Letters to the Editor for July 26, 2013

By Baker City Herald readers July 26, 2013 11:56 am

Volcanoes affect climate more than people do

This letter is in response to Gary Dielman’s letter of July 17.

As Gary does, I do so love facts, especially about global warming — oops, I meant climate change, sorry, forgot it’s getting cooler. That dreaded carbon dioxide that we all exhale and makes the plants grow is nasty stuff and the cause of global, sorry, I meant climate change.

Hate to break this to all of you people that cling to the theory that people can make a difference to our global climate by curtailing CO2 emissions. Not that it isn’t a good thing. I enjoy clean air as much as the next guy. Getting rid of existing coal- and oil-fired power plants and by installing expensive alternatives to fossil fuel is a fairy tale of epic proportions. Not that we don’t need clean energy, but on the backs of ratepayers by subsidizing wind, solar and battery power by demonizing CO2. No matter what the cost to the consumer and taxpayers.

The three biggest volcanic eruptions put more carbon dioxide in the air than man has through the entire Industrial Revolution. Just think what Mount St. Helens did to us. Every time we have a forest fire, the burning tree gives up all of the carbon dioxide that the tree took in during its lifetime. Ask Ash Grove if they’re thankful for CO2 . Volcanoes pumped millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where it mixed with the inland seas that covered our area, creating limestone formations that are thousands of feet thick. Bet you thought that limestone was created entirely by sea shells.

Our climate is controlled by the temperature of the ocean currents and is in constant change. Solar flares from the sun and moisture in the air has way more effect than any CO2 ever did. Wonder who is making all this money off this climate change fear? Sure won’t be the ratepayers.

Chuck Chase

Baker City

A note to fellow travelers on Cancer Boulevard

It seems just the other day life was so carefree as I traveled life’s freeway, when a blowout sent me off onto a rough and rocky road. At the same time I was weighted down with a mighty heavy load.

Through no choice of her own, my wife was forced to join me on this road, and to share my heavy load. A sign says it’s Cancer Boulevard, and now the softest seats on which we travel seem lumpy and hard.

We cannot stop; we cannot get off; we cannot turn back. Days run together, and of time I cannot keep track. I face each turn with dread. A sign saying “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” lies straight ahead.

It’s dark and hard to find our way. O, how I wish there were some other way. Then I see a man standing by the road. He has scars in both his hands and feet, and with a smile he offers to carry our heavy load.

He tells us if we will take His hand he will lead us through this uncharted land. Now, with my hand holding His, or is His hand holding mine, suddenly I knew everything will be fine.

The way that seemed so dark before is now shining bright as day. Oh, what a difference it makes when He leads the way. Now I see the pathway of life leads right through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, but I have nothing to fear, when this man named Jesus is near.

Off in the distance I see that this pathway of life leads right to heaven’s gate. He assures me I will not arrive a day too soon or a day too late.

Lynn Shumway

Bridgeport

Denying wind farm permits will help businesses

We would like to thank the Baker County Planning Commissioners for their decision to deny the wind farm permits. We would also like to thank Bill Harvey and Tom Van Diepen for their work in getting information out to concerned citizens. We believe this decision will protect our tourism and agricultural base and help local businesses. Thank you all again.

Bill and Billie McClure

Baker City

Police chief should apologize for ‘cowboy’ comment

I read with interest the articles regarding Miners Jubilee and the Baker City Bronc & Bull Riding event. To be forthcoming, I am actively involved in the Baker City Bronc & Bull Riding Inc., which is a 501c(4) non-profit organization that has contributed over $350,000 to charities and the people of Baker County.

 I am writing to express my dismay at the bias that was shown to the Bronc & Bull Riding beer garden and the comment of “Anytime you mix alcohol with confined areas and rodeo cowboys, you are going to have some issues,” that Chief Lohner stated to the paper.  I take offense at this comment, as being involved in the event, the cowboys I have seen and been involved with are professional athletes who treat their sport with the utmost respect. They are not a “rowdy” bunch of people who consume too much alcohol and become a menace to the community but top rodeo athletes who are past world and current world champions. 

 That does not mean that there are not individuals, who wear cowboy hats, who consume too much alcohol and make fools of or cause fights within the community.  Some of the fights, from the overconsumption of alcohol, could also have come from the “K-Y Jelly Wrestling” event or the beer garden from the Baker Brewery, Bullridge, or Sunridge.  I just disagree that it is the “cowboys” that are the cause of it. 

 The Bronc and Bull beer garden is what allows us to contribute to the charities and people that we do. We do not do the beer garden to make money for profit, but to make money for charitable causes. We strive to make this event as least troublesome as we can. We have asked our city police to do a periodic walk-through to help alleviate any problems, but were told that they were not funded to help us out in that manner.  So we hired the Blue Mountain Security, approximately 15 people, to oversee our event, checking IDs and keeping order.  We follow all OLCC regulations and had an OLCC representative on Friday night. We agree that some changes need to be improved, but we take offense that the “cowboys” and our beer garden are the problem. I feel that the Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner needs to make a public apology to the Baker City Bronc and Bull Riding, Inc. for the insensitive comments regarding “cowboys” and our beer garden.

Dawn Coles

Baker City