|Letters to the editor Sept. 11, 2013|
|Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot|
|September 10, 2013 07:18 pm|
Syria a bad diversion
A missile launch on Syria will surely kill and maim good folks.
This Oval Office can issue orders safe from harm and wartime carnage. Fanatical Islam, “a sleeping giant” with agents among their millions world-wide, is our real threat, with no legal borders and endless hostility in sight.
This White House team, inexperienced and inept outside of their academic bubble, have no idea of consequences of their actions.
Any diversion from health care, jobs, immigrants/borders, IRS, NSA, national debt, etc., is welcomed by this administration.
I’d like to offer a few clarifications regarding certain statements in the recent wind power article.
The 80 to 130 mph winds in Cape Blanco are useless. Most modern turbines shut down at 56 mph or less. Federal financial incentives are a 10 year production tax credit which is currently $0.022/kilowatt hour — the 30-percent “deal” is a vestige of the Obama Stimulus program which I don’t believe exists anymore.
A one-time business investment tax credit of 30 percent may still exist, but is rarely used in project financing. No one is buying energy for $0.32/kwh unless you live in Japan. Long term bilateral contracts for energy sales this year range from $0.02 -$0.05/kwh depending on market/region.
The whole solar flare/energy security at the end of the extension cord thing doesn’t fly. Wind plants are not autonomous generating facilities such as nukes, coal or hydro plants. They are essentially slaved to an existing “hot” grid. Blades for a 2.5 megawatt machine are in excess of 150 feet in length (rotor diameters >300 feet) and will be very difficult to transport to a coastal site. Nacelles/chassis for wind turbines of that size weigh ca. 90 tons — check with ODOT on transportation issues. There is likely a decent project opportunity in the region. Mr. Brock Smith is correct — it needs to be studied — thoroughly. At this stage, zeal should be tempered with diligence.
Oh, one of the first things wind developers look for from counties are tax breaks.
Good job trash dogs
For seven years now we’ve been reading about Ed Gross and his team of volunteers going out and picking up all kinds of trash throughout Curry County.
At first, we thought it was about some place in Appalachia or some Southern U.S. areas. Perhaps we’re just spoiled as we’ve had recycling pickup since we were kids. After 50 years you kind of get used to separating garbage and recycling weekly and disposing of it properly. Some of the stuff Ed has found is just amazing!
Besides our biweekly collection of cardboard, newspaper, magazines, cans, glass and plastic we have weekly “drop-offs” at transfer stations for batteries, large amounts of glass, plastic, tin and metal cans. Customers can even rent a trailer when cleaning out basements/garages. We also have medical and hazardous waste drop-offs besides electronic goods.
The surprising part is that Curry already has a Transfer and Recycling Center. Our city has a monthly cost of only $5.92 due to all the companies just waiting for monthly shipments of recycling items that they re-use.
Our congratulations go out to Ed and his helpers who go out for a few hours every three weeks just to pick up all the stuff people want to get rid of for various reasons. Keep up the good work!
Our state also has a three-times-a year pickup. (Adopt-A Highway program) of things people dispose on our highways. This has been expanded to include some of our county roads too — many more than you have. These volunteers, like Ed, care about the condition and beauty of our state and counties.
Linda and Ken Smith
Home rule reduction
What part of NO is it the Curry County commissioners do not understand? Now they are putting a property tax of $1.35 per thousand on the November ballot.
In Harbor and many other areas of Curry County we have over half of the people living on $22,000 or much less a year in small mobile homes and RVs on tiny fixed incomes. Some of these people own their homes, but pay rent on the land it’s on. Do the commissioners think the landowner is not going to pass the added tax on to these poor people?
From the Curry County Master Payroll, just the salary and benefits of the three commissioners, county lawyer, treasurer, and county clerk comes to $557,862.96 per year. That’s over half a million dollars for only six people. If you take the salary and benefits of the 11 highest paid Curry County employees it comes to $1,080,664.60. That’s over a million dollars and it’s only for 11 employees.
In the glory days when the county was getting $8-9 million O&C money per year from the Feds, plus what they got from us for property tax, instead of investing in a courthouse and jail, the commissioners invested in raises and benefits, new cars and junkets.
It’s a shame the county Home Rule Charter being circulated for the May 2014 ballot didn’t make the November ballot this year. It reduces the county commissioners’ salary and benefits from $88,447 each to only $10,000 a year and no benefits and makes them part-time as it should be.
Sign the petition to put it on the ballot and vote for it when it’s time to vote.
Renewing my Faith
When you live in Brookings, you are not alone. Let me explain.
Nine years ago we moved to Brookings, our retirement dream town. The first couple of years our going out to breakfast at all the welcoming cafes like Mattie’s and Oceanside Diner, you know, like the song, “where everybody knows your name”; we took pleasure in all the local theater groups; in other words, we plugged into the community.
Then after dementia invaded my husband Norge’s mind and as it advanced, we retreated from the community. Well recently, dementia won. I could no longer care for him and had to admit him to a most loving, caring environment, Ocean Park.
