Which world-view to show children?
"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians...in brief, to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible." andndash;H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist and editor.
Ms. O'dell (Pilot, Dec. 4) appears to plead "neutrality" as she smears the "John Birch video" as being "entirely inappropriate."
The 10 minute video is accurate in the content it represents.
The indoctrination of children in government schools has been going on for over a century. While Ms O'dell refuses to acknowledge that the state religion is secular humanism, public schools teach ABC religion (Anything But Christianity) every day.
The question is not if, but which world-view the children are being indoctrinated into. The results of humanistic education are all too apparent as Americans allow the state to educate the children God blessed them with.
Over 80 percent of Christian children educated by the government are leaving the faith of their parents; 94 percent of home-educated children retain the faith of their parents.
If this evidence is not enough for you, call me.
James Atherton, Oregon coordinator, Exodus Mandate
Extra charges? Are they nuts?!
Have our government and service provider businesses gone nuts!
We are told to conserve electricity, and now are being told by CCEC (Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc.) that our rates are going to increase for doing so.
We are told by our medical providers that if we are a new patient we will have to pay a new patient fee. Business owners: try that one the next time a new customer comes in and see how fast they walk out.
As I drive to my business in Harbor from Gold Beach every day, I'm amazed at how many county vehicles are driving to and from work. When did we start providing them personal transportation? Why are we providing law enforcement a vehicle to go to and from home? Maybe the state troopers could actually afford the gas to patrol instead of just sitting on the side of the road in Harbor if we didn't pay for them to get to Hunter Creek everyday?
A weigh station that's open only a couple days a week andndash; does the state know which days truckers are most likely to be in violation, or are they just stupid? Or, even worse, think we are stupid.
Harold Bailey, owner
Thanks for helping resource center
South Coast Community Resource Center wants to thank all who supported us at the Christmas Bazaar by purchasing our cookbook, candies, cookies and breads, and by making donations.
The raffle of the Baking Basket was won by Dale Thomas of Gold Beach.
The bazaar was a great success and the money raised will help families with a non-food basket for each of them. Thanks again to the community for their support.
Margie Roberts, Sandra Gilkey, Jim Van Camp and Sandy Bucksen
board of directors
South Coast Community Resource Center
Begin cutbacks starting at the top
The economy is showing small improvement, but not enough for so many people without jobs.
One solution would be to cut the ratio of public employees to private citizens. Curry County is a perfect example of needing cutbacks, with only 22,100 citizens.
Begin with cutbacks right at the top: only one commissioner, or a county manager and a reduced staff. It's not like a lot of business is going on. Most of the departments have been cut back. We have a planning commission available to assist the county employees andndash; one key to cost cuts andndash; they are volunteers.
We should get the jump on eliminating redundant positions. Use the funding allocated for these positions to fund law enforcement and special programs for the elderly. The county population is more elderly than not. A little common sense is in order. The good of the many outweighs that of the few (county commissioners).
The state would be more likely to help us survive. We should take the initiative to reduce now, rather than later. Showing good business sense is the right move. Or take turns being commissioner; one would be in charge for a year, and then so on. Or eliminate them and hire a qualified county manager who's better suited We have always relied on three people wanting to be voted in as paid commissioners. This may be OK in good times; now isn't a good time. We need a real qualified person with the ability to manage rather than a popular vote.