Pendleton man good choice for court

To the editor:

Eugene Hallman of Pendleton has announced his intention to seek the recently open position on the Oregon Supreme Court.Mr. Hallman is well qualified.A great number of Oregon lawyers around the state support his candidacy.He will be the first Eastern Oregon lawyer to be elevated to the court since 1988, when J R Campbell of Grant County retired.

In the last 20 years, 33 judges have been appointed or elected to Oregon appellate courts.Of that number, 32 have come from Portland, Salem or Eugene.I support Mr. Hallman fully.I will provide his resum to anyone interested.

Milo Pope

Baker City

Drug producers thankful for cops

To the editor:

I'm writing about: andquot;Marijuana crop worth millions.andquot;

I'm sure that many marijuana growers and sellers are thankful to the Malheur County Sheriff's Office for this latest marijuana bust and others like it.

Without operations like this, marijuana would be worth what other easy-to-grow weeds are worth very little.

Thanks to the Drug Enforcement Administration and other so-called andquot;drug warriors,andquot; the easy-to-grow weed is worth more than pure gold and completely tax free.

Any marijuana growers, sellers or traffickers arrested will soon be replaced. They always are.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

People in poverty

To the editor:

I just read an article printed in the Aug. 29, 2005, edition of your paper. It was on poverty and about Donna Beegle.

Yes, people in poverty do have a different language and do have a different way of addressing money management. People in poverty live day to day and money is for spending or sharing with their friends and relatives. They do not know how to manage it unless they are taught. Middle class people work for education to get better paying jobs and money is for managing and saving for our future. Upper class, money is managed by someone else.

I attended a seminar called andquot;Bridges out of Povertyandquot; recently, and it was the most enlightening program for anyone who works with low-income people. This program explained all three classes of people and the way each thinks and their actions. This was so factual, my associates and I talked about it for weeks. I thought I had been raised in poverty, but I was raised by middle class parents who didn't have much money. This is very different from poverty.

Any person who works with low-income people should have training in this area so they understand what people face each day of their lives.

Sherri Becker

La Grande

Financial prayer

To the editor:

In my last letter to the editor of July 21, I said I would try to show according to God's word how and why we are to pray over the tithe and offerings that we give to the ministry of our choice, or God directed. Understand that the tithe and offering are seeds and in order for the seed to produce a crop, it must be planted in good ground!

Any farmer will tell you the ground must be prepared before the seeds he plants will give the crop he is expecting. It's the same principle, a spiritual law, with tithe and offering. You prepare the ground with your prayers. The seed is the tithe or offering; it's your responsibility to plant it into good ground. Good ground is where you learn God's word, and not man's tradition or religion. A good test: can you remember what was taught, it lines up with God's word, you can use it in your life? It must be God's word the Bible, or it's polluted ground!

This prayer is taken from Deuteronomy 26 and put into our time as a suggested prayer over finance. Speak and say, andquot;I was a sinner, held in bondage and in darkness by Satan. I cried unto the Lord Jesus and he heard me cry. He lifted me out of my affliction and oppression. He took me in and forgave me. He made me his, through his shed blood and gave me authority over the evil one. Now I have brought the first fruits of my land which you have given me. I expect you (Jesus) to set it before the father and worship him with it.andquot; Say before the Lord, andquot;Look down from heaven, father in Jesus' name, and bless me, your son and servant, according to your riches in glory. Bless my land (job) and cause it to flow with milk and honey as you have promised in your word. I am your very own child. You are my very own father.andquot;

Pastors, it's time to teach God's people that they are to receive as well as give!

Richard Fox

Baker City

Dog left to die

To the editor:

A friend of mine found a black pup, approximately 7 to 9 months old, about Aug. 15 on some property at Washington Gulch. Since he was wearing a collar, we wanted to believe that someone had lost this pup rather than the fact that he had been abandoned and left to starve, get hit by a car or become a victim of the cougars that live in the area.

Since I am a volunteer for Best Friends of Baker, Inc., an animal organization, I offered to andquot;fosterandquot; the pup until an owner could be located or a permanent adoptive home would become available.

