Letters to the Editor published Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Check out writings of Art Robinson
With all the Art Robinson flyers posted around town, I began to
wonder who is this guy? I found the following compilation of information
online all taken from his own statements.
Medicare: "It should be abolished and changed to a system of 'medical' welfare like the food stamp system."
Social Security: "It is unconstitutional and an 'entitlement' program and should be ended by attrition."
Energy: "Government regulations caused the BP oil shill. There
should be no regulations or taxes on the energy industry. We need the
environment like we had in the '50s."
Education: "Public education is 'child abuse' and should be
abolished." "Applicants to Caltech are weighted toward those who seek
severe, difficult, total-immersion training in science andndash; an experience
few women and blacks desire."
Water: After water under the decommissioned nuclear reactor in
Souther California was found to have 16 times the normal amount of
radiation, Mr. Robinson commented: "It is unfortunate that this water
under San Onofre is being wasted. If we could use it to enhance our own
drinking water here in Oregon, where background radiation is low, it
would hormetically enhance our resistance to degenerative diseases."
Nuclear waste: Should be disposed of by "sprinkling over America, poured in foundations of homes, dispersed in the ocean."
Don't take my word for it. This information came directly from Mr.
Robinson's own writings over the years. Check out the website
www.whoisartrobinson.com . (paid for by Peter DeFazio for Congress). It
is truly scarey!
Most of Robinson's ideas are flawed
Art Robinson says that he wants to get the government off our backs
and give us more freedom. Who will benefit the most from deregulation?
Not you and me! Corporations will benefit the most. Since the Supreme
Court ruled in 1863 that corporations have the same rights as a living
human beings, the corporations have, because of their financial
resources, pushed back government protection of the little guy.
What government protections and services are you willing to give up?
Remember, this recession and the oil spill in the gulf where cause by
lack of regulation or failure to regulate. What other regulations are
you willing to give up? The 40-hour week? Child labor protections? Work
place safety? Protection against cancer causing substances? What
services are you willing to give up? National security? Highway
maintenance? Health care? Social security? Air travel safety? The list
Our government is designed to protect the rights of citizens. Many
claim that our government is inefficient and that businesses are
efficient. This is true. But the reason government is inefficient is
because our founding fathers designed our government as a system with
checks and balances of power. They knew that an efficient government
could be taken over by tyrants.
Art Robinson has some good ideas, but the ideas he promotes the most
are flawed. With this recession we have had our assumptions of how
things work in America shaken. But remember the Republican
administration of George W. Bush got us into this mess. Republicans have
done nothing but obstruct efforts to fix it and have few viable ideas.
It is going to take some time to straighten it out. Why would we want to
give power back to those who caused it?
N. Rob Milton
People falling for GOP misinformation
Regarding Diane Daniels' Sept. 15 letter: I usually hesitate to call
someone a liar, but in this case, Ms. Daniels, your comments are far
removed from the truth. Democrats have never said that "Bush cut taxes
for only the rich." What we have continuously said, and can prove, it
that the great proportion of the Bush tax cuts went to the very rich.
Here are the facts:
The middle 20 percent of U.S. households got 8 percent of the Bush tax cuts. Butandhellip;
The top 1 percent got 25 percent of the Bush tax cuts.
The richest .02 percent of households (that's about 250,000 people)
got nearly 15 percent of the Bush tax cuts. To put it another way, the
richest 1 percent got tax cuts 54 times as much as the middle class.
Democrats never said the middle class never got a Bush tax cut; we've just said that Republicans just threw crumbs at us.
Another fact: These tax cuts plus the costs on the illegal and
unprovoked war in Iraq have contributed to well over half of the current
national debt. And Republicans have the gall to propose extending
those tax cuts that will add another $4 trillion to the debt over 10
years and benefit the richest Americans.
It continues to amaze me that so many presumably smart people
continue to fall for this kind of Republican misinformation, and vote
for candidates from a party whose policies regularly stab them in the
A call for prayer and fasting
A call to prayer.
During WWII, Winston Churchill called his nation to prayer. He asked
them to pause at 9 p.m. every night to pray for their nation. In late
1940 the Nazis launched a superior air attack against England. The
German air force far out-numbered England's. Yet a II Chronicles. 20
miraculous event occurred. The Nazi air force was defeated. Downed Nazi
pilots told stories of amazement wondering how England had filled the
sky with war planes. England didn't have the aircraft.
The Christians of Arizona have had 24/7 prayer throughout their state
for over three years. Through their grassroots prayer chain, they are
being called to 40 days of prayer and fasting from Sept. 24 andndash; Nov. 3 for
the upcoming election. (www.bridgebuilders.net)
Ignited by them, I'm asking for the followers of Christ in Brookings
and Harbor to pray and fast. From Sept. 24 through Nov. 3, would you
stop at 6 a.m. or 9 p.m. to pray for our city, our state and our
The specifics are between you and God. Spread the word.
Serious food for thought
Stimulus: It's something seniors require more often than young people. The president did not stimulate me. I was moved.
Tax cut: If we keep the current tax measures in place, it ain't a tax cut.
If the Democrats are saving the world, as some think, why? Is there a shortage of survival food?
Finally, someone mentioned the weigh station. There is no one to "weight" on you. It's part of an old joke; I feel violated.
We don't need any more experts. All we get is a puddle.
Build the meat packing plant, (they will come), just please don't
build it in downtown Brookings. None of the empty buildings are big
I've got it: Build it next to the weigh station, then we can use the scales.
On a serious note, I have seen a number of policemen monitoring traffic. I am pleased and I say thank you.
If you have a daily paper, or a daily newscast, and you are caught up
in the rating race, I guess you have an excuse for a lack of accuracy.
