1-63 to preserve local control
The concept of nonpartisan county commissioners is being advanced by those who possess beliefs contrary to the conservative principals of the majority of people in Baker County. The current office holders have been elected by the people to represent them.
ALL individuals, including non-affiliated with any party, have the opportunity to vote if they want to vote in the general election.
Currently under Oregon statute there are three types of county government structure:
1. General Law – County Courts;
2. General Law – County Commissioner (currently Baker County form);
3. Home Rule counties.
We, the Baker County Republicans, view the nonpartisan initiative as an attack on the current party system promoting a move toward a single party political system.
Under our current form of government if someone resigns , or is deceased, the replacement process allows for representation from all over the county to participate in the selection of nominees for appointment to the vacant position, which is true local representation.
Don’t forget this issue was voted down in a similar statewide measure last November with the state initiative, and both Democrats and Republicans agreed this was a bad idea.
Maintain local control and keep core beliefs of candidates part of the selection process. Vote no on Measure 1-63.
Measure 1-63 is just a straw-man from Democrats
I believe Measure 1-63 is based on nothing more than a straw-man — “one who is set up a cover or front-man for a questionable enterprise.” The idea that only Republicans can vote for County Commission positions is that straw-man. The real story is, the Baker County Democrats did not put forth a single candidate for the Commission. I believe the Democrat party did this on purpose so that they could set up this straw-man. In reality a small percentage of Democrats turned their backs on their (firmly held beliefs?) and changed their party registration so as to try to influence the primary vote. I guess the county Republican voter registration numbers took a nose dive after election day.
Now, we get to the real goal of this charade, 1-63. Nonpartisan positions result in candidates that don’t want the voters to know what their ultimate goals are, once elected. The electorate gets a homogenized group of candidates who have either not figured out wher ethey want to go or how to get there. Or, the candidate who won’t tell you their goals and aims because this is a nonpartisan post and “I will do my best after study and introspection on a case-by-case basis (read: “There is no way I will ever tell the electorate who I am, or what I am.”)
I happen to like knowing a person’s beliefs, past actions, and possible future actions, by knowing their affiliation with like-minded people. The “R,” “D,” “L,” “I” etc. is a good place to start.
At least that’s how it looks from the back of the turnip wagon.
Amazon and its Kindle e-reader have made me a bitter and impatient man.
I now share the wretched trait, common to medieval monarchs and certain modern celebrities and politicians, of demanding that my needs be fulfilled immediately.
And ideally with the sniveling deference appropriate of an underling.
Please use alternatives to glyphosate herbicides
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) puts out a report every year, “Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.” They warn that glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup cause genetic damage to animal and human cells. It causes abnormal development or death or embryonic cells, oxidative damage to human skin cells, increased risk of reproductive problems, neurological diseases, cancer, miscarriages, and attention deficit disorder in concentrations lower than agriculture use. They are especially dangerous to children and may have lifelong effects. In the garden and on the farm they increase the severity of plant disease.
These chemicals wind up in homes at levels 10 times higher and last much longer than outdoors because they are not broken down by sunlight and soil organisms. Common symptoms of poisoning include fatigue, headache, rashes, bronchial constriction, chest pain, nasal congestion, blurred vision, corneal erosion, contact dermatitis, nausea, irritability and hostility and nervous system disorders.
Persons with multiple chemical sensitivities are made ill by herbicide drift as well as monetary damage to adjacent crops. Monsanto, the developer of these chemicals, has paid over $500,000 in fines for false advertising yet still insists they are safe! Herbicides also wash into streams and lakes and leach into groundwater.
If you are still foolish enough to use these poisons, use protective gloves, long sleeves, eye and respiratory protection. A Hazmat suit would not be excessive. Don’t spray on windy or hot or humid days as the chance of drift is likely. Spot spray instead of broadcast.
Some alternatives are: To control weeds use organic mulches, grass clippings, hay, bark, leaves or fabric barriers. Plain vinegar will kill any plant you don’t want. A citrus-based organic herbicide is available from www.millsmix.com. There are also long-handled weed pullers and “flamers” that are effective weed control. Corn gluten will kill broadleaf plants in established lawns.
