Letters to the Editor for May 6, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

Come on parents: Put your kids in helmets

To the editor:

I have to admit that when I am in Idaho and I see a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet, I secretly think that the rider has no intellect. I do, however, realize that having the freedom of choice is an American privilege. The rider is an adult and has the mental capability to decide if they want to protect one of their body's most vital organs, or not.

Obviously children do not have the same decision-making abilities as

adults do. This is due to the fact that the prefrontal cerebral cortex

(the area of the brain that is in charge of decision-making) of the

human brain is not fully developed until, generally speaking, 25 years

of age.

With the warmer weather approaching, the residents of Baker, including

myself, are starting to dust off the seats of their bicycles and go for

a ride. My toddler loves to hop in the bike trailer and go for a spin.

Before strapping him in I always ensure that his helmet is securely

fastened.

Now to the point of this letter: I have been seeing more and more

children enjoying their bicycles helmetless. I see parents pulling

their young children in a bike trailer and half of the time their

developing brains have no protection whatsoever! I wonder if they think

that the flimsy frame of the trailer will protect their child if a car

slams into them. Last week I saw a mother riding her bike with her

infant strapped to her chest via a baby carrier. Guess what? The baby

had no form of protection on its fragile little skull. Come on!

What happened to the helmet law? Parents, where is your common sense?

It is your job to protect your children. You may think, "That will

never happen to my child." But try saying that to one of the thousands

of parents who have lost their child to the negligence of not ensuring

their child's safety while riding a bike, and see what their response

is.

Beth Cloyd

Baker City

Speed limit on 17th Street should go up

To the editor:

Frank Cook wrote a letter last week and I concur with him completely.

The speed on 17th at Campbell should go up to 35 mph. I find myself

speeding up in that area because there are no homes or traffic. The

speed limit on Cedar is 35 mph not 30 mph and they recently changed a

part of the residential to 25 mph.

Tickets on 17th Street is trapping a person from their own natural instinct to speed up in open spaces.

Tammy Hadley

Baker City

Setting record straight on DUIIs

To the editor:

I am writing to clarify the information that was in the Baker City

Herald on April 18 and April 22 in The Record-Courier in reference to a

supposed citation that I received for a driving under the influence.

A Baker City Police officer arrived at my house at 8:30 p.m. on April

15 and told me that he had a warrant to issue me a summons to appear in

Circuit Court on April 25, 2011.

I just want to set the record straight that I did not receive a second

driving under the influence citation. Due to a problem with the court

my original hearing has been scheduled for another date with another

court.

I have had numerous calls from people asking myself as well as my

family if I had received another driving under the influence. This has

caused great stress and strain for myself as well as my family. It also

has created a financial hardship to myself and my business.

Hopefully this will explain what really happened.

Richard L. Hack

Baker City

AAUW grateful for support

To the editor:

The Baker Chapter of the American Association of University Women

(AAUW) wants to thank the community for their amazing support of our

March Women's Celebration "Bridging Cultures." Between the generosity

of the local businesses and private individuals who donated items for

the silent auction and the women who attended the celebration, AAUW

raised a total of $4,940.

This money has been reinvested in our community via grants to help the

following organizations:MayDay,Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc.,

NE Oregon Red Cross, Haines Elementary fifth/sixth grades, Baker County

Literacy Coalition, Child Care Resource and Referral, Baker County

Health Department, Pine Eagle Education Foundation, First Book and the

Haines Mutual Improvement Club.

Thirteen groups applied to AAUW this year for funding.The monies

raised during the celebration allowed AAUW to fund 10 of the 13 groups

of which eight requests were fully funded.The criteria for the grants

is our mission statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls

through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Once again, thank you to all the businesses and participants who made the 2011 AAUW Women's Celebration a success.

Heather Rudolph

AAUW Baker Branch co-president

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