Thanks, Mr. Silvers

By Baker City Herald Editorial Board December 19, 2011 05:21 pm

The only trouble with a bequeathed gift is that you can’t personally thank the giver.

A pity, because we’d like to shake Anthony Silvers’ hand and tell him how much we appreciate what he’s done for Baker City.

Silvers, a restaurateur, landscape architect and home designer, died earlier this year. He left the city investments worth $800,000, and a home worth an estimated $100,300.

These are considerable sums.

Yet it’s the purpose to which Silvers directed his money be used that ensures his legacy will be an enduring one.

Silvers wants the city to create an endowment with the $800,000, then use the interest to plant and maintain trees that line city streets.

Which means that, decades and likely even centuries from now, Baker City residents, thanks to the generosity of Anthony Silvers, will relish a patch of shade on a scorching August afternoon, and romp through piles of colorful leaves on a crystalline autumn day.

So on their behalf, and on ours, we say in advance: Thanks, Mr. Silvers.