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Election Day is here


If you haven’t put your ballot for today's primary election in the mail, don’t.

It’s too late.

If you want your vote to count, you’ll need to bring your ballot to the Courthouse, 1995 Third St. in Baker City, or slip the envelope into one of the county’s other ballot drop boxes, by 8 p.m. 

The list:

• County Clerk’s office, Suite 150 in the Courthouse, open today until 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Drive-up drop box on the west side (Fourth Street) of the Courthouse, open 24 hours

• Community Connection of Baker County Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. in Baker City, open today until 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Halfway City Hall, open today until 4 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Huntington City Hall, open today until 4 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Richland City Hall, open today until 3 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Baker City Herald’s endorsements for Tuesday’s primary:

• Baker County Commission Chairman: Fred Warner Jr.

• Baker County Commission Position 2: Mark Bennett

The Herald has not endorsed a candidate in the three-person race for Baker County Clerk because it’s likely that two of the three candidates — Marcy Osborn, Cindy Carpenter and Lara Petitclerc — will advance to November’s general election.

That will happen unless one of the three candidates gets more than 50 percent of the total votes cast Tuesday.

Although this year’s primary has been one of the most competitive — and expensive — local races in years, in particular the contest between incumbent Fred Warner Jr. and Bill Harvey for Baker County Commission chairman, voter turnout as of this morning was just 32.8 percent.

We hope that percentage is substantially higher by the time the final ballot is tallied Tuesday night.

 

Mr. Silvers’ generosity will long be appreciated

The new trees cast only thin shadows over the sidewalks north of the Fairgrounds rodeo arena but their significance, it seems to me, looms much larger than their meager shelter.

We who love trees must of course leaven our affection with patience. Much more patience, certainly, than we invest in the sowing of a vegetable garden or an expanse of grass, either of which yields its final products in a matter of weeks or perhaps a few months.

Trees are nothing as ephemeral as a row of peas or corn, but the greatness of a tree accumulates only over many years.

There is I think a slight similarity in this respect between trees and children.

Neither arrives fully developed. We watch as they grow into their potential, striving always to give them all they need to prosper. We rejoice when they achieve milestones (first autumn display of brilliant foliage, first straight-A’s report card) and we despair when they falter (first wind-snapped limb, first time late bringing the car back and with a dent in the fender).

 

Letters to the Editor for May 16, 2014

Warner is the commission chair I’ll hire on May 20

I am voting for Fred Warner Jr. for Baker County Chair. 

Every four years, the residents of Baker County use their vote to hire the job applicant they believe is best suited to manage the business of Baker County. 

This election year, we have two applicants for Commission Chair. So, we have to ask ourselves: Who is best qualified to fulfill all the job requirements?

Fred Warner Jr. understands the entire job description. He has the proven management skills to handle the county’s budget, roads, emergency services, infrastructure, and public health systems. 

Fred has proven he can successfully negotiate with city, state and federal agencies on all county issues — not just a few single-interest agendas. From the private property rights of landowners to the access of public lands, Fred Warner, Jr. protects Baker County.

In many job vacancies, there is more than one candidate. The employer or voter must examine the experience, the achievements and the reliability of each applicant as it relates to the actual job requirements. 

Fred Warner Jr. has my vote. He is level-headed. His management of the county’s business has been excellent.  His county staff is professional. He has kept this county in strong financial shape. He will not isolate Baker County from the decision-making table.

I am a Baker County Republican and I am proud to be voting for Fred Warner Jr. He is the job applicant who will keep this county moving forward on all fronts!  

Diana Brown

Baker City

Warner has worked hard to make the county better

We believe it is time to step up and question the lies and half-truths that have been coming out during the County Commission election in Baker County. 

We believe that if the only way one can run a campaign is to slam your opponent with innuendo and false statements, then shame on all of you who are pushing this propaganda. All one needs to do is look at Fred Warner’s record as County Commissioner to see that we have an effective and efficient government. 

 

Letters to the Editor for May 14, 2014

Candidates show where they stand on basic issues

As a Baker voter, I believe we need to understand the candidate’s position on some basic questions. Here are the results of the Oregon Family Council Voters Guide Candidate Survey.   

Candidates were asked to provide a “support” or “oppose” answer, reflecting the kind of response they must ultimately provide as an election official.

Life: Would you support or oppose an Oregon law restricting abortion with exceptions only for rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Greg Stackle (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Gambling: Would you support or oppose off-reservation and private casinos? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Zoning: Do you support or oppose zoning laws allowing governments to prohibit adult businesses from locating near residential neighborhoods, schools, or day care facilities? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Marriage: Would you support or oppose overturning current law defining marriage as only between one man, one woman? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Greg Stackle (Oppose) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Religion: Would you support or oppose including religious exemptions in legislation to prevent restrictions of religious freedom? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Marijuana: Would you support or oppose marijuana becoming legally available to the general public in Oregon? Bill Harvey (Oppose) Dick Fleming (Oppose) Mark Bennett (Oppose) Greg Stackle (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer).

Education: Would you support or oppose open enrollment in online charter schools in Oregon? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer).

Taxes: Do you support or oppose the existing law that requires the state to return over-collected taxes to individual taxpayers? Bill Harvey (Support) Dick Fleming (Support) Mark Bennett (Support) Fred Warner (Declined to Answer) Greg Stackle (Declined to Answer)

Visit www.oregonfamilycouncil.org for more information. 

Richard Wood

Baker City

Fred has the experience needed by commission chair

I would like to encourage people to vote for Fred Warner Jr. for Baker County Commission Chair. I have known Fred and his family for many years. 

