Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Williams' experience will benefit Baker County

I am pleased to write this endorsement of support for Don Williams as candidate for Justice Court judge.

Don has been a resident of Baker County for many years. During that time he has served our county as director of the Juvenile Department, local branch manager of Services to Children and Families for the Oregon Department of Humans Services and manager of the Alcohol and Drug program at the Powder River Correctional Facility/Oregon Department of Corrections.

I have known and worked with Don during his service to our community and county. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to work hard, and to serve impartially, objectively and professionally.

Don currently presides as interim judge for Justice Court. A vote for Mr. Williams is a vote for a candidate who already has shown competence and effectiveness as Justice Court judge.

I encourage you to join me in voting on Nov. 6 for Don Williams as our next Justice Court judge.

Patrick Braswell

Baker City

Williams can make the hard decisions necessary to serve

I support Don Williams for Baker County Justice of the Peace. He is well qualified. My experience with Mr. Williams dates from January 1994 when he began his service as director of the Baker County Juvenile Department. I was then circuit judge.

He was a godsend. And, according to the presiding judge in Clackamas County from whence he came, his coming to Baker County was a considerable loss to them.

Mr. Williams is a problem solver. He is smart, kind, and courageous. His abiding interest, as a juvenile director and later as the director of the Baker County Children's Services Division was to improve the lives of people in difficulty. Mr. Williams always came to court prepared, both concerning the facts and the law. He has the temperament that is essential for a judge. He is entirely capable of making hard decisions.

Milo Pope

Baker City

Williams is best qualified to serve as Justice of the Peace

Dear friends of Baker County, on Nov. 6, 2012, we must make a very important decision. That is, who will represent us as the next justice of the peace.

The position is more difficult now than ever in the past, as hours have been reduced and funds have also been reduce. We have "two good men" running for the position; however, we believe Don Williams is the more qualified.

He has experienced varied levels and aspects of the law, from police officer to juvenile counselor to Juvenile Department manager, to DHS branch manager, to Powder River Correctional Facility program manager, to Drug and Alcohol program manager, and finally to a 27-month period as pro-tem justice of the peace - the position which he is seeking in this election.

Aside from Don being a good friend, for several years we had the unique opportunity of working under his supervision. We were GED instructors and Transition Class instructors when he was the program manager at Powder River Correctional Facility. Don made us feel very confident, comfortable and safe as we did our volunteer jobs. Also, it was apparent that he possessed excellent critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Don was always very positive and presented a warm friendly working environment.

We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Don's caliber seeking this position. First, please join us in voting. Secondly, we urge you to vote for Don Williams, whom we believe has the personality, integrity, and experience to do an outstanding job for Baker County Justice of the Peace.

Allen Duby,

Bev Duby


Readers should check facts and not rely on opinions

Erroneous statements about "Obamacare" have appeared in a couple of letters to the editor over the last month, written by individuals who obviously have no idea what's in the Affordable Care Act.

I thought everyone knew by now that Politifact named the "death panels" the 2009 Lie of the Year, and the "government takeover of health care" the 2010 Lie of the Year. One of your letter-writers claimed, "The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the next decade, Obamacare will add another trillion dollars to the national debt."

The truth is the opposite: The Congressional Budget Office estimated the Act would reduce the deficit by $210 billion over those 10 years. The fact is that the costs of Obamacare are fully paid for through tax levies and cost savings, in sharp contrast to the Bush Medicare prescription drug benefit, which was a $395 billion stimulus to the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, using 100 percent borrowed money.

Those who followed the Act's lengthy progress through the Congress know that it was modeled after Romneycare in an attempt to make it palatable to Republicans and conservative Democrats. The majority Democrats gave up what they wanted (single-payer or at least a public option) and settled for an elaborate compromise that was negotiated with diverse interest groups. For example, the cost savings for Medicare were agreed to by the representatives of medical providers and insurance companies because they were willing to make that concession as long as everybody had health insurance.

Now these same $716 billion of cost savings appear in Congressman Ryan's budget, yet he vows to renege on the deal that brought these cost savings about, while dishonestly attacking the president for "raiding Medicare."

There are many objective, factual reports available on the Affordable Care Act. I urge your readers to review these reports or go to www.healthcare.gov, instead of relying on irresponsible opinions.

Craig Martell

Baker City