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Letters to the Editor April 20, 2013

please raise hands

Will all Brookings-area residents who like to pay taxes, please raise your hands: I see no hands. 

Raise your hands if you hate paying taxes: I see all hands are raised. Raise your hands if you believe taxes are necessary: I see many hands are raised: Tea Party and most Republicans didn’t raise their hands. 

At present our taxes are taken from one source, our property. This method of taxation puts a heavy burden on low income families as their homes are their only asset leaving them little to spend on the “good things in life.” The “cheapskate” wealthy homeowners gripe because taxes cut into their “stash.”  With “tongue in cheek,” that said, the question is how do we increase taxes without devastating financially the many low income families in Curry County. The obvious answer is a sales tax except on food and medicine.

Californians will still come to Brookings for the cheaper gasoline and lower sales tax and shop in our stores while they are here. 

Raise your hands if you believe a sales tax is the best solution for our needs. Tea Party and most Republicans did not raise their hands. So what else is new.  

Another solution would be for low income families to join the homeless along Highway 101 for handouts from “passersby.” 

Even if the city council worked for no pay, taxes would still be needed to pay for necessary police, fire protection, inflation, etc.

“Holy cow.” “How now brown cow?” “When the cow comes over the mountain” is when Brooking’s stingy Republican residents will vote for increased taxes. The audience may think all of the above is “udder nonsense” but I will not be “cowed.”

Art Moore

Brookings

obama-no-care

The more we peel back the sheets of Obamacare the more we learn how much a danger it will be to the American people. 

Senator Jay Rockefeller said candidly (a key author of the bill): “It’s so complicated that if it isn’t done right the first time, it’s just going to get a lot worse. Up to this point it’s beyond comprehension.” 

Contrary to what President Obama said publicly, it’s going to cause senior citizens’ health care to evaporate. We will have a bureaucratic panel dictating what hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies can do and what they cannot do. There are provisions in Obamacare to reward hospitals who spend the least amount of money per senior citizen on Medicare. Also a provision that after one day in a hospital, the hospital will get penalized for readmitting that same patient  for 30 days. 

If this health plan was so great why is Congress not participating in Obamacare? Why does Congress have their own separate health plan? “We have to pass the bill, so you can find out what’s in it.” — Nancy Pelosi. How moronic is that. 

And the vast amount of congressman did not  read it! It was  too long! Isn’t that what they get paid to do? 

Is it not a wonder that Congress has an approval rating of 11 percent. My question is: Why so high? 

Andrew T. Ragan 

Brookings

pigs are lining up

In the story “Itzen talks,” (Pilot, April 13) they say at the tax rate now at $.59 per $1,000 they get $2.1 million. 

So by doubling that by another $.59 making it $1.18 per $1,000 that would make it $4.2 million, right? But by making it over three times the $.59 to $1.97 per $1,000 it gives them $4.5 million under “Itzen talks” —  add up? 

On the other hand, over one half  of my tax bill goes to education in one form or other. I hope the kids can add better than “Itzen talks.” But I hear they want more for education tax this time, too. 

As my grandmother would say “the pigs are lining up at the feed trough.” 

Al Heyne 

Ophir

one-of-a-kind shelter

Hello from all the animals from Pennies for Pooches and thanking all for your support. 

Since we have taken completely over the Curry County animal shelter we have done such great things, and have done so many rescues just since January and will continue to do so. Though we stand alone and the only non-profit that came forward to help the homeless animals when the county ran out of funding, we have done it by fundraising and the kindness of the community with their donations, we do not have a thrift store to support us. We are not affiliated with any other local animal shelter in Curry County or by any national animal organization. We are your animal shelter if you are in Curry County. We do not only take surrenders or are we picky who we help; our doors are open to all, seven days a week and 365 days a year. We are gracious to all who enter, no matter if the day is a little busy, it is hard work, with such rewarding accomplishments and sometimes emotional. 

Only with your support can we continue to be the one-of-a-kind shelter that we are. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1883 Gold Beach, Or 97444 call 541-247-2514.

On Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m., Ladies Pamper Party at Sea View Senior Living, 98059 Gerlack Lane in Harbor, are hosting a pamper party and 25 percent of all sales will benefit Pennies for Pooches. There will be snacks, beverages and prizes, so come and join the fun plus helping the pooches. Go to Facebook Pamper for Pooches to get more details.

Bev. and Forbes Duncan, volunteers

Harbor

drumming up help

Stagelights’ successful “Day of Drums” will return this summer, providing Curry County children and families a chance to discover the joys of playing music in a positive, uplifting outdoor environment!

