Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

Stand up for your beliefs

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Jay Boyd's letter, "School wrong place for event." Mrs. Boyd has every right to exercise her right to disagree with the "day of silence" observed last month at BHS. I am exercising my right to disagree with Mrs. Boyd.

I commend those students who took charge and stood up for their beliefs. It took a great deal of courage for these students to do what they did. Mrs. Boyd kept her daughter home from school that day because she felt it was "ludicrous that our local high school would be used to promote a political agenda." She also felt that it was coercive to impose the silence. As far as I'm aware, no one was coerced or forced into doing anything. Students and teachers did not have to remain silent if they were "morally opposed to the homosexual lifestyle." Mrs. Boyd stated that "we are frequently required to 'judge' the moral correctness of our won and others' behaviors." Only one part of that statement is correct - judging our OWN behavior. God is our ONLY judge! We are not to judge others' behaviors! We are to love each other and we are to support each other. That love and support comes even in the form of supporting someone's sexual preferences. I congratulate and support those students who took a stand, organized, and participated in this day of silence.

Jamey Hardy

Baker City

A great setting for a great concert

To the editor:

The Community Choir on April 25 was fabulous! We thank Lynne Burroughs and all the choir members and musicians for a wonderful afternoon. The setting in the beautiful ballroom of the restored natatorium, now the Baker Heritage Museum, was outstanding.

We are so fortunate that this magnificent building was rescued from demolition in 1975 by a far-sighted group of citizens who had a dream. Their dream is now a reality: The Baker Heritage Museum.

Frances Burgess

Baker City

We're lucky: We can eat local

To the editor:

While shopping for groceries at a local supermarket I was reading labels to compare the difference between dill pickles and kosher dill pickles from a well-known Northwest company. At the bottom of the label I was shocked to discover the words "Made in India." I looked at the store brand and it said "Made in Indonesia." I found a third brand and there was no "made in" line so I assumed it was made in the USA. Where could I find out?

Since he is a legislator I called Senator Wyden. His La Grande office was very helpful and sent me a summary of COOL (Country of Origin Labeling). COOL has some interesting deviations about "processed food." Did you know that a salad mix that contains lettuce and carrots is exempt from COOL? It is all very confusing and makes it hard to buy American. Our food supply, both fresh and processed, is being supplied by fewer and bigger corporations. Bigger does not mean better.

I blamed a lot of this outsourcing on big business. Then I learned, again thanks to Sen. Wyden's office, that small business as defined by the Small Business Administration includes companies that have net worths up to $8.5 million and net profit up to $3.6 million, and from another source up to 500 employees. Small? To me a small business is able to employ up to about 50 people and down to one person doing his best to be independent and earn a modest living.

How fortunate we are to be living in Baker County where many people have gardens and a Farmers Market of local produce, some meat and other foods are available to us. Pity the big city dweller who lives in a concrete jungle and is forced to buy what the big companies put on supermarket shelves. I plan to buy local. Not only will everything be fresher and taste better, but I can be happy that no long-distance transportation is needed.

I have no quarrel with the low-paid workers of other countries. They have a right to earn a living, but so do we. It is time to insource.

Miriam Aschim