Letters to the editor for Oct. 16-20

October 20, 2006 12:00 am

Vote for Bogart

To the editor:

I had the opportunity to work with Steve Bogart during my tenure as administrative services director for Baker County. Some of those years were very lean times financially, and Steve had to make some difficult decisions as County Chair and Budget Officer.

I believe Steve is one of the most dedicated, honest and committed persons I have ever worked with. I always felt he had the best interest of Baker County and the people of the County at heart.

I have a lot of respect for Steve Bogart and I would encourage you to vote for him for County Commissioner.

Peggy Vernholm

Baker City

Measure 33 a bad deal

To the editor:

I think Measure 33 is a bad deal for Baker taxpayers.

First of all, I think the price tag of $19 million is way out of line. The present schools could be repaired for a lot less than that.

The school district owners property that they plan to sell to offset the cost. That should be in writing as a part of the measure. What happens if the property doesn't sell?

Proponents of the measure say a new school will attract new residents to the area. Higher property taxes won't attract anyone. Indeed, they will have the opposite effect. What will attract new people is jobs available.

The people who put this measure together have the cart before the horse. The school district should sell the property first and, with the money in hand, go back to the drawing board and cut the fat out of the costs of their proposals.

Once you have the money from the land sale, and cut out the fat, you will have a more reasonable amount that taxpayers could better afford.

Measure 33 was put together without considering all possibilities and the long-term effect on taxpayers. A "Yes" vote means higher taxes for the next 20 years. That's not realistic for taxpayers.

In summation, I suggest selling the property first, reserving that money to lower the bond amount, cut the fat and come back next spring with a more reasonable measure that we can all live with.

As Measure 33 now stands, a "No" vote is the only sensible vote for taxpayers to make.

Esther Young

Baker City

New school now

To the editor:

Just as any business needs the latest technology to succeed, a school offering all aspects of forward-looking, forward-thinking technology and design greatly enhance our ability to create an appealing place to live and to produce quality students.

Students whom we hope might actually desire someday to return and live here. A middle school that utilizes the latest innovations for an optimum learning environment, expandable technology and progressive design are what we need. This is simply not possible in the current facility without continuous upgrading and excessive costs for many years to come.

No matter how we handle this issue, the cost will be significant. But not as significant if we place that investment now into something that produces the best bang for the buck. In order for any progression of economic development to occur in Baker City, we must build schools capable of accommodating growth. A new school now, with all the modern improvements in design and technology, provides the optimum learning atmosphere and the best end result. An expensive ongoing patchwork of Band-Aids is not the answer.

To create genuine economic growth, we need to invest in our future. And when it comes to building a strong foundation for true growth, the saying "build it and they will come" only applies when we create long-term facilities. Schools, hospitals, industry infrastructure, parkways, highways and streets all deliver what we need to become an even more desirable place to live.

One hundred years ago and 70 years ago we built schools with intentions for them to last a long time. They have, and it's now time to look ahead, step up to the plate and build another one to last another 50, 70 or 100 years. Let's do this correctly and efficiently. Let's consider all aspects, use innovation, look at all potential options and create some true growth.

David Davis

Baker City

We can do better

To the editor:

It was 10 years ago this month that Eric and I arrived in Baker City for the first time. We were looking for a place he could begin his practice, but more importantly we were looking for a place to raise our family. A community we could believe in and become a part of. It took us two days to figure it out, Baker County was the place. I have never seen a place where people are willing to step out and support kids more than here, and after 10 years I believe it more than ever.

However, I have seen the condition of our middle school first hand. As a parent that has had a child enrolled there I can say without question, we must provide something better for Baker's kids. We talk about caring, we talk about how they are the future, we talk about believing in them. However, what are we telling them with our actions? Where is our responsibility to the next generation? You may say that your kids are raised and it's not your problem, but keep in mind that these are our future leaders. They are the ones who need us to provide leadership and structure to prepare them to reach their potential in education, to give them a vision for the future that is positive and encouraging, for that matter to keep them safe. If we demonstrate for them now, perhaps they will continue to do the same for the next generation of kids that will grow up here in Baker County. The cost is so minimal for what the reward will be. We have been given an opportunity to do something monumental that will make a difference for generations to come. Furthermore, I commend our school board for being willing to give of their time and for taking the heat they have gotten for the recommendation they've made.

