Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Planning for space in crowded oceans
Today's oceans are busy. Our oceans are being turned to more and more as mankind's demands for additional resources grow. Commercial and recreational fishing, other recreational activities, like surfing, oil drilling, marine reserves and marine protected areas, shipping, crabbing, wave-energy generation, and the harvesting of minerals are just some of the activities taking place in today's oceans.
As a result of an ever more crowded ocean and the implementation of the new National Ocean Policy, the state of Oregon has begun a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) process to identify who is out there using our coastal waters, how they are using them, and where. In Port Orford, Stephanie Webb has been working with local fishermen, community members, and other entities from around the state, using a community-based decision making model. She has been working to ensure that our community's ocean-based needs and spaces are recognized by the state.
Come join the Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT) for our regular team meeting, 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Port Orford City Council Chambers. Learn about what the team has been up to regarding matters surrounding Redfish Rocks and find out more about how a community-based MSP approach is being used to reserve space and resources for our community and fishermen.
Redfish Rocks Community Team
Democracy concept no longer true
Democracy, as we discovered in school, is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.
We participate equally through our elected representatives. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that this concept no longer is true.
Billions of dollars are given candidates with the clear understanding that they will favor the donors' wishes and consequently enhance further their personal prosperity. Candidates' failure to comply will result in no further funding for their next election.
We have the best government money can buy. This is 2012 capitalistic USA. Politicians need to be made to realize that they represent all of us, the majority and not just the minority!
This is not very apt to happen until some changes occur in the length of time to serve and limitations made as to the amount of donations. Politicians make the law and they are not going to change the laws that benefit them at this time.
Change course to protect 1 percenters
Re: Mr. Roepke's letter from Saturday, Sept. 22, "Change course to protect America" The title of his letter would be more accurate if it said "Change course to protect the 1 percenters' low tax entitlements."
There are still people out there who believe 47 percent of the population are leeches on our society because they pay no "income" taxes. These "leeches" include veterans, retirees, the disabled and the poor, many of whom live in Curry County.
As The New York Times stated recently, it seems Mr. Romney has bought into the warped idea that some conservatives inside and outside of Congress have pushed as well: "The president and Nancy Pelosi were nefariously hooking people on unemployment benefits, so they'd get addicted and vote Democratic to keep the unemployment bucks flowing like crack".
It's literally rich: Mitt Willard Romney, born on third base and acting self-made, whining to the rich about what a great deal in life the not so fortunate and poor have. We thought Romney was secretly moderate, but it turns out that he's secretly cruel, a social Darwinist just like his running mate. Go and vote for him!
Posting of signs cost some votes
Someone placed a David Brock Smith lawn sign on a private residence without the owner's permission in our neighborhood.
Just a tip to the responsible person: Your overzealousness just cost your candidate some votes. David may be a fine candidate and a good person; I don't know him. But your actions have harmed your candidate's chances.
Please be more respectful of others going forward.
Saddened by killing of neighborhood deer
Someone shot a deer in our mostly peaceful neighborhood at Claron Glen in Brookings and left it to suffer and die with a leg injury in the easement between our homes.
This deer mother had a fawn at her side which was robbed of her mentor and food source and affection. This person who so easily kills has no conscience. We do hear shots ring out at night nearby, but the person never makes himself known or gets caught by law enforcement.
It is beyond me to understand to shoot a mother deer and leave her baby to fend for itself. This individual who so callously shoots at the defenseless creatures needs to do some soul searching.
Who will he kill next?
I am saddened about this incident. Is it not illegal anyway to shoot and kill in a residential neighborhood?
I would support a bond measure
After reading your editorial on the budget difficulties for the county's law enforcement. I for one, would support a bond measure.
That's providing that the money raised by the bond measure be spent for the purpose of the law enforcement for Curry County only!
There's no reason why the people of Curry County cannot pay another $10-$20 on their property taxes for this purpose. The property tax money we pay gets written off on your taxes at the end of the year. So, it really doesn't cost us anything to get better service from our law enforcement.
The problem most of us have with government asking for tax money, is that it doesn't get spent on what they say it was originally for. They take the money and place it in the general fund and spend it on what THEY feel is necessary.
We just have to be sure that any money raised for law enforcement is spent for that and nothing else.
La Bontandeacute; can bring dollars to county
I have known Lucie La Bontandeacute; for over 20 years.
She knows Curry County's government and how it functions. Lucie was also responsible for writing many of the grants bringing economic development projects throughout Curry County while working for our ports and county. She managed projects to completion in our parks and airports.
We need her knowledge and management experience. Join me in voting for Lucie La Bontandeacute;, Curry County commissioner Position 2. She knows how to bring dollars back to our county and has a proven record!
Tax increase would bring peace of mind
I realize the problem of security both in Brookings and especially in "Harbor is of enormous interest to all residents living before and after crossing the bridge, but was it necessary to give so much detail?
It seems to me that it is an open invitation to anyone who is interested in "exploring" your possessions.
To this day I will never understand why the residents of Harbor (and I am one) constantly vote down an increase in taxes to have some sort of security. I am sure the increase would not be out of reach and would give a modicum of peace of mind. I know that I have willingly signed many "papers" asking for support. The amount of the tax per thousand would be affordable and would be decided by the majority of all of us living here.
I wish that Tom Huxley and Ralph Martin or anyone who worked so hard on trying to get home rule would think about this issue. The Home Rule issue fizzled out, but I am sure more people would respond to getting some form of security for our town or "village" as some of the tourists called Harbor.
(P.S. My heartfelt thanks to everyone whose condolences helped me and my family realize that we were not alone.)
