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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
AAUW Baker Branch co-president