Letters to the Editor for Jan. 4, 2012

By Baker City Herald Readers January 04, 2012 06:28 pm

 


Community supports kids
To the editor:
I am writing to thank our supportive community for continuing to give to Learn and Grow to Go, our very own backpack food program. LG2G is serving students in grades K-3, and 7-12.

 

The program sends home 330 bags per month of easy-to-prepare, nutritious food for students to eat on the weekends. LG2G survives off of donations alone, and has no overhead expenses. The Turn the Page bookstore has recently donated a round of gift certificates for books for the middle school and high school students, and the elementary kids have been receiving donated books along with their food items.
I am just thankful that so many individuals, churches and service organizations have taken an interest in feeding students. Thank you to all who have donated money and time to this program. Special thanks to the Baker Christian Church for sending volunteers every Thursday, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for keeping our freezer full of bread, the Baker Lions Club for sponsoring a month of food for the BMS students, Jim Tomlinson with the REAL (Read Every day And Learn) program for donating books and helping to find grants, and The Bread of Life food bank for sharing food. One generous citizen has pledged $500 per month for several months and that money has been vital for the program.
Thanks also to the First Presbyterian Church, for inspiring me to feed students, giving me an office, and storing food.
I am so happy to be able to bless these students and their families, and I look forward to continuing to find new community partners and interested individuals in the new year! Please leave a message at First Presbyterian Church, 541-523-5201, if you are interested in helping, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Liz Romtvedt
Baker City


Recall donor remains a mystery
To the editor:
A change in Oregon campaign finance law going into effect in 2012 prompts me to revisit the October 2009 attempt to recall Mayor Dorrah and Councilor Calder. (The voters rejected the recall by a vote of 2 to 1.)
It’s now two years later and the public still does not know who paid for half of the recall committee’s expenses.
How can this be, given Oregon’s sunshine law requires that campaigns disclose the names of persons who contribute more than $100?
Answer: There was a loophole in the old law. It did not require campaign committees to reveal the name of a person who paid for campaign expenses with the expectation of reimbursement. At least, not until: 1) the committee makes the reimbursement; or 2) the person forgives the loan.
In the case of the 2009 recall attempt, neither event has happened.
After receiving complaints, the Oregon Legislature passed a new law which eliminates the loophole by requiring that campaign committees within seven days reveal such contributions and the names of persons who make them.
The Recall Dorrah and Calder Campaign Committee used the loophole — and is still using it — to hide from the public the name of the person who paid a total of $2,707 in campaign expenses, supposedly with the expectation of reimbursement. 
The Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee still has not made reimbursement nor has the donor forgiven the loan. Until one of these two events happens, the loophole allows the committee and the donor to continue to hide from the public the identity of the person who contributed half of the campaign’s finances.
Elections Division records show that the Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee has not been closed out and has a deficit of $3,536.
The persons sitting on the donor’s identity, besides the undisclosed person who made the loans, are, I believe, Jamey K. Hardy and Kathye Corn, who, Elections Division records show, are the committee’s director and treasurer
Why do Hardy, Corn, and the donor continue to hide the donor’s identity?
The recall is not over until the committee pays its debts and the public knows who put up the bulk of the money to finance it.
Gary Dielman
Baker City