Where’s Huxley?

“My name is Tom Huxley. I’m a commissioner in Curry County.” Coulda fooled us.

He claims to be a county commissioner but could not be found during the biggest threat that Curry County has ever faced? He claims to be county commissioner but one whom we could only try to locate by adapting a question from children’s books?

“Where’s Tom-o?”

Michael Pitts-Campbell

Brookings

Careless reporting

I was elated to read Dana Gurnee’s “Dead Wrong” letter (Feb.7), “The Pilot is so entrenched in certain narratives about the commissioners that it can’t accurately report facts.”

The Pilot oftentimes makes unfounded, inaccurate statements and accusations aimed mostly at Commissioner Thomas Huxley. The front page article “Ranchers left out…” (Feb.3) referenced a 2-1 vote, Commissioner Court Boice voting against the motion. False. Only two commissioners attended the meeting. Changing the facts continued, Boice accusing commissioners of, “the ill-advised decision you two made.” This appears as careless, unprofessional journalism, disrespecting readers without any consequences or apologies.

A recent letter (Jan.17) stated, “The IT Director reportedly has won a lawsuit against county commissioners.” Director Todd Weeks lost the $9.3 million lawsuit filed against Huxley and then-Commissioner Susan Brown. There was no settlement. The case was dismissed. Weeks was terminated in June 2016 not seven months ago.

Again, careless reporting by the Pilot, no matter, the losing team’s blather attacking Huxley was far more newsworthy than Huxley’s State of the County address, which was not published. Important, current information contradicted unfounded, invented accusations in “Goals Needed” Pilot Editorial (Jan. 6).

Citizens were not informed that Huxley recently voted against union increases for salaries and benefits. County taxpayers are now contributing an estimated $ 1.4 million per year – just for health insurance premiums. These facts are worth reporting.

Yvonne Maitland

Harbor

Misleading

A recent letter claimed many negatives about conservatives; most are untrue, others misleading.

The letter implies the Revolution’s Loyalists (British supporters) were bad, while radical leftists (Patriots) were good. Not that simple.

Per Wikipedia, “the Loyalists were as socially diverse as their Patriot opponents…” The Constitution framers covered the whole spectrum, one reason it took “more than a decade of vigorous debate” to create.

“The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by ‘anti-slavery activists...’, specifically to abolish slavery.” Members dominated the North. First, President Abraham Lincoln.

The Democratic Party dominated the South and were the slave owners. Freed blacks moved North where they could vote; in the South they could not.

The Civil Rights Act of 1957 (abolished school segregation, ensured blacks’ voting rights) passed — House Republicans 167-19 (90 percent), Democrats 118-107 (52 percent), Senate Republicans 43-0 (100 percent), Democrats 29-18 (62 percent). President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed.

President John F. Kennedy wanted more sweeping legislation. President Lyndon Johnson finished pushing the CRA of 1964 through Congress. Votes — House: Republicans 80 percent, Democrats 63 percent; Senate: Republicans 82 percent, Democrats 69 percent.

Suffrage? The 1919 Senate vote on 19th Amendment: “the Ayes 36 (82 percent) Republicans and 20 (54 percent) Democrats.”

The research above proves the opposite of the letter’s claims that conservatives opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the women’s voting rights.”

Marian Kron

Brookings

Might backfire

President Donald Trump’s policy of maximum pressure on North Korea could be about to backfire on the U.S. Kim Jong Un was backed into the corner so far that he faced two existential threats. He could not continue to be starved by sanctions nor come out fighting a greater force.

Instead, he chose to do what is in everyone’s best interest. He walked away from the conflict and he is working to unify with South Korea. The Olympics was just the beginning. The athletic games created a sense of equality, the first requirement for conflict resolution.

It is time to reassess U.S. foreign policy, and where we stand in the world. If it leads to the edge of the abyss that is nuclear war, it is time to let it go. A far better solution is for disputes between nations to be resolved in court rather than the battlefield, and the monies wasted on war will go to the people instead.

Karen Holmes

Brookings

Lack best interest

On Monday there was finally an open hearing held by the Port of Brookings Harbor Board of Commissioners regarding the employment of former Port Manager Gary Dehlinger.

Not only did their reasons for wanting to terminate Gary Dehlinger’s employment not hold water, but it seemed even the port’s own legal counsel, Jim Coffee, wanted to distance himself from their poor decision-making.

It’s clear that Commissioners Jan Barbas, Angie Christian, Roger Thompson and Andy Martin do not have the port’s best interest at heart, nor do they have the integrity required for public office. From their lack of respect for the public they are supposed to represent, to their childlike behavior, their conduct remains unconscionable.

As a former port employee, I have to point out that Thompson’s slanderous accusation that Dehlinger is a “control freak” is absolutely false and unfounded. Dehlinger was an exceptional manager, who was decent, respectful and fair.

For those of you still feeling like you don’t know all the facts, what more do you really need to know? When every port staff member and even port tenants are supporting the recalls, that should speak for itself. Please visit the Visitor Center near the boardwalk to sign the petitions today.

Skylar Windham

Brookings

Sign recall

Monday night I attended the public hearing for Gary Dehlinger, the now former port manager. Four of the five port commissioners have wasted many thousands of dollars in legal fees, severance payments, and now will face even higher costs to the port, as legal procedures begin to ramp up.

The only thing that seemed clear was that three of the five commissioners felt they could not trust Mr Dehlinger. One of those commissioners has been convicted of three ethics violations already, another commissioner was a direct beneficiary of some of those ethics violations prior to becoming a port commissioner herself, and the third, Jan Barbas appears to be the mastermind behind the illegal meeting(s), and illegal firing that led to this whole financial debacle in the first place.

Dehlinger has a well established reputation for honesty, integrity and adhering to proper protocol. I am not surprised these commissioners are not comfortable working with a person of such impeccable integrity.

These commissioners have inflicted tremendous damage to the Port of Brookings Harbor and to us, the public. It’s past time to remove these people from office before they can do more harm. I urge everyone to sign the recall petition, available at the Visitors Center, Port of Brookings Harbor.

Doug Lewis

Brookings

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