Jack, as we call him, is a loveable black pup, probably a cross between a Labrador and Shepherd or Chow. He is a wonderful dog who has learned manners through training, does not bark, dig in the yard or chase cats. He has done very well in a fenced backyard with another male dog, kennel and inside the house. Jack also likes to ride in the car.

I placed posters around town in several of the businesses hoping to locate Jack's owner, but to no avail. Now he needs an adoptive home. Jack has had all his current shots, been wormed and neutered. He is available for adoption through Best Friends of Baker, Inc.

Best Friends is a non-profit organization that works to rescue unwanted or abused animals and its goal is to place adoptable animals into good homes where they will be loved and cared for.

If you are looking for a new family pet or perhaps a 4-H dog obedience project, Jack would be perfect. If you are interested in adopting Jack, or learning more about Best Friends of Baker, Inc., you may contact me at 523-2970 or 519-4530.

Carmen Ott

Baker City

Leave no one behind

To the editor:

As Katrina floods recede, we see the horror of devastation and injustice in our country. It is time to reevaluate andquot;America's interestsandquot; and priorities. It is time to hold our government responsible for lopsided decisions.

It does not matter if we are a Republican or a Democrat. What does matter is that we are Americans. It's time to stop jumping on political bandwagons that distract us from humanity. We need to examine the survivor skills we employ in our own lives. How long will we stay in denial, minimize destruction, justify injustice, avoid our civic responsibilities? How long will we make light of compassion and claim we are on the andquot;rightandquot; side while ignoring injustices within our own community?

Pain is the one thing that can motivate us to look beyond ourselves to a higher source.

As we support rescue efforts of Katrina, let us also shore up our community. Reach out to the poor, the sick, the old, the wounded and to each other in the spirit in which America was built. Ignite the spirit of hope and remember the difference between justice and revenge.

Some of you may recognize me as the author of andquot;Sacred Shadow, Sacred Ground: A Vietnam War Widow's Journey Through Unresolved Grief.andquot; I want to acknowledge the many people who still suffer from unresolved issues due to loss or trauma. Many continue to battle personal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wars.

My husband was a Marine. Recently this thought came to mind. andquot;When in a trench fighting, a Marine does not stop to ask the one on the right or the left if he is Republican or Democrat, Christian or Jew. He simply knows that they are brothers. Marines leave no one behind.andquot;

In the spirit of our heroes, let's shore up our community and make sure that the lives lost and affected by Katrina and warfare are not lost in vain.

Glenda M. Carter

Baker City

Can't see at corner

To the editor:

It's nice to have the extra parking spaces on First Street with angle parking but when you are coming from Main Street and crossing First Street it's as though we are blinded. I find it hard to see either direction down the street. I'm sure there will be more wrecks on this street because of the parking but whoa! wait for winter when we are on ice. This area is a big blind spot so watch out crossing First Street with your car.

Tammy Marie

Baker City

You missed a sport

To the editor:

After reviewing the articles in the Fall sports preview section of the Sept. 8 Herald written by Gerry Steele, I am convinced that our children are willing to forgo many of their favorite less strenuous activities, to put forth blood, sweat and tears for the sake of victory.

However, I feel that Mr. Steele missed a very important fall sport cheerleading. This six-month sport spans fall and spring seasons, often resulting in serious injuries, many that will remain with these athletes for life. These super-human beings can be found going over the next game's routine again and again, with a voracity for perfection that would rival that of any andquot;regularandquot; sport.

I have witnessed cheerleaders who continue to compete despite muscle and joint damage, their commitment to the sport stronger than the pain. Broken bones, bloodied gashes and permanent damage to wrists, ankles and knees cannot stop and have not stopped the Baker High School cheerleaders from making every step, every cheer, look like the easiest task.

The next time you are fortunate enough to catch a Bulldog halftime show, just know that behind the smiles and behind the perfectly synchronized steps beat the hearts of stone-cold athletes, true to their own sport.

Becca Colton

Baker City