Just get in print or on the air before the other guy, right or wrong.
Sorry, that's just wrong There are no excuses when you print two times a
A message for you pet lovers, Sept. 15, 2010, 11 dogs in vehicles in parking lots. Did you check the temperature?
The two dogs and three cats in my yard need their mommy.
Home again after three-day ride
I want to thank my wife, Linda, and all those who helped make my solo Oregon bike ride such a success.
After logging 121 miles a day, I arrived in Brookings on Sept 13,
only to be coincidentally greeted by the one and only Ira Tozer. He gave
me two thumbs up and tipped his hat to me. That was a great welcome to
my three-day ride.
Mark St. James
Iraq: Right to go, right to leave
We were right to go into Iraq. The time seems right to get out.
Iraq now has a constitution that potentially makes Iraq into a
confederation. Will civil war erupt if we leave? Civil war already
existed in Iraq before we set foot there. Just ask the Kurds. Saddam
Husein and his regime murdered between 100,000 and 200,000 Kurds.
Thousands of them were exterminated with various chemical weapons. Over
400,000 Kurdish villages were violently annihilated by their own
national government. Saddam was a weapon of mass destruction unto
himself. I refer you to the excellent book "The End of Iraq."
History will decide if the sacrifices to bring freedom to Iraq were
worth it. It wasn't just a preemptive strike against terrorism. The
sacrifices created a foothold for freedom in Iraq from which freedom and
its fruits of prosperity can spread throughout the Middle East and,
yes, throughout the world.
One sure way to erode away freedom is by excessive taxation that
stifles the entrepreneurial spirit that builds strong economies. That is
a basic theme of the Art Robinson campaign for Congress.
I know of no constitution in the world that protects its people from
excessive taxation like the new Iraqi constitution. The national
government of Iraq cannot impose taxes without ratification by the local
governate legislative assembly. (Their governates correspond to states
or provinces.) It is revolutionary.
Yes, we can learn from Iraq how to protect our own freedom.
I think that the Iraqi constitution would make our founding fathers cheer.
Time to become independent again
Recent Curry Coastal Pilot articles about Oregon county officials
meeting to again plead for renewal of timber funds they claim the
counties are "owed" shows that begging year after year only makes for
more dependent wards of the state. Like a cancer, this mentality spreads
quickly. Curry County commissioners recently declared an agricultural
emergency because some growers, ranchers and farmers were having a tough
time after bad weather significantly affected their crop production.
Where will it stop?
According to the Association of Oregon Counties www.aocweb.org, nearly 40 county commissioners from 24 of 36 counties along with five
members of Oregon's Congressional delegation met with federal
representatives in Portland Aug. 20, 2010 to ask for reauthorization of
timber funding. Review of Curry County accounts payable records shows
the county has for years paid over $20,000 per year in dues to the
Association of Oregon Counties and OandC counties and, tens of
thousands more to a lobbyist for help to secure timer funds.
According to the Association, representatives of AFSCME, the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union also attended
the meeting in Portland. Check out their views on entitlements and
socialism at http://www.afscme.org/press/29009.cfm A chart on the Association of Oregon Counties website listing the
population and area of all individual counties within Oregon shows 56.4
percent of the total land in Oregon is owned by government (we the
Association dues and lobbyist too need to be radically reduced or
stopped. We the people need to wake up and collectively take back our
land and fire or vote out those officials who continue our dependence on
the "state." We the people need to become the productive independent
citizens we once were.
An honor to serve my community
Brookings-Harbor and surrounding communities: I'd like to take a
moment to thank all the clients I've met over the years during my time
as both a technician and veterinarian at Town and Country Animal
Clinic in Harbor.
With my true family living far outside the area I've come to know
many of you as not only clients, but also as friends and extended
family. The people of Brookings and all the local communities have
always been warm and welcoming, and this is a place that I will always
hold close to my heart. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you,
and I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity of knowing and loving
your pets. There are so many of you out there that I've come to know on a
personal level and I will truly miss those daily interactions. And so
it is with bittersweet emotion that I move on to Lincoln City andndash; a new
chapter in my life.
I will miss you all and can only hope I will find clients, friends,
and family as wonderful in my new town. I encourage and welcome a visit
at any time if you are passing through!
Jen Malter, DVM
Have to pay our debt as a country
We are going to have to pay our debt as a country just as every individual eventually must pay their debt.
The biggest contributors to our structural deficit (meaning the
deficit not caused by the shrinking of tax revenues as a result of the
recession) are the tax cuts made in 2001 ($2.3 trillion will be lost in
revenues over 10 years). Those tax cuts favored the very wealthy and
furthered the divide between the rich and poor while reducing the size
of the middle class. (The top 1 percent now control 34 percent of the
nation's wealth andndash; the spread between the top .01 percent and the bottom
90 percent is greater than it was just prior to the Great Depression.)
Conservatives used to believe in pay-as-you-go. People are now
waking up to the impact of the national debt and the consequences for
the future. I join their concern. It makes me wonder, however, what
they were thinking when we borrowed and spent to fund two wars AND cut
Interestingly, the people screaming the loudest about excessive taxes
(Sarah Palin, many Tea Partiers, and others) overestimate what they pay
by three times, according to Forbes Magazine). In fact, federal taxes
as a percent of the economy are at their lowest since Truman was in
While being number one in billionaires, we are also number one as the
first industrialized nation in history where the poorest group is
families with children.
One way for Congress to move us toward fiscal conservatism (meaning a
balanced budget) is for Congress let the 2001 tax cuts expire. WE must
pay for the folly of our expenditures to save our children and
John M. Dagget
A lie repeated enough ...