|Letters to Editor March 5, 2014|
|Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot|
|March 05, 2014 08:34 am|
Grateful for mob
We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Wild Rivers Connect and all the people who participated in the Ray’s cash mob and showed their support for us.
This has been a difficult time for our family and for the many families affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
We really appreciate your support and we hope everyone continues their patronage of the numerous wonderful local businesses in our community.
Doug, Nancy Nidiffer
Alan, Vanessa Nidiffer
Matt, Mary Olson
C&K Market Inc.
We don’t think about it much as voters, but decisions on most of the local public services we receive are made by citizen volunteers that we elect to serve on various local government boards and commissions.
Cities, school districts, port districts, the hospital district, the college district …even fire districts and cemetery districts have volunteer Boards of Directors. The larger districts typically have a volunteer board that sets goals, approves a budget and provides general oversight of the operation. These volunteer boards of larger agencies then hire a full-time professional administrator … a city manager, school superintendent or president, port manager … to manage the day-to-day affairs of the district.
The administrator makes sure that the agency is operated in an efficient manner, consistent with the various rules and regulations governing its operation. I would say that, by and large, the cities and districts in Curry County are effective and provide good service at a reasonable cost. The professional administrators manage resources to make maximum use of revenue, especially taxes.
The exception is Curry County.
Our county government is completely dysfunctional, operating with three full-time, well-paid administrators. We need to change this and have our county operate like the rest of local government. Measure 8-96, the Home Rule Charter, will make this change.
I plan to vote yes on Measure 8-96 on May 20, and I hope many others will join me.
Timely Adult topics
This letter is regarding recent news articles and county meetings.
Topics range from commissioner Itzen suggesting questions be placed on the ballot asking citizens how they really feel about taxes; Brookings workshop with commissioner Brown outlining ideas discussed at the Public Safety Summit; Andrew Ragan asking for aspirin for “Taxes headaches” after learning the county wants Oregon Consensus to help commissioners stop arguing; the sheriff’s suggestion to consolidate 911 and save $500,000 annually.
Oregon Consensus can help commissioners stop arguing — for $13,000. Itzen discussed the subject during a commissioner meeting Feb. 5, 2014. One citizen attending had a novel alternative and whispered to me “Why not just act like adults?”
Itzen continued “We’ve had meetings numbering in the hundreds.” He explained commissioners invite people in the cities and the general public to meetings and “hardly anybody ever shows up … because they choose not to become involved.”
Later in the meeting commissioner Smith went on another tirade directed at Brown about some news article: “You (Brown) need to be held accountable for your actions in this public statement.” To watch embarrassing video go to: http://www.currycountytaxes.com/curry_county_taxes_018.htm
As for citizens choosing not to become involved:
•October 2011 scheduled county commissioner Town Hall meetings were never held with citizens.
•October 2011 electronic notice of county meetings to citizens was STOPPED.
•Video of the Safety Summit was “finally” provided one month after the meetings.
Oregon Attorney General’s position: sound, video or digital recording of a meeting generally should be made available to the public within a few days following the meeting.
Andrew, go to the Pilot website home page and type “911 consolidation” in the Search box. Take four aspirin; wait 30 minutes; click GO. First read “County’s Only 911 Center to be in Gold Beach” (November 2001.)
Consolidation was to take place over 10 years ago.
Some things changed
Has the country changed over the last five years? Some. ...
•We now have government mandated health care that is controlled and run by private insurance companies and state agencies. 10 million-plus more people are insured and no longer need to use emergency rooms as their main health care remedy.
•Annual Federal Budget deficit decreases each year.
•War in Iraq ends.
•National unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent. Europe has a 12 percent unemployment rate.
•Poverty is still a problem. Americans learn that 85 people own half of the world’s assets! Americans begin to think the super rich have more than their fair share. Pressure mounts to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10; Oregon’s minimum is $9.10.
•Corporate welfare continued as oil companies continue to receive $10 billion in subsidies. Major corporations have record profits and pay little or no taxes.
•Food stamp program that helps feed the hungry in Curry County is cut. Unemployment benefits are not extended.
•Religions are still being practiced by individuals, families and communities in homes, churches and other gathering places without hindrance. There is still no state run religion that we have to bow down to.
•Lies continued to be spread by paid advertisements and shills.
•The president continues to act in accordance with the Constitution to help promote the common good, while the House of Representatives pursues their “Do Nothing or Do Worse” agenda.
•My love for my wife increased.
On behalf of Brookings-Harbor School District 17C I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Brookings-Harbor Rotary for their commitment to feeding hungry children in Curry County.
It is with their extreme generosity that we are able to supply students with snacks that provide them with the energy they need to be active learners. It is community members like you, Brookings-Harbor Rotary, that make Curry County an amazing place to live and raise children.
No right to ban MM
I applaud Kenny and his wife stepping up to helping patients as they have needed since the beginning of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program began. (Pilot, March 1: “Brookings man pursues first medical marijuana dispensary.”)
Unfortunately, I watch David Brock Smith on the Curry Council Local Access as he expounded on a lot of bad information. First the major problem in the original HB 1531 included the right for counties and cities to ban these facilities; through debate and consensus the ban was lifted; all other abilities to regulate remained.
Sadly, in the 11th hour, Amendments 7 and 8 were introduced and accepted to ban again. Had it been left alone it would have been a done deal by now. Instead it may have to wait till next year’s legislative session.
As a member of the Advisory Board to the state MM Program and in process of applying for a permit, I can say that the regulations on testing, packaging, handling and auditing have also been set.
I welcome good regulations at the local level but the banning of where or if a patient can get their medicine is ridiculous. I’d hate to have to take or go get my SOs insulin in another city — or worse — county.
1,653 pounds of food
The Brookings-Harbor Lions Club wishes to thank the community for supporting their local Food Drive on March 1.
It was very successful due to the generosity and the support of the community at Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer. A team of 12 Lions worked for six hours and collected 1,653 pounds of food and $1,235 in donations.
So, we are sending a mighty roar of thanks to everyone who helped.
John and Areta Schock
Brookings-Harbor Lions Club