They have spent a great deal of time looking at the options, and I am standing with them in what they believe is the best decision, to build a new school. I vote yes for schools and hope that all the kids in Baker City can hear me loud and clear.

Kristy Sandefur

Baker City

BMS is a fire trap

To the editor:

As a retired school maintenance man, I feel compelled to speak out. The need to set the record straight on building new versus remodeling. The people who think that remodeling Helen Stack and the old Central buildings are the way to go need to go into these buildings and take a good look. I get an awful feeling that many who oppose building new are sitting on their wallets. To these people go the task of justifying counting pennies against what our kids' lives are worth.

Central is a fire trap waiting to explode, with flues running between the floors and up between walls, from attic to basement. Kids wouldn't make it out down the halls and stairs. The only other exit is jumping from the second floor escape.

Helen Stack is almost as bad, all wooden structure, two story. A fire blocking the two stairwells and elevators would have the same effect as Central. Trapping kids on the second floor, with no escape. Even with fire escapes and elevators you have to access them; if the halls are engulfed with fire and smoke, they are trapped in their rooms with no way out except to exit through windows, 20 feet above the ground.

Of the two, Helen Stack could be renovated to stop a lot of the fire problems, but you still have two stories set on insufficient acreage thus limiting the kids athletic programs.

Central should be scrapped. It is my opinion that Central couldn't be renovated to fire block all the air channels between floors and walls. Let alone re-occupy the third floor, even with elevators and fire escapes at either end wouldn't solve the problem. You have to get access to the halls which most likely wouldn't be accessible because of smoke and heat. How would you handle handicapped children? They would have to be either carried down the fire escape if you could get there. You couldn't use the elevator because of the chance of power outage or the fire drafting up the elevator shaft.

I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is, just what price do we put on our children's safety?

Chuck Chase

Baker City

New school good for the economy

To the editor:

A number of years ago, a committed group of civic leaders conceived of a National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center here in Baker County. It brought tourist dollars and recognition to Eastern Oregon. Another group of committed individuals had a vision of a multi-use sports complex adjacent to Baker High School. It not only brought recognition to Baker City, but provided an amazing environment for the young athletes of this community to play sports. A historic downtown restoration project was born, and the Leo Adler Parkway was completed. Soon, a newly renovated Carnegie Library will become the home of the Crossroads Arts Center.

Now, another group of committed individuals have found the Baker Middle School task force. Measure 33 is on the ballot. All of the projects mentioned above have greatly aided in the economic development of Baker County. So will a new middle school. One of the priorities for prospective businesses (not to mention young families) looking at a new community is the state of local education. For Baker County, the current Helen Stack building would be a hard sell. We need to pass Measure 33. Let's keep Baker County progressive, let's keep the momentum going, let's look to the future.

Molly B. Wilson

Baker City

No on measure, then renovate BMS

To the editor:

Historic Baker City is noted for the preservation and integrity of its historic structures. Baker School District 5J should be renovating and restoring its historic schools instead of building new at a distant site for many of the students. Right now many kids can walk or bike to HMS and Central. That will not be the case at the north end of town.

Historic schools are being restored and renovated to be handicapped accessible, fire proof and equal to new construction. For example:

Roosevelt High School, built in 1922, in Seattle

Lewis-Clark High School in Spokane

West Valley High School in Spokane

Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Wash.

Roseburg High School

Edison Elementary in Eugene

Boise High School

The state of Oregon does not impose acreage standards for school sites.

We patrons were appalled by the lack of maintenance in the two middle school buildings. But many assets are still there: The HMS gym, the auditorium and the spacious classrooms with high ceilings in the old high school.

These two buildings must be restored. Other districts have done it, and we should, too. I urge a "No" vote on Measure 33. Then we need to regroup and work together for the best of the students and the community.

Frances Burgess

Baker City

Safety is first issue

To the editor:

I used to work at the middle school. There are a lot of reasons to have a new school that's very noticeable if you take the tour.

To me, it is the safety for all our students. I worked last winter and had to help a student who wore braces on his arms to help him walk. We had to cross the street to the other building, crossing in the snow was bad enough, but when we started up the stairs I just about lost my hold on him.

Please vote yes for a new school. Our kids and our teachers — we have awesome teachers — deserve better!

Dee Swanson

Baker City

School board asks you to vote ‘Yes'

To the editor:

An investment in education is an investment in all our futures.

