|Letters to the Editor published Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010|
|October 30, 2010 06:00 am|
Review HR 4646 then cast vote
Wow! The local political scene is breeding some really entertaining letters. When reading these letters, I try to be open minded, but really I’m not. I have the same fears about the outcome of the coming election that most everyone else on all sides has. I also have an aversion to selective heroism. So how, I ask, am I to weed out the spin and discern the real accomplishments and malfeasance presented in some of these letters. A major undertaking, this. Minutes after reading Mr. Hyslop’s theory of Heartless Smarties on the Rise (letters, Oct 23, 2010) I got busy formulating a response to state that his theory cuts both ways. Then I received an e-mail from a highly respected friend out of state that asked me if I was familiar with HR 4646. He assumed correctly that I had no clue. He went on to ask, “What’s wrong with you guys out there?” He says that there is a “Quick Quiz”˙ predicted to take place in late November or early December. I read HR 4646. I then re-read a few weeks worth of Letters to the Editor regarding the individual who co-sponsored this legislation. In politics, one’s “Aw, heck” will cancel all or most “Atta-boys,” Ted Kennedy notwithstanding. I suggest that everyone, especially those who subscribe to Mr. Hyslop’s theory of a rise in Smarties, read HR 4646 and then take a long look at their ballot before sealing the envelope.
After working on many campaigns in the Portland area, which were clean and honest without name-calling campaigns, then reading the many letters in the Pilot, I decided it was time to clear up the many uncalled for and abusive allegations that have been made.
First, public schooling. If a certain party gains control and does away with public schooling, then we will have a lot of “no child left behind,” with no chance for an education, as it will be difficult for the middle and poor classes of people to educate their children, as they will not be able to afford home schooling (computers needed) and expensive private schools which the rich have set up for their children.
Second, do away with Social Security. There are many individuals who depend on Social Security to help them make their mortgage payments, purchase food and medicine, plus pay for supplemental insurance. Social Security benefits are being paid to a lot of people who are not elderly. There are many young adults who suffer from muscular dystrophy, Down’s syndrome and other paralyzing effects of accidents or diseases. If it weren’t for these benefits they would become a burden on their parents, both of whom are working to make ends meet. If there are no Social Security benefits, then who is going to be responsible for them?
Third, it would be interesting to find out how many of the participants in the tea parties are drawing pensions from federal employment jobs, Social Security, and unemployment benefits.
Lastly, I hope that you, as voters, will think twice before you vote, particularly about whom you are voting for, as we cannot afford to lose what rights we still have. Just remember, this country is in the mess it’s in because of the Bush administration and his rich cronies.
Of course we don’t want higher taxes, nor do we want less law enforcement from the sheriff. Red flags come up for me reading the Pilot when I see that the county commissioners didn’t hold any public meetings when they approved the measure, and said they would. Another red flag comes up for me when no other solutions or fundraisers have been applied since the changes in amount of timber funds by Congress in 2008. So how did Congress change the 1939 guaranteed timber funding act to begin with? When was it supposed to end? When I read in the Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, Curry Coastal Pilot that Commissioner Georgia Nowlin said the proposed levy doesn’t solve a lot of problems, I wonder what will. I have been an independent property inspector, and in 2009 I had over 80 properties in Brookings alone that had finance problems regarding their mortgage payments.
The fact is, real estate values have lowered in the last few years and they’re not increasing yet. Increasing taxes for anyone that has financial difficulties now could push them into foreclosure, bankruptcy or tax foreclosure. There’s got to be some other solutions. Why not apply for grants, ask for donations, do fundraisers, have arrested persons pay for services, charge a flat fee per adult resident in county for law enforcement services, manage funds more efficiently, install parking meters and deputize volunteer sheriffs? We are not the only county having problems. If you look around, the entire country is having financial difficulties.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to vote “No” on the property tax levy. Let’s think outside the box, ‘cause it has got to change.
Perhaps it’s just us, being from the Midwest, but we kind of wonder why Brookings’ priorities are for an aquatic center rather than police improvements.
