Letters to the Editor published Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
What happened to all the trash cans?
I called the Port of Brookings and asked what happened to all the garbage cans at Sporthaven Beach.
I was told they took them out because people were putting their trash in them and it cost too much to maintain the garbage cans.
I asked, what are people suppose to do with their trash when they visit the beach. I was advised they were to take it home with them.
Visitors from over the hill or out-of-towners cannot be asked to take their trash home with them.
If the port keeps this type of thing up they might as well close their doors because we won't have any visitors or anyone coming to the beach and port areas, they will be going somewhere else.
Part of my property taxes go to supporting the port. I was told that does include garbage cans.
It's hard to fix stupid but we must try every chance we get.
Just looking for a place to stay
I am a disabled, indigent woman who is forced to try to survive living in a small car after becoming homeless when I was injured and subsequently lost my job.
I have had to go through my savings, retirement, and pension trying to keep my head above water. I am trying to survive long enough to attend my disability hearing in 12-15 months.
There are no women's shelters available in the area. And, because of my health issues, I have to stay in this area. I have tried parking at night in a non-posted parking lot well off of the main street, but am constantly roused by local police, citing I am in violation of a city ordinance. They send me down to the rest area. There, I am told by the State Parks employee that I am not allowed to stay there at night because the rest area is "for travelers," even though the parking area is usually almost completely empty.
I am not begging people on the street for money. I do not have a drug or alcohol problem. I am not homeless by choice. So help me, good citizens of Brookings ... where am I supposed to stay?
What can I do to survive?
Start thinking about the children
What happened to the welfare of our children?
I've seen first-hand the destruction the legal system puts on our children; the lawyers, whether it be a challenge to get the better of the other party or they just think they are just doing their job.
This only pushes the parents further apart and hurts the children more than it would already. But these are the atrocious actions lawyers get away with and the courts accept it. Where is the justice and fairness in this legal system?
What happened to the welfare of our children?
Why single out the smokers with ban?
Mr Vilelle, (Pilot March 21): Personally, I field strip my (cigarette) butts and put them in my pocket until I get home.
You seem to be under the impression that smokers are inconsiderate of others because they're smokers. If you're picking up trash in local parks, then you've noticed that cigarette butts are not the only trash to be found. Why single out these folks as the object of your attack?
If you find candy bar wrappers and potato-chip bags, are you proposing a ban on people with snacks in parks? If you spot an old wrapper from Fely's or MacDonalds, are you proposing we close them down? Why not just fence off these parks and keep everybody out?
How about Sporthaven Beach? Have you seen all the dog and cat doo doo, down on the beach? It's much more offensive to me that many individuals in this community have turned its greatest asset into a doggy cesspool.
Mr Vilelle, if you're so offended by the trash you pick up, maybe you'd be happier in a different area of volunteering. The fact that Curry County has only 22,000 residents means that the population density is so overwhelmingly sparse, your concerns do not seem justified.
Have you considered taking up smoking to relieve the stress?
Excellent solution to county's dilemma
Thomas Huxley wrote, by far, the best article regarding Curry County dilemma that I have seen to date (Pilot, March 17).
Mr. Huxley had two solutions for our government's problems and both were excellent, but solution No. 2 was the winner.
Simply put, we must start over. The most important service for our citizens should be tops on the list, then just work you way down until you're out of money. Did I make that too easy? Here's why it's easy: Our county is, and always has been, government, and it got spoiled with the federal payoff for timber. A county of 15,000 people does not need or require that many employees with those salaries and perks.
The Port of Gold Beach does very well with five commissioners that work for nothing. I was a commissioner there so I know what I'm talking about. Former Gold Beach port managers had gotten the port in trouble financially some 13 years ago and the commissioners fired the incapable managers to get everything in the black one more. Thank you, Errol Roberts and Debbie Collins. They both gave their talents away at a very low cost.
When the county talks about raising taxes it's because there is more government than this little county can handle.
Oregon land taxes are the fourth highest of our great country, so please don't tell me, as Democrats do, that we need higher taxes and bigger government.
