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Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 

A suggestion for next year’s Relay

Editor:

I have walked the Survivors Walk most years since the Relay for Life began.  

I am a two-time survivor and this year I walked with two other two-time survivors. There was good attendance, better than in many recent years. The weather cooperated.  

However, I would like to suggest some improvements to the program. The survivors are lined up on the high school track ready to go much too early. The speeches go on and on while we stand there and wait our turn to walk our lap.  

Many of us are in our 70s and 80s and many are not in the best of health. All of us got tired of standing there for so long. One or two left early. 

Maybe we could sit in the stands until someone announces that it is time for us to line up and walk. And just maybe the speakers should be given a certain number of minutes that they may speak. This was also a problem last year and it keeps getting worse as I keep getting older.

Pat Nash

Brookings

Additional security needed in our town

Editor:

With various ballots for the next election I cannot seem to find anything relating to additional security in Harbor and Brookings. 

The other day a woman who attends Star of the Sea Church told us that someone was trying to break in to their house by banging on the glass front door. They called 911 but no one was there to respond. Makes you feel really safe and secure in your own home. 

The person or persons who were trying to get in apparently failed and went away.

I don’t remember her name but she goes to my church.

Aren’t we ever going to have policemen or some kind of patrol? Am I the only one who finds this a pretty horrible situation?

Gerry Kass  

Harbor

Danger is ‘trusting a liar to lead them’

Editor:

The following quote is from the book, “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews and was not in reference to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S, but I believe the statement applies.

“You see, the danger to America is not a single politician with ill intent. Or even a group of them. The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them.”

“In the long run, it is much easier to undo the policies of crooked leadership than to restore common sense and wisdom to a deceived population willing to elect such a leader in the first place. Any country can survive having chosen a fool as their leader. But history has shown time and again that a nation of fools is surely doomed.”

There have been numerous instances throughout history of nations committing genocide on their own people killing millions. The book identifies the same step by step formula followed by each of those governments to accomplish this task, including that used by Adolph Hitler. Hitler stated in his book “Mein Kampf” that the way to get people to comply with your plan is to LIE TO THEM. The bigger the lie, the easier they will believe it. The German people never saw the holocaust coming.

The book illustrates that the United States has completed all but one necessary step from falling into a dictatorship and possible holocaust as did Germany. The German people never saw it coming and neither will the people of the U.S. until it’s too late.

Our people are so distracted by their TVs, personal electronic gadgets and personal lives, that they are not paying attention to the oppressive greed and corruption of their own government leaders.

Ralph Martin

Harbor

Seem confused about Obamacare

Editor:

This letter is directed at Mr. Siemens letter to the Pilot. Mr. Siemens and his right wing friends seem to be confused about Obamacare.

First, the mandate requires all who can afford it to buy insurance. We all currently pay for mandatory auto insurance. Now there is not much difference between a car wreck and a serious health problem. When the damage is done, insurance is needed. The “anti-mandate” folks are basically saying “I’ll call an insurance agent after I get into a wreck.”  See how that works for you.

Second, insurance is a pool of money that pays out when a person needs it. When you buy car insurance you hope you don’t have a wreck, right? Also, your premium is much less than the cost of repairs, so other folks in the pool help you when you need it.

Third, when an uninsured person goes to the emergency room, who do you think pays for that? You and I do through higher premiums and taxes. Does a $10 aspirin, or Q-tip ring a bell?  Do we want ‘freeloaders”? I think not!

Finally, the real confusion for the elderly and right wing is that Obamacare has a “Death Panel” clause. In reality it is the insurance companies that have been the “Death Panels.” Folks who have been turned down for coverage will tell you that.

There is no free lunch folks, but Republicans seem to think there is. Don’t be “conned”.

Mike Schrum

Brookings

 

Realize that no one can afford the ACA

Editor:

I would not put my next letter on hold to respond to Roberta Guthormsen (Pilot, July 11), but a funny thing happened on the way to the mailbox.

