No facts to support editorial
The Curry Coastal Pilot editorial, Jan. 9, 2010, "Looking past
knee-jerk reaction to tax measures," was full of "opinions." No
supporting sources or data.
Pilot: "Oregon's per capita tax burden is among the lowest in the
nation. ..." According to the Tax Foundation, Oregon ranks 26th.
http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/476.html. Pilot: "Past voter decisions forced this crisis." Decades of
excessive spending in every Oregon biennium budget for the last thirty
years; expansion of entitlement programs; hiring thousands of state
employees in a down economy; obscene public employee benefit packages
and the Mother Lode, Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
caused the crisis.
Adopted 2009-2011 Oregon Budget: http://www.leg.state.or.us/comm/lfo/2009_11_budget/highlights.pdf. Bar charts on Page 3 of the adopted budget highlight 30 consecutive
years of spending increases and, most recently, an enormous injection
of "funny money" that may (if ever) be paid back by future generations.
Additional graphics on Page 27 show the increase in State full-time
employees. 2005-07 (47,850); 2007-09 (49, 570); 2009-11 Adopted
(51,100). These numbers exclude city and county public employees.
Oregon Public Employees' Benefit Board Summary Plan Description: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/PEBB/docs/SPD/SPDfull.pdf Page 4 explains that monthly premiums are fully paid by taxpayers
for medical, dental and basic life insurance coverage of full-time
employees and that employees need only work half time in order to
The Mother Lode: Total 2007 investments, $65 billion. Oregon
taxpayers by law must guarantee PERS members an investment return of 8
percent on nearly all $65 billion. Investment losses in 2008 totaled
$17 billion. Beginning 2011, Oregon budget must include funds to shore
up the PERS portfolio that dwarf Measures 66 and 67 combined. According
to The Oregonian: "Statewide, it's at least a $1 billion problem in the
next biennium. After that, it gets worse."
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/10/looking_down_the_barrel_of_per.html. Thomas C. Huxley
Adopt a high school athlete
The Brookings-Harbor High School junior class would like to
encourage the community to get on board with our new program called
Adopt A Player.
In order for our local sports athletes to succeed in their
endeavors, it is essential that they have a strong and committed
support system. So, the junior class is asking you to "become a fan"
and adopt a wrestling or basketball athlete. It costs nothing to adopt
a player. This is a community service project sponsored by the junior
Those who sign up will receive a pamphlet describing his or her adopted player, and suggestions on being a great fan.
We suggest things like attending as many of your player's games or
meets as possible, bringing them a healthy snack or sports drink,
wearing your player's number to games, or simply cheering for them in
the stands. Whatever you choose to do to support your player, your
encouragement makes a difference.
To adopt a player, visit our booth at any basketball game or wrestling meet. For more information call: 541-469-7443 ext. 288.
Liz Lindley, Junior Class secretary, Brookings-Harbor High School
Global warning alarm is a fraud
A Jan. 16 letter (Pilot) proposed a scheme that claimed it didn't
return to the 1960s but at the same time described commune living.
Back to the earth sounds precious but communes either turned into
cults or dissolved due to a desire for personal freedom, or adulthood.
They didn't go away because they were great to live in. Now, the
rationalization for this retread concept is a lack of oil.
Nonsense, governments from local to federal just don't want to
develop known oils reserves for political reasons. We now know that
global warming alarm is a fraud to make us more subservient to
government and to get a few buddies rich(er): It is global fakery.
Another reason includes not poking holes in sacred mother earth. What
bunk! We have oil, natural gas, water power, wave power, nuclear,
ground heat and coal, yes, coal in abundance.
Destination Resorts in the United States generate tourism from the
entire world andndash; just because Congress and the present executive branch
wants to give away our monetary future again, for political reasons
(beyond any rational thought) doesn't mean everyone in the world is
Look at Bandon and the terrific development for good in that tourist
town. The planned development (yes, development is not a bad word) just
south of Gold Beach is a professionally developed corporation-designed
resort that will be the pride of the South Coast on land that is
basically marginal geography today. Who will support your new lifestyle?
Troopers needed in other places
State troopers need to patrol other areas besides Harbor.
My wife and I recently moved to Gold Beach from Harbor. We still
commute to Brookings/Harbor and back to Gold Beach daily. During our
commute we are constantly tailgated and unsafely passed by other
commuters who find a need to drive much faster than the posted limit.
We are always very disappointed in our local state troopers to find
two, sometimes three, sitting in Harbor. We have even noticed them park
next to each other chatting for more than an hour (I timed this on
We do not need this many troopers in Brookings/Harbor. Brookings
Police Department does fine in the city limits and the sheriffs can
assist OSP (Oregon State Police) in Harbor if needed.
So please OSP, patrol where you're needed, not where it's easy and financially beneficial for you.
Will not seek re-election
March 9, 2010, is the deadline to file as a candidate for Curry County commissioner.
I will not be seeking re-election this year for that position.
Although there are many good reasons to continue to serve, there are
just as many good reasons to not run again. After much thought, I have
chosen not to run again.
The truth is, I came into office with the intention of serving only
one term. However, I quickly realizedthat the county had major
challenges in the near future. So, at one point, I thought that staying
in office for another term would be the best decision for the county
and for myself. But after much soul searching and discussion with my
husband, David, I no longer feel that is the case. So, for my health,
our family and our business, the one term will be it.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Curry County commissioner.
I am grateful for the many kind comments and all the support that I have received over the years.
I will continue to work hard for the county in the various
capacities that I serve in to ensure the well being of the county until
the end of my term.
Having made this decision, my sincere hope now is that qualified
citizens of this county will "step up to the plate," as I did four
years ago, and run for county commissioner, with a clear understanding
of what that means. "Qualified" is a self-determining choice for those
good citizens who have the interest, desire and abilities to serve.