A chapter from Paul Ryan's playbook would heal our problem or we can just listen and follow Tom Huxley.
Get serious about dialysis services
I have noted that lately there have been people stepping forward to question why there is no kidney dialysis center here in Brookings.
This is a legitimate question. People I know have to travel to Coos Bay, Eureka, Medford or Grants Pass three to four times a week for their four-hour treatments.
There have been rumors of a dialysis center opening up here andndash; this center needs to be here in Brookings! Why should people who need to have this life-sustaining treatment be forced to travel or move out of town?
Let's bring this issue to the forefront and get serious about providing this care for our citizens. After all, it could be care that one of us or our friends or loved ones will need.
New commissioners with new ideas
As I understand it Curry County is facing bankruptcy.
This being the case should not every unbudgeted expense be tabled, but our commissioners don't seem to see it that way. Now they want to have a special election on a sales tax; special elections cost money, and they have no money. In addition they (the commissioners) have consulted with a Portland attorney; attorneys cost money, and the county has no money.
Another one of the proposals is to rob the road surplus; look what happened to Social Security when the government robbed their surplus.
I don't hear any of the commissioners, who have, by Curry County standards, high paying jobs, offer to take any cuts in their budgets.
For the average citizen a sales tax is a cut in the budget, as is the ever increasing inflation.
The population in Curry County is spread out, not confined to compact towns. We need roads, and we need to be able to buy gas. If we pay $180 in sales tax is 45 gallons of gas at today's price that we give up; there goes the trip to town for a movie rental and another to return it.
My suggestion is forget the sales tax, don't believe that it won't cut back the shoppers from California, investigate ideas like K12 computer schooling andndash; no school lunches, school buses, janitors, heated school building, and above all elect new commissioners with new ideas.
Is a whale or human more important?
How many young men and women have we sent off to war since World War I and World War II?
The first deployed were Regular Army, Navy and National Guard along with reservists. Ordinary citizens immediately filled those shoes at home, creating a line of defense right here. Do you think that would happen today? Most young people today don't have a clue what a real war at home is all about.
I recall how quickly men women and children rallied to the cause in WWII. There were no protests. We all sacrificed a great deal to see that our military was trained and equipped to handle what they had to deal with. The Army trains on land ... the Air Force trains in the air ... the Navy MUST train at sea! They will never find those conditions in the desert!
I am all for helping the environment but what is more important ... a whale or a human?
Google 'vanishing twin syndrome'
Every person interested in the abortion debate should Google "vanishing twin syndrome."
As you start through the 373,000 hits, you will see, with the advent of ultrasounds, in about 15 percent of cases, on their first visit to a physician, newly pregnant women are found to be carrying twins. Two eggs adhere to the vascular structure in the womb.
Yet eggs don't develop and are not carried to term 15 out of 100 times. It is more like 1 out of 70. One of them vanishes, sloughed off in early pregnancy or flattened by the growing size of the other. The survivor has found a more favorable place on the wall, "muscles" out the other. Denied nutrients, it cannot complete and stops developing.
Troubling to me is characterizing the fertilized egg as human life, because you will see research the surviving egg, when carried to full term, is a left-handed person. Since I am one of the 15 percent of people who are left-handed that means if the other egg in my mother's womb was a human being then I may be guilty of at least involuntary manslaughter. On the other hand if the blastocyst, then embryo, then fetus, was not a human being I wouldn't have feelings of regret at being cheated from sharing my life with a twin.
If the developing blastocyst-embryo-fetus was, as many claim, a human being, and I killed it, those claimants are handing me a monstrous guilt-trip. I am not sure I could handle it which is why I have to believe the other egg was, like me at the time, just differentiating cells.
R. H. Morneau, Jr.
Cutting spendingis the solution
Starting a sales tax in Curry County will begin another empire building process leading to higher costs than expected.
People selection, staff size, health,insurance, retirement costs, office space, utilities, transportation, collection and enforcement will quickly outstrip net benefits.
With a sales tax, why shop Curry County for anything when compared to Del Norte with large stores just 20 minutes south? Other than less fuel taxes (maybe) the documented 60 percent of Del Norte shoppers crossing the border will be gone.
