Congress needs to act to improve elections security

Our elections are still under threat from hacking, and Congress has not acted to keep our elections safe. However, the U.S. House has passed a bill to allocate $600 million for election security in states and municipalities. Security would involve paper ballots and adults rather than voting by machines which can be tampered with.

Now it is up to the Senate to join with the House of Representatives to pass legislation to ensure safe elections. So contact your senators and request action on safeguarding our elections. Ask Senator McConnell to move forward on election security.

Election security should be a bipartisan effort and we need some positive action from our leaders so that we can vote with confidence, knowing that our votes will be accurately counted. Incidentally, Rep. Greg Walden voted against HR 2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections Act.

Bruce Raffety

Baker City

Baker City could use a clock/thermometer downtown

Kinda quiet in the letters to the editor department. What better way to spend a late summer afternoon than musing about what I see around us?

It would be nice if we had a working thermometer downtown. When you live in a land of such extremes, it’s a handy thing to have. And you can take pictures of it to record its historical value with the town in the background.

None of the clocks downtown are worth a hill of beans. Too small to be legible from a distance. It would be nice to have one that sits on a vintage pedestal or something. In theme with the buildings of the period.

Another thing concerns this very paper. Small town papers are slowly dying out for a number of reasons. Printing and distribution are darn expensive now and everybody is moving their publications online. The writing is on the wall ...

It breaks my heart that a town of this size no longer has a radio station. There’s such a need. I’m hoping some adventurous person will bring that back someday.

Dan Collins

Baker City

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