Caps for Kids delivers gifts
On Friday, Dec. 16, I delivered 638 items to South Coast Community Resource Center for distribution to kids in Curry County.
This included 617 caps, three scarves and nine pairs of booties with caps.
Our angels for this year are Marilyn Cohen of Gold Beach Yvette Mostachetti of Brookings and a couple of secret angels from Port Orford.
We will begin again in 2012. If you would like to join us, I have yarn and patterns. Call me at 541-247-2589.
Railway transports back in time
My wife and I just finished visiting the Stout Mountain Railway Christmas Display at the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center. What a joy!
It transported me back to a time when I was a kid and our family would go to the Crenshaw Shopping Center in Los Angeles and look in the windows of the department stores at Christmas. There was always a train set (almost like in "The Christmas Story"). One of the best presents I ever got was an American Flyer train set in 1946 or 1947 from my grandfather. I still have it. It always would run around our Christmas tree.
If you want to re-live your childhood or pass on a tradition to your children, stop on by. If you can't make it there, check out the many videos on YouTube that Tony Parrish posts.
Merry Christmas to all the volunteers, those who contribute, to the sponsors who purchase buildings and those who enjoy the sharing of joy.
People allowed to find their own path
Thanks Sheila Chambers for a forthright, courageous letter (Pilot, Dec. 14).
I hope that we can allow each their own spiritual path within their cultural context, whether it be a Abrahamic tradition (Christian, Jewish, Muslim), Hindu, Buddhist, neo-pagan, agnostic, or atheist, etc. We all share the need for food, shelter, safety, meaningful relationships, and a decent standard of living, and the hope that our children will thrive. We are all challenged by facing our mortality, by transcending our ancient tribal biases (if you don't look, act, think, or believe as do I, you're not OK), and by learning to tolerate uncertainty. Each should be free to deal with these things as best they can so long as they don't violate the rights of others.
In optimistic moments I think the majority in our country roughly agree with the idea of letting each find their path. I'm aware that some with more narrow, rigid views genuinely believe others must believe as they do or suffer eternally. I have no problem with the path they've chosen. However, they no more have a right to impose their beliefs on others than do I.
Paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: We're about a thousand times more stupid and meaner than we think we are ... so be kind to one another. (A variant on "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.")
Just remember we're all in this together and allow your hearts to accept, even embrace, the whole human family.
Portland libraries have higher rates
Make of this what you will.
Curry County's general tax rate is 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. According to the Sunday Oregonian (Dec. 18, 2011) the tax rate for Multnomah County's library district is 89 cents per $1,000.
Regarding Mr. Empson's removal from the Citizens' Committee:
1) As a reasonable adult, Mr. Empson should have been able to foresee that his presence on the Committee could be perceived as a conflict of interest, should he be elected as a commissioner, as the Committee was intended as a means of insulating the current commissioners from decisions which must be made. And a commissioner should, ideally, at least attempt to project the image of being impartial.
2) Mr. Empson's second mistake was consulting Commissioner Waddle, who has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unaware of the differences between being an elected public official and the CEO of a privately held company.
3) But, by far, the most important point of the article was: What is the Republican Central Committee doing in this affair? The position of commissioner is supposedly nonpartisan. Do Waddle and Rhodes also attend the equivalent meetings of the Democrats? Apparently Rhodes and Waddle take their marching orders from the Central Committee (perplexingly, the name sounds quite Soviet). Again,Waddle and Rhodes demonstrate their ignorance of the roles of a publicly elected official.
Welcome Home signs a nice gift
I wish to thank Coastal Copiers for their donation of flyers: Welcome Home Troops, We Are Proud of You.
All the businesses in Brookings/Harbor are displaying their patriotism.
A very, very merry Christmas to all our returning troops.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 757
Missing regular customers
I want to tell my friends "thank you."
I am not working at the Apple Peddler right now, and I miss quite a few of my customers. There are a number of you that I really enjoyed and I looked forward to seeing you, and having morning coffee with you.
Larry, Hoggie, Steve and Steve ... and Loyde ... and Gene, you guys are great! Thanx for the x-mas card, it made our trip to Pendleton way more comfortable. I love you guys and hope to have our "coffee mornings" again.
Merry Christmas to you and your families too.
ORCCA here to help community
Dear Community, At Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA) we work with thousands of individuals, and hundreds of groups and organizations everyday on matters of human dignity with a common goal of helping our community thrive.
As with any broad coalition of diverse groups, differences of opinion, personalities, and operational structure may occur. At ORCCA we believe it is in everyone's best interest to work through these challenges politely, in a dignified manner and in keeping with our obligation to confidentiality.
We are disappointed that some of our partner organizations have chosen to try to solve their grievances through a public venue, but we must maintain our own standards, keep our nose to the grindstone, and continue our efforts to help those in need. To that end, the ORCCA Board of Directors decided to move forward working with our partners through a confidential mediation process.
Every year there are more individuals who find themselves in need of food. We estimate that in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, we will be distributing 2 million pounds of food to our network, 1.2 million more pounds than we were moving just five years ago. ORCCA raises funds through donations and grants to cover 70 percent of the cost of transporting food in the most efficient way possible. In fact, during this holiday season, ORCCA is moving 115,000 pounds of food at no cost to our partner agencies due to several grants we have been awarded. Our partner agencies pay only a small handling fee on some items (14 - 18 cents per pound).
We are not willing to compromise our organizational values around how we work with the people we serve and tear individuals or organizations apart in the newspaper or any other public venue. If you are concerned or have questions, please feel free to contact us. The best way to reach us to communicate a concern is to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Present neededfor MS victim
Please consider a tax-deductible donation for a patient at a local nursing home who is confined to a bed at all times, lies in a fetal position due to advancing multiple sclerosis which renders him incapable of using his legs, is losing control of his hands and arms so he can barely reach and hold a cup of water for himself.
His hearing is fine, but his eyesight is deteriorating so he can no longer clearly see to read nor to watch the small TV provided by the home. The home has graciously agreed to install a larger flat screen, wall-mounted setup to 42 inches, but neither the patient nor the home has resources to buy one, even a used one.
If you have such a TV you do not use (must be 32 inches or over), or you are upgrading and do not know what to do with your old set (must be in working order), this is an opportunity to help someone who is slowly becoming helpless, loves watching football and other sports and some regular TV programs, but now loses interest as it is hard to understand what he cannot see.
So that your donation may be receipted for tax deduction purposes, we have worked out an agreement with a local church.
Finally, if you can help with this or have any other solution for our friend, please contact 541-251-4121.