Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Why 9-1-1 training is vital

To the editor:

For reasons of privacy and confidentiality I obviously will not discuss where in Baker County the incident I'm about to describe occurred or who was involved. Given the circumstances, however, this incident clearly shows the importance of teaching even young, preschool children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency and what to say if such a call needs to be made.

Recently our dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a child who told us

he had just turned 4 years old and that someone in his house had just

fallen and was not able to speak. His timely call coupled with our

Phase II 9-1-1 system being able to confirm the address allowed for a

very timely dispatch of medical responders. Just by coincidence (?) the

day before this call that young man's parents helped him practice

making a 9-1-1 call.My point is that even very young children can and

should be taught to make a 9-1-1 call in an emergency.This may or may

not have been a case in which such a call might have saved a life - but

it very well could have been. Teaching youngsters to make 9-1-1 calls

is of critical importance in a household where someone has a known

medical issue which could necessitate such a call.In this particular

incident there was no other adult in the residence who could have made

such a call so the 4-year-old knowing when and how to do so was of

paramount importance.

If you want to teach a child how to make a 9-1-1 call you can actually

schedule a practice 9-1-1 call by contacting dispatch at our business

number 541-523-6415.Our dispatchers can then assist you by answering a

practice 9-1-1 call from your child.Do not have a child make a

practice 9-1-1 call without scheduling it beforehand.

Yes, we did send a note of thanks to the child and made him an "honorary 9-1-1 dispatcher" for his fine work.

Jerry Boyd

Director, Baker County Consolidated 9-1-1 Dispatch

Still think Tea Party is grassroots?

To the editor:

It was with some surprise that we read in a recent letter (Pete Sundin,

Nov. 23), that there are still some folks in Baker County who think

that the Tea Party was just a simple "grassroots movement" to reduce

government spending and to retain our economic system, and that the

Occupy Movement's agenda is to advance socialism.

Seriously, how can there still be any lingering doubt that what seemed

like a "grassroots movement" (the TEA Party) to regain our government's

sanity is, in reality, something much darker and sinister.

The Tea Party has been funded by the Koch Brothers, who own the richest

corporation in the world (their father was Fred C. Koch, one of the

original founders of the John Birch Society.They) have vowed to pour

(at least) $200 million into the 2012 election in order to "give" us

the finest democracy that money can buy.In exchange, their promise is

to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, the FBI, the CIA, all

government environmental agencies and all public education. Their plan

is to slash taxes for corporations so they can create more jobs (in

other countries).

Mr. Sundin, you need to research your information a bit more.For

example, you might have discovered that in Portland, the police were

shepherding homeless, and known drug users into the Occupy Portland

camp. You might also have discovered that when the Occupy Portland camp

was closed by the police (in full riot gear) that the occupants were

forced out, at night, before they had a chance to clean up the area

(which was immediately fenced in).

We happen to think that most working people understand and are

encouraged by the Occupy Wall Street/Portland movement.We think that

it is a good thing when people come together to discuss problems with a

government that is supposed to be working for them but seems to be

working against them. It's time to change the way government works (for

corporations.It's) time to re-establish a government by the people.

The point that is being made by the Occupy Movement is this:Corporations are not people and money is not a vote.

Steve and Michelle DeFord