If you are reading this, chances are that you learned to read in grade school. That grade school, its teachers and its expenses were paid for by the generations before you, including your parents' generation. Throughout our history, communities have made the sacrifices necessary to educate younger generations. We all owe a debt to previous generations for our education — the education that gave each of us a start in life.

The way to pay that debt is to educate following generations. It is our responsibility to give back. Although giving back is a sacrifice, it also pays dividends to us all. An educated workforce makes our community, our state and our nation stronger. The muscle in the U.S. economy comes from ideas, information and technological innovation. The sacrifices we make today will come back to us tomorrow in a stronger economy. Think of it as an investment in all our futures.

On Nov. 7, you will have an opportunity to vote on Measure 33 to build a new middle school and add fire alarms and other improvements to all District 5J schools. The controversy over whether to build new or remodel should be over. Three different architects (including the architect who oversaw the remodeling of Boise High School) are unanimous that the existing buildings are not suitable to be remodeled as schools. These buildings can find new life in some other use as the Natatorium and Carnegie Library did. The best use of taxpayer dollars is to build new.

We ask you to invest in our children, our schools and our community. Vote "Yes" on Measure 33.

Deon Strommer

John Boyer

N.R. Rusty Munn

Ginger L. Savage

Baker School Board

Thank you from family of victim

To the editor:

We would like to thank the Baker City Herald for the reporting of the DelCurto trial in your newspaper during last week. As family we spent the week in Baker and our accommodations and the people we came in contact with were very gracious and friendly. We never mentioned why we were in Baker City until we were checking out of our motel on Friday, at which time the clerk asked how our visit was and why we were there. She was most kind. Many more family members could not make the trip, and your in-depth coverage each day was a resource and clear understanding to them of what was going on during the trial and most informative for the people in Klamath Falls and Ontario.

As the parents of Traci Arant and grandparents of Nicole, Andrea, Jaimi and Bryce, we want to thank the people of Baker City and surrounding areas for the investigation, time, commitment and common sense that went into the verdict of this trial. It was certainly not a win-win for either side, as both have left many family members with a heavy heart and a great loss forever.

For our daughter and grandchildren we are hopeful this is now the beginning of some closure and that it will help in their healing process after the tragic loss of their husband and father.

To District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff and his wonderful staff, thank you for your endless hours spent in getting this trial done right and keeping Traci and her children informed during this very long and trying year. As parents, we are eternally grateful for all you did.

Terry and Jann Leeper

Midland

Yes on Measure 33

To the editor:

A few comments with regard to the school bond issue. I was raised in Baker City and vicinity and attended Brooklyn, the old brick school house, and the former high school in the 1930s, class of 1939. In their day they were first-class buildings and some citizens, I don't know who, had their taxes raised to pay for those buildings. Yes, I am on a fixed income also, but I feel that it is my obligation to return the favor for the betterment of my city and my grandchildren. The cost to me and the average citizen of Baker City, will be less than a daily cup of coffee at McDonald's where they serve the cheapest and best coffee in town. I'm going to vote "Yes" on Measure 33. I hope you will do the same and keep Baker City something to be proud of.

Andrew J. Dickison

Baker City

Need answers from the MVMH board

To the editor:

Taxpayers have a right to know where the money goes, how it is spent. Mountain Valley Mental Health board will not give any information to anyone. They claim they do not have to.

I am a citizen! My son is a client at MVMH. He has been cancelled up to six time to get an appointment. This makes me wonder if there is mismanagement occurring. How can we know if there is no communication?

I want to the board of MVMH to prove what they say as I have big doubts. I would hope more people in the community would be aware and take action about the problems at MVMH.

Patricia Schlicter

Baker City

Urge you to vote yes on Measure 33

To the editor:

I urge people to support Measure 33 by voting yes for a new Baker Middle School. As a task force member, I want people to know that we have thoroughly investigated the district's options.

At first I did not think the community would support a bond measure but decided to help when corporate investors stepped forward with a plan to build a school and lease it back to the district. Unfortunately, conflicting state and federal regulations prevented this option.

So why did I stay when a bond passage did not seem probable? I could not turn my back on the safety issues our children are exposed to every time they step into the BMS buildings. Two "build new/remodel" studies indicated that building new was the best option. A 110-year-old firm whose architects have 30 years experience in restoring old buildings similar to ours concluded building new was the best dollar value for the community. They stated that remodeling would last 25 years before significant renovation would again be required. By contrast, a new structure would serve the community for 60 to 70 years. Their unbiased report cannot be ignored.

