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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.


Full bellies, warm hearts

Junior high students are known for their prodigious appetites, as any parent of one can attest who has opened the refrigerator and looked, with awe and wonder, at the empty shelves.

But in Baker City we don’t need a government program to make sure students’ stomachs don’t rumble in the period between school ending and dinner starting — a period when many kids are burning calories on the sports field or doing homework.


Pining for the legacy of MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. is generally considered the most influential civil rights leader in American history.

It’s an accolade the martyred reverend richly deserves.

Sadly, the noble example that King established before he was assassinated in 1968 seems to have lost some of its power to guide those who claim to advocate for social justice.


Letters to the Editor for May 4, 2015

Measure 1-63: It’s not good for Baker County

A vote of  “no” is needed for Baker Initiative 1-63. This measure is just not good for Baker County. It appears to be change for the sake of change — sound familiar?


Sexting: No surprise

We weren’t shocked to learn that several Baker High School students were punished recently for violating the school’s cyberbullying policy by sharing, via digital devices, a nude photo of a student.

Smartphones and tablets aren’t used exclusively for sending text messages and playing video games, after all.


Letters to the Editor for May 1, 2015

Answering questions about the new bandstand

I have read remarks from writer Koontz in the April 24 edition. Regarding the water fountain in Geiser-Pollman Park, it will be re-installed, but in a slightly different location. As for placement of the new bandstand,  it was carefully studied, by committee, city officials and architect. Location considered  total footage needed, plus seating capacity and non-disturbance of full growth trees. Nearby residents were canvassed  and agreed to the planned location of the structure.


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.


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