Letters to the Editor published Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Joshua Bruce cares about our children
I noticed an editor's note on the front page of Wednesday's paper that stated that the Pilot was unable to reach Joshua Bruce, who is running for Position 1 on the school board.
Mr. Bruce was unable to be reached because he volunteered to take a week away from his family business to chaperone the fifth graders at OMSI Science Camp. He spent the week in inclement weather helping our fifth graders learn all they could at Outdoor School.
He is a person who cares about the children of our community. Thank you Mr. Bruce.
Return to 'eternal principles of right'
"We hold these truths to be self evident, andhellip; endowed by our Creatorandhellip;"
The story of our God-given rights is the great missing link to restore our nation again.
The great story of Liberty came to America with the landing of the Pilgrim fathers almost 400 years ago. But the great story began in Nazareth when the author of liberty gave His first sermon in Luke chapter 4. Jesus opened the scroll to Isaiah 61 and read the prophecy for the purpose of the Messiahs coming.
When Jesus came to the subject of Liberty he said he came to set the captives free, and then He repeated it a second time saying he came to set those that were in bondage free. When He finished reading the passage, Jesus sat down and told the men that this prophecy had been fulfilled in their midst. The liberation of the world began that day. Jesus unleashed through His message of redemption, the power and principals that would bring the golden thread of liberty to the nations.
From here we see the clear paper trail of liberty from the blood-bought freedom documents that germinated from the Magna Charta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower compact, to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Political, economic and religious liberty have never been as realized until the Pilgrim fathers applied the principals of the Bible fully to civil law.
We can restore freedom and prosperity in our nation, only if we voluntary return to those "eternal principles of right," those laws given at Mount Sinai and hold our representatives accountable to limit their jurisdiction to the protection of our God-given rights, not the limitation or thier interpretation of them.
County government a challenging puzzle
Puzzles have their appeal. Here's one I have been trying to solve for weeks now.
How much money have the commissioners saved in salaries with the plan for their very own office? Cost for the two existing Commissioners' staff is $73,822; cost for two new untrained staff is at least $64,600. Though the current budget shows another $13,000 for part-time help, that money was not spent; so eliminating that phantom position saves nothing.
Total salary savings to commissioners' office by eliminating experienced staff is about $9,000. Though they said they were consolidating offices to save on administrative support, they will lay off the existing department specialist II in county counsel's office even though a department specialist II is needed under the new plan. That person was very happy to announce she had been told by Commissioners Rhodes and Waddle that she would be laid off June 30 and would finally be able to move out of state. She was saying it weeks in before any public meetings on budget or reorganization. Since it does not cost the county for staffing Economic Development, there are no salary savings there. And it will potentially cost the county for fice unemployment claims. Can someone point out any savings?
Seems like the real effect of all this meeting and shuffling is to eliminate knowledgeable people, help one specific individual, and put the Economic Development money squarely into their own hands. I am not the only puzzler out there, so maybe some of the others can figure it out better than me. I only hope the budget committee members are good at mazes and puzzles.
New perspective needed for SWOCC
With any government board, I think it's important that we shake things up from time to time and bring in fresh perspectives.
We should never let our politicians get too comfortable in office. They need to be reminded that they work for us. That's why I'm voting for Mark McKelvey and Susan Anderson this May for the SWOCC Board. They aren't politicians. They've both been teachers and are community leaders. I know they will bring fresh leadership and a new perspective to the board.
I'm supporting Susan Anderson and Mark McKelvey because the incumbent politicians running for re-election to those seats have served a combined 12 years. It's time for a change on the SWOCC Board.
Japan radiation is a real threat to U.S.
As we all know, there was a huge earthquake a month ago in Japan.
We also know it triggered a record tsunami that caused a nuclear
power plant crisis. We were inundated with masses of information for a
week or so by the media. TV, radio, newspapers and Internet news outlets
gave us the scoop on the whole disaster.
We also know that the sensational always trumps genuine information
in the media, so we no longer hear anything about the Fukushima nuclear
power plant. This is an ongoing and gravely important story,
particularly to our area, and ultimately to the whole northern
hemisphere as well. The Fukushima plant is literally melting down and
releasing vast amounts of radiation from several crippled reactors and
spent fuel storage facilities and they haven't got a clue at this point
how to stop it.
The jet stream brings anything and everything in the atmosphere from
Japan to the Pacific Northwest and continues easterly across the North
American continent and beyond. The Pacific gyre current brings anything
and everything in the Pacific ocean from Japan to our shores. Airborne
particles take under a week to get here, the ocean currents will take
much longer, but the stuff will arrive by water as well in a year or
There are NO safe doses of radiation, however small, particularly if inhaled or ingested.
