|Letters to the Editor published Saturday, September 10, 2011|
|Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot|
|September 09, 2011 08:56 pm|
Don’t take Floras Lake away from us
People in north Curry have opposed the commissioners’ plan to trade Floras Lake State Park for a private golf course, and for many reasons. Consider just these two.
The proposal puts the county at great economic risk by flying in the face of state park policies; tsunami protection goals of the Aviation Department; Blacklock’s screaming wind, torrential rain, and wetlands; and the economic trajectory of the golf industry, which is dropping like a rock.
Developers such as Herb Kohler (bathroom fixtures) never got rich by losing money, and to expect them to pay our county $1 million/year while in the red with this lemon is unrealistic. They will have an escape clause, or a real-estate bankruptcy shield, and we will pay for the mess that Commissioner Rhodes leaves behind.
Second, consider the commissioners’ request, and if you would do the same in your life or your business. The county faces a budget crunch, as many of us do. Rhodes’ response is to turn to the stewards of Oregon’s magnificent system of state parks with his hand out and this message: My county is broke. But your park is valuable. Give it to me.
Rhodes’ plan is doomed, but he continues to spend taxpayer money on it, investing time, travel, and undisclosed public resources including those of other county staff and departments.
Let’s leave this fiasco behind and get on with the real budgetary work that needs to be done.
Can’t pass up good manners
In the summer of 1985, I had few responsibilities and lots of free time. I spent two months hitchhiking, backpacking, and camping around the U.S. and Canada. An expert told me to always carry a marker and make a big cardboard sign that simply said “please.”
Along the coast of Northern California, two older women gave me a ride. “Can’t pass up good manners,” said the driver. They took me to a favorite restaurant for lunch and then dropped me off in Brookings. I was continuing north; they were heading back into California.
I’ve thought of them often, and in telling the story, I always remark on how impressed I was with their friendship. They reminded me of two high school best friends, the way they joked and laughed with one another. I’d guess they were in their fifties. Their plan of action was to regularly drive off, get lost, and then find their way back home.
Now, 26 years later, it has given me an excuse to return to Highway 101, the Redwoods, and the Pacific Ocean. l’ve gone looking. Did one live on Stateline Road, perhaps at the Lucky L. Ranch? The “No Trespassing” signs held me back from asking. Can people like that be found again?
I’m still impressed. I can only hope and try to be that memorable. I owe more than lunch.
Keep Floras Lake for the people
To the people of Oregon, We have lived here on Floras Lake, Oregon, for the past nine years. It is one of the few places left in this great country of ours where Americans and visitors from all over the world can see what the Oregon Coast is all about.
The Curry County commission’s staff wants to do a land swap with the state and put golf courses at lakeside. Oh my god. It would never be the same.
As for the lake waters, it feeds from the springs under the lake. There are many family wells here on the lake and the drinking water would never be same, and unsafe. This is a fresh water lake up side of the ocean and fresh water fish; very rare . And the wildlife – where will they go?
There are many golf courses on the coast to enjoy. Maybe these so-called investors can help in another way. Not just big business! I think you need to look into this matter.
Please keep Floras Lake State Park for the people.
PFLAG chapter in Curry County
I would like you to let the community know that a local chapter of PFLAG is meeting in Curry County.
PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters with over 350 affiliates in the United States. It is not affiliated with any political or religious institution. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.
PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. At PFLAG, participants find a confidential, warm and supportive setting where we can share our concerns with others and find comfort and reassurance about our gay children, family members, friends and ourselves.
The local chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 94261 Moore Street, in Gold Beach. The best way for parents, family members, friends or GLBT people to get support, receive educational materials, and to learn about PFLAG’s advocacy efforts is to visit a PFLAG local chapter.
For more information visit the website: www.PFLAG.org.