Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Worse off because of extreme enviros
Well, well, well.
Curry County. Are you glad now that you bowed down to the extreme environmentalists? Due largely to the extreme enviros, our county is in a serious downward spin. Think about this.
Has the stoppage of timbering helped the health of our forests, helped the spotted owl to rebound or decreased the chances of a devastating forest fire? No, no and no.
Look what happened. Many people were put out of work, businesses closed, roads blocked off in our forests. Access denied! The forests are thick with undergrowth and over grown trails that slow down air circulation. We now have Port Orford Cedar disease and Sudden Oak Death. Is there any correlation here?
Remember the Biscuit Fire? Road closures, no dozers for fire lines, no access for fire crews! Thank you, extreme environmentalists, we lost half a million acres of forest. Then they said "No" to harvesting the charred timber Again you bowed to them. Work and income desperately needed by many of our citizens was lost.
The extreme environmentalist's agenda is not in the best interests of Curry County.
They still try to convince you of damage to the Chetco by a few miners working to find some gold.
Small scale mining does no damage to any river. It does not hurt fish or other aquatic life. It actually promotes a healthy river system. The small, temporary disturbance is so inconsequential as to be classified "low to no impact." Many scientists are recommending that that classification be changed to "beneficial." Even the EPA has studies showing no damage to rivers.
Wake up Curry County! As you can see and read, it is almost too late for us. Our freedoms and rights are at stake here!
Miner, hunter, fisherman
Thanks Marge, for astute observations
I always look forward to reading Marjorie Woodfin's Senior Perspective, and her column in the Pilot, Oct. 26, issue was one of her best, in my opinion.
Who knew that we are responsible for our own happiness and well-being? Ms. Woodfin hit the proverbial nail on the head when she pointed out that it is up to us to determine our level of contentment. Not a very popular notion, to be sure, since it is usually easier to blame our misfortunes on others.
She was also right-on when she said, "You are the only one who can change your life." Time to stop blaming others; it may seem like the easy way out, but it is not honest or realistic. Somewhere I read years ago, "It's not what others say or do that harms you, it's your reaction to it."
You control your emotions and reactions, no-one else. Having a bad day? Find a way to make it better. Going through a difficult time? Recognize and be grateful for all the blessings you do have in your life. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant; simply look around and acknowledge the wonders that surround you andndash; a gorgeous sunset, a kind gesture from a stranger, our breathtaking South Coast, or spotting a bald eagle, pelican, or osprey! There's much to be grateful for; just "see" it. To paraphrase one of Ms. Woodfin's comments, You're about as happy as you decide to be.
Thank you, Ms. Woodfin, for your wisdom and astute observations of the human condition that shine through each and every one of your stories.
Contention does not serve community
I have worked as an educator for 17 years. My district has gone through the charter school process.
I have been reading accounts of this same process going on in Brookings, and I have noticed the contentious atmosphere. Why would one group of adults denigrate the very same group of adults they desire to work alongside in the same building. Might this create an atmosphere of extreme tension? How would that be good for kids?
At a time when schools all over Oregon are losing vital services and cutting days, (my middle school cut sports this year) to meet their budgets. Does your community really want to reduce limited funds further, and house two groups of adults at odds with one another?
How does this serve the community?
Charter school is right on time
In the ongoing struggle for compromise with SD 17-C regarding Riverside Academy, the criticisms challenge the skills and integrity of our planning team consisting of a former school superintendent, Ph.D educators, business and non-profit leaders. Questioning the skills of our team is like questioning the ability of pioneering astronauts to achieve space travel. You can't prove your capabilities unless you are given an opportunity to try.
Most importantly, the focus of this discussion remains on dollars, not kids. In Governor Kitzhabers 40/40/20 Strategic Plan for educational reform, he throws down the gauntlet. "For decades in Oregon the education system has asked: How much money is necessary to keep education delivery the same? We have adjusted the funding amount while supporting the same delivery model. We fund seat time rather than learning. By and large, state funding rewards schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofits for enrollment. Consequently, how many students are served plays a much larger role in an institution's fiscal position than how well they are served."
Riverside is not ahead of its time for our community and it is right on time with state and national funding reforms. The budget that was ridiculed at the last board meeting without an invitation to explain its variables, is focused on innovation rather than "the same" and decades of collective business and education budgetting experience.
In the event the 17-C school board declines our proposal, we will pursue a state sponsorship. Given our relationships with the Oregon Department of Education, the qualifications of our team, and the evidence base of our approach, we are strongly positioned to continue our advocacy for educational choice for kids and families.
Riverside Charter Academy
Raise property tax for needed services
Your online poll about raising properties taxes is overwhelming against that. (Pilot website, www.currypilot.com .)
Our property taxes are among the lowest in the nation. I'm in favor of raising them as I believe that we need services such as police.
What's wrong with you folk?
Evaluating charter school in good faith
It is the school board's responsibility to evaluate the charter school proposal in good faith. I want to thank Jamie Ryan, chair for the school board for taking time to research extensively the information she shared at the last school board meeting. I believe this is an example of "good faith."
Mrs. Ryan presented facts and shared concerns based on those facts. Mrs. Ryan did not attack nor did she knowingly present false information. I have learned that Mr. Horel, a board member feels Mrs. Ryan should not be allowed to vote on the proposed charter school because he feels she could not do it in good faith. It is troubling that Mr. Horel is implying that she does not have the right to speak her concerns. I am concerned about Mr. Horel being allowed to vote on the proposed charter school because his wife is on the charter school's board.
Further, Mr. Horel shared at the board meeting that he could not support the charter school as it was presented because of budget issues and safety issues. Mr. Horel states he has no choice but to vote in favor of the charter school because if it goes to the state and is approved the district will lose control.
It appears Mr. Horel has not acted in "good faith" by doing research otherwise he would know that the State has no money for charter schools thus the likelihood the state would approve the charter school is slim.
Bigger issues for city than sidewalks
Sidewalks needed: I think there are bigger and more important issues here than building a sidewalk for you in front of the Band-Aid clinic.
Walk the beach!
'What if you woke up this morning ...'
The other day I read a quote from a Compassion Radio newsletter that seemed timely to share for the Thanksgiving holiday.
It was, "What if you woke up this morning and all you had was what you thanked God for yesterday?"
Special Needs Village now online
A Brookings online support group for autism/special needs is thriving. Special Needs Village started in July 2010 and since then we have been helping Brookings residents with questions, concerns, or just a safe place to vent about the difficulties of their every day lives with special needs children.
My main goal in starting this group was to help people avoid the feelings of going through it completely alone. Autism is on the rise and Brookings is in desperate need for services.
A very big thank you, long overdue, to Jacque Graves who started working with my son shortly after he was diagnosed as having autism and ADHD in December 2009. Without her continued help and support I could not have done it.
We now boast an experienced autism author, local teachers, members from abroad, and also recently joining us, a chapter representative for the Autism Society of Oregon who is organizing group meetings for those who are able to attend.
You can email Specialneedsvillage@yahoo.com to join. Anyone with family or friends with special needs is welcome. Welcome all, you are not alone, and thank you!