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Letters to the Editor June 5, 2013 Print E-mail
Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot   
June 05, 2013 09:41 am

more crime there

Enough of the “Brookings” crime rate is skyrocketing and law enforcement won’t be funded.” 

Move back to the crime-ridden Bay Area, SoCal, Portland, wherever you came from, and report back to all of us here on how many crimes were committed there. There will never as much crime here as there. ...

John Hubbard 

Brookings

false security hope

Those people who think outlawing guns, or certain types of guns, is going to make this country safe need to get their heads out of the sand and look around.

The last (fortunately unsuccessful) threat on a high school that I have heard about was to blow it up. The last threat to the president was to poison him.

If you outlaw guns, only law abiding citizens will surrender their guns. That leaves an armed criminal class with no one to oppose them. Does that make you feel safer?

I personally have no use for an AK 47 or any type of assault weapon, but as an arthritic older woman I would feel safer if my gun held more than 6 bullets. We live in a world full of unemployed people who will do anything for money, often money to buy more drugs to make them even less employable and more dangerous.

I thought the new Springfield High School was built like a prison, and that was at least 35 years ago. It didn’t seem to warp the students minds or give them inmate nightmares. One of my daughters taught school in Cairo for several years; the school was surrounded by a high brick wall and you entered the school grounds through a revolving gate, went past a metal detector, and were checked off a list of approved students, staff, and visitors by an armed guard before you got on the school grounds. I never heard of parents protesting.

Wake up and go for the perpetrators, not the potential defenders.

Carolyn Smith

Gold Beach

how blessed we are!

Friday, May 31st, we had the most amazing experience of our 12 years in Brookings! The “Ohio Northern University” men and women’s chorus presented a most memorable concert.

They are on a 38 day tour throughout the United States, and Brookings was chosen as one of their stops. The two-hour concert started out with sacred music, then went into a segment of international songs. After a brief intermission, the choir came back into the auditorium singing “If There’s Anybody Here From Out of Town,” all the while shaking hands with almost everyone in the audience. Americana was the last half, including “The Star Spangled Banner,” with the entire audience standing and most with their hand over their heart! “This Land is Your Land” was another highlight that filled us all with hope, pride and much joy.

We were so glad we had seen the poster announcing this wonderful concert, as we hadn’t seen anything advertising it in the Pilot. Hopefully, they will visit Brookings again in the future. 

How blessed we are to be a small town with so many wonderful events! We love Brookings!

Carolyn and Bob Brown

Brookings

picture this: hb 2922

Would you like to see true universal healthcare in Oregon? 

Where everyone is in, and no one is out? Where basic healthcare is available to everyone at an affordable price? This type of healthcare is a real possibility in Oregon, where HB 2922, the affordable Healthcare for All Oregon Plan, is being considered by our state legislature, and might even come to a vote as early as 2014.

Healthcare for All Oregon (HCAO) is a coalition of organizations in Oregon working to support HB 2922. Part of HCAO’s support consists of an online photo petition, which can be viewed at http://hcao.org/hcao-photo-petitions. You can join this photo petition by coming to the First Friday Salon at the Chetco Community Library in Brookings.

First Friday Salon for June will feature a documentary, “The Healthcare Movie,” starting at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 7. If you arrive early, around 5:45 p.m., you can add your name and photo to HCAO’s online photo petition. 

In doing so, you’ll be adding your voice to HCAO’s efforts to show our legislators that Oregonians believe that healthcare is a human right, and deserves to be treated as a fundamental part of a just society.

Linda Bozack

Brookings

i battle the deception 

Truth is so beautiful. Its full beauty is only seen as it is both given and received in Love. 

The Preamble of our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence contain some powerful truths that can help a person, community or nation have peace and joy inexpressible. 

I have a passion to help others come to know these truths but to my surprise there is a battle to stop these truths from being shared. Many have given up their lives so we might have and walk in these truths, so let us not let their lives be given in vain. I know our battle right now is not against people, but deception, a twisting of the truth that causes others to misunderstand the truth that is so important. I hope others will join me in helping these truths be known, especially to youth. 

I have the passion but I need the help of parents, so your children can know these truths. “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Our founding fathers and our first presidents knew these truths, which made our nation great and a beautiful place to live. 

Paul R. Brousseau 

Ophir

no ‘people control’

I’m responding to a letter by Victoria Nuss (Pilot, June 1, 2013) where she questions why there would be any objections to the government restricting weapons. 

She cites the massacre of the Sandy Hook children to support her feelings. I’d like to try and clear up any question she may have.

First: Criminals don’t respect our laws! It doesn’t matter which restrictive laws are passed; criminals will never obey them. The fact that almost every mass shooting involves people with mental histories should have us all screaming for more control over the unstable, not screaming over passing laws that only will affect law abiding citizens. The assault weapons ban of 1994 did nothing to stop the massacre at Columbine in 1999. Why is this concept so hard for some to understand?

Secondly, there is no such thing as “gun control,” other than perhaps a two handed grip. All we have is “people control.” The government would love to have a national registry whereby they know where every weapon is located. In times of their choosing these weapons could be confiscated from those legally possessing them. Think this couldn’t happen? It already has. Check out what happened after Katrina. 

Lastly, look at history. The first step in controlling the population by any government is to disarm them. While it may never happen here, history shows it has happened repeatedly in other countries. The only way to guarantee it won’t happen here is to not disarm in the first place. 

I have no problem with being screened closely before a gun purchase. But to be mandated to “register” a weapon for the government to keep on file is unnerving, as government abuse is why the second amendment exists.

Mike Wiley

Brookings 

 

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