Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Clean up after our doggie friends
There is no house at Poo Corner andhellip; however andhellip; There is a lot of doggie poo!
It is hard for me to understand how such a beautiful parade of seemingly responsible dog owners, in such a beautiful neighborhood as ours (Dawson Tract), could leave so much dog poo on someone else's property! While it is an empty lot (corner of Shorewood Terrace and Pacific Heights), it is Fore Sail Buy Owner, and the surrounding edges are covered in dog poo! They also leave it all along the front of my place. I'm wondering if the lack of a sidewalk in front of my house means it is a legal place for leaving dog poo?
What I wish for is for all those nice doggies out there to encourage their people to carry bags with them at all times, and to clean up after them ... and maybe even take some extra bags along and clean up anything you have left in the past. It's really nasty!
I know I'm new here in the neighborhood, but I love it here ... quiet, clean (for the most part), fresh ocean air ... lovely place to walk the dogs and ourselves. Let's maintain some neighborhood pride and clean up after our doggie friends! We'll all feel blessed for it!
Support your area's public bus service
Regarding the new bus shelter by the fountain in front of Ray's Brookings, I would like to give proper credit and a big thank you to the City of Brookings for providing the land, the laying of the pad, assembling of the bus shelter, landscaping and doing future maintenance.
I really appreciate their interest and involvement in its procurement and setup.
Residents of Oregon also need to be aware of the BETC (Business Energy Tax Credit) available to them for state taxes through Curry Public Transit. Transit cannot use this credit because we are a nonprofit. We are allowed to sell it to someone who can. You donate money to Transit in exchange for credit. The only requirement is you must owe Oregon income taxes.
We currently have unsold credits of $67,095. You can purchase a portion of this credit. For example, if you donate $25,500, you will receive $35,000 in tax credits to be used over a five- to eight- year period. This is one of the few ways that transit can make additional money to pay the match on federal and state grants. We do not receive local tax dollars.
If you think you might be interested in supporting public transit in Curry County, please call 541-412-8806 and ask for Kathy or me.
Joanne Wasbauer, general manager, Curry Public Transit Inc.
Freeing up dollars for county services
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! There's a Citizens' Committee to grapple with Curry County's financial debacle, 24 persons total.
That's twice as many members as the recently concluded congressional "super committee" and two more than the staff that makes up the U.S. president's cabinet.
Here's a suggestion they can work on from the get-go. Sell off the fleet of county cars and require employees, including our commissioners, to use their own vehicles for work and receive mileage reimbursement. This will save the cost of gasoline, oil changes, tires, etc., freeing up some dollars for other county services.
I've got a couple more cost saving ideas, but I don't want to overload this newly-formed body for the time being.
Flat tax rate is a better way to go
I have been reading online about your budget crisis in Curry County and the idea of wanting to tax residents even more on property taxes.
Before I left Brookings last year, I was paying nearly $4,000 a year on my home on Marina Heights Road. Already at nearly $400 a month, there was no way I could ever afford to pay more.
Down here in Arizona, we have a flat 10 percent sales tax that drastically reduces our property and personal state income taxes. A lot of that goes directly to the county.
I never thought I'd ever say I'd rather pay sales tax instead of other taxes, but here everyone andndash; rich, poor, tourists or locals andndash; pays the same amount for everything but groceries. It's such a better (and fairer) way to go!
Pacific Crossroads reaches out
First we at Pacific Crossroads would like to thank Steve Kadel for his time and commitment in helping us get the word out about our cause.
We have people learning about where we are and what we are about. Our mission statement is to provide a safe location where we encourage individuals to participate in activities that foster independence, friendships, and to offer resource information and advocacy for a better future for persons with mental illness, disabilities.
Pacific Crossroads needs the community's help in understanding about mental illness, and promoting positive feedback to those who just don't understand. We need to reach out to those who need help. Pacific Crossroads is at 2 Ross Road behind Chetco Pharmacy; just follow the long green fence up the road. Our phone number is 541-412-2712.
We encourage everyone to come up and drop in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. andndash; our hours of operation, Monday through Friday.
Do you know anyone who would benefit in socializing with others who understand? Please drop in and talk to us. Also we are encouraging volunteers who are committed and empathetic to others' needs, health, wellness, and recovery.
Christmas is here. We have a gift shop of hand- made items and need more items for our gift shop. Please come in and browse our gift shop. We have a Christmas tree in the harbor called Helping Hands. We need helping hands to help decorate for our fund raising efforts.
Thank you all in our community for all your support.
