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Letters to the Editor published Saturday, Dec. 24, 2009

People made season brighter

Editor:

To those of you who helped locate, remove and transport T-Bone, my devoted pet of 13 years, from Sporthaven Beach on Dec. 22, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

A special thank you to the kind surfer who saw two women in need, and stepped in and took control of the situation. We couldn’t have done it without you.

It gives my family a sense of peace knowing what happened to T-Bone. The season looks a little brighter because of all of you.

Kim Chambers

Brookings


Measures not about fairness

Editor:

Curry County Pilot, Dec. 19, editorial, “vote ‘yes’ on both measures,” is a good indication how readily Oregonians will exchange liberty for security at someone else’s expense. 

Ms. Bozack writes, “A yes vote on these measures will require big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.”

This is not a new idea and many Americans have sacrificed their lives fighting against it.

“From each according to their ability, to each according to their need,” is the way Karl Marx said it.

These communist ideals have been taught in the “public” schools for so long that they are published openly without protest. People today have no problem with civil government managing health, education, welfare, and economics.

“Fairness” to these type collectivists means sticking one’s hand in your neighbor’s pocket and helping yourself to the fruit of his labor and thrift. Add a little compulsion and bingo, you have fascism. Of course, it will be the kinder, gentler version than Nazi Germany, because we are more enlightened (better able to control you) today.

Every pulpit in Curry County should be buzzing about this open attack on personal property and the Eighth Commandment. Theft by ballot box is still theft.

Ms. Bozack claims, “A ‘Yes’ vote on Measures 66 and 67 is a vote for fairness;” (especially if you make less than a certain amount). 

I say a “No” vote on these measures is a vote against compulsion, collectivism, and communism.

James Atherton

Gold Beach


Responsibility a vanishing virtue

Editor:

This letter is in response to the letter urging a “Yes” vote on 66 and 67 (Pilot, Dec. 19).

The letter urging a “Yes” vote on 66 and 67 in the Dec.19 edition of the Pilot was quite troubling to read. My wife and I have worked extremely hard over the last 30 years: saving, investing, being involved in our children’s lives, ensuring they get a good education and are a productive and responsible part of society.

We have paid our fair share of taxes and spent hundreds of hours in community services, both in Southern Oregon and in California. We believe, and have taught our children to be self reliant, that “everyone has opportunities is this country, unfortunately most people fail to recognize those opportunities or are too lazy to act on them.” One of our investments has a problem: foreclosure. This foreclosure is called a “Strategic Foreclosure” and it is a growing problem. The buyer is upside down on the value of his property and has decided to walk away, making his problem into the problems of others. Even though the buyer is financially able to make his payments, he, like thousands of others, is letting banks and investors bear the brunt of his problems; he wants to assume no responsibility for his own actions. In short, he is sticking us with thousands of dollars of loss. My wife and I will deal with this financial setback by going back to work and pulling ourselves out. Not by asking others to pay for us.

Why does it seem that personal responsibility is a vanishing trait?

Mark Hollinger

Gold Beach


Praise and thanks

I wish to commend two young brothers – Brian and Riley Whalen – who deliver the Pilot, walking their route, who, I believe possess qualities of future leaders – promptness, courtesy and reliability.

Both boys have acknowledged, in a timely manner, handwritten thank you notes for any gratuities I have given them.

I hope the supervisor of these two boys appreciates the fine work these young men are doing.

Phyllis Carnahan

Brookings


Elected officials stuck on stupid

Editor:

I remember engraved above the entrance to the library at CU Boulder, “Who knows only his own generation remains always a child.”

I would add now, “Who ignores history remains stuck on stupid!” The consequence of current public education unfortunately graduates too many that are stuck on stupid.

A greater misfortune is so many of our elected officials, in both the House and Senate, are also stuck on stupid. This is most obvious by the insidious legislation proposed by the party in power. Cap and trade and health care reform legislation on top of a taxpayer buyout of GM, AIG, Citibank, and who knows what else. A quadrupling of national debt at a point in time when the dollar is in freefall should be of concern.

America earned its greatness as a product of individual liberty, rights of property, opportunity to take risk, and an undying faith in One Nation Under God. Our free enterprise system has done more to help and support other nations of the world than ever before accomplished in modern history. Given the track we are on now, America will join the ranks of Rhodesia, Burma, East Pakistan and Ceylon. Americans need to wake up before it’s too late.

God Bless America and Merry Christmas.

Howard Tingley

Brookings


Encourage good judgment

Editor:

Dear Parents, Lights are twinkling, people are singing, stores are filling with shoppers, and families are gathering.

It’s that special time of year again! With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to remind your teen that driving is a G.I.F.T. that requires: Good Judgment, Individual Responsibility, Fact Knowledge, Time to Practice.

Encourage your teen to use good judgment when selecting activities, especially when it comes to times when he or she may be tempted to drink. Make sure your teen knows you expect them to follow your influence, and support them in their decision-making process. Independence is all a teen wants, right? Remind them that with independence comes individual responsibility. Tell them that you expect them to make wise choices because independence is a privilege that holds great responsibility. If they drive by the rules, they keep the privilege.

Underage drinking is against the law, and law enforcement officials are out more than ever during the holiday season. Remind your teen drivers about the facts of the risks of underage drinking. Challenge them to think about all of the consequences that happen as a result of even one poor decision to break the law. Take time to practice driving with your teen, and use the time together to continually encourage them to “take the high road” when it comes to underage drinking. The more time you invest in them, the more they will be under your influence.

Happy holidays and have a safe vacation. 

Your local Commission on Children and Families: Karlie Wright, Bronwyn Greathead, Myrna Barber,

and The National Organizations for Youth Safety

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