Letters to the Editor published Saturday, June 27, 2009
June 27, 2009 05:00 am

Unhappy with school funding?

Editor:

I just wanted to voice my opinion on the article concerning paving the roads instead of using the money for the schools.

First of all, the Rainbow Rock did their roadway, but I do know that they pay homeowners’ fees. Is that where the money came from? The casino turning lane is in California; that is California’s problem – talk to Arnie.

I’m not sure what the concern is. Are we coming to have all dirt roads, no improvements, living in tents, horses as transportation. … Oh, that’s right, money would have to be spent to feed the horses instead of the schools.

Concerning the medical situation, I can not even imagine how anyone could even think we have enough facilities or doctors here; and all that money should go to the schools, that is a little extreme. I can’t even dignify that comment with an answer, that is insulting all of us … are we all that naive? The new facilities would create a lot of new jobs for the community. Over 75 percent  of our county property taxes are taken out for the schools, so what more do you want.  Maybe all medical facilities should close so when we get ill we can just die in our tents at the end of our dirt roads, but no fear; the schools will have plenty of money.

If you are that unhappy with how the schools are funded then I would suggest we rethink who all of us elected on the school board.

What about the $500 a month the board authorized to give to the superintendent’s wife to stay, so his kid could graduate, that money could have helped the schools … talk about mad management. No fault of the superintendent; it was approved.

If you are that unhappy with the funds for the schools find out what you could do to help, start a fund-raising committee and still if you are unhappy then move.

Beverly Duncan   

Harbor

Thanks from the waving man

Editor:

I would like to thank all the wonderful people and especially the graduating students for all the kindness and helpful words they have spoken to me since then.

I was afraid I let them down, because my stage fright forced me to shorten my presentation. Everyone has been very forgiving and uplifting. I not only wish for a wonderful life for all of the students, but for all the rest of you as well.

It feels so much better to always look on the bright side of life.

I would also like to thank Scott Graves for such an outstandingly positive article he wrote in the Saturday paper. He certainly deserves the award for Editor of the Year and writer of such uplifting words.

Ira Tozer

Brookings


Canadian health care not a mess

Editor:

I moved to Brookings from Ontario three years ago.

My family had a fairly long medical history and we were quite satisfied with the medical care provided. Prescriptions are  practically free for seniors in Ontario. Everyone is covered under one plan, so sick people do not have to choose more expensive medical coverage than healthy people, as they have to do here. Hospital and doctors’ fees are paid for by the provincial government through income tax. Care facilities have high standards and are affordable, because (they are) subsidized by the government and geared to income. Socialized health care is working in Canada, but it may not necessarily work if implemented in the states.

Mr. Warren Glaze’s brother in Toronto must have made a mistake when he stated that he paid about 46 percent income tax and sales tax on his modest pension income. (Pilot, June 10).

Income tax in Toronto for the year 2008 on a modest income of $50,000 is $9,842 (less for seniors). There is no sales tax on almost all groceries, and many other items are also exempt. The 8 percent Ontario provincial sales tax does not apply on books and some other items. The provincial taxes vary. Federal sales tax is 5 percent. Assuming he eats in restaurants all the time and spends every cent of his money where a full sales tax of 13 percent applies, a person earning $50,000 would pay sales tax of $5,226 for a total tax of $15,068, or less than 30.2 percent, not “about 46 percent.”

Maximum income tax on a not-so-modest income of $100,000 is $28,744 and the hypothetical maximum sales tax on his spendable income after taxes would be $9,264 for a total of $38,008 or 38 percent, still less than 46 percent.

The maximum tax figure for $120,000 is about 40.2 percent, for $200,000, about 45.4 percent, if no tax shelter could be found.

For figuring out other income tax, try this easy-to-use Web site: www.lsminsurance.ca/calculators/canada/income-tax/2008.

Sven Eldring

Brookings


Killer in the White House?

Editor:

I was very sad when I first heard the news that we have a stone cold killer in the White House.

How could Obama swat down that fly like that? Oh, the tragedy. Oh, the shame!

That fly posed absolutely no danger to Obama, and for that fly to be cut down like that, in the prime of its life.

Good God, man! 

I personally could care less about the Federal Reserve Bank giving out $2.2 trillion to foreign banks and God knows who else.