The police log shows a need when half of it is loaded with suspicious conditions, loud noise, fights and frequent shots fired calls. Why not prepare for the future?
We see editorials regarding power outages, but C.C.E.C. (Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc.) refuses to get into natural gas importation, much less solar/wind power alternatives. It takes time (and money) to prepare for things, but yet Curry County doesn’t seem to be interested. Gas generators are big here in the Midwest.
As for medical care, clinics are only built when California/Pelican Bay subsidizes them, instead of residents wanting a level-one trauma center, A.S.A.P. Isn’t it a little embarrassing to be almost 500 miles from one to the south or north, and not even have a level two to the east?
We hope residents aren’t caught with their pants down, all due to low-paying jobs replacing good ones and lack of forward-thinking leaders in the past 10 or 15 years. Just check out the municipal, state and federal jobs being done all over the Midwest to prepare, especially around Denver.
We owned a lot in Harbor for five years to build a retirement home. Then we realized the lack of medical and police services wasn’t going to improve due to inadequate leadership and residents who don’t seen to care enough about surviving — or about their quality of life. It would just be a lost cause.
Linda and Ken Smith
No tricks or treats this Halloween
I am sorry; we are not participating in the Halloween celebration this year.
We love the children and their costumes, and “trick or treating” has always been a tradition. But we are out of money, and are to the point we are afraid the far-left and the kooks will chastise us for giving candy to witches.
I have never worried about curses, and I have offended more than one deity, but so far I still have most of my body parts, and in the right numbers.
I was going to comment on the election, but all the dirty stuff has been said.
When you vote, remember who said what and what is true.
I will say this about donations: If you donate to a party or group, quit worrying about where the money went. I would rather have a candidate who doesn’t owe his bookie, than one who has two broken legs and needs a shave and a haircut.
I voted already, but I didn’t vote for everybody or everything.
If you don’t like ‘em, don’t vote — maybe they will get the message.
The article titled “Voters decide law enforcement’s fate” on the proposed tax levy (Pilot, Oct. 23) failed to shed any light, except for vague comments quoting Commissioner Rhodes that a failure to pass the tax levy for law enforcement would make property values drop. And it seemed to imply that it hadn’t been convenient to have public meetings to explain the proposed tax or explore other options.
Our property values have already drastically dropped due to the slow economy, and yet our property tax as it stands now still goes up 3 percent on tax assessed value every year. This levy would raise it as much as 20 percent.
This county has had 10 years to address this problem. This “wait and see what happens on this vote,” and “then address this current emergency,” shows an amazing lack of creative problem solving. There are always options besides an either/or approach as this article and the other information about the proposed tax to build a new jail imply.
To make this decision at this time seems irresponsible. This county of roughly 22,000 people has had virtually no new jobs in these eight years, and no infusion of major employers into this economy. Fishing and lumber are decreasing, construction is at a virtual standstill, and nothing has come to take their places. We counted 10 empty commercial spaces just in Brookings.
Property owners cannot bear the brunt of this shortfall. There have to be other solutions. Public meetings to hear ideas from the community may help solve this matter with a common-sense approach.
If we, as homeowners, can’t absorb this tax, neither can renters afford an increase.
It is getting to be the end of the year, and all the celebrations will begin. This is the time of the year we think of giving and receiving and showing the true message of the season we are about to approach.
I am a volunteer for the South Coast Humane Society, and we have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to place wonderful pets into loving homes. Our job isn’t done yet, and we have a goal that all of you can help us with. It has to do with sharing your love and getting so much more back. We have made it our goal and hope over the last two years to re-home all of our longest term shelter cats. We have only four left that have been at the shelter the longest, since 2005. They are: Blair, Soxy, Sweetheart, and Tate. Hopefully, our goal and hopes can be reached by January 1. What a way for you to start out a brand new year! They would love to have a loving forever-home — which they deserve. They deserve a life to share with a family, and would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s life.