The current 1916 site is too small to meet the physical activity needs of today's students. Inactivity by our students is leading to long term health issues. Architectural firms have recommended 15 to 20 acres as a minimal site size to meet students' physical education needs. Sites adjacent the Sports Complex allow some of the existing athletic fields to be used jointly with the high school, reducing the number of acres needed to as low as 12, saving the taxpayers the cost of the additional acres.

There are signed offers by developers that have expressed interest in the Churchill and Helen M. Stack buildings. Possible new development could help rejuvenate the Broadway commercial district. A group considering the Central building as a performing arts center could renovate it with historic preservation funds, not local taxes. The Central building would join numerous older buildings in Baker City now serving new functions for the community.

Again I urge you to vote yes on Measure 33.

Joel Bigelow

Haines

Take a look at BMS

To the editor:

While discussing the upcoming school bond issue with a local parent, I received an all-too-standard answer: I went to school there, it was fine for me; I don't care what it looks like as long as the teachers are good. I did not attend Baker schools, but grew up in Vale and am familiar with the old, beyond-repair, inadequately sized middle school that I both attended and later worked in. I recently took about 70 minutes out of an otherwise hectic evening to see what all the hype is about, and I am glad I did. I also took my two small children, as they will someday reap the consequences of what we decide in a few weeks.

Here is what I hope people will consider: As parents, we take for granted our child's health. Imagine you were the parent of a child with a disability or injury that requires assistance. Even if my children didn't need assistance, I would want them to have the largest learning space available, as well as adequate exits for any emergencies that may arise. We live in a pretty sheltered community, but for peace of mind and for the safety of my children, our kids need to be in a school where travel between buildings is not necessary. It will only take one tragedy to happen to a middle school student for the community to see that a campus with one building would be of great benefit. This is about our kids, our future, and our peace of mind. Don't be selfish. I own a home, which means that my property taxes will increase. This is small change compared to the benefits our community will see when they build this new school for our children. Vote yes on Measure 33!

Farrah Chastain

Baker City

Think of people in wheelchairs

To the editor:

I am writing in support of Ballot Measure 33 and the need for a new middle school for our community. As a parent, it has been very important for me to be involved in my children's education. As a wheelchair user, it takes a great deal of effort to negotiate the barriers in our community and specifically in our aging school buildings. I do not want to be pushed to the sidelines when my children enter middle school.

And yet, if we do not pass this measure, I will not be able to maneuver in that school independently. No one in a wheelchair can. Please consider the plight of a physically challenged kid at that age.

The choice is simple: either continue your education at the present location and be taken out of mainstream classes because of physical barriers or leave your friends and peers to attend a private school or be home schooled. At a time when the need to "fit in" is so important, we are putting such an unfair stigma on those with physical challenges.

We tout the need to honor diversity and celebrate individuality and independence, and yet our present school building does just the opposite. This message is translated not only to the students left out, but to their peers who do not get the chance to build friendships and appreciate the individuals who have so much to offer in spite of their daily challenges. We can do better, Baker City. Give all students in our community the chance to be the best they can be.

Lori Lien

Baker City

Need new school

To the editor:

Our current middle school is, bluntly, a mess. Anyone who's taken the tour knows this, and that's not even all of it. Go to the Central Building and see the locker room and showers. It's not just disgusting, it is shameful and dangerous. Mount Vernon, an area of roughly 5,000 people, where I recently traveled for a football game, has a beautiful middle school. Our only decent showers, in Helen M. Stack building, have to be sealed and recently sprung a leak through the basement into the area where we store our football gear. Look at our tennis courts, with sagging nets, faded stripes and cracking pavement.

If we build a new middle school, we could simply use the sports complex. It's what we do anyway. The difference is a 15-minute walk.

Also many of our students are advanced to such a degree where they are taking high school classes. The new locale would enable more use of high school classes.

A remodel would just be jerry-rigging what's left unless you paid more than a new school would cost.

Elliott Averett

Baker Middle School student

Support governor

To the editor:

I am voting for Gov. Ted Kulongoski because he understands what renewable energy means to our future. Renewable energy can mean security, jobs, and a clean environment. And renewable energy is comparable in cost to any new generation source.

