Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

The wealthy are paying the way

To the editor:

After reading a few recent letters to the editor, and www.progressivevalues.us, a site by unknown local authors, it seems that some folks have some ill-conceived notions that wealthy Americans are the enemy and that the wealthy among us need to do more for the "poor." I have to seriously question these thoughts.

As a middle class man who pays a decent amount of taxes, my taxes do

not even touch all the "benefit"' the supposedly needy people in Baker

County and Oregon are receiving. We have government-paid assistance for

almost everything under the sun: cell phones, mortgages, food,

electric, birth control, etc.While the lower to middle classes feel

like we pay a lot in taxes, the wealthy pay a lot more, and they are

the ones paying for all these benefits that very few actual needy

people receive, and a whole bunch of freeloaders receive.

Give a smart, rich guy more money and he'll use it to help the economy,

whether it's building a fancy house or expanding his business. Give the

average person all their taxes back and then some, and it most likely

won't stimulate the economy to the same degree. Sorry, but not

everybody can be rich, good-looking, nor brilliant, but those who are

not are most likely going to despise or envy those who are. Clever

politicians that convince the less blessed majority that we can tax the

wealthy to fix the U.S. are simply using the ignorant masses to get

themselves elected into power.

People vote for who serves their best interest, and if a candidate says

he'll get more "benefits" for the "needy" the freeloaders will vote for


And to all the "needy" people who quit their jobs or only work

part-time, or have more kids, just to take all they can get from the

system, thank the rich: they are paying your way.Of course there are

genuinely needy people out there, but individuals should be the ones

giving out their money, not the government spreading the wealth where

politicians see fit.

Micah Huyett

Baker City

McArthur honors our troops

To the editor:

As the long weekend approaches I found this article that quotes Gen. MacArthur in 1962:

On 12 May 1962, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets at the U.S.

Military Academy, offering this description: "Their story is known to

all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of

him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never

changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the

world's noblest figures - not only as one of the finest military

characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame

are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and

strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He

needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own

history and written it in red on his enemy's breast."

Gen. MacArthur continued: "In twenty campaigns, on a hundred

battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that

enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation and that invincible

determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people.

From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice

of courage. As I listened to those songs in memory's eye, I could see

those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy

packs on many a weary march, from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn,

slogging ankle deep through mire of shell-pocked roads; to form grimly

for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by

the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to

the judgment seat of God. I do not know the dignity of their birth, but

I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning,

uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope

that we would go on to victory. Always for them: duty, honor, country.

Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as they saw the way and the


Peggie Longwell

Baker City