Yes on school bond to benefit students, the community

I am adding my support to Measure 1-88. Over the past 30 years I have had the honor of working as an occupational therapist in school districts throughout Northeast Oregon. I have served in a multitude of buildings, classrooms and facilities in our part of the state. I have a passion for providing students with a safe and secure education that challenges them to reach their highest potential.

During the time that I’ve served Baker 5J I’ve worked in closets, converted shower rooms and storage areas. My colleagues and I have evaluated students in confined spaces with intermittent loud buzzers while attempting to assess each child’s best efforts. In spite of administrators’ creative use of space, we have exhausted options to find additional work areas.

I have worked in districts that have passed bonds and built new schools so I have seen firsthand how updated buildings can impact students and teachers. The learning environment has an incredible effect on both staff and learners. These districts have seen improvements in student behavior with more options for learning and reduced barriers to success.

Teachers and school staff work incredibly hard. With buildings that are safe and secure, with clean and organized spaces, we all win. The success of these students is our success and impacts each and every one of us. I look in the faces of students and teachers every day and I believe that they deserve to work and learn where they are safe and their learning is supported. An average investment of $197 per year is an investment in our kids and in our community. Please join me and vote Yes on Measure 1-88 on November 6.

Toni Nickell

Baker City

Passing Baker School bond would meet the needs of kids, families

I would like to thank you for your informative editorial on Measure 1-88, Sept. 21, on the value of investing in our children’s education. It was a well communicated perspective on Baker School District’s current needs that not only focused on the present, but the future.

As a new member of your community, and a former educator, it is heartwarming to hear about what makes a community resilient. Often, it can be difficult but necessary to make the right decisions to serve everyone, especially the youngest, who most often have no voice. Not to mention the teachers who provide some of the greatest service for our children and their families. They all deserve a safe, secure, adequate and stimulating environment in which to learn and work. Passing Measure 1-88 would be a collective response to the needs of those we hold dear: children, families and teachers. The individual financial cost serves as a reminder of what is required of every resident to keep Baker City vibrant and healthy.

We may not all be in a position to teach, but as a community we can provide the best conditions in which our children can learn.

Joan Tracy

Baker City

Voters should care about candidates’ views, not labels

If signs for a Democrat and a Republican appear in the same yard, does it mean the Democrat is really a conservative, or does it mean that the Republican is really a liberal? It means neither!

The writer of a letter about political yard signs (Sept. 24 Baker City Herald) jumped to an incorrect conclusion about why Bruce Nichols and Jamie McLeod-Skinner signs sometimes appear in the same yard.

Conservative, liberal, Democrat, socialist, and Republican are labels that box people into categories, encourage stereotyping, and reinforce “us versus them” thinking. Partisan mentality keeps us at odds with one another when we really need to be working together for the greater good.

What I look for in a candidate is honesty, integrity, transparency, accountability, willingness to listen and learn, and evidence-based decision-making. I have taken the initiative to sit down and speak with Mr. Nichols and Ms. McLeod-Skinner and know them both to live and work the values and qualities that I believe are important.

Nichols and McLeod-Skinner are very different ideologically. What they have in common is that they are both the best candidate in their respective race. That is why I have both of their signs in my yard.

Cynthia Roberts

Baker City

Why is county race about conservatives and liberals?

Could you please explain what “conservative choice” means in the context of a county commissioner? Why is a commissioner conservative, liberal or anything else? This is not national politics, or is it?

I had filed a complaint with county elections and the Harvey committee prior to the primary where Harvey was calling himself the “conservative Republican,” this for a nonpartisan position. Luckily he changed for the general.

Tom Nash