Small savings can cover your share of school bond issue

How are you ever going to afford to pay your assessment on the school bond issue?

After all, on your $300,000 home with an assessment of $1.97 per $1,000 your additional yearly tax burden will be $582. If you divide that by 12 months, your monthly contribution is $48.50. That works out to be $1.59 per day. Where do you find those additional dollars?

Here’s an idea. Get a big plastic jar (you can’t recycle it anyhow) and label it ($s for the Kids). Each time you are a smart shopper and make good decisions, put those savings in your jar.

When you stop at The Pig for your morning coffee, just have coffee rather than a vanilla latte. You’ll save $1.50, but wait, there’s two of you. Put that $3 in your jar.

Off to Ace to buy paint. Be a smart shopper and use your $10 rewards card.

While you’re having lunch at Lone Pine, just have water rather than a soft drink (high fructose corn syrup isn’t very good for you anyhow). You’ll save $2, but wait, there are two of you.

You need to stop by Albertsons for food. Use your monthly $10 coupon, your $9.50 bottle refund and an additional $18.10 on promotional savings. Oh good, you have $37.60 to put in your jar.

It’s Tuesday, so you’re off to D&B to do some serious shopping. Because you have silver hair, you saved $12.32 on senior day.

Need fuel. Use your 2 Safeway reward points and save $3.20.

Time for a beer at Barley’s. Go during Hapy Hour and you’ll save $1.50, but wait, there are two of you.

Just try this for September or October and when voting time comes around you’ll have a way to save the dollars to cover your assessment.

Alice and her staff at the Baker County Treasurer’s office may not be excited when we all bring our jars in to pay our taxes, but we could do that.

Try this idea for a month and see if the school bond issue is affordable for you.

Then vote YES for the Kids.

Irv and Susan Townsend

Baker City

Baker City’s population trend is sustainable

My good friend, Gary Dielman, is absolutely correct about the stability of Baker City. He and I disagree on everything political, but as a historian, naturalist or local supporter, he is an asset to the community.

For most of a century, Baker, and/or Baker City, has varied little above or below the population figure of 10,000. The trauma to the town was significant when the U.S. Forest Service opted to stop harvesting its valuable crop of trees. It took time, but some very significant and diverse businesses gradually filled in the void. Good jobs are available as expansion is continuing. The town is growing, but at a rate that appears sustainable. There is lots of support for what we have here. Let’s not mess it up by over promoting.

Dan Warnock


Motorists feel endangered, too, when encountering bikes

After reading the article regarding the bicyclists and the log truck (Baker City Herald, Aug. 10) I feel compelled to speak up.

I spend a good deal of time driving around Baker County. The roads I travel are two-lane highways that often have an abrupt edge and nothing else. Each year when the weather warms up I am forced to swerve into oncoming lanes of traffic, slam on my brakes and perform other quick-thinking maneuvers to avoid the parade of cyclists on these narrow highways. This makes me, as the driver of a vehicle, feel endangered as well.

I am pretty sure these highways were designed for motorized vehicles which are maintaining a certain, state-mandated, speed limit. When someone using said road is not able to maintain this speed — i.e., cattle drivers or wide loads — they provide some form of warning to oncoming motorists that the flow of traffic is about to change. With bicyclists, however, there is no warning that someone traveling much slower than you is going to pop up on the next blind corner and, I repeat, force you to swerve into oncoming traffic, slam on your brakes and/or perform other quick-thinking maneuvers so as not to kill or injure yourself, the cyclist and any other traffic on the highway.

So while I am sorry for the gentleman who felt endangered by the log truck, I would like to note that many motorists feel the same way every time they are forced to dodge bicycles on the highway. Perhaps this side of the story deserves a voice as well.

Donna Valentine

Baker City