Here is a good, informative website to start learning about what is
actually going on radiation-wise in Fukushima, Japan and inevitably what
is going on right here in the weeks and years to come:
Festival of the Arts one of the best
A new port boss!
Is he another one that does not understand what art brings to the world.
He does not know the reputation of "Jo"; she does not play games,
she's not into B.S. Jo and her group are running one of the most
professional art festivals.
We do about 30 to 40 shows a year in the western U.S. and Brookings has always been a pleasure and honor to be accepted in.
We hope that BACA will find a new location.
It's the 'Good Old Boy' process
It would seem that our county commissioners are being high-handed and
short-sighted in chopping up county departments into "percentages" of
If you had a county job, would it be cost-effective for you to give
75 percent or 50 percent or 25 percent of your work to someone else?
Someone who would need to be assimilated and trained for it? And all
this would be decided and administrated by one of our commissioners?
Sounds like a great recipe for total inefficient confusion, and possibly
None of our commissioners has ever been a commissioner in some other
county, so they are not trained for their jobs, either. They have been
businessmen (and one of them a real-estate developer, which might
account for their determined desire to take over the Fort Blanco
airport, which is near 600 acres of county-owned land, just ripe for
And, of course, after ripping apart our well-functioning Economic
Development Agency, the commissioners are taking that over, too andndash; with
its substantial funding as well: Ta Da! Not to mention their pulling in
our county counsel's office.Sounds cozy, doesn't it? And we are paying
each of these on-the-job trainees over $58,000 a year, plus benefits.
Looks like Curry County is now under the domination of a coalition of
Good Old Boys, who aren't short sighted at all about their long-term
gain at the taxpayers' expense. Like the pre-planned airport decision at
Fort Blanco, we won't know what is going on until it hits us upside the
head. And in the pocket.
It's a "process," all right, Commissioner Itzen, and heaven help our county that we haven't seen the last of it.
'Raise the game' in pages of the Pilot
I understand completely the need to fill a newspaper with something
other than advertising so that people will buy it. Given that newspapers
have "editors" and that they in fact do edit, may I suggest a change?
Consider not running every vituperative, nonsensical piece of drivel that makes its way across your desk.
Continuing to highlight confusion and silliness by publishing these
types of letters is counter to raising the level of public discourse
needed to begin to solve the problems we experience on the South Coast.
As editor, you get to balance your opinion/ editorial pages however
you'd like. You can look at a letter and decide not to run it because
it's full of half-truths, untruths, or maybe you just don't like the
writer. You get to be the editor.
Don't have enough copy? Write some. We have school systems that are
rotting away before our eyes. How do we get rid of teachers but save
football? Does it really work that football keeps that many kids in
school who wouldn't stay anyway? Where is that research? How many kids
leave because they can't get art or music? Interview some of those laid
off teachers. Where are they going?
You need an editorial? How about talking about a country that turns
its back on public education but has money for oil subsidies for
companies making record-breaking profits? A country that has tax breaks
for the richest among its citizens. Subsidies for Big Agriculture.
Dollars for war war war. But not for its kids? Not for teachers? Not for
Please understand that if you move to "raise the game" a bit, at
least one reader thinks you could have more readers and be of more
service to the community.
BHHS plays deserve a bigger audience
Whenever I'm in Brookings and BHHS is presenting a play, I make sure I
see it. Early on, I learned that the high school plays were some of the
best plays happening in the area, if not the best. And they know their
I saw "Cats" on Broadway many years ago. The play the Bruin Players
presented this last weekend, "Sylvia," reminded me so much of that
experience. It is my belief that Roxanne Gothard would be a quick
understudy for any of those parts, and possibly have a starting role. If
you missed seeing the play, you really missed out on some of the finest
local theater happening. They presented three performances and all
three were FREE.
My question: Where were all the people? In an auditorium that holds
hundreds, if they cracked 30 people for each performance, I would be
surprised. I did see family and friends and maybe there was someone else
there besides myself who didn't have someone in the cast. But where was
everyone else. From students to silver hairs, it looked pretty
It's an accomplishment to learn lines and timing and stage presence. It's even better to play to a full-house.
Watch for all school activities and attend as many as you can. Not
just sports, but theater and band and cheerleading and the knowledge
bowl, etc. Recognize the talent we have at BHHS and enjoy all of their
I realize that it's an individual choice. But, if we can't support
our students in areas that keep them active and therefore less likely to
engage in unhealthy activities, what makes you think they will want to
return here after college or the service to raise their families?