Editorial on 10th Street striping misses the mark

Dear Jayson, what’s up with your latest editorial? I don’t always agree with your comments, but “Streets & Striping” about proposed changes to 10th Street made me question your journalistic standards and that was a first.

Your column states that “Lynette Perry took to Facebook this week to survey her constituents,” but she certainly did not. Her constituents are the residents of Baker City which include approximately 10,000 people. Lynette has 1,015 Facebook friends including me. This is a fraction of her constituency and as you mention, “hardly a scientific survey.” In fact, it was not a survey at all and only her friends could comment.

You say it’s “an effective way for an elected official to get a sense of public sentiment,” but one’s Facebook friends are a limited group and commenters are even fewer. Despite this small number, you claim “The response to Perry’s Facebook posts is compelling evidence that Baker City residents prefer the current 4-lane configuration.” What a stretch! Are we to believe her friends speak for the public?

You state that asking for comments on Facebook is “almost certainly more effective than relying on people to attend a City Council meeting.” What do you mean by “more effective?” It is a lot easier to dash off comments on Facebook than to think through a response, make the effort to attend a City Council meeting, and publicly state an opinion.

You could be right, Jayson, the majority of residents may not support changes to 10th Street. Change can be hard. Drivers generally don’t like anything that slows them down. And safety improvements can be costly. But the job of a City Councilor is to consider the safety and well-being of all constituents, including those that are disenfranchised, children, and disabled folks. What about people who walk and ride bikes to get to school, work, shopping and medical appointments? Currently 10th Street is hazardous and unwelcoming for these constituents and they probably are not friends on Facebook with city council members.

Gretchen Stadler

Baker City

Walden needs to face the facts on Trump’s Ukraine call

It’s difficult to admit when you’re wrong, but many Republicans in Congress are going about it in a roundabout way. Congressman Greg Walden is one of them. By vehemently denying that President Trump committed impeachable offenses, they are really trying to apologize for impeaching Clinton. How else can these hyper-partisan people justify their claims?

As a registered Republican, I’m disappointed in Walden’s nonsensical statement that there’s no justifiable reason to impeach Mr. Trump; that we need to get all the facts. He then throws out a ridiculous distraction about former VP Biden. Some critical thinking would be in order here.

I disliked Clinton and have a low opinion of Biden, but I’m totally shocked by the hyper-partisan support too many elected Republicans show for our megalomaniac president. The Biden family’s lack of discretion pales in comparison to that of Trump and his use of position to further his family’s business interests.

Mr. Walden is right on one account: Trump’s phone conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky “wasn’t President Trump’s finest moment.” Trump has few good moments, actually. This is why countless people in the White House spend an inordinate amount of time trying to hide Trump’s grievous errors. Walden chooses ignorance to be able to defend Trump.

Mr. Walden: remember when you asked Congressman Cooley to resign because he lied? Well...?

It’s time for honest Republicans to speak up. Everyone should call out Walden for his failure to be above board on this issue. Trump and his hyper-partisan courtesans are dragging our country down. Several have spoken up, including a decorated veteran and Republican congressman from Illinois who called Trump’s actions “repugnant.”

I cannot think of much that is less patriotic than, as Attorney General Barr and President Trump have done, to ask foreign countries to spy on our country’s intelligence agencies.

One has to question whether Mr. Walden actually reads the news. Saying we must get at the facts and then totally ignoring them and throwing out irrelevant distractions is a disservice to the Oregonians he’s supposed to represent and the country whose Constitution he’s supposed to uphold.

Rick Meis

Halfway

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