As with the federal government, more income is not the solution. Cutting spending is! Review every job for value, necessity and importance long range, review every dollar spent by every agency and survive!
Time to return to American concepts
Your paper this morning (Pilot, March 21) had no report on the Commissioners Candidate Forum conducted by the Tea Party on March 17. The meeting was packed.
Many of the comments related to the current county financial crisis and I was disappointed that a short synopsis of the positions was not forthcoming, not to mention a list of the candidates attending. The meeting was well organized. I thank Sue Gold, Sandra Ensley and all the people that I can not name for their efforts.
As for the financial crisis andndash; The immediate issue should not be "how to raise what kind of taxes" but rather what the present taxes are spent on! People are elected to office to administrate and prioritize those expenditures and much of how they do it, is of their philosophy.
I do not know exactly what is meant by "left," "right, "conservative" or "liberal." I do know that it is basic human nature for people to take handouts if available. Obama knows this and is trying to buy the vote! (I was sorry to have missed the "cash for clunkers" program.) Current so-called entitlements (handouts) have got to (be) evaluated and in many cases eliminated. There needs to be a societal safety net, but there is a paucity of individual responsibilities and individuals taking responsibility (returning to our American concepts) could do a lot to mitigate this financial crisis!
Public employee unions and private sector unions are two very different things. I have sent a copy of an article on this subject to our three commissioners recently. I have also stated in prior communications that public unions are an "anathema to our culture." Negotiations with the SEIU and Teamsters should be totally transparent and not behind closed doors. It will take courage and bravery to negotiate the County's position. These guys play rough.
A profound impact on our students
We would like to express to you the gratitude of the Brookings-Harbor Guidance and Counseling office, as well as our administration and staff, in the turnout of at least 50 community volunteers to evaluate senior presentations for the Class of 2012 at BHHS on March 20, 2012.
The volunteers were representative of our community service organizations, local health networks and businesses, ASPIRE volunteers, retired educators and professionals as well as former and current BHHS parents and grandparents. Several of the volunteers assisted in enlisting others to join them as well.
The turnout of caring community members has a profound impact on our students as well as high school staff. Your giving of time, talents and professional expertise show all of us your support of our youth and our schools.
We are fortunate to have such wonderfully caring people in Brookings. You are to be commended for the good you do and support you give us. We at BHHS appreciate your efforts, not only during our senior presentation time but also throughout the entire year.
With sincere thanks,
Kathleen Dingle, academic dean
Kristi Fulton, counselor/teacher
Debbie Moncrief, registrar
Thanks for making festival a success
It is with the deepest regrets and the heaviest of hearts that the Festival of the Arts committee must announce that we met with Gary Milliman, Brookings City Manager, on March 20 to withdraw our application to hold the 2012 Festival at Azalea Park.
Health issues have necessitated the Festival of the Arts be discontinued and the non-profit corporation be dissolved.
We know the community enjoyed the Festival for 17 years, but sometimes things do need to come to an end for reasons beyond our control. No person or organization is indispensable.
There are plenty of talented individuals and organizations within the Community who have stepped up in the past and will continue to step up to produce events to encourage tourism and benefit the community economically.
The Festival of the Arts has been a mainstay in our community. Jo Mochulski, the heart of the Festival, was involved early on and chaired this event since 1996. Jo, along with dozens of women who served as Festival Committee members throughout the years, made the Festival what it became. During her tenure, the Festival received numerous awards due to the Festival Committee's steadfast commitment to providing high-quality products for the public and a high-caliber venue for the artists and vendors who consistently expressed their appreciation. After retiring as chair in 2010, Jo remained on the committee through 2011.
We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who supported the Festival of the Arts throughout the years, especially all the talented artisans who participated directly in the Festival. Special thanks also go to the hundreds of volunteers who so generously donated their time and efforts, during Festival weekends, to help make the Festival of the Arts the success it has been for so many years.
Dolores Maillet, chairperson
Sheila Curtis, committee member
Festival of the Arts