Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Delay, denial and more delays
I am asking for everyone to write our senators andndash; and congressmen and anyone else who might listen andndash; and ask them to change the way the Veterans Administration (VA) processes disability claims from vets. Delay after delay, then some denials, then more delay.
I am a vet of Desert Shield/Storm and the liberation of Kuwait, been seen by the VA and diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). (I) must submit claim and so on, taking months to get an answer. I won't last that long; life savings have about run out and will be gone before I get positive results from the VA.
Octo-mom spent a small fortune to get fertile and have more kids and the public still helped her. I have found no one willing to help a Vet in my position keep what they have and hang onto the little bit of pride they still have.
A lot of Vets are being overlooked. Too little too late.
Serious impact of alcohol
Thefourth "Though My Eyes" Essay Contest was created with the hope that, by asking Brookings-Harbor High School seniors to write aboutthe impact alcohol has had on their lives, the community might become more aware of the seriousness of the situation and volunteer to do something about it before it gets any worse. (Call Myrna Barber at the Curry County Drug Free Communities Coalition (800) 242-9478).
We hope you read some of their essays! If you would like to read the top 25essays, and the essays fromthe previous three contests,copieswill beavailable in early June at Words and Pictures in Brookings with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the next essay contest; (they) will appearon www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org We wish to thank the Pilot for publishing one of the essays in(each of) nine issues during April andndash; Alcohol Awareness Month. To Art Dingle, BHHS English teacher forhis support. To the Words and Pictures Book Club for judging the essays. To Wild River Pizza for providing gift certificates for eight runner-up essays. To Fred Meyer for providing gift certificates so the top 25 authors would be rewarded. To TheCitizensWhoCare.org who provided the $100 Grand Prize, producedthe booklets ofthe top 25essays and placedthem on their Web site. To First Impressions for binding and trimming the booklets. A special thanks to Bill Schlichting for designing the logo and to the 115 seniors who heightened our awareness of the impactalcohol is having on them andon our community.
City resignations an eye opener
First the popular mayor resigns; now the city attorney has resigned because he is "not consulted on city issues and decisions."
As mayor of the City of Bandon, I can assure you at we consult our attorney regularly and rely heavily on his expert advice. The last thing we would do is leave him "out of the loop." Maybe it's time for the people of Brookings, and the City Council, to realize there is a problem.
If your readers haven't read Attorney John Trew's letter, which appeared in your paper several weeks ago (April 25, Page 1A) they should do so. It is a real eye-opener.
Official violation is no big deal
The headline of the April 29 issue of the Pilot blared out that the city manager had been fined for election violations.
I think (a) more suitable headline would have read that no good deed goes unpunished. Having looked through the material leading up to this alleged violation leads me to concur with the state's compliance specialist that this is a big deal to the person filing the complaint and nobody else. It's similar to driving 36 in a 35 zone. Who really cares? Rather than everybody losing as the former mayor stated, this incident gives the community an idea of the pettiness that our elected officials must sometimes deal with.
This is not a "black mark" on the city manager's record. This incident has afforded him an opportunity to show that he can defend both his and the city's interests and more significantly, that he is willing and able to stand by his employees.
And that's the real story in all this.
Owe ex-mayor a debt of gratitude
The citizens of Brookings owe ex-mayor Pat Sherman a debt of gratitude.
Current Mayor Larry Anderson and the Pilot repeatedly attempted to discredit her. She has contributed a considerable amount of time and effort acting as a citizen advocate when she observed actions she felt not in the best interest of the citizens.
It appears that anyone who dares dispute actions on the part of this city administration must expect that they will be met with serious measures meant to discredit.
