Letters to the Editor for Jan. 4, 2012

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

Community supports kids

To the editor:

I am writing to thank our supportive community for continuing to give to Learn and Grow to Go, our very own backpack food program. LG2G is serving students in grades K-3, and 7-12.

The program sends home 330 bags per month of easy-to-prepare,

nutritious food for students to eat on the weekends. LG2G survives off

of donations alone, and has no overhead expenses. The Turn the Page

bookstore has recently donated a round of gift certificates for books

for the middle school and high school students, and the elementary kids

have been receiving donated books along with their food items.

I am just thankful that so many individuals, churches and service

organizations have taken an interest in feeding students. Thank you to

all who have donated money and time to this program. Special thanks to

the Baker Christian Church for sending volunteers every Thursday, St.

Stephen's Episcopal Church for keeping our freezer full of bread, the

Baker Lions Club for sponsoring a month of food for the BMS students,

Jim Tomlinson with the REAL (Read Every day And Learn) program for

donating books and helping to find grants, and The Bread of Life food

bank for sharing food. One generous citizen has pledged $500 per month

for several months and that money has been vital for the program.

Thanks also to the First Presbyterian Church, for inspiring me to feed students, giving me an office, and storing food.

I am so happy to be able to bless these students and their families,

and I look forward to continuing to find new community partners and

interested individuals in the new year! Please leave a message at First

Presbyterian Church, 541-523-5201, if you are interested in helping, or

email liz@firstpresbaker.org.

Liz Romtvedt

Baker City

Recall donor remains a mystery

To the editor:

A change in Oregon campaign finance law going into effect in 2012

prompts me to revisit the October 2009 attempt to recall Mayor Dorrah

and Councilor Calder. (The voters rejected the recall by a vote of 2 to

1.)

It's now two years later and the public still does not know who paid for half of the recall committee's expenses.

How can this be, given Oregon's sunshine law requires that campaigns

disclose the names of persons who contribute more than $100?

Answer: There was a loophole in the old law. It did not require

campaign committees to reveal the name of a person who paid for

campaign expenses with the expectation of reimbursement. At least, not

until: 1) the committee makes the reimbursement; or 2) the person

forgives the loan.

In the case of the 2009 recall attempt, neither event has happened.

After receiving complaints, the Oregon Legislature passed a new law

which eliminates the loophole by requiring that campaign committees

within seven days reveal such contributions and the names of persons

who make them.

The Recall Dorrah and Calder Campaign Committee used the loophole - and

is still using it - to hide from the public the name of the person who

paid a total of $2,707 in campaign expenses, supposedly with the

expectation of reimbursement.

The Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee still has not made reimbursement

nor has the donor forgiven the loan. Until one of these two events

happens, the loophole allows the committee and the donor to continue to

hide from the public the identity of the person who contributed half of

the campaign's finances.

Elections Division records show that the Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee has not been closed out and has a deficit of $3,536.

The persons sitting on the donor's identity, besides the undisclosed

person who made the loans, are, I believe, Jamey K. Hardy and Kathye

Corn, who, Elections Division records show, are the committee's

director and treasurer

Why do Hardy, Corn, and the donor continue to hide the donor's identity?

The recall is not over until the committee pays its debts and the public knows who put up the bulk of the money to finance it.

Gary Dielman

Baker City

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