Letters to the Editor for Nov. 12, 2012

Written by Baker City Herald readers November 12, 2012 11:20 am

Take aim to shoot down school board recall

I see that chief petitioner Kerry McQuisten has collected enough signatures to place on the ballot a recall election to oust two 5J school board members. By doing so, McQuisten and the 916+ recall petition signers are requiring 5J School District to involuntarily expend about $10,000 of taxpayer money to pay Baker County for the election.

Although allowed under Oregon recall law, such a reaching into every taxpayer’s pocket smacks of “taxation without representation,” a primary reason for the 13 colonies declaring independence from England and the resulting Revolutionary War.

In these economic bad times, 5J School District can’t afford to expend $10,000 that could much, much better be put to use educating our youth.

I hope 5J taxpayers raise their muskets, take aim, and with a NO VOTE shoot down this expensive, unnecessary recall.  

Gary Dielman

Baker City