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A killer goes unpunished; and snow recedes

The sentence “The body was found in a shallow grave” bothers me in a way few others strings of words do.

I’ve read it, or something similar, dozens of times.


Letters to the Editor for April 29, 2015

Work together, not against each other: Yes on 1-63

After much research and soul searching this letter is meant to address two very important issues. In Baker County, I believe, they are related.


Getting tougher on rapists

Oregon law is too coddling to rapists.

Especially rapists who don’t leave DNA evidence.


Letters to the Editor for April 27, 2015

Much has been said recently in the West about local control of and “taking back” our public lands.

Taking them back from whom? The public lands never “belonged” to the states…they are made up of what was left after the U.S. government made land available for, among other things, homesteading, road-building, selections by the states as each came into the Union, and constructing the railroads that welded our young country together.


Yes on Measure 1-63

We endorse Measure 1-63 on the May 19 ballot, which would make the three Baker County Commission positions nonpartisan, because we think people who register to vote should be able to vote.

And not just on certain races in certain elections.

This might seem an unnecessary plea to make in a country where suffrage is so fundamental to our national identity.


Letters to the Editor for April 24, 2015

Nothing to gain by changing: Vote no on Measure 1-63

Please vote no on Measure 1-63.

I favor the present partisan voting system for county commissioners, and cannot see anything to gain by changing it.

It has been my experience to see that whenever somebody is driven to such an extent as the backers of this measure, it turns out they are after a power grab of some kind, revenge, or other.


Useful reminder about herbicides

We don’t think the Baker City Council needs to ban the use of certain herbicides at parks and other public spaces.

However, we believe the recent request by a few residents for the Council to impose such a ban can be a valuable reminder about the responsible use of products such as Roundup.


Ditches and dams: Putting our water to work

Like a lot of people I’d enjoy living where I can hear the soothing music of running water.

Sadly there is no stream near my home.

I have to settle for a toilet with a flapper valve chain that’s prone to getting bound up.


Speed limit compromise

Oregon’s periodic legislative effort to catch up, so to speak, with neighboring states in speed limits has been revived.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, would boost the limit for Interstate 84 between The Dalles and the Idaho border from 65 mph to 75 mph. The bill also would increase the speed limit for some rural two-lane highways, including U.S. 95 in the state’s southeastern corner, U.S. 20 between Bend and Burns, and U.S. 197 and 97 between The Dalles and Klamath Falls, from 55 to 70 mph.


Letters to the Editor for April 22, 2015

Keep local control by voting no on Measure 1-63

I have read several arguments in favor of  Measure 1-63. I feel I am being asked to vote for some fantastic candidate who represents everyone equally and is able to fix all of our problems with a quick swipe of the pen. In my experience, this person does not exist. If there were one person capable of fixing all the issues affecting our county, I am sure they would wear a cape.


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