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Letters to the Editor May 17, 2014

Alcohol worst drug

Silence is not always golden: Being silent when people are being hurt and destroyed is not cool.

As a grandfather, I watched as two adopted FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) granddaughters grow up in an otherwise good home only to be constantly on guard lest money, and things of value are stolen, destroyed or disappear. These children grow up having no conscience. There is no sense of right or wrong and as yet I have not heard of many who could learn that. Their brains are permanently damaged and that is for Life! This is solely because their mother imbibing beverage alcohol during pregnancy.

Our society has become callous to the dangers of the greatest drug used today. I speak of alcohol.

This one drug destroys more homes, more lives than all other drugs combined. 

What about the 50,000 plus highway deaths solely due to drinking alcohol and then driving? 

Are the churches speaking about this at all? I cannot remember the last message I have heard on the dangers of drug use, including alcohol, over the last 30 years. So are the teachers in school speaking to this issue? Frankly I do not know. 

There is little education given in the public arena. 

Speak up or shut up. Those who know people are dying and know the cause and do nothing are just as guilty as those who use alcohol, drugs and other death-dealing potions.

I speak up for a sober America. I speak up for sober leaders who have not anesthetized their brains by alcohol and other drugs.

Sincerely and without prejudice all rights reserved,

Douglas Cross

Brookings

Capable, caring

I fully support the Honorable Judge Cynthia Beaman for re-election as Circuit Court judge. I’ve seen Judge Beaman at work in the courtroom for the past 16 years as she has fulfilled duties as an attorney and then judge. I have always been impressed with her dedication and professionalism in both capacities. She is capable and extremely knowledgeable. 

I have appeared many times in court in front of Judge Beaman and have always found her to be fair and impartial. It’s clear that she takes her oath of office seriously. She works hard to get her job done right. Her service within the judicial system is clearly more than just a job; it is her vocation and passion. 

I have witnessed Judge Beaman’s compassion and concern for the community through her work on the bench. It is apparent to me she cares about the people who appear before her. It is important for our judges to have such qualities.

Judge Beaman serves the community as a volunteer as well. I’ve personally observed her dedication to the youth of this community. She spends countless hours of her own personal time to provide opportunities for the kids in Curry County. Judge Beaman cares about the community. Judge Beaman cares about the people she serves. 

Judge Beaman is honest, fair, impartial, compassionate and professional. These are all qualities we should expect from our judges. Therefore, I hope you will join me in voting for the re-election of the Honorable Judge Cynthia Beaman as our Circuit Court judge.

Jeff Johnson

Brookings

Known her 18 years

I write to urge you to vote for Cynthia L. Beaman for Circuit Court judge for the 15th Judicial District, Position 6.

I am a former district attorney of Curry County.

I have known Judge Beaman for 18 years, since the time she worked for the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office. She additionally was in private practice with an emphasis on trial work in both criminal and civil arenas. We worked together on several cases, including a death penalty homicide.

In the years that I have known her, Judge Beaman has always approached her tasks with energy, thorough analysis, imagination, and a practical approach. In the last six years, she has approached her judicial cases with all of the above, as well as the additional ability to explain her reasoning and decisions to the party or parties involved.

Judge Beaman is the only qualified candidate for Circuit Court judge and she has my vote.

Patrick R. Foley, attorney at law

Harbor

No more amateurs

Would you entrust your home to be electrically wired safely, correctly and economically by a high school student who took physics?

If not, why would you vote for amateurs to safely, correctly and economically govern and manage Curry County?

Passage of Measure 8-76 would end the amateurism, cronyism and “good ol’ boys” misgovernment and mismanagement of Curry County by having professionals do the actual, heavy lifting of day-to-day county government. 

Commissioners could present the ideas, interests and wishes of county residents for consideration and possible implementation if economically feasible and in the professionally considered best interests of Curry County, not for the profit/interest of someone’s good buddy.

Measure 8-76 would promote professionalism, not popularity.

Harry Freiberg

Brookings

Change, Look,change

The proposed Curry County Home Rule Charter is not chiseled in granite. 

It can be changed by voters. It can be thrown out in its entirety by the electorate. 

So far, the opposition has tried every trick in the book to defeat it, except for saying the world is flat. 

Look at what physician Wayne Dyer says: Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.  

Joe Willett

Harbor

Re-elect Beaman

I have known Cynthia for about 10 years. During that time I have worked with her on many different levels. 

I found her to always go the extra mile for her community. She works to make sure that the youth of our communities always have opportunities to better themselves and to keep active. I am amazed at her strength and how she works tirelessly. 

I have also have witnessed that she is very impartial and professional in her duties as Circuit Court Judge. 

She has the experience and why try to fix something that is not broken? I implore you to vote with me in retaining Cynthia Beaman for Judge. 

Johanna Broberg 

Brookings

Beaman and 8-76

Having been called to jury duty several times in the past 10 years, I would highly recommend re-electing Judge Cynthia Beaman to continue on the bench, as does my wife. 

Judge Beaman is compassionate, very respectful to those appearing in front of her, and very careful in applying criminal, civil, and juvenile law. This is a very intelligent lady we should not lose the services of. It does not make sense to place someone on the bench for on-the-job training. 

As to charter government with measure 8-76: It is the right church but the wrong pew. I worked in a county with an administrator and county supervisors (same as commissioners). We did not give up our right to vote for any of the traditional positions. The supervisors were selected by population/geographic and their positions were numbered so that the seats could be specifically voted on. The problem here in Curry is weighted population but that doesn’t mean that commissioners could not be assigned school districts and/or geographic and their positions numbered. Curry would have to pay an administrator a peer salary and commissioners a token stipend. A sharp administrator would save Curry money in the long program. No disrespect intended, a preponderance of commissioners from the Brookings area would not set heart and soul into the problems of Port Orford or Langlois, nor should they. Vote NO on 8-76. Re-write it the right way.  

Ray Van Eck

Gold Beach 

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