Many varied factors can make a good county commissioner, but the one
constant factor is the person who is "invested in" and cares about our
communities and the future of Curry County.
So for a humbling, but rich and rewarding, experience, consider serving your county as county commissioner.
Georgia Yee Nowlin
Curry County commissioner
Tax measures punish voters
So many questions, so little time and space.
Why do we have a special election, a 91-page Voters' Pamphlet and
thousands or millions of dollars in advertising, to vote on two
measures that punish citizens no matter how you vote?
Is Constitution Way a make-work project, a C.I.A. secret project or
just another boondoggle? Where do we weigh trucks while we build a
weigh station? Are load limits suspended? Does a law forbidding cell
phone use while driving, make those who did it in 2009 less stupid? If
there are exceptions, or warnings, is the law stupid?
Why are we doing road work in the winter, on the roads tourists never use?
Are we going to have a playground at the port, or is the 5 acres going to be an empty parking lot for the empty buildings?
I said nothing is free. Was I wrong?
Once we give it to the government, public employees act like it's free.
Once again our veterans have stepped up; are we going to wait a year before we create a plan for the fireworks?
Perhaps by this time next year, fireworks will be outlawed because they
cause Global Warming, pollution and they destroy fish and polar bears.
Predictions, like tossing a coin, are 50/50 propositions. Heads, there
will be inflation and more poor folk. Tails, the dollar will have less
value, and the job market will not improve.
Heads, we will get health care reform and seniors will get the shaft.
Use accuracy and honesty
If Sue Moro (Letters, Jan. 13, 2010) wants to grind on aboutthe evils
Measures 66 and 67, fine. This is, after all, a democracy, and the
Letters to the Editor feature of the Pilot serve as a community forum
But she should at least get her facts straight. I hesitate to call folks ignorant, just poorly informed.
First:The legislature is NOT using tax money to sponsor ads supporting
passage of the measures. "Don't you love the way they (the Legislature)
spend your money."Prove it, Ms. Moro. Newsflash.The Legislature is
prohibited from doing this sort of thing.
Second:The Legislature did not "send to the taxpayers these measures."
The Legislature passed these tax measures into law to adequately fund
vital public services. The business community was involved in the
legislative process but walked out when they did not get their
way,and then supported efforts to refer the tax issues to the
voters.Maybe you signed that petition, Ms. Moro.
So, let's have a spirited debate.Let's feel okay to petition our
government to redress grievances. But, in the least, let's do it with a
modicum of accuracy and honesty.
Vote 'No' on tax measures 66, 67
I'm sure they are all fine people but you have to wonder what on earth
the Democrats who want a "Yes" vote on (Measure) 66 and (Measure) 67
How do I know they're Democrats? I recognize names and the others are blind-obedience followers.
Government will always try to get more money out of us and they come up
with ideas they say will not affect 95 percent of us. Do you know that
75 percent of our taxes are paid by 5 percent of the population? The
top wage earner will not be outsmarted by the government. Here's what
andbull;Move to a different state or country;
andbull;Raise prices to cover the tax and you pay anyway.
If the state did what private business did in tough times, we wouldn't
need a new tax andndash; trim down the workforce by one-third. What a concept!
We keep prices in line; local business can stay in Oregon, plus
government gets smaller.
Vote "No" on 66 and 67.
I wonder where all the hundreds of thousands of dollars came from to run the huge ad campaign for 66 and 67?
Making holiday a little brighter
The Brookings-Harbor community pulled together to make the Christmas
season a little brighter for many families by participating in the
Community Giving Tree program.
Oregon Coast Community Action coordinates the yearly program with the
Elks Lodge, local financial institutions, and businesses, but it takes
the entire community to make the program a success.
The Giving Trees were provided by and located at Chase Bank, Chetco
Federal Credit Union, Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Evergreen Federal,
Sterling Savings Bank, Shop Smart, Umpqua Bank, US Bank and the
Kerr Ace Hardware, Laureate Sigma Beta, and The Red Hats sponsored
entire families. Wild Rivers Community Foundation, and others unknown
to me, donated very generously to the program. Julie and Randy Garcia
provided space for the many gifts that were collected. Thanks also to
the many, many individuals who picked tags from the Giving Trees.
Thank you to volunteer Maggie Camacho. Thanks also to the Curry Coastal Pilot for the nice articles about our program.
This year, by pooling our efforts, 378 children received gifts. It is
so wonderful to see the community come together to help those in need,
especially with the country's current financial difficulties. All of us
at Community Action want everyone to know that their help was greatly
needed and deeply appreciated.
Cindy Davis, Susie Brown, Kim Jones, Liberty Grubb, Oregon Coast Community Action
Measures will cause damage
It was with a mixture of surprise and disappointment that I read your editorial supporting tax Measures 66 and 67.
It is strange how Scott Graves and I can attend the same meeting with
our Senator and Representative and come away with different
conclusions. It is obvious that you did not believe what our
representatives told us. I believe that these measures will greatly
damage the business climate in this state.
One of the worst features is that one of these measures taxes gross
income instead of net income, which means a business can lose money but
still have to pay income taxes. To support such a feature is very
puzzling to me. Also, the money received goes into the general fund,
not for any specific entity like education, etc., so the politicians
can spend it any way they choose.
I have no pony in this race and have no job to worry about. But I fear
for the workers of this state should these measures pass. It is time to
cut spending, not raise taxes. State workers just got a raise, while
the income of some of us have been frozen. State government is
expanding while the economy is shrinking. Something is wrong in
Mudville and these taxes just encourage our government to keep spending
Frankly, I'm fed up and I hope enough others are that they will ignore your advice.
Vote 'No' on all new taxes