The Curry Coastal Pilot

Beatin' a dead horse

I would like to address the Pilot's article, "Health Insurance: more than one way to enroll." How much money - probably taxpayers' money - are people going to spend promoting and trying to get the public to enroll in Obamacare?

As of Nov. 1, there were zero people who signed up in Oregon (federal government stats). Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, 82 percent of Americans were satisfied with the health care they had - Wall Street Journal.

In October more than 5 million people had their health insurance plans dropped; some were on life-critical needs - CBS News. Why? Because after the ACA was passed, Kathleen Sebelius wrote the specifications that the individual insurance plans had to have. If they didn't meet Sebelius' specifications, the insurance companies had to drop the insurer.

Most states were given $68,000,000 of taxpayers' money to promote Obamacare - Fox Cable News. That money could have been used to help the people who lost their insurance. If the insurance companies do not make enough profits in the future (by the end of 2014) they will be subsidized with our tax money.

Two major circumstances are needed to have Obamacare work:

andbull;Having 45 percent or more of the population from 18 to 35 years old to sign up for Obama Care;

andbull;Getting revenue from a .038 percent tax on all medical equipment. A lot of Democrats and Republicans are against the .038 percent tax.

Children up to 26 years old can stay on their parents' insurance policy. And that age group does not have to sign up and pay premiums, they can pay a small fine; but in the future, if they get a severe sickness, they can sign up for Obamacare afterwards and be covered - Fox Cable News, CBS News, ABC News.

This whole health care bill has so many frauds, I don't have enough space to list them all. Does "beatin' a dead horse" mean anything to you?

Andrew Ragan


Gift of memories

I have just finished reading the article in Saturday's paper about the high school students who could not afford to buy their school yearbook. I immediately found mine and what a thrill to go back to January 1943.

I graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. What memories. Some sad, because many of the young men served in World War II and while most of them returned some of them did not. But all of them were remembered.

Because of the war, we did not have a prom. However we did have the traditional "Red Letter Hop." I was voted "Most Charming" and my date was Bob Kass. I still have the necklace of red, wooden beads he gave me (as well as our wedding picture).

I will call the telephone number given in the paper and will offer to give one student his or her yearbook to remember some special times in their young lives. I hope many more people will respond.

Think what a Christmas present that will be for some of these kids.

Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful staff at the Pilot.

Geraldine Kass


Easy to cast stones

The recent "Faith Forum" (Pilot, Dec. 14) was actually used as a platform to take a stab at our president.

I am really tired of people, including church leaders, blaming the president for everything that doesn't fit their point of view. It's too bad there are so few people who have actually learned anything about the way our government works; the programs and decisions that were made by other presidents and the Congress who were voted into office by we the people.

Today's issues didn't suddenly appear when President Obama took office, believe it or not. Did you vote for these senators and representatives who recently walked off the job? When I hear them mouth words like, "If you don't work, you don't eat," I wonder who raised them.

Today, there are legislators who are unhappy with the new Pope. They call him a "liberal." Oh, my! Imagine taking care of the poor, being kind to others. What a concept. I learned all that stuff as a child. I'll bet you did, too.

In today's society, it's way too easy to cast stones out of ignorance and frustration. If you are unhappy with your own life, don't blame it on somebody else. If you don't like the people who are in office, study up. Promote people with ideas based on fact, not prejudice and vote for people who use their intelligence and can touch base with their hearts.

It's so easy to fall into the trap of mimicking the venom coming from the "shock jocks." Their messages are meant to stir people into disregarding the voices of their highest angels.

"Joy to the world, peace on earth, good will toward man." Not a bad message. Too bad it only comes to light once a year.

S. J. Hyatt


Toxic polluter

The atrocious 1872 mining law has attracted a foreign mining company, Red Flat Nickel Corp., to claim nickel deposits in 2007 on nearly 5,000 acres of Curry County's pristine public lands.

The future of these Forest Service and BLM lands is now in the hands of foreign investors. They wish to profit from our archaic mining laws while leaving us an unsightly and polluted landscape of nickel strip mines.

Simply Google "Riddle Nickel Mine photos" to see what a Douglas County nickel mine looks like after the corporate profiteers have left town.

The metal mining industry is the largest toxic polluter in the United States. Unfortunately, the Forest Service is mandated to approve Red Flat Nickel Corporation nickel drilling at Red Flat and Bald Face Creek.

One way to slow or even thwart further nickel strip mining damage is for Congress to pass laws to withdraw public lands from mineral development. Ironically, the Bush administration proposed in 2004 to have a 34,000-acre addition to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness that would have curtailed nickel strip mining.

Our Siskiyou Mountains have numerous plant and animal species that occur nowhere else in the world. The Siskiyou Mountains are spawning and nursery areas for our wild salmon and steelhead that drive our recreational and commercial fisheries. We need to fight back against foreign corporate profiteers by requesting Congressman Peter DeFazio, Senator Ron Wyden, and Senator Jeff Merkley to work with the Obama administration to identify public lands for conservation purposes and mineral withdrawal.

Richard Nawa


No more growth

There will be no recovery.

Thanks to a number of situations we did to ourselves, overpopulation, automation, the federal government's terrible free trade deals, tax incentives for moving our jobs offshore to crap countries with no regulations and slave labor, low tariffs, tax cuts for the very rich, allowing big, very profitable corporations to escape paying any taxes and to write laws behind closed doors that benefit them, endless, illegal and unnecessary wars and occupations, immigration, visas for foreign workers to take our high tech jobs at a lower price etc. etc. etc.

We must stop "planning" as though it was still 1950. We will never be energy independent again; oil is in decline and fracking is just a short-lived bubble, it's just squeezing the last of the gunk at the bottom of the barrel.

It's foolish to approve another sure-to-fail golf course in a even worse location. Thanks to declining essential resources that are becoming ever more expensive to extract, there will be no "growth" but a steady, unstoppable decline.

We must start planning for a declining economy and a possible economic collapse. We must stop allowing more stupid sprawl as such will remain empty and that already built will empty because people will not be able to drive from place to place to shop or live miles from town.

We must start facing reality: Growth has ended.

Sheila Chambers


End of Homosapiens?

Following the detonation of atomic bombs over two Japanese cities at the end of World War II, prominent scholars in the fields of physics and the humanities mumbled prophetically that the creation and use of those weapons might portend the eventual demise of a unique product of time and evolution: Homosapiens.

The slow, vagarious processes of natural selection have produced an anomaly. A species of life that has gained the dynamic but frightening, destructive potential to frustrate the continued evolution of all life on planet earth.

An incipient, childish, unsophisticated, semi-intelligent, genetically predatory species of life that has been taught by time and its progenitors that power, force and a belief in imagined paranormal deities would defend it from the possibility of extinction, is failing!

Burgeoning population growth will heighten the possibility of a necessary catastrophic reduction in human population.

Was Einstein right when he commented (paraphrase) that because of the discovery and destructive use of the atom, the only chance for man to continue to survive is under the control of a one-world government?

That can't be realized until the human species is reduced to a governable number. Would you care to prophesize?

Man is yet too culturally fragmented and immature to seriously consider the potential of unity and synergy! Functioning holistically, intelligently and in concert, there is nothing that man cannot accomplish.

All life is ephemeral. Are we specialandhellip;or will we just become a "happening," which is incapable of placating the irreducible demands of "Gaia?"

Am I the only one thinking seriously about the future of our progeny? Or am I just an aging but very conscious, impotent, pessimistic old nut?


Skip Howard