Without a doubt, I know there are giving, wonderful, caring people who would be more than happy to open their hearts and arms to these phenomenal cats. The adoption fee is only $25; they are all vet-checked, spayed or neutered, and their shots are up to date. You would be getting more than $25 worth of love from any one of them. They are priceless.
To every voter in Curry County: Curry County officials are constantly badgering the voters (especially property owners) to raise taxes and rates.
The property owners are always targeted…like we are the “financial cow” for our county officials. The people who rent get angry at the landlords for raising their rents when, in reality, it is the county officials who are the real culprits here. The people have seen $6 million wasted for a “visitors center” which is an eyesore to the coast. The “visitors center” across from Harris Beach worked just as well, and the setting was better.
Another huge waste was the deformation of the Highway 101 weigh station in Brookings. It was fully usable. Remodeling would have been more appropriate.
So, until our county officials practice good judgement for our functions in this county, I recommend for all voters to vote “No” on county Measure No. 8-66. One of the biggest lies of these proponents is that there is going to be a shortage of law enforcement. Why didn’t these proponents think of this “foreseen shortage” when they were wasting $6 million on a coastal eye sore, and wasting money on an unnecessary weigh station?
Clarence and Elena Scott
DeFazio has just proved how left of center he is.
On a recent radio show he said he is involved in preparing papers for the impeachment of Chief Justice Roberts. He feels Robers perjured himself in his decision on the Supreme Court to strike down portions of the campaign finance law.
It is getting pretty desperate when a Congressman resorts to impeachment when the Supreme Court issues a decision with which he disagrees. This is not the kind of man I want representing me in Congress!
The Antunes family would like to convey their deep appreciation to the communities of Gold Beach, Curry and Coos Counties and beyond for the emotional support and the letters submitted to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. This has been a difficult time for our family. Reliving the nightmare of losing Dodi has shown us there are many people ready and willing to walk through the dark times with us. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for the letters and kind comments.
We want to thank Steve Doell for his support and guidance in navigating the course we found ourselves in as we tried to address this hearing for Marvin Sherman. We can not thank Janine Robbins enough for all the hours spent on this case and for representing our father at the hearing in August.
Thank you to the newspapers for the coverage of our story and getting the word out about our fight and the process we found ourselves navigating. We would have struggled to reach people without your coverage.
Finally, we wish to convey to the brave women that took a stand and submitted their letters along with ours our deepest gratitude. We realize how difficult your decision was and how hard it was to put the terror you lived through into words.
To other crime victims reading this, sign up for VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) http://www.oregon.gov/BOPPPS/VictimNotif.shtml. Don’t be caught unawares.
We are preparing ourselves in case Marvin decides to petition the board again in two years. This is a life long quest for us now. While we prepare, we will continue to conduct our lives in ways that Dodi and our mother, Joyce, would want us to. We will continue to live, laugh, love and dance.
The Antunes Family
The best choice for county commissioner is Lucie La Bonté. I have seen her in action, performing her duties with intelligence, honesty, fairness and understanding. She has the experience, knowledge and dedication necessary to lead our beautiful county’s way into the future.
We need her unbiased, non-partisan, common-sense approach to problem solving.
I urge you to vote for the most qualified, experienced and ethical candidate for Curry County Commissioner Position 1, Lucie La Bonté.
Normally I would be writing to question the memories, values and intelligence of those who would vote to return to political power those who foisted the current mess on us in the first place.
Irresponsible tax cuts for the rich and deregulation for the banks, unnecessary wars of choice put on the nation’s credit card, ignoring the nation’s infrastructure problems were (and still are) policies of the political party that people want to return to power.
This election cycle is different. I think that it would be very interesting and instructive if the crazies were elected and the inmates were allowed to run the asylum. Then, perhaps, just maybe, the so called moderates and independents will see and understand what the Republicans/teapartiers/conservatives really want for the US.
If not, well, it’s is often said that a people get the government they deserve.
Credit is due!