What happens if we put a wind turbine in a field or reduce the fuel load in the forest by turning forest waste into energy or put solar panels on our roofs or plant crops for fuel? We become more secure, we create jobs, we keep our dollars in our local economy, and we do what is right for our world.

The governor has proposed that Oregon receives 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Please join me in making 25 percent in 2025 a reality by re-electing Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Randy Joseph

Baker City

Time for new school

To the editor:

Our community has had a rigorous discussion about the need, location, and timing of a new middle school.

One thing is clear: The existing facilities are deficient and our next generation deserves something better.

I hope that you will join my family in voting Yes on Measure 33, and show our trust and confidence in the volunteers and professionals working so hard to move this project forward.

Brian D. Cole

Baker City

‘No' on Measure 40

To the editor:

When I first heard of Measure 40, I was in favor of it. I liked the idea of appellate judges being elected from various locations throughout the state. Then I read the measure. I am now against this measure, and I would like to explain to the citizens of Baker County why I oppose it.

First, this measure is vaguely written. If passed, the very courts it is designed to affect will be required to interpret how it is implemented. I believe that the Legislature is better suited to design clearly thought-out and clearly-written legislation to correct the problem.

Second, in the state of Washington, there is an appellate court situated in Spokane, another in Tacoma, and another in Seattle. The Oregon proposed districting is by population, therefore, all districting plans will lead back to heavily populated areas of the Willamette Valley. Ours is a very overworked Court of Appeals with only 10 judges, less than half the number in Washington. Why not devise a plan that allows for a three-person Court of Appeals panel to be established in Medford, another in Bend, and another in Pendleton?

Finally, the initiative is called the Judicial Accountability Act. It appears to seek to make an appellate judge more easily recalled. I am not against judicial accountability; however, I am against recalls over an unpopular decision. Such a process may force some unprincipled appellate judges to look over their shoulders to determine if the issue before them is popular or not when making a decision. We all know that the Legislature creates laws designed to help the public at large. The executive branch carries out those laws. Yet it is the judiciary which, at times, puts a halt to the will of the public in order to protect the rights of the individual. That may seem like a frustrating process, unless you are the individual whose rights are at issue and are being attacked.

I believe that Oregon can do better than this measure. I encourage you to vote no on Measure 40.

Circuit Court Judge Greg Baxter

Baker City

Yes on Measure 33

To the editor:

I was born and raised in Baker City. I've taken advantage of the excellent school system that my father and our forefathers sacrificed to build. I am writing to ask for your support for Measure 33. It will allow the construction of a needed new middle school while also making needed repairs to some of our elementary schools.

As a builder, I've seen the unsafe, horrendous conditions that our young must use daily.

These buildings are not only fire traps, but are energy inefficient, high maintenance and unfriendly to handicapped students. It's way past time to stand up and give our children the same opportunities to grow up with new, safe and user-friendly schools that the past generations gave us. It's our turn to give back to our community and sacrifice a small amount of our treasury to obtain this goal.

Take time to tour the middle school and see for yourself. The reasons are numerous and the cost is fair. It's time for a new school and it's time for our generation to make our contribution. Please vote "Yes" for Measure 33.

Jeff Petry

Baker City

‘No' on Measure 33

To the editor:

One of Baker City's many crown jewels is our inventory of beautiful old buildings, bricks and tuff stone formed into living works of art. I'm a victim of one of those being torn down: St. Francis Academy. That stately old school can never be replaced, the quarries are empty and the stone masons long gone. Soon after, the train depot and the real bandstand in the park were destroyed. Next up was the post office — when concerned citizens said "stop." It is now a thriving law business and another star in our crown.

When the Central Building and more old schools were placed on the chopping block, I waited for the tour of what's "positive" about them to be announced. It never came. Then I read John Burgess' letter to the editor. Thank you, John! I know that if we want to, we can save our historic buildings. Imagine a "Tour of Historic Old Schools" in Baker City, with proud students and teachers still in them! Children can learn where their parents and grandparents did. What a great heritage to pass on. As a student, I loved those high ceilings and windows, the wooden banisters, the old "cloak" room and the green room in the basement. We need to protect these structures. And as John pointed out, it is less expensive than building new ones — ones that could never withstand the stresses of time like those still standing have.

