Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

An ode to thriftiness

To the editor:

I wear pants that may have holes. My shoes are so worn you can see my toes.

But I don't owe a soul a dime. In today's world that's almost a crime.

If you don't have a credit card you must be a nerd.

Now that's the strangest thing I've ever heard.

For if hard times hit, and they just might, then we'll see who's thinking right.

I believe we need to live within our means, even if that means putting a patch on these old blue jeans.

So if you owe money to every Tom and Dick, you better tighten your belt and do it pretty quick.

Ted Morin

Baker City

Public sector plays by different rules

To the editor:

I find it interesting to read the news as printed, then have a conversation with people that were at the same meeting and get a different version of what was said. As I recall in reporting, what, where, when, who and why were all to be followed and reported very accurately. As I write a letter to the editor I don't have to follow any of these constraints as I am only expressing my opinion.

As I have said in previous letters, we have two separate economies here. The private one has to operate within the bounds and constraints of the available resources. The tax-supported group seems to operate as if there is no end to the supply of dollars.

I don't have to tell you the state of our economy. We all know what happened to people's 401s and of the layoffs in our local business community.

One recent news item dealing with wages of our elected officials stated that the proposed increase won't pass the Red Face test. I agree completely, only will add that it sure will not pass the smell test.

I ask how can this proposed increase be justified in our present economy. It can't.

Eric Romtvedt

Baker City

Lucky to have such dedicated workers

To the editor:

We are very fortunate to have such dedicated 911 dispatchers and police officers. Last Saturday at 3 a.m. we received a call FROM 911 saying our number had come up as needing assistance. We had not called.

Assuring them all was OK they no sooner hung up than we heard someone knocking at our door. Officers Mike Harris and Wayne Bailey came in and made sure we were safe and secure, checking all the rooms as well as the garage. They were very professional, courteous and concerned.

We want to thank them and 911 and want everyone to know we think we are so fortunate to be living in a town where we can be as safe as these people can possibly help make it.

Pat and Roy Valentine

Baker City