|Letters to the Editor published Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010|
|January 23, 2010 05:00 am|
Seeking photos, info on building
I would like the public’s help with a project I’m working on.
The building at 702 Chetco Avenue is one of the oldest buildings in Brookings and is currently owned by the Outreach Gospel Mission.
His Haven Of Hope and Shabby To Chic Resale Boutique are the current occupants. Many people wander in to see the interior of our building, as it has gone through many changes, businesses, redesigns, and re-purposing for almost a century. More improvements are in the works.
It’s my understanding that it was built as one of the first banks in Brookings. It has been different restaurants: pizza, deli, Mexican food. I was told it’s been an antique store and a candy shop. It has been a soup kitchen and youth center.
Shabby To Chic opened its doors December 2008. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All proceeds from the store benefit His Haven Of Hope.
Here’s where I need your help: I’m asking for old photos of the building, information and stories about the former businesses/occupants. Please send photos and information to: P.O. Box 7397, Brookings, OR 97415. Thank you.
J.D. Edwards, volunteer
Event Program coordinator
I have not actually calculated mathematically whether the negative national politics letters in this forum run 20 neg. to 1 pos., but I think I’m pretty close on the numbers.
You all have the right to whine and complain and you all exercise that right ad nauseum. I’ve always been under the impression that with rights and privileges, a person should also exercise responsibility. With this in mind, I’d like to issue a challenge to all the brave keyboard whiners that haunt the Letters to the Editor column.
My challenge is this: At the conclusion of each of your “rabid rants,” offer a possible, logical and well thought out solution.
I’ll even go first. My major complaint is the unacceptable loss of manufacturing jobs nationwide. No nation can stay on top in a global economy without producing hard goods. We have become a “service economy” of fast food workers, cleaners, brokers for other people’s money and glib talkers to separate that money from its rightful owners. We produce very little. Major corporations ship as many jobs as possible overseas to take advantage of the cheapest possible labor and move their headquarters to overseas locations for any possible tax break. They have no national loyalty. Their loyalty is to satisfying the greed of CEOs and stockholders. Each of these actions kills manufacturing jobs regularly. That’s my rant.
Here’s my possible solution. Take whatever “stimulus money” laying around Washington and loan it at low interest or no interest to anyone with some experience of the item they want to produce, a personal history of responsibility, and a viable business plan that will produce real manufacturing jobs and a tangible product.
Now lets hear some more positive suggestions.
As many of you already know, devastation has consumed much of the small country of Haiti.
I first heard of this 7.0 magnitude earthquake while preparing for my history class in Mr. Cooper’s room, but thought little about it, for I had only caught the tail-end of the news broadcast. Throughout that day, certain phrases and images particularly caught my attention and forced me to remember that short, vivid clip I had seen on the news earlier that morning, yet still I gave the situation little thought. The last reassuring clue was when I was sitting at home and flipped on the TV to find NBC news coverage and estimates on this truly catastrophic earthquake.
I then realized without a doubt that God was compelling me to start an outreach to help fund the Haitians with money so that they may receive much needed water, food and other medical supplies. Since then I have contacted the AGWM/COH (Assemblies of God World Missions/Convoy of Hope) and made a decision to fulfill what God is calling me to do for these needy, helpless Haitians.
Friday, Jan. 15, I set up a table at the entrance of the BHHS gym preceding the basketball games and collected $111.34 in donations. I would like to say thank you to all of those compassionate people who donated.
I plan to continue raising funds as well as awareness for the struggling people of Haiti. If you would like to donate, but want to be sure that your money is benefitting those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, please feel free to call me at 541-469-9746 or 541-251-0223.
In a recent letter an applaudable account was given of Chuck Fidroeff's achievements while director at the mission, to which I admirably agree.
Therefore my following statements are not meant to cast a shadow of fault or impropriety on those achievements nor on Pastor Chuck, himself, neither defending the advisory boards actions.
My real concern was a statement saying, when a man of God is doing God’s work, he is accountable only to God, and no one else. When anyone goes into ministry without placing themselves under counsel and accountability to an entrusted board or counsel panel, that ministry is in harm’s way of many legal and spiritual pitfalls.
The scriptures are loaded with stories of great leaders who found themselves in ship wreck when they worked alone or refused wise counsel.
Moses was a great leader and man of God, and yet between Egypt and Canaan he took a crash course in leadership and organization from his father- in-law Jethro, who was not part of the parade but butted in anyway. Moses recognized the wisdom offered, which made the journey less stressful for himself and those following him. The story is in Exodus, Chapter 18.
Later in that same journey, God gave Moses detailed instructions for providing water in the desert. He failed to follow those instructions, disqualifying himself from entering the promised land. He did God’s work but in a wrong manner, (Numbers, Chapter 20). Being thankful for past achievements by all involved, and mindful of the purpose and ministry of the mission. Lets not allow that purpose and ministry to diminish.
Recently the Pilot ran an editorial entitled “Looking past knee-jerk reaction to tax measures.”
In part, the article described those voting against an increase in Oregon’s taxes as mentally lazy or perhaps not intellectually capable of really expressing their opposition to these additional taxes; that our opposition is merely a human reflex like squinting our eyes in bright sunlight. Or sneezing. Or a hiccup. It is a “knee-jerk” response.
Is it significant that after the State of Oregon has redistributed millions (billions?) of dollars of our income to the poor, the number of poor people shows no signs of abating? Do you think that redistributing even more of our income will ease whatever problems our money is applied to? Is there any end to the demand for more of our money in order to “solve problems”??
I wonder if there really is merit, as the editorial seems to imply, in taxing ourselves more than the next state? Should we really be ashamed that we’re not contributing more?
Our elected officials come from among us and are therefore neither better nor smarter than we who elect them. So what is it that happens to them in Salem, that they persistently implement social programs that continue to cost us more and more and produce less and less?
I believe the “knee-jerk response” of fiscal responsibility will always trump the tax and spend impulses of those in Salem.