I would like everyone to know what a hero Mike McFarland is.
When I found out my son-in-law (Mike Gaines) was missing, McFarland was the first one I called. We were waiting for search and rescue to come see us, but I knew, after family and friends searching all night, that within an hour that Mike got word that our Mike had been seen out of gas. He met authorities and led them to our Mike’s truck, then he proceeded to look for him and found him!
Within four hours our man was on the way to the hospital.
Thank you mike McFarland and officer Joel Hensley. You two are great. Our Mike is home and doing well, and trying to forget the nightmare.
I very much disagree with the Gold Beach letter writer (Dave Duffy) in the Wednesday, 10/27 issue of this newspaper. Although his main reason for writing seems to be to encourage a “No” vote on the law enforcement levy currently in progress, it’s his statements about Brookings and Gold Beach being “saturated with police” and “they’re not solving violent crimes but issuing traffic citations,” that I feel should be challenged.
In fairness to our law enforcement officers, all one has to do is to read the city Police Log and Sherriff's Log in this newspaper to find out that they do a lot more than just trying to cite tourists and locals!
I’m personally glad to see several officers on the look out for dangerous drivers. I happen to believe that anyone who does not want a traffic citation should simply obey the law! Our laws are all written to protect the general safety of the public. It really bothers me that innocent victims get hurt or killed because some others are willing to take a chance that they probably won’t get caught driving too fast or under the influence.
The more citations written to discourage breaking the law, the better as far as I’m concerned!
B. Hilyer (Oct 9) implies that the first amendment establishes the separation of church and state. It doesn’t mention the word “separate” or the word “church.”
The first amendment forbids the establishment of a state religion. Why does Ms. Hilyer contend that Robinson doesn’t acknowledge this? Contrary to establishing a separation between the state and religion, the constitution shows the government’s concern for religion insofar as it prohibits any law prohibiting ones free exercise of it.
The only evidence Hilyer offers (her next sentence) is that “He makes money producing a Christian-based home-school curriculum.” Anything wrong with that? There are safeguards to prevent Robinson from voting on bills that would influence his school business but these would be the same as restrictions on legislators selling computer chips, or tractors, no?
Should we not be more concerned about DeFazio’s disregard for the constitution? His words and voting record indicate that he forgets or denies its very purpose. This purpose is stated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence — to secure the rights with which our Creator endows us. The first-mentioned is the right to life.
Ask DeFazio by what logic he considers killing a baby after birth to be a public matter while killing a baby of the same age before birth is a private matter. (According to his writing and voting record.) His answer should surprise you.
Let’s make it a red, white and blue Christmas for our troops.
After receiving a few emails from Afghanistan, The Redshirts where surprised to learn that all the troops wanted for Christmas were Christmas items to make it feel more like home. They are asking for Christmas trees, with lights, from 1 to 3 feet; Santa hats and stockings; fruitcake; nuts with shells; gingerbread cookies; canned eggnog; candy; Christmas CD’s and DVD’s; scented pinecone air freshener; flavored coffee and cocoa.
I really felt a lump in my throat when I thought about how important it is to keep their spirits up, especially for the Holidays.
Mainly Christmas, when they miss their families and home so much. Our hearts go out to the young men and women who are so willing to bravely give their lives for our country. They deserve the best that we can give them.
The Redshirts will try to send as much as we can, and are asking the community for whatever help they can give to insure that these wonderful men and women who are fighting for our freedoms will have a merry Christmas. We will be sending gifts to two MASH units (hospitals) and to our local soldiers from this area.
Our Christmas shipping will be on Nov. 18, at 8 a.m., at the Brookings Post Office. You do not need to be a member to participate in this mailing. We average 150 or more boxes for our Christmas mailings. It’s a lot of fun! The deadline for donations is Nov. 10.
We thank everyone for everything they continue to do for the troops. If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation of items or money, please contact Sharon at 541-412-8968. You can also visit our website at www.brookings-harbor-redshirts.org.
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