Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Who else mourns the war dead?

To the editor:

Fueled by Meals on Wheels, I creep from this pretty, subsidized building and see how lucky I am to live in Baker City, a city of motherly love.

My motherly city struggles to feed, soothe and care for those who, like

myself, have aged into our second baby stage. Polite children dart into

the street around me, walkers rein in their dogs and toddlers, traffic

backs up behind drivers who brake for me and offer ridges to someplace

I might belong.

Humbled, I return to my lonely studio and comfort myself by starting

through windows at a courtyard of sheer beauty such as few ever see.

But I must brace myself for the night when my TV will likely show me

that another 12 or 13 young American service members have died, perhaps

four or five of them teenagers. Then I'll listen in vain to hear moans

in the halls to match my own.

The following day we'll talk about our pets, how hard we have worked, and play with our toys.

In the nine years I've lived here, I've seldom heard in the joking

banter of my fellow residents any concern for the many young people

dying, on our behalf, in places we can't find on a map.

My motherly city, like other cities in the motherly USA, is a semi-arid

empathy desert. She hears the cries of the old, who hold in our baby

fists the power to polarize Congress into catatonia, but the war slain

young and her schools get short shrift.

She stunts the minds of young children with a watered-down educational

formula of crowded classes and scant attention, which is like trying to

nourish a fast-growing child on a diet of sour skim milk.

Joane Martell

Baker City

BHS graduation was a wonderful event

To the editor:

The 2011 Baker High School graduation was a wonderful event. It was

very impressive to see the graduating seniors proceed onto the field of

Bulldog Memorial Stadium while the band played "Pomp and Circumstance."

It is a beautiful setting.

The student speakers all spoke so well; you could hear every word. Dan

Brooks, the commencement speaker and 1976 graduate of Baker High

School, gave some good advice and also shared his memories of growing

up in Baker City.

The senior choir sang the National Anthem as it should be sung. It was

beautiful. Thanks to everyone who made this event so memorable.

Frances Burgess

Baker City