Vote for Rhodes andndash; the good guy
In conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month and Brookings-Harbor High School essay contest, Through My Eyes, I was surprised to read that Sheriff Bishop will not be applying for DUII grants from the Department of Transportation, which pay deputies overtime to enforce the law.
This reminded me of the following Pilot stories (May 20, June 28, 2005). Front page headlines: "City Manager Quits Following Second Driving Arrest. Leroy Blodgett tendered his resignation after he was cited and released for driving under the influence of alcohol." What was not addressed was his Douglas County DUII.
In the same article Councilman Larry Anderson was quoted, "Community leaders should be held to higher standards." Brookings Police Lieutenant John Bishop, referencing alcohol and drug problems in Curry County, "Until society wants to say we no longer want this in our community. That is the only way this will change."
Mr. Blodgett is now running for county commissioner, a leadership position. As project manager for HW3 LLC Land Development, Sept. 1, 2007, he wrote to the County Planning Commission, "The goal of opponents right now is the river, then it will be the sewer plant, then the hillsides, then the schools andndash; always to stop development." What ridiculous nonsense! The message however, provides Blodgett's thinking process and an overwhelming bias that bodes ill for Curry County citizens.
As for the high school students, I cannot express my admiration for their youthful insight and character. My vote goes to Commissioner George Rhodes, a good guy.
Will you be happy somewhere else?
Regarding letter from Jim Armstrong (Pilot, April 11): I wonder why some people feel the need to bad mouth a place and announce they are leaving.
Maybe they want to share their misery. Is it anybody's fault you weren't happy here? Will you be happy somewhere else? You will be taking yourself along, you know, and your life is what you make it no matter where you live.
Good luck to you, Mr. Armstrong.
A buzzing good time for bee enthusiasts
This is an open invitation for the people interested in bees and beekeeping to attend the April 19 meeting of Curry bee enthusiasts.
On March 22, a dozen excited "Bee Friends" held their initial meeting. The group was introduced and everyone shared their special bee interest. There were brand new beekeepers, seasoned beekeepers, neighbors of beekeepers, and bee lovers. A free flowing conversation covered topics including a local news article spotlighting bees (Port Orford News, March 21), personal past experiences with raising bees on the Oregon coast, cautions to place bees in locations with low humidity, offers to mentor new beekeepers, the talents of a local "bee whisperer," bees as essential pollinators, and bees'˙ benefits to society. When bee enthusiasts get together, there's always lots of buzzing going on!
Course offerings of OSU Master Beekeeper requirements and goals to form a Curry County Beekeepers Association affiliated the Oregon State Beekeepers Association (OSBA).
The group agreed their next meeting would be held on the third Thursday of the month, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the ESD building, 29805 Mary Street, Gold Beach. The key topics planned for the April are feeding bees and starting new hives. Hope that you will join us.
For further information call 541-425-0324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bee Happy Now!
Del Barber, master beekeeper instructor, journeyman level,
Many help students with future options
I want to take the opportunity to thank the many wonderful people who worked so hard to put on the GEAR UP Post-secondary night that took place at Brookings-Harbor High School on Wednesday, April 11.
Kathleen Dingle, Marie Coleman, Debbie Moncrief and Gerry Livingston's contributions were integral in putting on this wonderful event that brought out over 250 students and their families to start thinking about post-secondary options. The night included a free dinner hosted by Community 101, a post-secondary fair with over 22 representatives from colleges, military, Phagans Beauty School and more, the 2016 parent information meeting, and small breakout sessions that included information about what college is like, how to pay for post-secondary education and training, career information, and electives and programs offered at BHHS.
An event of this magnitude took many people to be able to offer such a great opportunity to our students and their families. A big thank you to small group breakout presenters, including Susan Lunsford and Sherry Rodgers from Chetco Federal Credit Union, Michelle Prudden, Carrie Mason, Sheryl Tuttle, Joe Morin, Monty Moncrief, Jim and Vanessa Keys, Susan Hanscam, Owen Fairchild, Heidi Moore, Sean Ellis, Wendy Pieren, Greg Goode, and Bruce and Molly Wales.
Going the second mile for my friends
A sincere thank you to the Outreach Gospel Mission, St. Timothy's Church, A.A., N.A., and Al-Anon for going the second mile for my friends.
I've come to realize that a well-funded women's and men's mission is the best resource for families in crisis.
It would be a shame to our community to not help where needed, and be known as a city that takes better care of its dogs and cats than its women and children.
Twenty four years ago, after a difficult journey from Seaside, our young family of six pulled into Harbor with all we had left andndash; $50 and a small travel trailer. I will forever be grateful to those who saw beneath our chaotic circumstances and gave us a chance. Those imperfect thrift-store-clad and bowl-haircut boys and their little sister grew up to be imperfect, but marvelous adults who grew hearts to help others. Two of them moved back to Bookings, started businesses of their own, and now employ many families, improving lives and our local economy.
Robert Lupton, minister in the inner-city of Atlanta says, "I need the poor? For what? The question exposes my blindness. I see them as weak ones to be rescued, not as bearers of the treasures of the kingdom. The dominance of my giving overshadows and stifles the rich endowments the Creator has invested in those I consider destitute. We are called to mutual sharing and the discovery of gifts Christ has concealed in the unlikeliest among us."
Questions for Curry County candidates
Questions for each candidate for Curry County commissioner:
1) If a tax measure passes, how do you see the county using the increased tax revenue?
2) What do you think of the character of a county commissioner candidate who, knowing it not to be accurate, publicly states that the county's budget can be balanced without additional tax revenue?
3) If there is no increase in tax revenue by June 2013, when does the county become unable to pay it bills?
4) How many other counties in Oregon are in the same position as Curry County?
5) When is the best time to hold an election on the issue of a sales tax for Curry County?
Shortest complete sentence is ...
I've heard it said so many times that I'm beginning to say it myself: "You can't believe everything you read in the newspapers just because it's in the newspapers."
For example, in the Saturday, April 14, Pilot there appeared this statement in the column Strange But True (page 5B): "The shortest complete sentence in the English language is 'Go.'"
I hate to differ with the experts, but it occurs to me that another equally short sentence andndash; one that could well be in response to "Go" andndash; is, simply, "No."
Evolve from So-Cal consumer mentality
Poor Mr. Armstrong andndash; bored in Brookings!
I have to wonder if he's ever stepped into the beautiful Chetco Library to seek stimulation for his mind. And his wife. ...
Get a hobby folks. Walk a beach, plant a garden, go fishing, watch a sunset, volunteer, get involved in your community. Support local theater, and high school sports. Take a class at our wonderful new community college.
Evolve out of your So-Cal consumer mentality. Try something new andndash; you just might find a new interest.
How I plan to celebrate Earth Day
Like many readers of the Pilot I was shocked and more than a little disturbed to discover that our local paper had received no notices of Earth Day events.
While I'm not up to writing an actual feel-good story I thought I could at least (as an upstanding citizen) attempt a feel-good letter. So here goes: I'm planning a rather small event in honor of our Most Precious and Benevolent Mother Earth. A barbecue, of course, if the weather holds. I'll likely burn a tire; the 8.25-by-20 truck tire is my personal preference, but larger tires do just fine if it's a large family gathering. After the initial flare-up and great amounts of smoke, when the tire burns down and the coals are just right, I'll bring out the old family owl recipe and commence to cooking.
So, there you have it. That is how I plan to celebrate Earth Day. I feel mighty good and I hope you do too. After all, this is the least I can do to celebrate Mother Earth, from whom all blessings flow: genuine happiness, harmony, and indeed, life itself.