Letters to the Editor for April 8, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

OPB TV, radio available too

To the editor:

Within the last year or so (including last Monday the 5th) you've published quite a few articles regarding the reception of TV broadcast signals in Baker City/County. The signal sources that have been identified have been cable (Charter), satellite, and Blue Mountain Translator District.

I think that there are probably many Baker folks that are not aware of

another excellent alternative local source of programs - Oregon Public

Broadcasting (OPB). There are six OPB channels/stations - three video

channels (one HD TV, two standard definition TV), and three radio FM

stations (OPB Radio, OPB Music, KMHD Jazz Radio - these are heard on TV

speakers). These signals are available free from a rebroadcast facility

that is also located on the same Beaver Mountain location as the Blue

Mountain Translator. (For a program schedule see


To receive these you need a digital TV (or converter box for older

analog TV) and a very low cost antenna. A catch is that when one sets

up the required antenna for OPB one can't help but also receive the

Blue Mountain Translator signal. It is my belief that if one watches

only the six OPB digital signals from Beaver Mountain that this is not

illegal (as was stated by Spence in the Monday article quote).

Viewing just the OPB signals does not require, even ethically so, the paying of $100 (I pay my dues yearly to OPB).

Woody Hauter

Baker City

A united effort to save energy

To the editor:

Your lengthy column on the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs (March

25) gave us a heads up to properly dispose of compact fluorescent light

bulbs (CFLs), since they contain a small amount of mercury.Those of us

served by OTECC can save up used CFLs and take them to the nearest

OTECC office for safe disposal.

Increased energy efficiency for light bulbs is just one part of the

federal Energy Independence and Security Act that President George Bush

signed in 2007, to reduce energy use and to cut greenhouse gas

emissions. The phase-out of incandescent bulbs is only one facet.It

requires increased energy efficiency in cars, in buildings, in

lighting, in "smart grid" electrical transmission and distribution, and

in much more.It has two vital objectives: 1) Achieving energy

independence will enhance our national security by greatly reducing our

dependence on foreign oil. 2) Reducing carbon dioxide emissions will

help minimize profound changes to world climate that might otherwise


The Alliance to Save Energy, a coalition of light bulb manufacturers,

electric utilities and conservation groups, estimates that lighting

accounts for 22 percent of total U.S. electricity usage, and that

eliminating incandescent bulbs completely would save $18 billion per

year, equivalent to the output of 80 coal-fired power plants, including

their attendant mercury emissions.(The new law does not specify

CFLs.There's lots of room to develop even more efficient bulbs, and

some are on the way.)

By moderating global temperatures, rising sea levels will do less harm

to coastal cities and farms, climate change will be moderated, and

extreme weather events will be less frequentThe impact will be

worldwide. This is an excellent example of our government performing a

key stewardship role in preventing harm to our nation and to our fellow

travelers on Spaceship Earth.

Is this comprehensive act an isolated leadership step by our

government?No, indeed.It links us with a worldwide network of climate

scientists and inventors and manufacturers of energy-efficient

technologies.It's a united effort. And, perhaps most importantly, it

links us with our fellow human beings around the globe.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

So much for 'mature' adults

To the editor:

On Saturday, March 26 we closed our cafe to enjoy a rare day off from

the hustle and bustle of owning a restaurant. When we returned on

Monday we found that someone had pulled down the lights that adorn the

awning in front of the cafe, knocked down the fencing that surrounds

our tree on the sidewalk, and made a mess of the dirt around the tree.

Thinking it was probably kids who had nothing better to do, I grumbled

and spent an hour or so re-hanging the lights, hoping they would still

work, repositioned the fence, and cleaned up the dirt from the

sidewalk. Thankfully, the lights worked once I plugged them in. I then

wondered how long it would be until another group of bored teens came

along to be destructive again.

Then on Tuesday, a neighboring business owner came by and told me that

she had witnessed who had vandalized our cafe. Disturbed by what she

had seen, she thought I should know who did it. Imagine my surprise

when I was told it was not in fact a group of teens as I had suspected,

but rather two grown men. To say I was shocked and disgusted by what I

learned would be an understatement.

So, to the teens in Baker City, I apologize for assuming you were

responsible for an act perpetrated by two "mature" adults, who need to

desperately grow up.

Debbie Fisher

Owner, Baker City Cafe

End the wars to save money, lives

To the editor:

Shutting down the government will not fix our financial problems. But

getting to and correcting the source, called overspending, will.

Unless we put a stop to those who are guilty of causing this terrible

deficit, we will not recover. I t should not have been allowed to

continue as long as it has.

Often the lust for power by a nation's leaders can result in dangerous

consequences. Also, misuse of our military, as in Iraq and Afghanistan,

can demoralize our troops.

At this time we cannot afford the billions of dollars it is costing us,

plus the needless loss of precious lives. It's time to bring our troops

home, Mr. President, and also get out of Libya.

Our government needs to stop squabbling and work together to help our country or resign.

McDonald's is hiring, with new restaurants being created all across the country. Just a thought!

Joanna Mollert

Baker City

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