Here are a few facts that were not included in the Pilot April 29, article regarding elections violations:
andbull;Failed to quote from the actual letter from Secretary of State Kate Brown. Instead, they quoted Carla Corbin who headed the investigation. I have read the entire letter from the secretary of state and the strong language used is a far cry from the mild Carla Corbin quotes in the Pilot;
andbull;It appears that Mr. Milliman had no intention of revealing to the public the serious charges of the secretary of state. Proof is that, although the councilors were notified on April 16, two issues of the Pilot passed without a word. Further, no mention of this issue on the City Council agenda for April 27. On April 23, the Pilot had not been notified by the city of this very serious and public information;
andbull;Mr. Milliman claims innocence and, at the same time, he also claims to be an experienced professional. Perhaps his obvious disregard for the law is one reason the city attorney resigned.
For those interested in understanding the seriousness of Mr. Milliman's actions, I suggest they read the secretary of state's findings which is a public document available for viewing at city hall.
Modern man is not road kill
Road Kill? Modern man is Homo Sapiens Sapiens, but modern man did not "invent" belief in a higher power than mankind.
Archeology has shown Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal held this belief before present mankind. The concern I have is describing mankind as "road kil." Whatever one's beliefs, humanity includes giving oneself to science to enhance the future or donating organs to help others. We are not road kill.
Belief in the superiority of oneself over others is one thing but insulting believers is another very disturbing thing. A British officer in the Himalayas in the 1800s was a very superior and scientific trained person. He proved to a Buddhist monk by screening his water to prevent death to any living thing before he drank, did not save microscopic life forms. The monk, his beliefs shattered, committed suicide.
What is the point of disparaging beliefs you do not personally hold? It is to feel superior only. When being a "superior" person means a nasty attack for no other reason than to get that superior feeling of oneself, you have disparaged the very idea of superior thinking.
There is so little known about the universe that to disparage for vanity is a fool's errand.
Sherman fights for openness
Since when has being critical of government morphed into being wrathful?
Since when is a citizen who submits public testimony, asks penetrating questions and keeps trying to get public documents released, even though being stone-walled, considered to be a stalker?
Most of you, when pressed, will admit that Pat Sherman was a good mayor. Whether or not you agreed with her, you knew she did her homework, listened to citizens with respect and conceded when necessary to the city attorney's expertise. By the way, I would rather rely on the judgments of a city attorney as to the legalities of an issue than to let self-motivated land developers decide whether to even consult him.
Sherman resigned, a last effort to get our attention, but still continued as a citizen to fight for openness and the rule of law. We remained uninvolved and gave her little support. Can we still remain silent as her character continues to be slandered?
And shame on you Pilot for frequently printing so much hate mongering. For example, in the same issue that slandered Sherman's character, a letter from a Ron Paul supporter was published. Mr. Paul's ideas are interesting, but the letter included vile character attacks that I found hard to believe were even being printed. (It certainly didn't fit within your professed requirement of "taste".)
Do we not know the difference between constructive criticism and plain old name-calling? Come on Brookings, we are better than this, and hopefully so is this paper.
Self-employed and health care insurance
It's been three years since I had a mammogram.
I don't want one. Because if there is a problem I cannot afford the treatments associated (with) that diagnosis. Recently, a private insurance company in Oregon would not apply a $125 doctor visit to my $10,000 annual deductible per person (the least expensive way a self-employed person can afford health care insurance). Then they increased my premium by 33 percent.
So, I made a business decision not to pay for a service that will not honor my claims, which causes me to remain undiagnosed. I will not pay or agree to pay for a service that will not provide a return. After 52 years and working all my adult life it would be a humiliation to become a ward of the state and a burden to society.
So, when some complain about paying extra taxes charged on cigarettes and beer andndash; I laugh. At least the taxes collected help children get medical care and their claims are paid under a single payer plan managed by the state of Oregon. Maybe when these kids are my age preventive health care and its consequences will be a right and not a privilege. It depends on our values.
Lindley Hall needs your vote
Kathy Lindley Hall needs your vote to continue serving this community as one of the Port (of Brookings Harbor) commissioners.
Kathy brings fishing knowledge to the board. Her father was a commercial fisherman who fished from this port. She graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School. She knows the importance of the port to the community. She understands the laws and regulations that govern the activities permitted on port property. Her knowledge of accounting procedures is an important extra that she brings to the board.
