The Internet hasn’t ruined radio but it has robbed the airwaves of much of their mystique.
Including the static.
Which for some listeners is no great loss, I suppose.
Except static is part of the personality of radio — an annoying part, perhaps, but an element which gives radio a sort of organic richness that distinguishes the medium from the robotic coldness of the microprocessor.
An actual radio, as opposed to one of the Internet radio services, requires a subtle, human touch that computers, in general, do not.
Avoid partisanship, register as an independent
Although I favor full disclosure on foodstuffs, and not modifying Nature’s perfection, I cannot support this GMO measure. Let’s get it right, and continue to grow our own, and buy local.
While I support the decriminalization and availability of the herb Cannabis sativa, this measure is not fully thought out enough. If Oregon wants revenue from taxation then the question of income tax versus sales tax should be addressed again. As a society, let us not threaten the lives of young people.
When in doubt, I personally am voting for a woman since they tend to “do the right thing,” and for the contender who took the time to come to my door and let me hear his voice and see his eyes.
I favor Measures 89, 90, and the continued support of the Pine-Eagle Health District. State constitutions should rarely be amended, and Oregon should avoid debt.
Did you know? Some young people of voting age do not register because they don’t feel ready to be called to serve on a jury. I hadn’t thought of that. Anyone who has served (or attended a juror’s orientation) can understand the moral weight of serving. I find myself less critical of these individuals.
I recommend that ALL thinking voters consider registering as an independent, so the persistent us/them syndrome of partisanship can fall to the wayside, and allow the issue at hand, and person of choice, be what matters.
Discouraged by trash on public, private lands
My husband and I own a small acreage in Baker County we drive six miles up a county road through U.S. Forest Service lands to get to. It is so discouraging to see the trash, cans and bottles thrown out along that route and other Forest Service roads in the area. Most recently I found on our property a heap consisting of 82 beer cans, two half-gallon empty vodka bottles and a red plastic cup. What does that tell you?
Woodcutters, campers, hunters or those who simply enjoy a drive in the forest, please show respect for our public lands (and private property) and pack out your cans and bottles to recycle (Baker City has a great recycling center) and your trash to throw out at home. Let’s all work together to keep our forests not only “green” but “clean” as well.
Election is choice between people, corporations
Global warming (aka climate change) is every person’s most important problem, whether they realize it or not. But even so, other and much less important problems must be dealt with along the way while this big, increasingly sinister one cooks along. Lesser problems such as this year’s mid-term election which is so critically important this time to those bent on giving total control of the federal government to the GOP, which means to the 1-percenters and greedy corporatists.
The beneficiaries (and I don’t mean the dummies trying to make it happen) of this possibly coming electoral catastrophe care naught for the majority class of people (that’s us, including those trying too hard to bring it about) nor for their well-being. And even less for democracy, which constitutes a threat to their primacy. So maybe you can guess what is in store for us, if they win this election.
It would be nice to have another U.S. golden era that we lowercase Demos dream of, where human well-being once more trumped corporate greed. At least for a little while before global warming destroys us all. But it sure won’t happen unless a few of those people who sit on their brains discover the brains in their other end and vote accordingly so that we may retain that sometime possibility.
And in case you haven’t thought of it yet you will find that it is much easier to vote away our democracy than it is to vote it back.
Warner has shown lack of leadership
People tend to forget things over time, but unfortunately this has stuck in my craw for years. What I mention here would mean immediate dismissal for anyone working for private business on Main Street.
First, while local people struggled to pay for gas, food and clothes in 2004, Fred Warner Jr., apparently enjoying the government gravy wagon, handed out $126,000 as a Christmas bonus to county employees who continue to receive raise after raise in lucrative pay and benefits, greatly outstripping the private sector in this county.
On one occasion one richly paid county employee could not even spell the word “assessor” to whose office she was sending me in the courthouse. Another such richly paid employee stole money undetected for 11 months in the Justice Court office in 2011.
Second, a couple years ago there were three instances reported in which Baker County funds, well over $24,000, had to be returned because of negligent and incompetent double-dipping. It was also discovered that county officials failed to properly authorize cash transfers to the tune of $302,236. What kind of management skill and oversight responsibility does Mr. Warner and his department heads demonstrate? I wonder if any steps have been taken to set higher standards of performance and honesty for county employees.
Third, as previously reported, Mr. Fred Warner Jr. has developed close ties with much of the political, socialistic and hypocritical nonsense on the west side of Oregon and which stretches all the way to D.C. Contrary to what Mr. Warner believes, I find these socialistic connections compromising, abhorrent and ultimately destructive to the best interests of men, women and children living in Baker County. It’s time for a dismissal, as the voters have already determined in May.
