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Jihadists pose no threat to our freedom of speech

I would have thought, with 9/11 more than a dozen years gone, and the word “beheading” enjoying a renaissance that would please Robespierre, that everyone recognizes the reality regarding certain radical Muslims.

They don’t have much of a sense of humor, for one thing.

Specifically, they tend to get their hackles up when Muhammad gets the caricature treatment from a cartoonist.

Letters to the Editor for May 15, 2015

No reason for commissioner positions to be political

I have yet to see any argument that convinces me the three local commission positions should be political. So why do we need a partisan election?

I’m voting yes on 1-63!

John Rohner

Baker City

Voters avoid nonpartisan elections: No on I-63

Time is getting short to mark and return your ballots in time to have your vote counted. The nonpartisan I-63 that the Democrats put together is another attempt by them to try to control by confusion. The Oregon counties that have tried nonpartisan voting are changing back because of lacking voter interest.

Case in point was their experiment in nonpartisan politics in Los Angeles. Last week there was another in a long series of Democratic nonpartisan catastrophes. The nonpartisan voting in Los Angeles dropped down to only 15 percent of registered voters who cast their ballots to fill municipal offices. When the two parties put forth candidates who compete for a municipal office such as in this last Commissioner’s race you want and get an informed choice. If there is anything good or bad about the candidate that would make you vote either for them or against them you will know it by election time.

Don’t be fooled by all of the hype that the Democrats are putting out on this nonpartisan I-63, it is failing from the simple fact that people lose interest and don’t vote, Los Angeles and other Oregon counties are a case in point. Let’s keep our two-party system and vote this I-63 down, stand with me and vote no.

Chuck Chase

Baker City

No on I-63, keep candidates’ core beliefs part of process

Many want to be elected into office, but what do we really know about them?

What are their core beliefs?

If they belong to a party at least we understand to a certain amount of degree what they stand for.

We have seen what has happened not only in our county, state and now even in our home base, Baker City, the consequence when liberal beliefs are in place vs. conservative principles.

We already have in place the ability for all individuals to vote if they want to vote in the general election, including those non-affiliated with any party. So why take away the ability to understand what they stand for and where they will lead us?

Take the time, check out what happened in other counties that implemented this.

Alaska voted yes to this and it was a disaster for them.

Maintain local control and keep core beliefs of candidates’ part of the selection process

Do not fix something that is not broken.

Vote no on Measure 1-63.

Ramona Creighton

Baker City

Good idea, bad result?

Ideally, people with developmental disabilities can get a job that they enjoy in the private sector.

But not every situation is ideal.

Letters to the Editor for May 13, 2015

Nonpartisan candidates will have to explain their beliefs

We, as registered Republicans, were insulted by the propaganda the Baker County Republicans sent out urging us to vote no on 1-63. It infers that “affiliations will be cloaked.” News flash — They are now.  Politicians don’t always vote the party lines.

Watering wisely

When it comes to procuring a reliable water supply for residents, few cities in Eastern Oregon are more beneficially located than Baker City.

The Elkhorn Mountains, a 9,100-foot range that wrings copious amounts of rain and snow from Pacific storms, looms less than a dozen miles to the west.

Letters to the Editor for May 11, 2015

The U.S. needs a free trade agreement

Aside from being a Baker City Councilor, I also own and operate the Always Welcome Inn, a motel here in Baker City. “Always Welcome” is the approach the United States needs to have to future free trade agreements. Free trade agreements allow for American businesses to compete on a level playing field with foreign competition. This results in an increase of exports and an increase in good paying American jobs.

Biodiesel solution

We have no objection to making diesel from materials that, unlike petroleum, are renewable.

We can even go along for a certain distance with Oregon’s attempt, through a law, to encourage the production of biodiesel.

What a gas: Eastern Oregon gaining ground in Salem?

We Eastern Oregonians understand that when it comes to flexing our electoral muscles in statewide contests, even the 98-pound weaklings tweak our noses (and biceps) with impunity.

It’s not so much that we tilt at windmills.

It’s that voters in the Willamette Valley, should the matter ever make it to the ballot, will decide where to build the things.

Self-serve gas bill a good idea

Along with an abhorrence for a sales tax and an affinity for public beaches, Oregon’s list of prominent legal peccadilloes includes a ban on people pumping their own gas.

Although there’s no real logic behind the latter — 48 of the 49 other states afford drivers the privilege of topping off their tanks — we accept, after 64 years, that it’s likely to continue in Oregon.

Letters to the Editor for May 6, 2015

Give all voters a voice: Yes on Measure 1-63

I support Measure 1-63.

Since 1870, Baker County has had 22 county judges / chairs. 12 have been Democrats, nine have been Republicans, and one a member of the Union Party.

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