Letters to the editor for April 1, 2013

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Letters to the editor for April 1, 2013

Compensating for
wolf damage: An idea

To the Editor:

Concerning the article “Professor Offers Unique Wolf Proposal” (The Observer, March 18), which Dick Mason finds “intriguing,” I find “highly disconcerting.” In the same Observer issue, Linda Botts of Joseph makes some excellent points, one of which is that the wolves introduced are not even the native strain.

Reintroduction of the wolf has been crammed down our throats, in a manner becoming more and more common by our government agencies. It was poorly thought out; way beyond the scope of the government as envisioned by our founders; and, as we are learning lately, adding to a national debt that is beyond our ability as taxpayers to fund. The debt may not concern the economics professors of our country, but it is a huge concern for those of us reared in the realm of reality, instead of theory. 

Although I see it mentioned in almost every discussion about wolf reintroduction that I read, no one that I know has mentioned personal safety as a concern. Since the build-up of large predators in recent years, most of us who enter the woods for any purpose no longer go unarmed. Our concerns center around livestock and game animal destruction.

I feel that a fair and logical way to fund livestock damage and loss of recreational hunting opportunities could be handled as follows:

1. Make a voluntary list of all supporters of the wolf program. 

2. Make a list of all the damage claims by ranchers and sportsmen in dollar amounts. 

3. Divide the total claims by the number of supporters. 

4. Send a bill for the resulting dollar figure to each supporter.

This approach could be adapted to most special interest groups. My guess is that it would curtail a lot of B.S. in short order. 

Frank Beickel

Imbler

Elect Chase as prime candidate for OTEC

To the Editor:

Charlene Chase is the prime candidate for the OTEC Board Position No. 9. Chase has the desire, time and qualifications to represent customers in our electrical
cooperative.

As a school administrator, and as a school district board member, she gained expertise in cooperative management. She will use these skills to help OTEC provide its members safe and reliable power
in the most economical way
possible.

Her community involvement through these important community programs — American Association of University Women, Baker County CASA, Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College Charter School Boards — has given her insight into the needs of community members, and has honed her abilities to work with many different kinds of folks.

Her goals for the OTEC board considerations include long-term economical energy for members by ensuring current and future energy needs are met, keeping technology current, exploring opportunities for economic development, maintaining quality service while controlling operating costs and making sure that the board represents member interests.

When we think about a member of any board that represents us, we want that person to have a great deal of desire, time and energy to complete the mission. We firmly believe that Chase has all of these characteristics plus the qualifications to bring a well-rounded set of life experiences that will make her a very informed, active, working member of the OTEC Board.

Irv and Susan Townsend

Baker City

Elect Dalton to bring experience to OTEC

To the Editor:

As you are identifying the most qualified candidate to serve Eastern Oregon on the OTEC board, it would be in your best interests to look at the characteristics of Doug Dalton. 

Doug currently serves as the chief financial officer for the Baker School District 5J. 

Our profession has been in economic stress for the past few years. I have witnessed other school districts and educational staff, suffer, both financially and professionally. 

Without adequate funding to sufficiently operate, staff has been reduced and days have been furloughed within those schools.

Doug’s ability to implement a trajectory of planning has enabled Baker School District to make adjustments with zero impact on student achievement.

Doug Dalton’s background knowledge is not in education, but he does his research and applies his business sense to maintain our standards of excellence. Recognizing he has many years of experience in the utility and energy profession, I can only imagine the impact he could have serving on the OTEC board. 

Doug approaches the decision-making process well informed and his skill set is just what our communities need to  maintain the quality of life and resources we have come to appreciate and expect.

I encourage all counties to vote for Doug Dalton for Baker County OTEC board seat No. 9.

Nanette Lehman

Haines