Before Roberta’s letter was printed I received a phone call from a gentleman who asked me if he might discuss my letter with me.

If you know me or read my letters, you know I encourage discussion and I listen to opposing views. I also try to inject humor as often as I can.

My phone caller and I had a very nice conversation. At the end we could only agree on one issue: I most likely would not have to pay the penalty (tax).

I took the phone call seriously; you see, I have an unlisted, blocked phone number. Nothing is blocked any more, but it is unlisted. If you recorded my phone conversation, you would not need to read Roberta’s letter, and vice-versa.

For those with an open mind, my letter was about money, every single part of the “Affordable Care Act,” “ACA,” Obama plan costs money, taxpayer money, your money, your parents’ money, your children’s money, the unborn’s money and anything the dead left.

I hope you like me, ‘cause you are already paying my medical and drug cost, my Social Security and Medicare A, B and D. I don’t want pity, I want you to realize no one can afford the ACA.

We Are Broke.

Clifton Siemens

Brookings 

Free child identity program available

Editor:

The Chetco Shrine Club, in partnership with Sidney Croft Masonic Lodge #206 of Brookings, will be holding a Free Child ID Program at the Kite Festival on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22. 

This free program is open to all children of all ages not just to children of our Masonic family, but they must be accompanied by an adult. The computer we use is especially designed that, once the information is printed out, it is erased from our files and is given to the parent or guardian for their records. 

This program is endorsed by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department and is meant as a service to our community. 

You may also see us at other venues throughout the year so, if you feel your records should be updated, do not hesitate to approach us. We would also like to thank 

C&K Markets and Fred Meyer for their donations to this worthy cause. 

Joel Reich, secretary

Chetco Shrine Club 

 

Something wrong with this picture

Editor:

 You want to drive a car you need auto insurance or a bond. You want to work, you pay FICA. 

Why do so many expect to get free medical treatment, without insurance, particularly those who have the means? They choose to live off the system without taking any responsibly to ensure that system is around down the road if and when they might need it. They learned how to scam Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986 which requires hospitals and ambulance services to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment, regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. Because of this, more than half of all emergency room care in the U.S. now goes uncompensated, contributing to the high overall rate of medical inflation in the U.S.

I’ve paid for health insurance for over 45 years to ensure that I have access to a well equipped hospital and staff to save my life, if I ever needed it.

So, for those who want to do away with Obamacare, repeal the Emergency Medical Treatment Act first. Then, for those with the ability to pay but prefer not to purchase insurance, when they need medical services, require a prepayment of at least a 100 percent premium over the actual cost to help cover maintaining the hospital, equipment and staff 24/7, not just for the short time they need it for treatment.

The U.S. ranks 45th in the world regarding infant mortality and lags behind other developed nations in many areas of health care while leading the world in the cost of health care. Insurance companies and drug manufacturers continue to bilk the system, using payola to buy off politicians and gain doctor’s support. There is something drastically wrong with that picture. 

Gordon Clay

Brookings

This isn’t Mayberry. Help yourself. 

Editor:

This is a letter in response to Larry E. Thomas’ letter, “Money for one, not the other.”

First, put down your purse, honey, and pick up your rifle. If you don’t have one, go get one. We are all on our own. The only way for you to be protected 24 hours a day is to move to the prison. They have a “special needs yard” just for people like you. Or, a sheriff’s deputy can come over and hold your hand for the shift. You have the right to bear arms, use it.

I can see the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima saying “Hold on, let me call the sheriff. He will solve our problem with the Japanese” This isn’t Mayberry.” The sheriff is not coming to help you. Help yourself.

If the library needs to expand, good. A place where we can all go and gain knowledge and read books is worth every cent of tax money. My tax money is going toward killing children in Afghanistan. I’m not happy with that. That is how the cookie crumbles.

Maybe the library has a book on how you can protect yourself.

John F. Antinello 

Brookings 

 

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