Letters to the Editor for March 8, 2013

By Baker City Herald readers March 08, 2013 08:24 am

Baker City puts on a great basketball tourney

Most recently, having enjoyed attending the 1A basketball championships in Baker City, I feel the urge to express my appreciation for the outstanding display of friendly, efficient and professional manner displayed by those responsible within your community, as well as those assisting in the tournament — such as the security personnel and volunteers.

The deputy that I had occasion to speak with is a credit to his profession and to your community. He knows who he is, and hopefully reads this letter.

Fully recognizing that it is easier to be so positive in this communication when my son, David, was able to lead the girls from Damascus Christian School to a state championship win with my two granddaughters, Val and Ana, playing on the team; I still truly express my thanks to your community for such a rewarding experience. 

Jim Wakefield

Mulino

Baker County is on the motorcycling map

I am writing to express my thanks and appreciation to all the residents of Baker County and supporters of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. Thank you for opening your homes to riders who need a place to stay. A friendly smile and place to rest. Baker City has been discovered. All over the USA, people are searching for adventure, discovery, and the real American experience. It’s right here. Baker County, Hells Canyon, the Geiser Grand Hotel, Main Street, Sumpter, Halfway, Elkhorn Mountains, Eagle Cap and the Oregon Trail.

I have to say it has not been easy, but it has been worthwhile, working to get this event recognized by the motorcycle community. Riders are discovering this great place. July 12, Baker City will take it’ place in American history as motorcyclists ride to the heart of America and find out what it’s all about. It’s a big deal. Veterans, Patriot Guard Riders, Christian Motorcyclist Association, and many more. We respect you. 

It’s an honor to be welcomed into one of the greatest places on earth.

Eric Folkestad

Camas, Wash.

Waterboarding will be used on Americans

Waterboarding prisoners has recently been discussed again because it was the subject in one of the movies up for one of the Academy Awards.  Some people think that it is torture and others think not. I think that it is torture and that it will not bring up any more information than a dose of sodium amytal before an interrogation.

The important fact is that the Americans apparently approve of waterboarding and so we can expect our enemies will feel free to waterboard any American they take as a prisoner.  They will feel free to torture them.

Carl Kostol

Baker City