Letters to the Editor published Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010 06:00 am

Young people with no skills

Editor:

Too many young people today do not have any skills.

Sure they all can play with their computers and the cell phones. But, not many would know how to do any tasks like sawing a board or operating a shovel. Even tougher is being able to drive a 16- penny nail with a hammer.

We need shop classes at the schools. Not all kids need to go to college, nor should they spend time going.

Many employers have a tough time finding young people that are able to do any job.

Robert Covey

Brookings


What do your taxes pay for?

Editor,

Ever wonder what your taxes actually pay for?

Let’s take a look at Measures 66 and 67 and then look at the proposed Curry County law enforcement tax levy. Take a big bucket called General Funds and put $700 million (66 and 67) into the bucket for the Oregon 2011-2013 biennial budget. Now remove $400 million from the bucket and put it into the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) to cover investment losses for state agency employees. Around $1 billion more will be needed for counties and school district employees. Your tax dollars are required by law to cover nearly all PERS investment losses before funding classrooms, parks, libraries and other community services. Losses are amortized over 20 years so this is only the first payment towards covering total PERS losses that currently exceed $10 billion statewide. (www.oregon.gov/ PERS/docs/financial_reports/actuarial_service/double_rate_collar_impl_1-29-10.pdf, page 20)

Let’s look at the tax levy. Recent news articles refer to the likely annual loss of $3.2 million in federal funding for the county. A tax levy study in 2009 recommended a 20-year property tax starting at $1.99 per thousand dollars of assessed value increasing to a high of $4.24 in 2020. Most recently a $2.27 rate for five years was discussed.

According to the county assessor, $.50 per thousand equals $1.1 million tax revenue per year. Therefore $2.27 equals $5 million and $4.24 equals a whopping $9.3 million. Let’s put $5 million into a bucket labeled County General Funds budget 2011/2012. Let’s remove $500,000 from the bucket and place it in Curry County employee’s PERS accounts to cover investment losses. Do the same for the 2012/2013 budget. Next remove additional $$ from these same buckets each year and place those funds in the personal retirement accounts (PERS) of various school district and city employees within Curry County (approximately 6 percent of payroll).

No more taxes.

Thomas Huxley

Brookings


Voters being hoodwinked

Editor:

This letter is in response to the  letter by Tim Patterson and Skip Watwood (Pilot, April 10), concerning Brookings Measures 08-64 and 08-65 on the May 18 ballot.

The “Citizens to Update the City Charter” Committee is made up of business people who have potential to gain financially by increasing the city boundary. Four of five city council members also are involved in businesses that benefit from development and expansion of the city boundary. As in all politics, follow the money.

When you look around Brookings and see the big expensive signs promoting Measures 08-64 and 08-65 and see the flyers sent out promoting it, you know there is a lot of money to be made by passing them. You’re being hoodwinked, folks.

To clarify, any statement that asserts that the measures will not take away city voters’ rights concerning Harbor water issues as they relate to future Harbor annexation is incorrect. One has only to refer to Mayor Anderson’s Feb. 1 letter to the city council, stating that the charter is an impediment to annexation of property south of the Chetco River, as the citizens would have to approve the annexation unless Brookings supplies the new area with water according to the current charter.  

Pat Sherman is the former mayor of Brookings and is very familiar with the Brookings charter. I live in Harbor and believe that expansion of the city of Brookings into Harbor would have a tremendous negative financial impact on the people of Harbor with potential for financial impact on the citizens of Brookings also. Have you ever seen government get smaller or cheaper as a city grows?

Make no mistake. The city council and the Citizens to Update the City Charter Committee want to take away your right to vote. Apparently they don’t think you should have that right. Vote “No” on the City Charter Amendments.

Ralph Martin

Harbor


Love our local osprey

Editor:

I sure love our local osprey.

My husband and I enjoy this time of year, where our wildlife seems abundant and quite varied. The osprey are a wonderful pair of birds to watch and our whole family look forward to this time of the year.

I also enjoy the articles in your paper that share the great pictures of the local wildlife. Sights that we might not get to see and enjoy if it weren’t for those of you at the Curry Coastal Pilot.

My question is this: Why would you feel that an osprey being injured and then dying, while his mate “circled overhead,” is front page stuff? And you even threw in a great pix of the wounded bird! I wonder if that was the same bird that you had in the previous edition of your paper?

My heart hurts just a bit today at the sight of a dying bird. Thanks, Curry Coastal Pilot!

Tina Kirkpatrick

Harbor

 

It’s your vote, don’t waste it

Editor:

Voting: I voted for the first time in 1961, but I’m not sure I fully understood the responsibility. 

Think about it. How do we vote. “The lesser of two evils?”    That’s one option. Or, let’s choose a friend, a neighbor, a friend of a friend, classmate, or even worse, a relative.

Can we vote for someone without discussing the issues they represent? Or elect a like-minded person who agrees with everything we say? What are your concerns for you, your family, and your country? Listen to TV or radio stations, read opposing papers or magazines to find the candidate that shares your concerns.  

