Right-wing lies in letters to the editor
The Curry Coastal Pilot continues its irresponsible editorial policy of publishing right-wing lies in its letters to the editor section. Here are just two recent examples.
The Wednesday, April 27, 2011, edition the Pilot published a letter by Carl Cooper listing nine outrageous features of the “Obamacare” bill, HB3200. It turns out this list was taken directly from a viral email that was circulated in the summer of 2009. The claims are all lies. They were completely debunked by both PolitiFact.com (http://bit.
ly/ABtWJ) and FactCheck.org (http://bit.ly/nGgCb) back in 2009. Besides which, HB3200 wasn’t even the bill that was signed into law.
The Saturday, April 30, edition the Pilot published a letter by Arthur D. Larason who was apparently outraged by the “fact” that “last year Obama authorized the immigration into the U.S. of 80,000 Muslims by executive order.” You can find the memorandum Mr. Larson is referring to here: http://1.usa.gov/
kE6V1T. Mr. Larason might be surprised to learn that President Bush made similar authorizations (http://1.usa.
gov/jgbuw6), and so did President Clinton (http://bit.ly/
j0GfDg). The real truth as clearly stated in all of the above-referenced memoranda is that “the 80,000 admissions numbers [are] allocated among refugees of special humanitarian concern.” The memoranda say nothing about the refugees being Muslim. The right wingers just made that part up.
It took me all of five minutes to check these facts. The Pilot editors could do the same.
Looking for flower show participants
During the Azalea Festival weekend, the Brookings Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) will be having its annual plant sale and flower show at the Grange Hall in Harbor.
We encourage interested residents to participate in our flower show by bringing single cut flowers to the Grange Hall on Friday morning May 27, after 9 a.m. Vases and water will be provided. Participants will be asked to complete an exhibitor card. There is no judging and no prize – only pretty flowers.
BHGC members will have various plants for sale Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29, at the same location. Funds from this sale will be used to finance BHGC educational programs and beautification projects such as the Botanical Garden near the bridge, Welcome to Oregon sign at border, plantings around Chetco Museum and the floral garden near the marina boat launching area.
For more information contact Betty Lornien, 541-412-8016.
Jim Benson, president BHGC
Brookings is full of good Samaritans
I am the one who took the tumble near the post office in Harbor on May 9.
I would like to thank all of you who came to my aid. I am so grateful for your help and support.
A special thanks to the man who ran to get his first aid kit and helped me to the bench. I don’t know your name but your kindness will never be forgotten.
Brookings is so full of good Samaritans. Thanks to you all.
Sentence for young girl was too harsh
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a young girl, of only 17 years, had her whole driving life taken away by a female judge, or any judge for that matter. How can this judge look at herself in the mirror, unless she says mirror, mirror, on the wall, etc., etc. Come on now, for life?
Judge Cynthia Beaman, Sierra is 17 and she fell asleep behind the wheel while driving. Yes, this is terrible and she should have her license taken away for six months or a year, but, it was an accident. This teen has the horror of that night and death of an innocent motorcyclest on her conscience for life. That in itself is enough punishment, especially for a girl who cares for people like she does.
I’ve been a long-haul trucker for 38 years and have seen my share of accidents, even had to go be a witness at some court hearings that involved a drunk driver and the judge didn’t revoke their driving privileges for life!!
You should have your black robe taken away for life and be disbarred. For life!
Thanks for arresting meth drug dealers
Kudos to all the law enforcement agencies involved in the recent arrests of the alleged meth drug dealers in our community.
Job well done.
Thanks for making our community a safer place.
Convert tsunami areas into a park
It would be very nice if an organization could buy properties in the tsunami zone and convert those into a Tsunami Zone Park. People could then procure safe properties at least 120-feet elevation with a compensation program to help move older buildings or build new ones to replace those relinquished.
The March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami made toxic tsunami trash out of buildings, vehicles, and their contents from subsidence with the tsunami. Even more horrifying is that this was washed into the ocean, poisoning marine life.
Are you in the tsunami zone where your home, business, vehicle, and their contents will break up and grind down and move into the river, bay, and ocean? What toxic effect would that have on our marine environment and our coastal fisheries for generations to come?
Rather than let the next Cascadia great subduction earthquake with subsidence and gigantic tsunami make our Wild Rivers Coast into a Toxic Salvage Coast, it would be best for everyone to move buildings and vehicles safely uphill before that happens. That way, the tsunami would move through the natural vegetation, sand, and mud of the Tsunami Zone Park and deposit organic remains safe for marine life.
But, are we capable of making a Tsunami Park along the coast while moving everyone onto properties uphill?
Self-serving agenda not good for county
Re: Izzy Brock May 14 , opinion of county reorganization.
I see a bad storm brewing. The commissioners are on a path of self serving agenda that isn’t good for the county or employees.
I believe it is time for the county employees and the voters of Curry County to create a petition to recall the commissioners and begin the administrative change to having the state government step in and get the county offices and employees back to where they all belong and use the planning commission to oversee and meet with department heads to stop this gestapo style county leadership.
Izzy Brock is a brave person to stand up to the commissioners. I stand with her in wanting our county to get back to the real operation. This so-called shuffling is a game of power threats from the three stooges. I give a vote of, NO confidence and want to see a real administrator (Oregon State adviser) step in to try and keep our county government solvent. We can not continue to allow this shooting-from-the-hip style of leadership.
Izzy Brock is now being isolated and not being given the proper tools and employees to continue to perform her duties. This county will go under; we do not need to pay three people to govern over such a small population. I would rather see the salaries be used for law enforcement and keeping our budget above water.
Let’s use our planning commission and department heads and an Oregon State adviser.
Support effort for local food bank
While visiting your lovely town, my wife and I discovered that Whaleshead Beach Resort manager Kathy McNeely has joined with a local artist, who wishes to remain anonymous, in a fundraising project for the Brookings/Harbor Food Bank.
Whaleshead Beach Resort is selling original oil paintings which feature views of Whaleshead Beach State Park and ALL sale proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank.
These paintings make a wonderful gift or the perfect momento of a coastal getaway while supporting the Brookings/Harbor Food Bank which serves our entire community.
I’m thinking that you and the readers of the Pilot will want to know of this opportunity which seems like a win/win/win for everyone.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Separating faith from nation’s identity
The Christian Founders Debate: There has been some discussion regarding the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers.
I feel it is important to note that in the Treaty of Tripoli, signed by John Adams, it states the following: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion ...”
The Founding Fathers may have been religious, but they did attempt to keep their personal faiths separate from the nations identity.
Shane Stephens Brookings
Libya! Where’s the outrage?
We have a President committing American resources to Libya without Congressional approval and no one is saying anything.
County Hospice is a valuable asset
We cannot lose Hospice!
When my mother was in a nursing home and didn’t have long to live, Hospice provided someone other than family she could talk to, say what she felt and not feel she had to be “up” in her attitude for fear of making her family hurt more for her.
The greatest thing was when she was in intense pain I tried to get the home to give her a stronger pain medication, but they wouldn't do it. I would go home and cry after seeing her hurting so much and not being able to do anything about it. I called the Hospice nurse, told her the problem, through tears, and she said she would take care of it. She had to go through three doctors but got the pain medication where mom could push the button herself. I can’t tell you what that meant to her and me.
Don’t let us lose one of the most valuable, compassionate assets we have. This was in Washington state so don’t be afraid of the nursing homes here.