Vote for Kathy Lindley Hall for commissioner, Position 1.
Vote for Kathy Lindley Hall
For more than three years Kathy Lindley Hall has demonstrated her knowledge of port regulations and management.
She needs your vote to continue working for this community as a (Port of Brookings Harbor) commissioner. I hope you will join with me and vote for Kathy.
Let Lindley Hall serve four more
Kathy Lindley Hall is a dedicated (Port of Brookings Harbor) port commissioner.
She has served four year without pay. she is a native of Harbor. Her father was a commercial fisherman. She worked 22 years as secretary of the Harbor Eureka Fish Processing Plant. Her knowledge of port law, regulations and activities has been very valuable to this community.
I ask you to vote for her to serve another four years as one of our commissioners.
Robert J. Freeman
'Greater Tuna' is a great play
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
So said the Bard.
There's a stage full of characters at The Muse Theatrix played by just two players, Bryan Skidmore and Howard Patterson andndash; ably assisted by backstage dressers Kirsten and Lisa andndash; tough job! It's a fast-paced, caricature-fest of folks we've probably all come across sometime in our lives, set in a place called Tuna in Texas. (However, you find 'em in all corners of the globe, just the culture and dialects change.) It's funny, over-the-top and so human. Plays like this one are a tongue in cheek look at our idiosyncratic natures and how narrow and ridiculous we can be. Quick change, multi-personality action takes work, it takes more than a costume change to pull it off, and they do. They must lose 40 pounds each night!
It's on May 7, 8 and 9. Check it out.
You know, we've got satirical comedy andndash; "Greater Tuna," a musical andndash; "Grease," Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at BHHS and Bruce Ellis' Cat-in-the-Hat all in May! There's something for everyone!
Alas, Pilot only allows one letter a month; it's fair, but I shall see them all. You should too! Take your mind off swine flu!
Gold is good for the port
I encourage everyone to cast your vote for Sue Gold for (Brookings Harbor) port commissioner in the upcoming election.
Currently serving in that position, Sue has proven her merit. Unquestionable integrity, ability to listen, unbiased decision-making, and calmness of manner have enabled her to work for the good of the Brookings-Harbor community in this volunteer capacity. She is a proven leader and has been an integral part of helping to stabilize the Port of Brookings Harbor during her tenure.
Please help Sue Gold continue to strive for the port's success by re-electing her to the position of port commissioner.
The 'good old boys' of Curry
I just have to write a reply to the article titled "Not in Our Town" that came up a few papers ago (Pilot, April 25).
It's a good thing those Canadians didn't run into any of the "good old boys" that grew up around here. I don't care what kind of cars they were driving, we had some ringers here that I would put up against anyone. There was a guy (who's a grocery magnate now) that had a new, blue, 1962 Chevy 409. He wasn't much in the corners, but in a straight line he was pretty fast.
Then there was this guy that had a 1963 split-window coupe Corvette who lived up the Winchuck in the early '50s. (He's got more money than Warren Buffet now). I know of two other Stingrays that didn't make the grade racing him up the river. (They didn't come back down on their own power). Then you have this crazy guy that I used to run around with who lives up the Winchuck. He's got more trophies, racing motorcycles, than he can get in his living room. (And it's a big living room).
I've saved the best for last. There were four brothers that I don't think anyone could beat in their day, at running the Winchuck. One set the standard for how long a VW Bug would float before it sank on a cold, snowy December evening in 1969. He had another brother, the youngest, who set the standard for how to hog tie a deer at extreme speed from a motorcycle. The impact froze the tach at 11,500 rpm and the speedometer at 80 mph. (The deer didn't make it, but the rider did. Although he smelled pretty bad).
God, those were the days. If we needed a part for our cars all we had to do was go down to Red's Wrecking yard and get a new rear end, transmission, or whatever, for $5 or $10. Oh, the smell of fresh 90-weight at Red's, early in the morning! Red should have patented that smell.
And then there was me, "old 55 and stay alive, double nickels all the way!"