Just walk downtown and look at all the 1950s and 1960s "modern" facades being removed. Watch as brick by brick the arched windows appear and the carved stones peek into their new futures. Visit the many businesses now occupying them. Take the parlor tour and marvel at what homeowners all over town have accomplished. Modern is great and often necessary, but we do not need yet another tax to spend on what we already have. It is time to say "stop" again, before more old buildings disappear into the night. Vote "No" on Measure 33.

Patti Hanley

Baker City

Vote against all incumbents

To the editor:

We elect members to the Senate and Congress to run the country and make our lives better. Prior to election, they make promises vis a vis what they will do for us and the country. Post election, the following are examples of what has been happening in recent times.

Social Security program: Nothing is accomplished. After all, they have voted themselves high salaries and retirement programs and don't need it.

Taxes: They allow only the richest of us exorbitant refunds and reductions. Why? They are now in the ranks of the richest.

Health Care: Very little is accomplished. They have their own health program which is second to none.

Our borders: They stall around while millions of illegals are entering our country and exhausting the resources that should be there for us, the people who elected them.

Internet poker play: Here they do accomplish something. They act as if they were elected to save us from ourselves by passing a law that keeps many from simple enjoyment of an ageless game of skill. Thus, they maintain a moral image and deflect attention from what is really happening.

If bribery, graft, corruption, pedophilia, dishonesty and all those actions they perform so well, are exposed among their ranks, they trim their ranks. This usually provides only a Band-aid and the problems occur again. Not only the corrupt, but also the INS, who allow the corruption to happen, are the ones who should be gotten rid of. We are the ones who can do it.

Vote against all incumbents in November. A new slate of senators, representatives, even governors, might solve a lot of problems. The change would be refreshing.

Couldn't be worse, I think you'll agree.

Robert L. Heriza

Baker City

Half right on that

To the editor:

This letter is in response to "Dog lovers want park back" (Wednesday, Oct. 11).

I want to address the fact that the park was for everyone's enjoyment. I for one didn't enjoy having to dodge doggy deposits everytime I went there. Not to mention the wonderful stink on warm days. Also the fear of young family members falling in it was revolting.

The No. 2 pet, as she claims, has never been known to leave No. 2 in the middle of the sidewalk like No. 1 pet. That makes me say ahk!

Maybe dog lover was a responsible pet owner and scooped the pooh, but the ones who didn't lost the rights for all.

Now Leo Adler Parkway is the new doggy restroom, and if they don't start being responsible pet owners they will probably be banned from there next.

She was right or half right about one thing. People do leave the mess behind!

Jana Sager

Baker City

BMS made me sick

To the editor:

I have allergy-induced asthma. I attended the Middle School from 2002 to 2004. I had a hard time going to that school. There were times I would walk to Mr. Mitchell's and Mr. Sizer's class in the Central Building and within 10 minutes I would have to use my inhaler.

The same thing would happen while eating lunch there. There were many times I would have to go home from school because I was not able to breathe.

I am now a junior at Baker High School. I hardly ever need to use my inhaler, and it feels great.

I don't think it's right to have children go to a school that makes them sick. You can't do your best if you are not feeling well or absent.

I would like the people of Baker to help kids who have asthma by building a school where they can be healthy.

Katie Smith

Baker City

Eat your vegetables

To the editor:

Well, here I am again. Just had another spur of the moment on this subject having to do with our vegetables that we are eating these days.

Poor Popeye, he would be having fits over his spinach these days. He probably would have to go next door to get some lettuce then back to spinach. My oh my!

Here we are told to eat our vegetables because they're so good and wonderful, but you know when Adam and Eve came around through the garden they had it made besides the Clean Air Act.

Now, one more item to this agenda is follow the yellow brick road these days. What about other sections like 10th and Campbell where accidents are more prone to happen? I ought to know, I had one there way back. If we had the same revision like that at Cedar and Campbell, it would slow people down rather than thinking they can make it. We saw that happen just the other day. I had a perfect driving record after learning how to drive in Seattle and becoming a defensive driver instead of a reckless driver.

Yes, you guessed it right, I was cited with a ticket even though the guy said and told the police officer he accelerated with speed. In this case, he should have been cited, too. Yes, he made off like a bandit, I thought. It was nice to see those who helped me and recognized who I was reacted positive with me and did their best to do what they do when needed by our wonderful EMTs.

So, what's next other than traffic congestion, vegetables, E. coli, etc? Coffee anyone?

Brenda Dickison

Baker City