Should just anyone run for office, or be elected to office?  Shouldn’t they achieve the same level of knowledge and experience in private life, as the positions they seek in government? Do their credentials/resume match the importance, the responsibility of the position? Are the resumes truthful, can we trust what they say?

I’m referring to all positions, city, county, state and federal elections that require an understanding of the job.  Such as legal issues, finances, or areas of expertise like law enforcement. OJT, (on the job training) doesn’t work on positions that could have negative consequences.

Especially for those making decisions regarding our children’s future; where do they stand on issues that could affect us for years?  How much longer are we going to entrust a responsibility to men and women who see only power in the position we give them? When are we going to hold them responsible to the promises they make?

I may lean to the right because of the Constitution and I served my country to protect it. But I vote across party lines for the person I trust the most.  Could I still be voting based on “the lesser of two evils?” Possible; although my first concern is qualification, not the party; it’s what have they accomplished to warrant my vote, my confidence and my trust. It’s your vote, don’t disrespect it.

Curry County ballots are mailed on or about April 30, and must be postmarked no later than May 18.

Phil Colozzi

Port Orford


Extraordinary ordinary people

Editor:

Greetings!

We all know ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to improve the community we live in; they are called “volunteers!”

This week, National Volunteer Week, is a week to celebrate and acknowledge the huge impact volunteers have on our lives and the lives of others, and it is our opportunity to say, “Thank you.”

Who are volunteers? Volunteers are those who inspire and encourage people to creatively serve others. They serve not as isolated individuals, but in unison – working together to meet the challenges facing our communities. Volunteers work hard to take action and share, tirelessly, ideas to solve every problem set before them.

They inspire … they serve … they solve!

The volunteers in Curry County are truly imaginative in the ways they serve our communities. If you look closely you will see volunteers woven into almost every organization and event throughout the county.

Curry County Volunteers are amazing!

Curry County Home Health and Hospice is blessed with a wealth of individuals willing to devote their time and energy to help meet the needs of people requiring end of life care. Our volunteers work in homes with patients and their families, in our offices, on our advisory boards and specialized committees, and for the Hospice Marketplace on the Rogue. In 2009, our 200 volunteers gave over 16,000 hours serving others. Their reward is having the inner knowledge and satisfaction, knowing they’ve made a real difference in the life of a patient or family. 

Hospice Volunteers inspire … serve … solve, and they are wonderful!

Please join me in thanking the volunteers in our communities. Their service and dedication are heartwarming.

Pattie Slagle,

volunteer and resource coordinator

Curry County Home Health and Hospice


Support for the Red Shirts

Editor:

The Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts want to thank our wonderful community for the great support shown at our “Taste of Italy” dinner this past Saturday.

Our continuing efforts to support our troops would not be possible without the generous support of our merchants, businesses and the wonderful people of Brookings-Harbor and beyond, and all the Redshirt volunteers.

Many thanks to the Italian Rustica Dancers who performed several traditional dances of Italy. We would like to thank Fred Meyer, Ray’s, Grocery Outlet, Curry Coastal Pilot, Kerr’s Ace Hardware, KURY radio, our unknown benefactor for the Grange, Sam Vitale for his wonderful sausage, and the Boy Scouts of America for their help with the setup. The prizes were donated by the members and the community. Due to the economic climate, we did not ask for prizes from the local businesses, but did receive the food donations from the above grocery stores.

It was heartwarming to see the many people who came to dinner, including the Marine Corps League members,Vietnam Veterans members, members of the Brookings City Council, our good friends from the Elks and all over town. There were two other big events in town that night: The Booster Club event and the Art Walk. It’s great to see our community be able to support so many worthy causes in one evening.

Because the dinner was a big success, we will be able to continue sending care packages to the troops for another three to four months. So far we have sent 4,322 packages with just a shipping cost of over $44,000.

We would like to invite everyone to come to our meetings the first Friday of every month at 6 p.m., downstairs at the Elks Lodge. You can become a member or a volunteer, and help us support the troops serving in harm’s way.

Again, thank you all from the Red Shirts.

Jerry and Paula Wiltse, Dave and Sharon Hitzman, Allan and Celia Stewart, Frank and Sandra Muller

Brookings 


A secondary citizen in the U.S.

Editor:

In response to letter by A. Larason, (Pilot, April 14), I suspect that Lazo’s book was written about liberals in Cuba, not liberals in general. 

My understanding of the definition of conservative and liberal is that the conservatives believe in the sanctity of the institution and liberals believe in the perfection of the individual.

Institutions, which include big corporations, are created by and in a perfect world controlled by individuals. Unfortunately in this country the institutions have gained autonomy and now control the individual. Also the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has now given corporations complete control.

The Republican Party does not want to restrict big business but has no qualms on restrictions for individuals, i.e., abortion, gay marriage, and the Democrats have lost the guts to do anything to change this. The result is that the individual has become a secondary citizen in this country.  

John Bischoff

Brookings