Letters to the Editor for Sept. 9, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers September 09, 2011 05:13 pm

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 Scotia.
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 civility.
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 able.
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 courts.
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