Crystal Williams, Pacific Crossroads Board president
Pacific crossroads Drop-in center Volunteers/peers
Time to reconsider Jefferson State idea
All this talk about raising Curry County taxes, lost timber revenue, etc., looks like the recipe for the Oregon/ Northern California secession movement of 1941 or, more recently referred to as the 51st state initiative.
The mayor (1941) of Port Orford, Gilbert Gable, met with Northern California and Curry County Civic leaders to try to form a new state which they were calling the "Jefferson State" named for President Thomas Jefferson. The issue was going to Congress, but the Japanese had plans of a more serious nature.
The people of Southern Oregon/Northern California, back then, were tired of getting a raw deal by Salem and Sacramento for some of the same reasons we're tired of getting "double-crossed" by Governor Kitzhaber and our other so-called leaders. According to Saturday's Pilot there were 8 percent of a reader poll who would support a tax increase if it were "done right." What the heck does that mean?
We're all going broke now and 8 percent might want to give up more of our money if "they" do it right this time.
Am I, or the rest of us, missing something here? If you want some history of how we're repeating the past here go to www.jeffersonstate.com .
God help America.
Property taxes hike no matter what
Mr. Michael Pitts-Campbell is a perfect example of why we do need to raise property taxes (Pilot, Nov. 26).
We need the money for quality math education in our schools. His comparison of property tax on his property versus property tax on an apartment complex is totally flawed. If the apartment complex he refers to is assessed at $600,000 and there are 10 tenants, the property value allocated to each tenant is $60,000. Their contribution of $180 is exactly the same percentage as his, and fair. You simply have to multiply the 10 tenants times the $180 tax per unit to come up with $1,800 or triple his property tax. Better education will make these simple math problems solvable by all Curry residents.
None of this really matters. The majority of people in Curry County will not vote to raise property taxes even though it is simple to see that a rate of 60 cents per $1,000 of accessed value is not enough money to keep the stoplights turned on. The state will close us down as a county and we will become South Coos County. Then our property tax will automatically go to $1.08 per $1,000 assessed value.
Vote "Yes" or "No," it makes no difference andhellip; our property taxes are going up as they should. You just need to pick which name you want for your county.
Thanks for helping Gospel Outreach
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Outreach Gospel Mission (OGM), I would like to thank all those who helped OGM help others this Thanksgiving.
Because of donated food and financial support from the wonderful people at Harbrook Jewelers, Brookings Food Bank, Matt and his team at Fred Meyer, the caring management folks at Shop and Save, Ray's Food Stores, and Grocery Outlet and as well, the generosity of Bill and Jane Walton, Vietnam's Veterans chapter 757, Ron Edwards Roofing, Gold Beach Lumber, Dale Rettke at Mattie's Restaurant, and the Brookings Elks and Emblem Club plus the wonderful outpouring of many, many families and individuals, Outreach Gospel Mission was able to provide Thanksgiving Food Baskets and a sit down dinner for a total of 671 people. That's a lot of gravy!
My heartfelt thanks to OGM's incredible volunteers who put in over 100 hours to put all of this together. Thank you Brookings for helping us help others Thanksgiving 2011!
Michael J. Olsen
Outreach Gospel Mission
Sheriff should charge for services
Our county sheriff could eliminate the impending financial crisis if he institutes new policies and procedures any small business owner would incorporate facing a similar shortfall in revenue.
It's unfair to tax every property owner to pay for sheriff's services when some property owners never need any sheriff's services. Allow the people who use the services of our sheriff to pay for those services at market rates!
When a sheriff's deputy is dispatched the following rates should apply (in addition to any court fines):
andbull;Residential burglary investigation, $1,000;
andbull;Verify death at home $1,500;
andbull;Prisoner transport, $300;
andbull;Marine rescue $2,500;
andbull;No car insurance $1,000;
andbull;Disturbing the peace $500 each person involved;
andbull;Summons delivery $250, charged to plaintiff;
andbull;Battered spouse call $500;
andbull;Barking dog $100;
andbull;Warrant service $500 charged to lawbreaker;
andbull;Illegal burn $500;
andbull;Non-injury accident investigation $1,500;
andbull;Serious injury or death injury investigation $5,000;
andbull;Animal at large $500.
This allows most bottom feeding lawbreakers and nice people who actually use up the sheriff's time andhellip; to pay for it. Insurance companies must learn to pay for investigative services. Private people will be billed, levied against and garnisheed for charges if left unpaid.
If you think this is harsh and overpriced, you have not bought any prescription drugs as of late.
The ball is in your court Sheriff John!