Geralldine (Gerry) Kass
Another victim of GOP filibuster
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, the Senate of the United States failed to pass the Veterans Job Corps Bill.
Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order. He said the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the bill's sponsor, said the bill's cost was fully offset by new revenues.
With the defeat of this bill many thousands of veterans have lost a chance at getting hired as police officers, firefighters and parks workers, among other jobs.
The vote was 58-40. The bill needed 60 votes to proceed; another victim of Republican filibuster. ...
It's probably useless to remind Republicans like John McCain (a "Nay" on the jobs bill) that wounded, maimed, crippled, jobless and homeless veterans are NOT a fact of nature. They ARE the result of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.
May they blossom and grow
A few weeks ago, feeling like a walk around the block, I was enjoying the lovely morning without fog and walked several more blocks than usual.
I was heading home, bemoaning the fact I did not have a walker with a seat. I was feeling like I had overdone it when two young ladies came by, one carrying a bouquet of flowers. I smiled as they approached and one of the young ladies chose a long stem red rose and handed it to me with a bright smile and both took time to tell me "Have a nice day.''
They made my day, put a spring in my step and I got home safe and sound with a smile on my face.
As I am writing this tribute to two lovely teenage young ladies, I want them to know the rose dried all on its own and is sitting here in a small vase reminding me to "Have a nice day." ...
My thanks to you two young ladies for proving there are so many bright and beautiful teens in our community. May they blossom and grow.
Jean M. Sullivan
Who is actually lying to us?
Extremist Democrats want you to believe that Republicans usually "lie," while Democrat statements are absolute truth.
But check the Internet regarding "Ryan's five lies" and you will find that Ryan spoke bare facts, while the partisan "fact checkers" distorted and added to what he said to come up with their claim of "lies." Who, then, is actually lying?
Meanwhile samples of Democrat "truth" are: Obama grew up "poor" so he "understands" family financial difficulties (but no "poor" person travels to Indonesia and attends private, elitist schools); Ryan "pushes grandma off the cliff" (his Medicare reform does not apply to grandma); Romney is responsible for "the death of a laid-off worker's wife" (but she died years after his being laid off, and they had some health insurance); Romney "hasn't paid taxes for 10 years" (now we have his returns for the last two years, which automatically disprove Harry Reid's statement); "you didn't build that" (in ordinary English "that" has to refer to the nearest noun, which was "business" andndash; if Obama meant roads, etc., why haven't all businesses succeeded?); "war on women" (while the real "war on women" is abortion which kills a million babies each year, half of whom are female, and which inflicts physical as well as emotional damage on women who survive it andndash; some die while undergoing abortion).
Woe to our country if such "truth speakers" win this election!
Clinic, local theater not in competition
A recent letter (Pilot, Sept. 19) from Pam VanVliet, signed "for St. Timothy's Free Clinic" leaves the mistaken impression that Ms. VanVliet is writing as a spokesperson for St. Timothy's Outreach Clinic.
We appreciate Ms. VanVliet's sincere support for our work at the clinic and agree that free dental care is a significant need in our community. However, we take issue with the notion that we are in a competition with the Chetco Pelican Players for contributions.
Our competition is economic distress and the lack of access to affordable medical and dental care. Our mission at the Outreach Clinic is to improve the well-being of our community by providing free medical and dental care to the uninsured of our area.
We believe that the Chetco Pelican Players have a similar mission andndash; to improve the well-being of our community andndash; and to do so through the arts. We are not in a competition with each other or with any other organizations that have the same goal.
Nonprofits do not compete against each other. Instead, they offer each other a partner for shared missions and shared goals. So, we enthusiastically support Tommy Jones and the Pelican Players in their efforts to raise the funds necessary to bring another wonderful theater production to our community. We will be bringing the Dental Van back to Brookings soon.
When it comes to improving the quality of life in our community, we are all in this together.
The Rev. Bernie Lindley,
director of St. Timothy's Outreach Clinic
Funds diverted sans public vote
This letter is regarding the Pilot article Sept. 12 titled "Gold Beach moving ahead with urban renewal district."
The following generally apply to Urban Renewal Agencies in Oregon.
1) An Oregon Urban Renewal Agency is formed without a vote of the people. The agency may create an Urban Renewal Plan by ordinance, unless a public vote is required by local law.
2) The Urban Renewal Plan identifies a contiguous "Area" in the city needing improvements. The area may be up to 25 percent of the total city area.
3) Property taxes which go to an Urban Renewal Agency are diverted or taken from other taxing agencies/districts such as schools, libraries, law enforcement, etc.
4) 100 percent of property taxes on new development or improvements on existing properties within the "Area" are diverted to the Urban Renewal Agency.
5) According to the Curry County assessor, the Brookings Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) tax rate is levied on ALL taxable property within the city of Brookings. The tax rate has grown to $0.7618 per thousand of assessed valuation. BURA tax revenue totaled approximately $500,000 for 2011/2012.
6) Estimates of tax revenue to be given up by various taxing districts to the BURA are located on page 18 at: http://www.brookings.or.us/archives/41/Report%20on%20Urban%20Renewal%20Plan.pdf Estimates for 2013 to 2028 include: $700,000 Brookings Library; $750,000 ESD andndash; South Coast Education Service District; $900,000 Curry County; $1,200,000 SWOCC andndash; Southwestern Oregon Community College; $5,500,000 Brookings 17C School District; $6,300,000 City of Brookings general expenses, including law enforcement
The 2011/2012 tax revenue figures from the Oregon Dept. of Revenue show cities with Oregon Urban Renewal Districts received/diverted over $200 million from the intended taxing districts.
All this occurs without a vote of the people.