Protecting your children from online sexual predators is a tougher task than it used to be.
The key word is mobility.
A decade ago, in most cases the only portal through which these Internet cretins could get access to your kids was a desktop or laptop computer.
These devices are easier to monitor than the smartphones and tablets that are teens’ preferred communication tools today.
On Nov. 4, voters in Baker County will have the opportunity to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized in the state of Oregon. As your district attorney, I would encourage Baker County voters to vote NO.
I make this recommendation for two primary reasons. First, Measure 91 is flawed and full of loopholes. Second, legalizing marijuana will have the effect of putting more children at risk.
This measure would allow a person previously convicted of felony drug crimes to get a license to grow, distribute and sell marijuana in a retail shop. There is nothing in the law to limit how many retail shops a felon can operate.
This measure makes no established driving rules for marijuana impairment and creates a substantial risk of increased driving fatalities relating to marijuana-impaired driving. Traffic fatalities involving marijuana use have increased in the state of Washington since legalization.
Vote, and Americans will thank you
Every eligible voter must vote and vote informed or we are on the road to becoming something other than free Americans. Right now we are on the verge of losing our right to self-protection, losing access to our countryside, losing our choice of where we live and among others, how we educate our kids. Everybody will thank you for being one of our Americans that has utilized their right, and voted.
And I’ll be one of those that thanks you.
The Baker School District’s emergency alarm system is a great addition to local schools, one with the potential to save lives should someone threaten a school.
But as is the case with much new technology, the system has been plagued by glitches.
Specifically, a pair of accidental activations of the system — one on Sept. 24, one on Oct. 23 — at Brooklyn Primary School brought a full contingent of police and other emergency responders to the school, which houses about 450 kids from kindergarten through third grade.
Practice drills are worthwhile, of course, but neither of the events at Brooklyn was planned.
The Oregon governor’s race, previously as dull as a “Golden Girls” marathon, has been jolted to life by scandal.
I’m certainly more curious than I was a month ago.
This isn’t because I think incumbent John Kitzhaber will lose.
I believe Oregonians will give Kitzhaber, a Democrat, an unprecedented fourth term.
Measure 90 would reduce voters’ freedom
I just finished reading through the pros and cons in my Voters Guide regarding Proposition 90 (I know, I know, I should have done it sooner) and it hit me like a ton of bricks! This is not a good thing, folks, for any of us, regardless of your political leanings. It takes away those freedoms that our forefathers worked so hard to include into the Bill of Rights and the Constitution — the balance of power, the inclusion of all our opinions and beliefs, the governing of the people, by the people.
The makers of Prop 90 meant well. At first, I thought it might be a good idea. However, after looking at all the possibilities, such as having only one party to vote on in the general election, I realized the inherent dangers. We must continue to have a choice of not just two parties, but the alternatives as well. We must continue to hear all sides of the question and to work to find the balances that will insure a fair and democratic solution to all the problems of governing an excitingly diverse, argumentative, but extremely livable community. Let’s keep it that way! Vote No on Proposition 90! Thanks for listening.
Ferrioli urges all voters to cast their ballots
Over many election cycles, I’ve listened to conservatives who didn’t cast a ballot complain “My vote doesn’t count so why bother?”
Four years ago, Chris Dudley lost the election to John Kitzhaber by less than 23,000 votes. The margin was less than 2 percent!
Think of how different Oregon would be without the failures of the past four years!
According to the Secretary of State, in that election cycle, 135,000 registered Republicans who received their ballots in the mail, did not vote.
Perhaps they were discouraged, or didn’t believe their candidate could win, or maybe they just couldn’t find a stamp.
For whatever reason, some rural conservatives are content to sit on the sidelines while Portland liberals call the tune.
This election is being conducted while our National Guard units are scattered all over the world, fighting for our freedom, our liberty, and our precious right to vote. They will never surrender.
But by not voting we will surrender the Oregon we love and where we raised our families.
There is no excuse for any Oregonian to fail the duty of citizenship when the cost of voting is the price of a stamp.
Please change Oregon for the better! Cast your ballot and mail it today. Let no Oregon ballot go unvoted!
State Senator, District 30
The Nov. 4 election ballot is a lengthy one, and we’ve published our endorsements for several races and measures over the past month or so.