Two hundred thirty-seven congressmen have signed on to the Ron Paul bill H.R.1207 to do an audit on the Federal Reserve Bank. Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi will not let the bill come up for a vote before the full Congress. People could call Peter DeFazio at (800) 828-0498 and thank him for supporting the Ron Paul bill, and they could demand that Barney Frank and Pelosi get off their sorry butts and to quit covering for the Fed.

Why bother? Who cares that Obama gave even more power to the Federal Reserve Bank recently?

I only care about Obama killing that poor fly. Just like the petty morons at PETA. I am angry and perplexed that this dangerous fly killer has not been impeached and thrown out of office for this.

Flies are people too, you know. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Joe Thomas

Brookings


Parents, speak out for schools

Editor:

On June 17 I attended the unadvertised 6 p.m. meeting of the Brookings-Harbor School Board on the subject of the 2009-2010 budget.

The only other people attending the meeting were two  people elected to the new Board and a Pilot reporter. I did not plan to speak, just to observe the Board discuss the budget. The meeting lasted only moments, adjourning with the plan to approve the budget at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Board.

I greatly regret that I did not speak – that I did not tell the Board members present that I think they were making a  terrible mistake. The most basic purpose of schooling is to educate. To eliminate textbooks and vocational education classes (as well as other important programs) while maintaining sports programs is inexplicable to me.

I have no relatives in the school system but I feel it is important to speak out on behalf of the children. I hope that parents of school children will take a more active role in advocating for their children when the new School Board members take their seat at the table in mid-July.

Judy Kaplan

Brookings

Thanks for trip to the past

Editor:

My name is Kyle Gordon and I would like to say thank you to Mr. Fulton for letting me go on the Modoc Trip.

I really enjoyed every moment of the trip from the small dark caves to the national monuments. I think my favorite part of the trip was seeing all the historical areas. To me, I saw and could picture everything when Mr. Fulton explained what was here and happened.

I would just like to say thank you for the scholarship for this trip.

Kyle Gordon, graduate

Azalea Middle School Brookings


Benefits of a small town

Editor:

I moved to Brookings about two years ago.

There were many adjustments getting used to living in a small town but the benefits far outweigh the adjustments. One benefit I particularly enjoy is being in a real community again. During those two years I have witnessed this community rally around and embrace those community members who have been touched by adversity.

Unfortunately I have also seen how the only local newspaper does not demonstrate respect and support of the community it relies on for its continued success.

I was very fortunate to become a co-worker of Suzette Draheim when I arrived in Brookings. Suzette reached out to me and made me feel welcome in my new workplace and has become a very good friend. Words cannot describe the shock I felt when I opened my paper last weekend and saw how you chose to portray the loss of her dear husband Lonnie. Your excuse apparently has been your responsibility to report the news. Do you not also have a responsibility to avoid sensationalism and shock value? If you were so concerned with reporting the news accurately why did you not report that the picture you chose to splash across your front page was taken after the plane had been removed from the crash site and partially dismantled. More to the point why did you feel it necessary to display those images at all?

Did you even consider the pain you were inflicting on the family when they opened their paper and had to see those pictures. Did you consider what those who care about the Draheims would feel seeing those images? Obviously you do not care about or respect the people of Brookings you claim to represent. I certainly do not want to support any activity that degrades this fine community and I can assure you that my subscription dollars will go elsewhere in the future.

Joan Taylor

Brookings


Medicare good, but not for all

Editor: 

Regarding “Reforming our heath system” letter (Pilot, June 20): The author advocates that we use a Medicare type system.

Yes, Medicare is a blessing for us seniors, but one must consider other factors when looking at it as a model for everyone. Medicare is extremely expensive for the taxpayer. Our government would soon go broke or our taxes skyrocket.

Medicare under-pays doctors. Two examples: An eye surgeon billed $1,091 and Medicare paid $382. For a $90 office visit the doctor was paid $40. These are not extreme examples. I have a family member who is a family practice physician. If he had only Medicare patients he would have to quit practicing as it frequently costs him more to treat the patient than he receives. One must realize that a physician has many overhead expenses before he can pay himself. If physicians can not earn a living commensurate with their 11 to 15 years of schooling and training, and the costs of such schooling, we will not have enough physicians to treat us. Even now we have a shortage of doctors, so it would not be long before much of our care would be rationed, as I understand is the case in Canada.