It’s baffling how folks who have been alerted to the dangers and offered alternatives still insist on using these poisons.
Don’t take my word for it; by all means investigate for yourself.
Please don’t endanger your family, pets, neighbors and the environment.
Yvonne Da Torre
Avoid partisan bitterness, vote yes on Measure 1-63
When I married my husband John, I joined a successful Baker County dairy operation that had been in business for 52 years. We continue to successfully farm and ranch in Baker County. We both have deep Baker County roots. Our great-grandparents (and one great-great) are from Baker. Our children are raising their children here. We have coached a variety of sports and helped build sports grounds. We have served on boards, taught Sunday school, led 4-H, and supported fairs, school programs and auctions. We care about Baker County! That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to vote yes on Baker County Measure 1-63.
From 2005-2011, I was on the Baker County Budget Board. During my tenure, I learned that the commissioners’ positions were business-oriented. It did not matter if they were Democrat or Republican. It was more important that they were smart, financially responsible and capable of managing the day to day business of the county. I have spoken with former commissioners, county chairs and county judges. They did not feel when it came to effectively managing the county that their political affiliation made any difference.
People I talk with share my concern that state and national politics have become so bitter nothing is getting done. We don’t want that divide to hurt the business of Baker County.
Like many in my family, I am a lifelong Republican. My love for Baker County is based on the people who make this community great, not its politics. A nonpartisan commission will give voters who don’t identify with the two-party system a greater voice in our future.
Currently, 28 of the 36 Oregon counties are nonpartisan. Our conservative neighbors in Grant, Union and Wallowa counties voted to have nonpartisan county commissions.
Local control is local people having a voice. We encourage you to be heard: Vote in the May 19 election. Vote YES on Measure 1-63. Take partisan bitterness out of local government.
For more information visit www.popbakercounty.com., or join us on Facebook at Vote Yes on Measure 1-63.
People Over Politics For Baker County
(Proponents of Measure 1-63)
If your property is burning, you want the firefighters to focus on dousing the flames.
You don’t want them getting a water-laden fire truck stuck because it drives over the septic tank and cracks it.
The Oregon Legislature seems all but certain to pass a bill that we believe has little if any chance to achieve its goal.
That goal — to prevent convicted felons who aren’t legally entitled to own a gun from buying one — is a worthwhile one, to be sure.
Lack of rural political power dates to 1964
The authors of our United States Constitution never intended that this country would be a pure democracy. From ancient Greek and Roman history, they knew that a majority can behave just as tyrannically as any autocrat, so the Constitution includes some non-democratic measures. One of these is the makeup of the United States Senate, which creates a balance between small states and large ones.
State legislatures were then set up on the same principle — a lower house dominated by a state’s cities and an upper house dominated by its rural areas. Neither side could ride roughshod over the other; compromise was always necessary. That’s how things stood for 175 years.
In 1964, the Progressive-dominated Warren Supreme Court decided that this would not do. In a fit of hyper democracy, it ruled that both houses of state legislatures must be apportioned by population.
We in Eastern Oregon are living with the consequences of that decision; the Oregon State Legislature is run by urban legislators from the Willamette Valley. We have little influence.
Consider the recently passed low carbon fuel standards. This will significantly increase gasoline prices; with similar rules, California endures the highest gas prices in the country. Our rural legislators patiently explained the highly negative impact this measure will have on the rural parts of Oregon, but the urban legislators were on an ideological binge and it became law anyway, a fine example of the tyranny of the majority.
But this is basically a feel-good measure. It will have virtually no impact on global warming, its stated purpose. About all it accomplishes is that it allows its supporters to tell each other how virtuous they are, how enlightened.
There is virtually nothing we can do about that 1964 decision. The Supreme Court is reluctant to undo its previous stupidities. Earl Warren has spoken; therefore it is so. However, we can learn from this experience. The next time Progressives propose some measure (such as a $15-per-hour minimum wage?) we should give that matter a hard look; see if the supposed good it does isn’t far outweighed by its unintended negative consequences.