• Dennis Richardson for Oregon governor
• Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
• Greg Walden for U.S. House of Representatives
• Cliff Bentz for Oregon House of Representatives
• Measure 88 (drivers cards without requiring proof of legal residence in Oregon): NO
• Measure 90 (top two candidates, regardless of party, advance from primary election to general election): NO
• Measure 91 (legalizing recreational use of marijuana for ages 21 and over): NO
• Measure 92 (labeling foods containing GMOs): YES
• Baker City measures 1-59 and 1-60 (authorizing sale of two forest parcels near Salmon Creek): YES on both
No better candidate for Baker than Bill Harvey
I would like to say there is no better candidate for Baker County Commissioner than Bill Harvey. He has been in business in Baker County for many years and is a man of integrity who will do what he says and stand behind his word. His many years of successful business experience reflect this! I have personally seen this for myself.
Where have all the true statesmen gone?
I’m befuddled and disappointed to the point of the ancient cliché, “All about us are crazy but me and thee and sometimes I worry about thee.” Doesn’t anyone listen to radio, watch TV or read the paper? The information is rampant about a 100 percent increase in pot-related traffic deaths in Colorado and the high number of kids getting high on pot-laced cookies, punch or whatever in Washington. Yet a majority of folks in conservative Baker say it should also be legalized here. WOW! While I’m at it, do the local Democrats really believe we should vote for all the ballot measures they recommend? It’s hard for me to understand how most of those ever got on the ballot in the beginning. They certainly have no basis for approval.
I was raised a Democrat through the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, but the party changed or maybe our family and others in our circle saw the light. Subsequently, we all changed affiliation over time. The only president, whose hand I have ever had the honor of shaking, was Harry Truman’s at the White House in 1949. I liked his explanation that he was called upon to occupy the position of the presidency, rather than just being named the “President.” Another statesman of whom I was proud was Oregon’s Wayne Morse. He was not always right, but he worked very hard at what he was elected to do. He was also fun to watch in harness racing competition.
Yes, I’ve been around a long time, but it’s difficult to watch the deterioration of the principles and great individual freedoms our founding fathers put into place. The liberal establishment in Oregon and nationally, through deceit, illegal manipulation, lies, lack of morals, in addition to bankruptcy and the curtailment of the wise use of our abundant natural resources, are determined to turn this great republic into a socialist state. I hope and pray it’s not too late to get this great country turned around. Let’s hope we have some patriots to elect on the right. I don’t see any on the left.
Republicans favor small government
The political ads now running mostly ignore the important fact that the governing philosophies of the two major political parties are quite different. The Democrats favor big government. They believe that our modern life is so complicated that the average person is not competent to make good decisions on things, and so we must allow government experts to make our choices for us. Republicans favor small government. They feel that the average citizen is reasonably intelligent and so competent to make decisions which directly affect themselves.
Obamacare is an excellent example of this Democratic philosophy in action. Government bureaucrats decide what must be included in our health care insurance policies. Insurance companies must offer policies with the mandated coverage. Employers must provide these policies to their employees, even if they have moral qualms about some of the specific items covered. Individuals not otherwise covered must purchase one of these policies, whether or not they want or need all of the coverage which they are paying for. A government panel of experts decides which medical procedures are to be used.
A good example of a Republican health care program is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program. Under it, insurance companies can offer a wide variety of policies, with minimal to extensive coverage. From these offerings, we can select a policy which best meets our individual situation. If our situation changes, or if we are unhappy with our current policy for any reason, we can change policies or even insurance companies at the end of each year.
If you like Obamacare and similar top-down programs, then vote for Senator Jeff Merkley. He voted for Obamacare and continues to support it. But if you’d rather have some choice in your health care insurance, then vote for Dr. Monica Wehby. She pledges to replace Obamacare with a program with more flexibility, not the one-size-fits-all health care plan which Obamacare is.
Governor John Kitzhaber likes Obamacare, even though his administration’s attempt to implement it in Oregon was an expensive fiasco. Mr. Dennis Richardson favors small government programs. Something to think about when you vote.
Best option is to vote ‘no’ on all ballot measures
If you are still undecided about the ballot measures, please vote NO. They are generally costly, serve special interest groups and limit liberty for the rest of us.
First is cost. They either are funded by tax dollars or fees imposed on some group, usually not the group proposing the measure. Other ways they are costly is increased cost to consumers or business. Secondly, they are usually proposed by special interest groups like druggies, pushers, illegals, or students looking for free stuff this year. Other years, other special interest groups. They benefit, we provide. Thirdly, most laws, whether statute law or ballot measure, limit “we the people”. They limit, to some degree, virtually all areas of our lives. We have more than enough laws now. Let’s not vote for more of them.
For those undecided on the governor’s race or Senate race, a vote for Dennis Richardson and Monica Wehby would be useful for Oregonians. I am especially concerned about the current state of health care cost in Oregon and 2nd amendment issues. Dennis and Monica have positions opposite of the current administration’s.
Tom Van Diepen