School food director says thanks, goodbye
To the editor:
I would like to say thank you to all the people of this community that have been so wonderful to me during my time as Food Service Director for Baker School District 5J. I will be leaving this position soon to assume similar duties in another school district in Idaho.
It has been a pleasure to feed the students of this district. I will
never forget their faces! Regardless of where I go or what I do, I will
always remember the warm reception I received when I began this job and
the friends that have been so good to me during the past three years.
The food service staff has endured a lot of changes and they have
remained loyal and worked hard toward the goal of providing good
nutrition to the students. I know the new Director will be an asset to
this program and to the community and I am sure they will be shown the
same appreciation you have always shown me.
Thanks again and goodbye.
Jean M. Dean
Council represents public, not press
To the editor:
The Herald has strict rules for printing Letters to the Editor yet
chastises me for asking that an outburst be removed from the minutes of
a council meeting.Much like the Herald policy, the City Council has
rules for conduct at public meetings.
Anyone wishing to speak must be recognized by the mayor or is out of
order.The Herald can report on anything said in a public meeting and
the outburst is recorded in the audio record.The Herald opinion does
not qualify an outburst to become part of the approved minutes; we
serve the public not the press.
The City Council considered testimony from citizens and had asked
questions of staff in order to make a wise decision about the E Street
modifications during the previous meeting.The council was satisfied
and voted with a majority of 5-2 representing our citizens and the
community we are elected to serve.
The Herald's opinion that we missed an opportunity to compromise
appears to overlook the point of representative government.The E
Street proposal would have negatively impacted an independent
businesswith 60 years of service, a family operation that pre-dates
the BHS location anda taxpayer that has NO HISTORY of pedestrian
accidents.There was also NO citizen support for the staff proposal.
There are many employers in Baker City that have similar parking
arrangements and this action could have adversely affected all of those
businesses.The council is committed to job creation and offering
support to existing employers.E Street is not a through street and
there is no established street crossing at that
intersection.Pedestrians have been walking between the In and Out
Drive-in and what is now Paizano's Pizza for decades to reach the
crosswalk at D and 10th streets.These are facts, not opinions.
I personally have advocated for sidewalks and pedestrian safety and in
my opinion could see no reason to remove parking from a business to
create a sidewalk that does not connect to any other sidewalks or
pedestrian patterns.I voted based on the facts not solely on my