Letters to the Editor for June 24, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Artist's offer receives responses

To the editor:

It's all too easy for us, me included, to see what is wrong or missing or less than noble in another. We rarely have trouble pointing out what the other should do to correct these shortcomings. And in that vein it's often difficult for us to see the good in people, to see beyond all those blaring shortcomings, as if we didn't share the exact same "flaws."

So, I want to take this opportunity to step away from my own

nearsighted tendencies and thank a few people who kindly responded to

my letter of a few weeks ago regarding the empty window spaces downtown.

I received three responses.

The first was from a resident of Elkhorn Village. Thank you for your creative ideas and input.

The second response came from Doug Dean, one of the new owners of the

old Heilner Building, Court and Main. I'm not even sure Doug was aware

of my letter to the editor. I think he was simply interested in having

something in his store windows when he happened to see the Short Term

Gallery and wondered if the artists involved would like to take

advantage of those large display windows in his building. In the

meantime he created his own interesting displays. Thank you, Doug, for

the window displays and for your willingness to exert the energy

necessary to make Main Street a more interesting place to stroll and so

make Baker City a more interesting place for our visitors to spend some

time, and maybe have the desire to return to.

The third person to respond was Dan Mack. He was more than willing to

have art displayed in his building at 1925 Main St., one door in from

the corner of Washington and Main. Thank you, Dan, for your support of

the arts and your understanding of how little it takes to keep Main

Street alive and interesting for everyone.

Tom Novak

Baker City

The dangerous nuclear future

To the editor:

Unless you first think of Google as the name of a well-known cartoon

character of 70 or 80 years ago you probably know where to find the

exact number of nuclear power plants scattered around the globe. But

the real question is: "What is going to happen to all those plants on

that coming day when nobody in the world goes to work, or for the next

couple or 10 years, either, and all those plants go untended all that


That "coming day" may be the day Yellowstone supervolcano blows again

and the light of the sun is blotted out for two years by the ashfall.

Or it may be the day of a colliding asteroid such as the Mayans were

probably speaking about, and which they may have had the astronomy to


Other past catastrophes, like the Biblical flood, and the wipeout that

left all the frozen mammoths in Siberia, all had surviving seedstock to

afterward prosper and repopulate. The Mayans didn't believe man's

surviving seedstock would recover this next time.

Why not? Maybe Japan's recent nuclear catastrophe, where three plant

meltdowns poisoned beyond safe habitability an area the size of

Delaware, will suggest an answer. How many hundreds of meltdowns will

result from all the nuclear plants being abandoned because of such a

catastrophe as those described? And do you think those few people

surviving into a planet now poisoned with radiation are going to

prosper to a new age of man?

The hubris of those aficionados of nuclear energy! What they have done

to this once safe, sweet, green planet! And only such one within our

reach in the whole universe!

But what of the Mayans' doomsday prediction? Doesn't matter. The nuclear folks have already put us on the hook.

And the only thing we got out of it: Now we may know how all the problems of global overpopulation will be resolved.

Dan Martin

Baker City

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