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Letter to the Editor for July 17, 2015

Harvey’s complaint ignores one-man, one-vote idea

The Baker City Herald (July 10) headlined an article “Harvey not happy with Legislature.” 

Baker County Commission Chair Bill Harvey laments legislation the Democratically-controlled Oregon legislature “shoved down our throats” resulting in “an abject failure,” so reported the Herald. “I’m sick with what the Legislature has done... when one party holds power.” (But I doubt that he laments the fact that since the last national midterm election, just the reverse is true with the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress.)

Letter to the Editor for July 15, 2015

But what if a warmer climate is good for the Earth?

Some of our local pundits continue to quote St. Al Gore as if his words were Gospel. But they’re not. Consider:

The ultimate test for a scientific theory is how well it matches the real world. If it does, then fine. If not, then it’s time to toss that theory and try something different. The Theory of Catastrophic Climate Change utterly fails that test with reality.

Rain canít stop the bike rally

Motorcycle riders are accustomed to a certain level of deprivation.

Wind in their hair.

Sun on their arms.

And of course, bugs in their teeth.

Letters to the Editor for July 13, 2015

Forest supervisor addresses status of travel management 

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is well into summer mode! And that means the usual increase in forest activities, forest visitation, and the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal splendor of the Blue Mountains. As we approach the bustling summer season, I wanted to relay the status of ongoing planning projects here on the forest.

Teaching vital skills

The question belongs to that category of queries so common that they’ve become clichés.

“What are you going to do after high school?"

Letter to the Editor for July 10, 2015

Meth: A national emergency

Recently there was an article about my son and his meth addiction and suicide in the Baker City Herald. I would like to follow up.

Summerís real arrival; and the Popeís big coup

I don’t wish to quarrel with the calendar or with the weather, but for me summer arrived neither on the solstice nor on the first day when even the shade failed to soothe.

The season barged in Monday afternoon while I was driving west on Auburn toward my house.

Letís start saving our water

Baker City, in this year of severe drought, is fortunate compared with many towns in the West.

We have a watershed in the nearby Elkhorn Mountains that not only has reliably delivered copious amounts of water for more than a century, but has done so through the elegantly simple means of gravity.

But we’re not immune to nature.

Copycatting California? On vaccines, we should

The Oregon Legislature hasn’t completly failed to address the state’s dangerously low childhood vaccination rate.

But almost.

Our lawmakers’ lack of gumption seems especially galling when compared with our neighbors in California.

Potís quiet debut; and flags dominate the news

Day 3 of Oregon’s great marijuana experiment has arrived and I have yet to detect a miasma of patchouli wafting over Baker City, or a cacophony of the Grateful Dead reverberating through the streets.

I’m not surprised that this legal milestone has thus far been marked by mellowness.

Pot tends to induce a certain placidity in most people, after all, unless there’s a platter of burritos nearby.

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