Letters to the Editor for July 6, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

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

Baker City

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

opinion.

Beverly Calder

City Councilor

Baker City

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