Letters to the Editor for Aug. 3, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers August 03, 2011 07:25 pm

Horn-happy trains make me mad
To the editor:
Do the engineers of the many trains that go through Baker City really need to swing on the horn controls from the time they enter the city limits until they leave the city limits?
The weather has finally turned into summer and sleeping at night is very pleasant with the windows open. That is if you can sleep through a train blowing its whistle from one end of town to the other. All of this through gated crossings.
I grew up by the old railroad crossing at Sixth and Carter and it was not a gated crossing, the engineers at that time also had to sound a warning before crossings. I learned that the warning was two long “toots” one short one and one more long one. Now it is just one long blast for however long it takes to get through town.
At night the engineers evidently had a little more common sense than they do now. I am not sure if they all giggle when they come through town at one, two or three in the morning, but I have the ideal way to curb that activity, if the railroad company would install an air horn right behind the engineers head, maybe they wouldn’t giggle so much.
Baker City is such a nice quiet place to live, too bad it is only for a half hour at a time.
Larry Smith
Baker City


Feds can’t run anything well
To the editor:
This letter is in response to Gary Dielman and Iva Mace’s response to Pete Sundin’s position on the Obama health care. Gary says Pete compares the single payer health system to a $200 toilet seat. Hate to say it, but Pete is right, the Medicare system, not unlike the Social Security system, is broken and probably costs more than a $200 toilet seat. Fraud, corruption and just plain mismanagement has probably destined the senior health care system and Social Security for an overhaul. And our President Obama wants to pattern his health care system after that?
The federal government can’t manage anything: national parks, post office, Medicare, Social Security or anything else it puts its hands on without going into the red. The double billing and over-billing in Medicare is common knowledge. Nothing the feds do makes money or pays its way.
You guys just keep drinking your Kool-Aid and keep believing in fairy tales and that our president will fix everything, and everything will be OK in the morning.
Chuck Chase
Baker City