Letters to the Editor published Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Helping the gospel mission help others
I am very thankful for the support to the citizens of Brookings and Curry County in supporting Outreach Gospel Mission to help those having needs over the years.
My first six months as the executive director of OGM have been full of "new guy"? challenges; but all for the good.
During May 2011, Outreach Gospel Mission supplied enough food to feed 1,126 people. The cost of food is huge. This amount does not include the costs of refrigeration, storage and supplies that accompany such provisions.
During the same month, our trash removal bill was huge as well; almost the cost of feeding 500 people. OGM's trash bill is high because of "donations" that are not serviceable and of no use by someone else. Curry Transfer and Recycling and I are working to efficiently manage this problem. Many mornings, OGM's main entranceway and driveway are blocked with discarded "donations." Less than 10 percent of the items left at OGM's door can be restored, cleaned or sold as is.
In order to provide food and other services for those in need, OGM must sustain the monthly costs of properly discarding unserviceable "donations." If you cannot make it during our scheduled staffed donation times, please call OGM to arrange "drop-off by appointment." OGM's scheduled donation times are Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
June is projected to exceed the 1,126 people fed in May. As OGM is 100 percent donor supported, we need your support all year to help people every day.
Lower gas prices? Not in Brookings
I was listening to the local news on the radio this a.m. (June 27 ) and they are talking about the dropping gas prices.
I looked up at the sign of one our local stations at the same time and it had gone up 3 cents from when I had gotten gas on Friday. On my way home from work tonight it had gone up 2 cents more.
What gives? That's a full 5 cents in one weekend when all the headlines are celebrating the dropping fuel prices. Are the local gasoline vendors trying to rip us all off just because its a pre-holiday week with many extra travelers on the road or what? Two plus two is not adding up to four for some reason.
Can someone please explain this to me. Have they not figured out the lower the prices the more they sell? The more they sell the more profit they make. Everyone wins.
Support all veteran organizations
To all Veterans: We praise all the Veterans in support of all that have gone to the wars to block despots around the world that have spread hate with dictators of the extreme far right or left that have tried to dominate more world countries for their own purposes.
The comraderia in war time is one that has helped this Country earn all praises toward all Veterans alive and all those who have given lives to secure our form of freedom and structure that all civilized countries must adhere to. All praises due you. It has been conveyed to us that Curry County has the most Veterans in all of Oregon. Now we must convey to all Veterans that must stand in true comraderia in defense of hope for the future of a civilized and vibrant return to the Country we love. Let all Veterans organizations come together in true comraderia with the same drive you have given to your Country and now give to the common desires of civilized County and Country. Working together will serve the community. The Pacific Coast has always been the play ground for the inter-cities of Oregon and it should be noted that it brings in much-needed money into the community as the local business do need the support to stay in good condition during these times. During the Fourth of July Fire Works celebration the citizens of this community have always funded this project and should do so.
Good Samaritan returns purse
Dear good Samaritan,
Thank you so much for finding my purse and returning it to the police.
You saved me from a lot of trouble and heartache.
Selling porn to children wrong
There has to be something really wrong when the Supreme Court Justices decide to stick up for the porn industry's right to sell "their product" to children, as their right to free speech.
When the last election was being decided who should be president, they said there would be new justices to be appointed and you should be careful how you vote. Well, I think they have done a very poor job in who is in there.
What about all the children? Is there no common sense anymore?
What in the world is happening to our country? It's upside down when people like the porn industry have more rights to peddle their garbage then the rest of us in protecting our children. It just shows what money can buy.
This is not what the Founding Fathers meant by free speech.
Betty Lou Gowman
My tax bill rising and property value falling
I have been looking at my property tax bill and notice it has gone up but the value of this property has actually gone down.
If my tax increases 3 percent per year and my property value goes down each year what will this do to any hope for resale?
Perhaps we need some community discussion on stopping the 3 percent property tax increase each year until the economy recovers and values stabilize or increase.
My pension has not increased in the last three years. Has anyone had a pay raise of 3 to 5 percent during that time?
Auditions scheduled for 'Nuncrackers'
If you enjoyed (Lighthouse Repertory Theater) production of "Nunsense" then you may want to be involved in our upcoming production of "Nuncrackers" this fall.
Lighthouse Repertory Theatre is holding auditions for Nuncrackers on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 at the Family Resource Center (FRC), 494 Pacific Avenue, in the community room. Come join us for a hilariously good time.
Four of the five original nuns from Nunsense will be reprising their roles in Nuncrackers. However; we are still looking for some amazing talented people. We are looking for a Sister RobertAnne, Father Virgil, four elementary to junior high students, and of course chorus nuns.
If you think you have what it takes, join us on Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the FRC in the community room. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 541-465-3740 or email us at lighthouserep@
Nuncrackers stage manager, LRT board member
What's that you say about Obama?
Thank God that Obama is president!
He represents hope and change. He's not for the big bankers and the Wall Street slime like George W. Bush was.
What's that you say? Obama supported the TARP bailout for the bankers and Wall Street? His buddies over at GE didn't even pay any income tax last year?
Well, at least Obama is for the rule of law.
What's that you say? He renewed the Patriot Act and he supports the sanctuary cities that hide the illegal immigrants, including very violent criminals?
Well, at least he isn't a warmonger like George W. Bush.
What's that you say? He's conducting a brutal, illegal war against Libya? He says he doesn't need to have Congress declare war and he is wiping the War Powers Act on his behind? Oh well, those Socialist Democrats have been in power for too long anyway. I think that Rick Perry would be a great president.
He will restore the Constitution and put those communist in their place.
What's that you say? Rich Perry used to publicly be for amnesty and he was Al Gore's campaign manager in Texas?
He's been sabotaging and undermining the anti-TSA (Transportation Security Administration) legislation in Texas from behind the scenes?
You say that Rick Perry is a big phony who has been handpicked by the Bilderbergers to be the next president?
Oh well. Never mind.
Inmates Veterans Group of Pelican Bay
The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts want to extend a big "thank you" to the Inmate Veterans Group of Pelican Bay State Prison.
Recently we were contacted by Karla Bauer who leads the Inmates Veterans Group and by Robert Losacco, community resource manager at Pelican Bay State Prison. They both arrived to help us pack some care packages for the troops on Thursday, June 2, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Harbor.
After we had all our tables set up and the items laid out for packing, Karla and Robert called for everyone's attention. They told us that each year the Inmates Veterans Group at Pelican Bay have a bake sale at which different food items can be purchased by the inmates. The proceeds are then donated to various non-profits and charities throughout the community. During these especially challenging economic times, the Inmates Veterans Group chose to donate $1,250 from their bake sale to the Redshirts to help support the troops. In addition, they also donated to many other non-profits and civic organizations in our community.
We wish to again thank all of those involved, and commend them for their good work and deeds. Their donation will help the Redshirts this year with our "Christmas in July" project in which we will be sending many care packages to two different hospitals in Afghanistan as a thank you to our wounded warriors, the staff and military serving there. Thanks also to our local Brookings-Harbor community for all of your support; you continue to make our mission a viable one.
Worthy substitute for Pledge of Allegiance?
In 1917, William Tyler Page, a descendent of John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, wrote "The American's Creed." To me, it's one of the most accurate and moving descriptions of true American patriotism, something that is sadly missing in this day and age. It reads:
"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable, established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
"I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
Maybe we need to start using this instead of the Pledge of Allegiance since The American's Creed doesn't include the name of God!
Doris M. Roepke