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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.

 

Letters to the Editor for May 7, 2014


Pleased to cast my vote for Warner

I have lived all over this country for 80 years, serving her with love and honor. However, in the past eight years our national leadership sails a very slick ship on rails lubricated with greed. We need Baker County to become a bellwether for the rest of mid American and its people. Toward that end, Fred Warner, I will be pleased to cast my vote for your proven leadership.

John Duke

Baker City

Warner is focused on all issues vital to Baker County

This is an emotional letter to write, as I personally know both candidates, but feel that one is much more qualified to lead our county.  Fred Warner has proven himself over the last several years as a leader that can successfully work with the local, state, and federal governments on several issues. He has done so with professionalism while keeping the county’s best interest in focus.

 

Supreme Court right on prayer


The Supreme Court weighed in more than a decade too late to have much influence on Baker City’s controversy, but the nation’s highest court has finally endorsed, albeit by the narrowest margin, the City Council’s longtime practice of opening its meetings with a Christian invocation.

In a 5-4 ruling Monday on a case from Greece, N.Y., the Court decided that invocations made during local meetings, including prayers that are explicitly Christian, are constitutional.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, concluded that “the inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledged religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers.”

We agree with Kennedy’s conclusion.

 

Letters to the Editor for May 5, 2014


Republicans will welcome newcomers with open arms

I read with interest the article regarding the number of Democrats that have switched to the Republican Party over the last few weeks. I am sure the Republican Party will welcome these new members with open arms both in Baker County and those that also switch parties across this great nation of ours. It is heartening to see so many leaving what today is more a liberal Democrat Socialist Party than the true Democrat Party of the past.

R.B. Erwin

Baker City

Warner has experience to guide county into the future

County Commission Chair is a big job with many challenges and responsibilities.

Fred Warner Jr. has accepted this position and has done a good job for Baker County. He has the ability and knowledge to continue to guide Baker County into the future. He is a proven leader and manager for Baker County business and interests. With Fred’s guidance, Baker County has been able to operate with a balanced budget and maintain necessary services, while other counties in Oregon have had to cut services.

Fred represents all of Baker County, traveling to all communities, listening to and discussing concerns and ideas of the citizens. Fred was born and raised in Baker County and cares deeply for the people and their future.

Fred has the ability, knowledge and experience to guide and direct Baker County into the future.

The voter would be wise to re-elect Fred Warner Jr. as Baker County Commission Chair.

Gerald Hopkins

Baker City

Don’t always agree with him, but Warner is best choice

We did not support Fred Warner in his first term for head commissioner, but since that time he has certainly gained our  confidence and trust. We believe strongly that he has encouraged decisions that have been in the best interests of our County.  Our theory is, when things are running smoothly it is not the time for change.

We have lived in Hereford on our Century Ranch for our entire lives. We value the rural/conservative quality of life  that Fred and the commissioners have tried  to protect and enhance. Granted, there are some decisions made  by the commissioners that we do not totally support, but realize their choices were made in the best interest of the majority. We can’t let disgruntlement unseat a man who has worked very hard and accomplished much for the best interest of Baker County and its residents.

Of course, we all know that campaign promises can be made, but what really counts is what happens in office. Fred has an admirable track record in dealing with county budget, wolf de-listing, natural resources advisory committee, sage grouse recovery plan, Idaho Power transmission lines and more. He strongly opposes creating additional wilderness and closing additional Forest Service roads, two issues which greatly concern our family.     

Fred, over the past three terms, has developed and nurtured many relationships with both individuals and entities on the county,  state and federal levels. These relationships will help enhance his effectiveness in leading our county in the future. Please join us in voting for Fred Warner, the one who has experience, knowledge and ability to continue to move Baker County in the right, positive direction.

Allen and Bev Duby

Hereford

 
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