Are you aware that a doctor accepting Medicare patients can’t accept cash for a non-Medicare approved treatment for those patients? And that is now. One can imagine what would happen if we were on a national system for everyone, for even if one wanted a non-Medicare approved treatment he will not be able to get it, even if he wants to pay out of his own pocket.

As nice as Medicare may be for us seniors, it will be a disaster for the country if that is the system we will have in the future. You had better think twice before you support such a system, for there are some very real downsides to it.

Myron Whiting

Brookings 


Photo exhibit needs your help

Editor:

My name is Wayne McCauley and I am the present supervisor of Curry County Fair Photography Exhibit.  Upon the resignation of the 2006 exhibit supervisor,  the chair person of Curry Arts Photography club became the new exhibit supervisor.

Since then CAP (Curry Art Photographers) has made a considerable effort to rewrite the photo exhibit rules, so that they worked better from a photographer's point of view. Our goal for the exhibit rules are to keep the rules as close to the same year to year as possible, so that a person can use the prior year fairbook to plan on the next years photo exhibit’s. With only careful and minor changes to the rules as necessary to keep in pace with the times.

Unfortunately the number of club members and volunteers has depleted to a point we are not able to operate the exhibit without asking for your help. The quality of the exhibit’s presentation and the quantity and the generosity level of cash awards and gift certificates are directly related to the number and time invested by the members and volunteers during the prior year. This year (2009) it appears we can only hope to have nice exhibit with only a minimal amount of awards available.

I know time is short and other plans have been made. If you can possibly spare some time and volunteer to set up this years photo exhibit, we need your help! So as to not overburden the volunteers, we need a total of 10 persons to work one 6-hour shift per day on July 7 and 8, or a total 80 hours of volunteer time. While hanging the photos prior to the judging of the exhibit on the morning of Wednesday, July 8, there is a moderate level of activity required to hang the entered photographs.

Your help is needed and will not be forgotten. If you want help or need more information contact me at (541) 247-0981 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please help. This exhibit is for photographers and should be run by photographers. Don’t forget this is just a Band-Aid for the 2009 fair; the amount of cash and gift certificates available for the 2010 photo exhibit depends on the amount of time and effort invested by members of photo clubs and volunteers.

Wayne McCauley

Gold Beach


Villagers honor Brookings men

Editor:

Dear editor and the friends and family of Lonny and Bruce, I am a resident of Elim, Alaska.

I am writing just to let you all know how much the passing of these men has affected our village and to let you know that you all are in our prayers. My husband and I stood guard over them the night the aircraft was found as did three other members of our community during the night (it doesn't get dark here now at all). The next day the children here made a memorial for them and it was placed near the plane.

Many people have now laid flowers and there is now a pile of stones there; it is our people’s way of sending a memory, to leave a stone on a grave or significant spot for someone who has passed.

Many people here have lost loved ones in the same way – airplane crashes. Please know they were treated with the utmost respect and care. This community empathizes and sympathizes with you all very much.

Several people have asked if you all will be coming here for a memorial or if we should just have one ourselves. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

If there is anything we can do for you all please let us know.

Blessings.

Janet Otto

Elim, Alaska


Thought on U.S. recovery

Editor:

Recently I was fortunate enough to celebrate my 91st birthday. 

After seeing this much history, I feel obligated to offer a thought on our economic recovery that has been bothering me for some time now.

For years now, most everything we buy and use has been manufactured in another country rather than in America. Seeking relief from taxes, government regulation, and higher labor costs, too many of our manufacturers have moved their operations “offshore.” We no longer have enough “industries” to support our American labor force.

What bothers me is that we need those industries to put our folks back to work and restart our economy.  Obviously we’ll have to resolve the wage disparity and free trade agreements, but the resulting employment would be far more permanent than further injections of “stimulus” dollars. America needs to produce something more solid than credit cards and toxic mortgage paper.

I continue to hope that our leaders will come to consider some form of this idea to restart our economy, as opposed to further pump priming with massive borrowing.

Chuck Therrien

Harbor