Study on Chinese is still available

To the editor:

Lisa Britton's articles, andquot;In the Footsteps of Chinese Minersandquot; and andquot;Industrious Chinese Miners Left Their Mark on the Landandquot; (July 12, July 14) mentioned my publication, andquot;The Ah Hee Diggings: Final Report of Archaeological Investigations at OR-GR-16, the Granite, Oregon 'Chinese Walls' Site, 1992 through 1994,andquot; published in 1995. This 250-page report also discusses the Chinese communities in Auburn, Baker City, Sparta, Sumpter, Canyon City/John Day, Granite, La Grande, and Union. Originally selling for $25, it is still available, but at a reduced price due to glue deterioration. To obtain a copy, send a check or money order for $15 payable to andquot;AACCandquot; to: Asian American Comparative Collection, University of Idaho, P.O. Box 441111, Moscow, ID 83844-1111. The price includes postage and handling.

Priscilla Wegars

Moscow, Idaho

County road crews worked on track

To the editor:

Baker County should continue to be exceptionally proud of the men and women that work for the Baker County Road Department.

In addition to the incredible job that they do on our roads everyday, they recently volunteered their time and equipment to get our high school Track Renovation project underway. Without their involvement, and the leadership of Ken Helgerson, we would be miles behind.

I have had the opportunity to work closely with this team.

There simply is no better example of quality local government anywhere than the Baker County Road Department.

Brian Cole

Baker City

Stem cell research can save lives

To the editor:

G.W. Bush has a strange set of ethics. He says he will veto the stem cell research bill.

The news media says there are 400,000 frozen embryos that will be andquot;discarded.andquot;

The right to life people say that using any of these embryos in stem cell research would be killing babies, even though many people may be saved from misery and death by the discoveries that may be made because of stem cell research.

The research may result in people who are paralyzed to be able to walk again, and may even eventually lead to the regrowth of limbs like legs and arms and even eyes that have been lost in Bush's war in Iraq.

Instead of discarding these frozen embryos, it seems to me it would be a lot better idea to recycle some of them into stem cell research, where they may add life to people who are already live and grown.

However, Bush and the right to lifers seem to be more willing to dump those 400,000 embryos in the garbage can than to use them for beneficial results.

Charles Dougherty

Baker City

Bard's labors lost

To the editor:

According to Lynne Burroughs (in the recent article by Lisa Britton about andquot;The Merry Wives of Windsorandquot;), Shakespeare had a vocabulary of about 2,600 words, far outstripping the andquot;800 to 900andquot; of most people of his time.

However, since Ms. Burroughs must surely know that Shakespeare's poems and plays reveal a vocabulary estimated to be between 17,000 and 29,000 words, I suspect a few zeroes got misplaced in Ms. Britton's story. Even andquot;The Merry Wivesandquot; must have at least 2,600 different words among the 23,788 in its script.

It's good to see that the Bard is honored in Baker City, but in all fairness he should be credited with verbal skills more impressive than those of the word-mongers of andquot;Love's Labour's Lost,andquot; of whom Moth says andquot;They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.andquot; He not only got more than the scraps, he prepared the feast itself.

J L Calderwood

Laguna Beach, Calif.

Dems in the park

To the editor:

So, in certain company you'll admit to being a Democrat and you've had about enough of the Republican's (fill in the blank) nonsense. Maybe you're thinking about running for office as a Democrat. Maybe you're wondering what the Democrats are about or if you could have an input. If any of that's true, you ought to come and see the Baker County Democrats at Geiser Polman Park Aug. 20 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

There will be a good speaker, a chance to win some stuff, some refreshments and a chance to tell the local party and, through delegates, the Democratic Party of Oregon what's on your mind. If you don't believe what you think is important to the DPO, I tell you differently, and I can back that up with facts, and I am a delegate and will be there.

The Democratic Party stands for economic and social justice and the protection of civil liberties, and you count when you stand up and make sure you're counted. That's what the Baker County Democrats are about, seeing that you have a party that represents you, candidates that represent you, and that a Democratic candidate can win. This job is a lot easier when people act together. That ought to be important enough to come spend a couple hours in the park with folks that feel the same.

Chuck Butcher

Baker City