The family has been in the livestock business in Baker Valley since 1866. I have dealt with him on both a business and personal basis many times. 

 

Portable newspaper launches

For those of you who have been asking to receive your Baker City Herald subscription online, today’s the day you’ve been waiting for.

Our readers are increasingly interested in receiving local news delivered to their computers, notebooks, iPads and smartphones. We’ve included some news stories on our website, www.bakercityherald.com, since 2001, and share local updates on Facebook and Twitter. But in our mobile world, it makes a lot of sense to have a “portable” subscription that delivers the entire newspaper digitally — you can read it while on the road, vacation or before you get home from work. 

So, for the last two years, we’ve been planning delivery of the full version of the printed Baker City Herald to our subscribers to be accessed online and via mobile devices.

Finally, it’s here.  In today’s print edition you’ll find a Readers Guide to the Baker City Herald that includes information about how to use your subscriber account number to login, create a password and view today’s newspaper ... every page. Your monthly subscription now gives you the option of having both the print and online edition at no extra charge. You can also choose just to receive the online edition, or never login and just keep receiving the print edition of the newspaper delivered to your home. Any way you choose, you pay the same subscription price as you’ve been paying ... no additional charge.

 

Letters to the Editor for May 12, 2014

Newspaper should not have printed Hofmann’s letter; he’s ‘out in left field’

It is not difficult to see that you are a Democratic newspaper as your support of Mr. Warner is obvious, but I see no reason for Charles Hofmann’s letter to even be printed.

Mr. Hofmann is out in left field somewhere when he accuses Mr. Harvey and his campaign of negative tactics. Mr. Harvey has not used or said anything that can be denied by his opponent and maybe, Mr. Hofmann, you should let someone else answer your phone if that simple vote for me bothers you. 

 Robo calls are made by the thousands every day. If things are so sensitive for you then maybe you should be the one to go to California.  Mr Harvey has been here 35-plus years. 

The newspaper article telling all Democrats to run down and become Republicans just to vote was the lowest campaign trick that has happened so far.

Harold Reed

Baker City

Please leave ‘California’ out of disparaging remarks about people with differing opinions

It seems one of the ways “we do things in Baker County,” is to make disparaging remarks about “California” over and over again. I’m a native of Baker City, and I have also lived and worked in California, so I think I can give an opinion about both. 

First of all, not EVERYTHING about Baker County is always GOOD. Second, not EVERYTHING about California is always BAD. Could we just leave “California” out of our negative opinion vocabulary? It is my opinion that telling people we disagree with to “go back to California,” is not one of the things about Baker County that makes it good.

Linda Wunder Wall

Baker City

Let me vote for the best candidates without the unnecessary additional politics

Why can’t I, as a non-partisan, vote for the best of both Republican and Democratic parties, in whatever seat. No additional politics involved. 

Carl Koontz

Baker City

 

Volunteers transform playground

The new playground equipment at Geiser-Pollman park will be installed this week.

The Playground Improvement Project was the brainchild of two Baker City moms, Lisa Britton Jacoby and Megan Fisher, who thought it would be a good idea to have upgraded, safer playground structures at Geiser-Pollman Park.  After asking about how to make that happen, they found that there was no money in the Baker City parks budget for the equipment.

So instead of shrugging their shoulders and walking away, they started doing some research and created a plan for the playground, and researched ways to raise the money and community support needed to buy new play structures.

 

Mayce, Brian’s legacies

Last week was a tribute to how Baker County residents strive to make something positive from tragedies.

Both examples happened at Baker High School.

On Wednesday, April 30, BHS students and others brought their cars to the school for the annual Brian Sorensen Car Rally.

The event honors Sorensen, a 2000 BHS graduate who died from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on June 30, 2000.

The car rally that bears Brian’s name raises money for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise, where Brian’s family stayed while he was undergoing treatment.

 

Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2014

Regardless of party, I think Warner’s best for the job

For the life of me I don’t understand why the county commissioner’s position is political! This person represents all of the people of the county, regardless of party.

I am a Republican, but during the last election I supported Fred Warner, even though he was a Democrat, because I felt he was the best man for the job. I support him this time, not because he changed parties but because I still think he’s the best man for the job.

Colleen Brooks

Baker City

Carpenter most qualified for County Clerk

I am voting for Cindy Carpenter for County Clerk because she has the experience and the “know-how” to run the office from the get-go. She has nine years experience in the office, is currently ranked Management Assistant II, which delegates to her the responsibilities of running the office in the absence of the county clerk. She could step into the job of county clerk without missing a beat...and she’s a hometown girl! I urge you to vote for her as the most qualified candidate for the job.

Alberta Bailey

Baker City

Negative letters miss the mark with Warner

Wow! The negative letters about Commissioner Fred Warner would leave one to believe that he is either the devil in disguise or a communist. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Faith-healing book alternatively angers, saddens

I made it five pages into the book before I got so mad I had to put it down.

I figured the library wouldn’t appreciate it if I returned the book with half the pages dangling from the binding like rotten shingles from a neglected roof.

I picked up the book a few hours later, determined to finish it without so much as dog-earing a single page.

Over the next several days I read the remaining 445 pages with emotions ranging from anger, which never totally dissipated, to bewilderment to sadness.

I’m grateful to Cameron Stauth for writing “In the Name of God.”

But that he was able to write it — although it seems to me that he felt he had to write it — is a tragedy.

The subtitle for Stauth’s 2013 book explains the topic: “The true story of the fight to save children from faith-healing homicide.”

Except most of the children Stauth writes about weren’t saved.

They died.

 
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