We need the community’s help to keep the price of admission low and provide scholarships to children who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

How can you help?

Remember the old-fashioned barn raisers, when an entire community would work together to build a home, church or school?

Today, there’s a new way to have a barn raiser. It’s called “crowdfunding” and Stagelights is using this new social media tool to rally the Brookings-Harbor community behind our program.

Think of NPR or PBS pledge drives where a large number of donors pledge small amounts in return for simple rewards.

We’ve created a website where people can learn all about Day of Drums, watch a video of last year’s event and then donate with the simple click of the mouse.We’ve already raised more than $300 in the first few days!

Contributors can donate $1 or more and, because Stagelights is an 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, every donation is tax deductible! 

Those who donate certain amounts will receive awards such as T-shirts and concert tickets.

Those who are unable to donate can still help by sharing our website address with others via email, Facebook and word of mouth.

Check it out for yourself by visiting www.indiegogo.com and typing in the keywords “Day of Drums.”

We only have a limited amount of time to collect donations and we can’t do it without the community’s help. 

Thank you for your support!

Laurie Calef, 

secretary

Stagelights Musical Arts Community

Brookings

don’t be uninformed

If you don’t think you’re an uninformed voter I can see how you might be angered to be called one. 

An uninformed voter can be a very intelligent person that has just stopped watching the news.

ABC-NBC-CBS is no longer our major news source; everyone is grabbing news from many different directions. Cable news is marching past the major networks but even Fox can’t get but a small lead over those and they use a democratic strategist on every show.

When I read a letter from a liberal that blames everything on Republicans that they are obviously at fault you can bet that person is on there computer and gathering information that’s slanted and possibly even from Twitter. When I say my information is from Limbaugh or Hannity and someone pokes fun at me for that, let me remind them that the reason they are numbers 1 and 2 from a strong listening audience is because people don’t and won’t listen to liars. Liberals don’t have the strong moral outlook or the economic aptitude to be accurate with their statements.

It’s been 22 years since Rush first came on the air and I could see the media turning a hard left at that time. News in general has dispersed and newspapers that write or carry articles from the Associated Press, etc., are heavily slanted left. Not once through that time frame has a liberal challenged Rush in popularity.

As a Tea Party supporter it is obvious most liberals and uninformed voters don’t have a clue what the basis of that movement is all about, but let me add if Rubio, Paul, Cruz and Palen are successful in their cutting out Rhinos, you will once again see a very successful and respected United States of America.

Clay Dalrymple

Gold Beach

no u.n. arms treaty

Over the weekend we came four votes away from the United States Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations.  

In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. 

The Statement of Purpose from the bill read: To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

This U.N. arms treaty, which has been championed by the Obama administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import or export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S., and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo.

Astonishingly, 46 of our United States senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power. All 46 of the senators who voted to give away your rights were either Democrat or “Independent.” This included our own Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

These senators voted to let the U.N. take our guns, which would have violated the Second Amendment to our Constitution.

Warren Roepke

Brookings

do some fast math

I agree something needs to be done to continue funding public safety locally. I also agree we need additional revenues. 

In a budgeting shortfall situation revenue increases are part of the equation, but the other side of the equation must be expense decreases (perhaps benefits?) in order to “balance” the budget. I do not feel that the Curry County commissioners have looked at ALL the options on both sides of the equation. I applaud the city of Brookings in their attempt to “assist,” but wish to point out an error in the Pilot article of April 10 (“City Managers mull alternatives to Curry County levy”) which may make alternative 4 moot.

A Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) levy of 6 percent for lodgings in unincorporated areas of the county would only net 30 percent of the total collections to be spent on County expenses (public safety in this case, maybe). The Oregon State statutes are clear in that any new lodging tax levies created after July 1, 2003 are subject to 70 percent of such collections to be spent on Tourism Promotion as defined in the statutes. If $600,000 is the amount the County would net, then total collections would have to be $2,000,000. 

The city of Brookings, with 234 rentable hotel rooms, 156 sites at Harris Beach, and approximately 20 or so “other” overnight taxable accommodations, at 6 percent realizes only $140,000 in total TOT collections annually. I would guess that adding up all the lodging accommodations in unincorporated areas of Curry County at 6 percent of their total revenues from “overnight stays” would fall significantly short of $2,000,000. 

Someone needs to do the math quickly; we’re running out of time.

Ken Bryan

Brookings 

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