Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

Democrats don't deserve a reward

To the editor:

The Democrats say voters will reward them this November for passing health care legislation. This shows that "the Democrats care."

Maybe so. But everywhere in the world that government-run health care has been tried, costs soar manyfold above what was projected. After all, people tend to use something more if it's "free." And everywhere, to control runaway costs, governments have instituted health care rationing.

Health care rationing: That's something with which we in the United States are unfamiliar. But a Canadian lady knows about health care rationing. Even though she lives in a suburb of Vancouver, when it came time for her to deliver her baby, the young woman had to go to Edmonton, as that was where the nearest available maternity bed was located. She's nine months pregnant, but has to travel 750 miles across the Canadian Rockies. Wasn't that fun!

Health care rationing: Your doctor decides you need a hip replacement. "But you'll have to get in line," he says. "We'll get around to you maybe in six months, but more likely it'll be eight." That's the average waiting period for hip replacements in Canada.

Health care rationing: Recently, 60-year-old Danny Williams, the prime minister of Newfoundland, had a heart condition requiring surgery. He could have gotten in line and had his surgery there at home for "free." Instead, he chose to go to Florida and pay for his surgery out of his own pocket. Lots of his fellow Canadians do the same if they can afford to.

Health care rationing: Congressional Democrats show they care by voting to make our health care system more like Canada's. Who needs enemies with friends like these?

Health care rationing: Senator Wyden is up for re-election this November. He voted for Obamacare. Maybe we voters should reward him by electing someone else to his position, someone who will work toward improving our health care system, not having it be taken over by the federal government. Then, as a private citizen, he can move to Canada and enjoy theirs.

Pete Sundin

Baker City

Census workers lazy, left a mess

To the editor:

Census, count me irritated! Last month a census taker distributed census forms up and down our county road. The forms were in white plastic bags and were placed on fences, gates, and posts. Ours was placed on a wire cage around a bush. Most of the places they hung the bags belong to folks who only come to fish or hunt a few times during the year. Anyone with common sense could have seen that no one lived in some of those places. I thought census takers were supposed to go door to door.

Three of my family members were home at three different residences that day, and no one came to any of the doors. A bag in front of our house had three forms in it. One place down the road had a bag with nine census forms in it. I found bags with more forms than there were residences. My mother lives down the road but she didn't get a form, not even on her fence or gate.

Someone got paid a good wage and did a lousy job by putting census forms here and there. Then last week, we saw an SUV stopping at driveways. It was a lady from the census and she was upset when she found out that the census takers had not gone door to door. I know there are conscientious census takers, but ours was lazy. The person obviously only stepped a few feet from their rig at each stop.

I am also irritated because the people in our community who applied for these census jobs, and passed the test, were not hired. They know the area where the people reside, and they wouldn't have left bags everywhere like litter. They would have only had to go to the residences once because they would have done it right the first time.

Now I'm wondering about those plastic bags hanging everywhere. It's an eyesore! Are the census takers coming back to clean up what they left? They should pick up all the bags or be fined for littering.

Patty Trost


Buses need a good cleaning

To the editor:

On March 25, when coming out of the store after shopping with a friend, I was embarrassed at what I saw. The community bus was very dirty. I couldn't help but say something and I wasn't the only one.Several other people commented on how bad it looked.After seeing how dirty that bus was, I started noticing the other buses in the local public transportation system. It doesn't make the community look good when you see dirty buses. It makes me wonder what the inside looks like.

I do know in winter weather, it is hard to keep a vehicle clean, but a little extra time and effort will help a lot.A quick spray of water every few days would at least make it look like somebody cared!

There are a lot of people who don't have any other transportation options who have to either ride the bus or walk and it probably doesn't make them feel very good riding in something so filthy.

The whole community deserves to see and ride in clean buses.Maybe a family visiting Baker City would like to see what the town looks like while riding in a clean bus. I know I would rather ride in something clean!

Jodi Thomas

Baker City

Consider family's feelings, too

To the editor:

To family and friends of Kayla Petty: Let me start by saying how sorry I am for your loss. I myself felt it was a horrific sight to see the photos of the crash site.

I agree with Tammy Hunt's letter 100 percent. It's hard enough for families dealing with a tragic loss like this family has, then to see the photos on the front page of the paper.

The paper office does need to have consideration for what the family is going through and to print the picture if the family wants them to.

All of my prayers are with these families and I hope it gives you some comfort. God bless you all.

Sharron Rice

Baker City