Renewing my faith that people do care and love one another as neighbors in Brookings, so many people have offered me such wonderful support, from the employees at Fred Meyer, who took time to notice my “sidekick” was no longer with me and comforted me with hugs; Chester at the Chevron station, who offered to come help me in any way he could; to all my neighbors on Welch Court who stepped up and are here surrounding me with support when I needed assistance Thanks all of you from the bottom of my grateful heart.
Lastly, Dr. Tjossem and his assistant Sheri, they not only care for our bodies but their compassionate squeeze to the shoulder at the end of a doctor’s visit says they also care for our spirits; they understand! Brookings is blessed to have these two caregivers.
Let me mention here, I miss Ira. We would pull out on Highway 101 and here came Ira, waving and jigging, sharing his joy of life and the beautiful place we live in. We miss you, Ira.
Thank you, Brookings.
Several recent letters to the editor, including Doris M. Roepke’s letter on Aug. 21, clearly violated your own policy against unverifiable characterizations.
The bulk of Ms. Roepke’s letter was pure name-calling in the form of an inaccurate quote by H.L. Mencken, complete with a misspelling of Mencken’s name.
I challenge the citizens of our community to quit submitting letters such as Ms. Roepke’s.
To the citizens of Curry County: Stop writing letters containing name-calling and hate-mongering without substance. Refrain from basing letters to the editor on text mindlessly copied from blogs and viral emails. Use your own words to make reasoned, fact-based arguments. Letters to the editor should be original pieces based on reality that inform the reader and provide insightful ideas.
October is National Anti-Bullying Month, and many educators are working hard to encourage students to stop bullying and name-calling. Name-calling in a letter to the editor contradicts that teaching and presents a very poor model for our young people. Adults in our community and our newspaper of record should provide a positive model for responsible citizenship, and not a lesson on how to spread mindless anger and hate.
Instead of filling your letter with empty tirades, how about making fact-based logical arguments?
Come on, Brookings-Harbor residents! Let’s see more letters that lift up our community and serve as examples for our young people. You can do it!
Pooches people year
It has been one year, already, that Pennies for Pooches took over the Curry County Animal Shelter. We are happy to report that we are alive and well because of the support of our community and people all over the United States who have sent donations to help our nonprofit.
Pennies for Pooches was nervous when Sheriff Bishop approached us. Could we do it? Would we be financially able to make payroll, pay all the bills and still rescue? We took the plunge and banked on your support and we did it!
We would like to congratulate you for helping us make it through our first year. From Sept. 1 2012, to July 31, 2013, we placed 464 animals into loving homes. We could not do our work without you and I want to say thank you.
Each rescue we get one step closer, each time we alter a dog or a cat we get one step closer, one step closer to the day that healthy animals won’t die in a shelter for space or because they are the breed no one wants.
I love my job and each morning I ask God to give me the strength I need to help the animals in need, to give me patience to help the shelter dogs thrive and become the dog that everyone wants to adopt and to help me place them into loving homes.
God Bless and again, thank you for your support.
We would like to publicly invite you to our annual board meeting that will be held on Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Gold Rush Building in Gold Beach.
Pennies for Pooches/Curry County Animal Shelter
Replace the General
I am writing to express my support for the bond measure to replace Curry General Hospital with a new facility. As a registered nurse and Curry Health Foundation president, I am well aware of the critical need for a new facility.
Many Curry Health District residents may not be aware that Curry General Hospital is the largest employer in Gold Beach. Unfortunately, the single operating room at the hospital has been shut down for repairs due to building code violations, greatly inconveniencing county residents and employees alike. Although scheduled to reopen soon, the revenue lost due to the OR closure alone would have been enough to pay the interest on the proposed bond for a year.
With winter approaching, the skilled and dedicated employees of the hospital fear for our beleaguered building. Maintenance employees spend countless hours each winter chasing down and repairing roof leaks, a task made more difficult by the innumerable times the hospital has been remodeled.
Case studies, including the Hastings Center Report, document the many benefits of the next generation of hospital design. The integration of evidenced based design features are shown to not only reduce hospital acquired infections and length of hospital stay, but also save money by decreasing energy costs and worker’s compensation claims. Our current facility is over 60 years old. Upgrading the facility would address documented deficiencies to building codes, improve patient safety, quality of care and address privacy issues.
Join me in voting “YES” to replace the General.
Jamie Lundin, RN, president, Curry Health Foundation
Super urges support
I recently read with interest an article in our local paper regarding the intent of your county commissioners to float a bond measure next fall designed to fund basic services.
I haven’t kept track with your city since leaving there as school superintendent in 1991, but it appears that little has changed regarding public support of services. We in the school district also encountered considerable difficulty, however the citizens, with considerable help from the Brookings Rotary Club, did approve an updated tax base. We were grateful!
I am no lover of increased taxes … never have been. However, for the education of our youth and for fire and police protection I have always voted in favor and I shall continue to do so. It’s for this reason I felt the incentive to write, to urge the reader to support the school board and the county commissioners in doing their jobs … looking out for the interests of the community.
Jim D. Stuckey, Ph.D.,
previous school district superintendent Bend