Baker City’s poultry crisis is a good thing

A rooster controversy has been BCH front page news and several letters to the editor recently and it appears to have ruffled some feathers in the process.

Let me state for the record in the most emphatic terms that I am and always have been staunchly neutral on the subject of roosters. I am neither pro rooster or anti rooster. They live their lives I live mine.

But what I would like to point out is the contrast of front page issues in Baker City with those of big cities such as Chicago. The Chicago Tribune recently noted that 74 people were shot (12 fatally) from 3 p.m. Friday Aug. 3 to 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6. That’s 74 shootings in ONE weekend and, according to the Tribune, Chicago has had 1,700 shootings thus far this year.

Granted, Chicago has a population of 2.7 million people but that is exactly my point. Better to deal with a poultry crisis than worry about becoming a shooting victim.

We have it pretty good here.

Neal Jacobson

Baker City

Easy solution to parking problem

Some years ago, I worked for the City of San Bernardino, California, as a deputy city attorney. We had a similar problem of disabled persons parking spaces being used by non-qualified motorists.

The city deputized a number of citizens who were entitled to use these disabled persons parking spaces as deputy police officers with the limited authority to write citations for illegal parking in a disabled persons parking space. Problem solved.

Sig Siefkes

Baker City