Letters to the Editor for May 5, 2014

Written by Baker City Herald readers May 05, 2014 12:10 pm

Republicans will welcome newcomers with open arms

I read with interest the article regarding the number of Democrats that have switched to the Republican Party over the last few weeks. I am sure the Republican Party will welcome these new members with open arms both in Baker County and those that also switch parties across this great nation of ours. It is heartening to see so many leaving what today is more a liberal Democrat Socialist Party than the true Democrat Party of the past.

R.B. Erwin

Baker City

Warner has experience to guide county into the future

County Commission Chair is a big job with many challenges and responsibilities.

Fred Warner Jr. has accepted this position and has done a good job for Baker County. He has the ability and knowledge to continue to guide Baker County into the future. He is a proven leader and manager for Baker County business and interests. With Fred’s guidance, Baker County has been able to operate with a balanced budget and maintain necessary services, while other counties in Oregon have had to cut services.

Fred represents all of Baker County, traveling to all communities, listening to and discussing concerns and ideas of the citizens. Fred was born and raised in Baker County and cares deeply for the people and their future.

Fred has the ability, knowledge and experience to guide and direct Baker County into the future.

The voter would be wise to re-elect Fred Warner Jr. as Baker County Commission Chair.

Gerald Hopkins

Baker City

Don’t always agree with him, but Warner is best choice

We did not support Fred Warner in his first term for head commissioner, but since that time he has certainly gained our  confidence and trust. We believe strongly that he has encouraged decisions that have been in the best interests of our County.  Our theory is, when things are running smoothly it is not the time for change.

We have lived in Hereford on our Century Ranch for our entire lives. We value the rural/conservative quality of life  that Fred and the commissioners have tried  to protect and enhance. Granted, there are some decisions made  by the commissioners that we do not totally support, but realize their choices were made in the best interest of the majority. We can’t let disgruntlement unseat a man who has worked very hard and accomplished much for the best interest of Baker County and its residents.

Of course, we all know that campaign promises can be made, but what really counts is what happens in office. Fred has an admirable track record in dealing with county budget, wolf de-listing, natural resources advisory committee, sage grouse recovery plan, Idaho Power transmission lines and more. He strongly opposes creating additional wilderness and closing additional Forest Service roads, two issues which greatly concern our family.     

Fred, over the past three terms, has developed and nurtured many relationships with both individuals and entities on the county,  state and federal levels. These relationships will help enhance his effectiveness in leading our county in the future. Please join us in voting for Fred Warner, the one who has experience, knowledge and ability to continue to move Baker County in the right, positive direction.

Allen and Bev Duby

Hereford