Letters to the Editor for April 29, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Change speed limit on 17th St.

To the editor:

I recently received a ticket for speeding on the 1-plus-mile straight stretch of 17th Street, which is posted for 25 mph. The Baker City Police officer that issued my ticket stated that I was the second person on this day to state this street was a speed trap. I drive this street at least twice a day and the normal traffic runs between 30 and 35 mph.

Which includes Baker City Police, Baker County Sheriff, school buses, trolley, semis and other vehicles.

The street is fairly open and non-residential from Campbell to

Pocahontas. Everybody that travels this street speeds between these two

streets. I sincerely suggest raising the limit to 35 mph, to help

everyone obey the law, including our own law enforcement. Cedar Street,

on the other side of town, goes through a residential area with a 30

mph limit.

Frank Cook

Baker City

Ag producers don't seek handouts

To the editor:

In response to Max Vollmer's letter of Wednesday, April 20:

It is obvious to me you have no idea of what it entails to be a rancher

or farmer in Baker County. Your letter and remarks remind me of only

what I avoid stepping on in my corrals.

Agriculture is the largest revenue producer of Baker County.

Ranchers and farmers pay a lot of taxes. I believe probably much more than you do.

Ranchers and farmers work about seven days a week, again probably much more than you do.

Believe me most don't receive any government handouts.

As busy as they are they still find time to donate beef to feed the

school kids, volunteer their time, to help inform kids about

agriculture ... and guess what, some are even Democrats.

Ken Tew

Sutton Creek Cattle Co.

City turns blind eye to blight

To the editor:

Too bad the Berns' property doesn't have a loud 4-inch exhaust, illegal

taillights and a missing front license plate, speeds all over Baker

City and doesn't stop for pedestrians or STOP signs.

Too bad the Berns' property isn't a 40 horsepower Harley-Davidson with obnoxious LOOK AT ME off road straight pipes.

Too bad the Berns' property doesn't pick up garbage or sweep the streets in residential at 5 a.m.

Because the city would turn a blind eye and ear to the Berns.

I appreciate what the city is doing with code enforcement of Baker City

properties. I understand the stress city employees are feeling from a

vocal minority of "property" rights advocates. But I see a lot of "low

hanging fruit" of livability issues in this community not being


Blight is blight.

Baker City, "The Premier Rural Living Experience in the Northwest."

Either remove it from the city website or work to make it a true


Darby Dunkak

Baker City

Medicare reform

plan is cruel

To the editor:

I can't open the paper these days without reading some words of praise

for the Paul Ryan deficit reduction plan that the GOP proposes to

implement. The steady drum-beat and chorus of voicesof right-wing

media try toconvince us that we seniors must be prepared to sacrifice

the guaranteed, comprehensive health coverage of Medicare for the good

of the nation and in a new privatized system, accept vouchers worth

whatever the government says they are worth, and certainlyinsufficient

to pay for the unlimited care we receivenow.

All the while we watch as our premiums climb into the stratosphere and

the money we paid in over a lifetime of work is channeled off to high

overhead, for-profit insurance companies, you know, the ones who love

to deny your claims, cut you off, bounce you if you are sick too much

and generally stall, delay and aggravate you, assuming they will even

write you an affordable policy if you have a pre-existing condition.

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities within five

years too many sick retirees now receiving the median Social Security

benefit of around $11,000 per annum would be spending half or more of

their sole income source on premiums and getting much inferior health

care for it.

Talk about yourDeath Panels!

Against the backdrop of Ryan's cruel plan, simply look atthe long

shameful list ofmajor corporations paying no taxes at all. The country

is not broke, nor is there a dearth of high-income corporations and

individuals to tax, as some assert. The top 25 hedge fund managers made

over $22 billion last year, had they been taxed under the same rules as

nurses, teachers orfiremen, these 25 people alone would have reduced

the deficit by over $5 billion, and that's not even counting the $700

billion of Bush's tax cuts for the ultra rich. I am sorry, but we

seniors see the hypocrisy of asking sacrifice involving life and death

health issues of the sick and elderly, while under Ryan's plan

thehave-mores of this societyget a pass.

John Harmer

Baker City

'Day of silence' supports agenda

To the editor:

Once again, Baker High School has observed a "day of silence" in

support of homosexuality (April 15). Once again, I voice my opinion

that supporting the "day of silence" lends support to the "gay"

political agenda of silencing all logical objections to the idea that

homosexuality is "normal".

Last year, the editors pooh-poohed the notion of a "gay" agenda. But

there is an agenda, and it is not aimed at "tolerance." This agenda

seeks to suppress any opinion which goes against its own.

Political action is taken to make speaking out against homosexuality a

"hate crime," but denouncing and ridiculing Christians and their

beliefs is par for the course, with no repercussions.

There is clear evidence of a double standard here! Documented examples

of supporters of the "gay" agenda verbally and even physically abusing

peaceful demonstrators urging support of traditional marriage are

easily accessible on the internet (for example, see


Ample empirical evidence supports the statement that homosexuality is

neither normal nor healthy. I am appalled that young people today are

actually encouraged in expressing homosexuality, rather than helped to

understand the disordered nature of homosexual behavior.

There is no "gay" gene causing homosexuality! Physiological factors may

contribute to same-sex attraction, but this is by no means common, nor

is it an insurmountable barrier to normal sexual identification and

function. See www.peoplecanchange.com

For those who say, "I'm gay, and God loves me just the way I am," I

respond, "Yes; and He loves you too much to leave you that way."

For those prepared to berate me for my "intolerance," please note that

I have not expressed animosity toward homosexual persons. I am against

the promotion of the "gay" lifestyle, which is destroying them, body

and soul. And I object to the censorship of reasonable, moral, and

scientific voices that point to the destructive nature of this


Jay Boyd

Baker City

Ignore history, face the consequences

To the editor:

In reference to Letters to the Editor in Friday's paper dated April 22:

History is a great teacher if you would use it. The problem is if you ignore history it will repeat itself.

To the question of what is wrong with Socialism let us ask the 30

million to 40 million people who were killed in Russia or the 50

million people who were killed in China. They were told that they would

all have great paying jobs, better schools, health care and oh, yes,

less crime.

None of this has ever happened or will it ever happen with Socialism.

It has never worked nor can it work, because when everyone makes the

same income nobody wants to work as hard as they need to so that there

would be enough for all.

As far as crime, some the highest and the deadliest in the world is in Russia and China with no way of ever stopping it.

It is sad that every time someone talks about Socialism and how the

government will meet all our needs, they are forgetting that "We the

people" are the government and they are telling us that we must meet

their needs.

There is no freedom when you chose to give it away.

Bill Harvey

Baker City

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