Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Do neighbors dislike lights?

To the editor:

I wonder if people living near Wade Williams Park or Leo Adler Field complain about the lights at night?

Chuck Peterson

Baker City

Warmer Earth might be better

To the editor:

Drought in Russia! Floods in Australia! Unrelenting heat in Texas! We

should worry about climate change, Eugene Linden tells us in a recent

Baker City Herald column. We should worry a lot!

Mr. Linden and other climate change alarmists use computer models as a

basis for their gloom-and-doom scenarios. Now meteorologists use

computer models to predict the weather, but they're only accurate for

about 10 days. Yet climate change computer models are being used to

make predictions decades into the future.

Mr. Linden obviously hasn't asked historians what a warmer Earth will

be like. Had he bothered to do so, he would have learned that our Earth

was significantly warmer a thousand years ago than it is today, and it

wasn't so bad. The Medieval Climactic Optimum is well documented in

European history, lasting from around 700 to 1200 A.D. As the name

indicates, the Earth's climate then was actually more beneficial to

mankind than it is now. England had a thriving wine industry. Vikings

grew their traditional crops in Greenland; indeed, there were so many

Vikings living in Greenland back then that they had their own bishop.

In the New World, Leif Erikson's "Vinland," on the northern tip of

Newfoundland, was named for its abundant wild grapes. In the Four

Corners area, the Anasazi were in their "Golden Era," when they built

their grand pueblos in Mesa Verde National Park and surrounding areas.

Then the Earth cooled. Severe drought forced the Anasazi to abandon

their pueblos; Greenland's Viking settlements died out, as did

England's wine industry. Wild grapes now grow only as far north as Nova


So while we need not fear a warmer Earth, it will require some changes

on our part. We should turn to our historians and archeologists for

advice; from their studies, they know what a warmer Earth is actually

like - no computer model speculation here. It would also be better to

use our resources to adapt to a warmer Earth, rather than adopt

measures such as "cap and trade," which would negatively impact our

economy but do almost nothing to prevent further warming.

Pete Sundin

Baker City

Keep welcoming us to Baker

To the editor:

Every late August or early September for the past six years we have

come to Baker City to participate in the Oregon Senior Grass Court

Tennis Championships for those of us over 70 years old. We spend five

or six nights in a local motel, eat numerous meals in local

restaurants, visit many of the local museums and other attractions, and

do some shopping in local stores. Every aspect of our visits over the

years has been so positive and rewarding that we not only keep coming

back each year but also encourage our friends and families in the

Portland area to join us. I have even written more than one letter to

the Oregonian newspaper extolling the virtues of Baker City's people

and attractions, in particular the unprecedented consideration local

drivers give pedestrians. I have held Baker City up as a model of


This makes the tone of the article and editorial about your very

special and unique grass tennis courts seem so contradictory. We

fervently wish you folks will resolve this controversy in a way that

encourages folks like us to continue our yearly visits as long as we're


Dick Slawson


Grass courts bring money to Baker

To the editor:

This is our first letter to the Baker City Herald. In fact, it is the first time we ever read your newspaper.

The reason is, we are currently participating in a senior tennis

tournament on Baker City's incredible grass tennis courts, the only

ones in the state of Oregon to our knowledge. Were it not for these

unique grass tennis courts, we would not be in Baker City. The local

hotel, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, gas station would not have

collected any of our money had it not been for these grass tennis


Before you question the wisdom of Don McClure and his unique grass

tennis courts (BCH editorial Sept. 7, 2011), please consider the

economic magnet they represent for Baker City.

Linda and Eberhard Jaeckh