Look before you turn at stop lights
Today's letter to the editor, "Life after being hit in the crosswalk," (Pilot, July 20) reminded me of an experience I had yesterday.
I started to cross Chetco Avenue at the Fifth Street intersection after leaving Fred Meyer. My crosswalk signal had just lit up. About three steps into the road a man made a left turn onto Chetco Avenue in front of me. He never slowed down or looked at me. Right behind him was another gentleman also turning left. Luckily, he saw me and stopped, sheepishly making eye contact.
I know how often people are hit or are near-misses. I walk frequently and I always proceed cautiously, looking for cars who may not see me. If I didn't do that I know I would be an injury or a fatality by now.
Please, Brookings and Harbor residents, remember to look before you turn at stop lights!
'Class warfare' at our country's capitol
The U.S. Senate recently passed a motion to begin debate on a non-binding resolution that says that millionaires and billionaires should play a more meaningful role in debt reduction.
Senator Orrin Hatch voted against the motion, declaring that the poor need to do more and calling the motion "the usual class warfare the Democrats always wage."?
There is a truism in American politics. The side that is decrying "class war"?is the side that is winning it. A class war is being fought in Washington D.C. right now. As billionaire Warren Buffet explained, "It's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."?
When it comes to debt reduction, conservatives cling to a rigid political ideology. Taxes on the wealthy are at the lowest rate in modern history and corporate profits are skyrocketing. A staggering income gap, a financial Grand Canyon separates the very rich from everyone else. Yet conservatives push for even more tax breaks for the wealthy. They refuse to end subsidies for oil companies making record profits. They refuse to close a tax loophole that allows billionaire hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate on their incomes than teachers and firefighters.
Protections for ordinary Americans get cut while the wealthy are insulated from anything even remotely resembling shared sacrifice. The fundamental truth is that our economy is run for the few at the expense of the many. That is a straightforward definition of class warfare.
As Americans we must see this for what it is andndash; a morally offensive and intolerable injustice.
Wild Rivers Progressive Coalition
'Potter' tickets are money well spent
After reading the letters to the editor regarding the last Harry Potter movie (Pilot, July 20), I felt compelled to respond.
First I must tell Mr. Willett that he is making assumptions that are unfounded. My daughter is an intelligent young woman with a 3.86 grade point average. She will be a senior at the high school this year, and after that is college bound. She is well aware of what the Declaration of Independence is and can explain the Bill of Rights quite competently.
She learned to read with the help of the first Harry Potter book.
I am pretty sure that you probably watch movies and read books that are fictional. These all take place in a make believe world. Imagination is what drives creativity. Without imagination we would still be trapped in the dark ages.
Secondly, to Mr. Slater I must say that my husband, my daughter and I attended the Harry Potter movie together. My husband and I both work full time and my daughter who is a student works part-time. We pay taxes, both federal and state, every year. We have never received any form of public assistance and we work hard within our community to lend a helping hand whenever it is asked of us.
We spent a total of $25 for our family to enjoy an evenings entertainment. It was money well spent. If Mr. Slater has given up all leisure activities and wishes to send the money that he would normally have spent on entertainment to the government to pay off the debt I would laud him, but we will probably not do the same.
Audrey, Ellis and Troi Bartreau
It's my money, I'll spend it as I please
I'm not a Harry Potter fan.
On Wednesday (Pilot, July 20) I read two letters to the editor regarding Harry Potter that irked me.
The first was from Robert Slater. He says that we should donate the price of admission back to the government to help pay down the debt. Everywhere I turn I am paying a tax for something. What little there is left of my paycheck I will spend wherever I please. It's my money. Let me know where you spend your money and I will let you know which of it you should give back to the government to pay down the debt.
The second letter was from Joe Willett. He thinks that kids today need a reality check. He thinks that they need to read up on the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Maybe Joe and Robert could get together and discuss how their generation of leaders created the mess that they expect this generation of kids to clean up.
Congratulations fora job well done
Our local VFW Post 966 really came through for the community.
It was one of the most spectacular and well-executed events I have ever attended.
As the Fouth of July for a birthday, I have seen plenty of fireworks displays. The one we got to see here was way beyond comparison!
My heartfelt thanks to Rick Bremmer and his group of volunteers who stepped in and made it possible andndash; and in just two months' time!
Looking forward to July 4, 2012!
Rhodes avoiding hometown display?
Curry County's proposed new Sixes Airport business venture got off to a disjointed and slow start at Wednesday's State Parks Commission meeting in Bandon where Commissioner George Rhodes was to present the County's acquisition and business plan. However Mr. Rhodes demurred and instead asked that he be on the State Parks Commission's agenda at their September meeting in John Day.
I wonder why Mr. Rhodes was unable to present his plan to the local Curry County audience? I also wonder if John Day citizens really give a hoot about Curry County's proposed new Sixes Airport business venture. Others may also ask if Mr. Rhodes intentionally avoided a "hometown" presentation, preferring to keep the plan out of the local publics prying eyes? And that a presentation at John Day would go sailing through for approval without questions.
Secure home items to prevent tragedy
From the bottom of our hearts, we couldn't thank everyone enough for bestowing upon us your love and support from the loss of Kailee Ray.
The love we have and gave to Kailee is unmeasurable. Our hearts ache for her and would never want anyone to go through what we are going through now.
Precautions such as mounting T.V. stands, covering electrical outlets, monitoring pool activity and securing seatbelts properly.
You may think this wouldn't happen to you.
So did we.
On behalf of our family and friends, we urge you to take necessary steps to ensure all aspects of your home are safe.
All support is much appreciated and will be etched in our hearts forever.
(Editor's note: Kailee Robinette, 2, died July 12 after a large, older television set fell from a stand at her Harbor home. She was the daughter of Jesse Robinette and Tiffanie Mowery.)
Wonderful efforts at Society's thrift shop
Kudos to the crew of the Humane Society Thrift Shop!
A wonderful transformation has taken place at the thrift store, the results of the hard work by the devoted staff of volunteers.
The Society's board of directors were wise enough to give staff complete creative freedom. Great merchandising takes place in the store every day!
Excellent merchandise donated by animal lovers is priced right for quality bargains.
Stop by (620 Hemlock). At the very least, you get a chance to thank the volunteers who are saving animals' lives.
Help finding ourlost dog appreciated
Brookings-Harbor is a wonderful and kind community.
On Saturday, July 16, our black lab/chow mix, Beorn, went missing. I have spent the last six days walking neighborhoods and beaches searching for my dog, nailing up and passing out fliers, and talking with people.
I would like to thank all of the people I have spoken with or who have taken time and helped out and shown such sincere sympathy. Everywhere I've gone I've met truly kind people.
A few folks I have spoken with mentioned that some people keep animals that they find. Please do not keep animals that are lost; take them to the humane society so that they have a chance to be reunited with their families.
Beorn is a 10-year-old member of my family who has medical needs. We are still looking for her, so please, if you have any information on her whereabouts, contact me at 214-435-4042 or 541-661-4226.