Letters to the Editor for March 11, 2013

By Baker City Herald readers March 11, 2013 10:57 am

Sequester cuts pretense for raising taxes

Your March 6 editorial, “Exaggerated Fiscal Crisis,” was correct. The rather miniscule budget reductions resulting from sequester shouldn’t result in any decline in essential services.  Your position, however, is based upon logic and reason. The author of the sequester, it must be remembered, is Mr. Obama whose track record is anything but logical and reasonable. Instead, Obama operates based upon an agenda.

Sequestration, which leaked White House emails make clear are intended to inflict public pain, is but another opportunity to use a crisis (real or manufactured — in this case the latter) for political purposes. Obama’s agenda is to increase government control and to do so requires increased taxation.  The sequester is the crisis Obama hopes will create support for increased taxation.

For anyone who engages in a serious study of Obama, his philosophy, and his game plan a reading of the Little Red Book and the works of Alinsky are essential. God save our republic.

Jerry Boyd

Baker City

Don’t change Broadway and Tenth streets

Leave Broadway and Tenth streets as they are.

Where has common sense gone? In the current economy monies are tight and scarce. The existing funds could be better spent repairing city streets and state highways we already have.

Automobile drivers pay a gas tax to maintain our streets and highways — bicycles don’t pay that tax. We aren’t Portland, quit trying to copy them!

The only time there is an abundance of bicycles on the streets of Baker City is during the summer bicycle tours/rallies, when streets in Baker City are closed to everyone but those bicycles. Our weather in Baker City isn’t conducive to bicycle use year ’round.

Maybe they are trying to create turning lanes to hold those snow berms each winter!

Judy Stultz

Baker City