Letters to the Editor for Nov. 30, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers November 30, 2011 06:07 pm

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