Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

February 23, 2011 05:00 am

Good way to handle plastic bag problem

Editor:

 I like the way Ray’s Food Place market is handling the plastic bag problem! Ray’s offers paper bags on request in place of plastic – they’re great because they have handles.  

If we  use cloth bags, Ray’s takes off a nickle for each one the clerk fills with groceries.

However, my wife and I have problems using cloth bags , due partly, no doubt, to our old age “short term memory.” Often, we forget to put the bags in the car before going grocery shopping.  When we do remember to take them with us, we forget to take them into the store. 

So, invariably, we end up using  paper or plastic bags, since it’s too late to get the cloth ones once we’re going through the check-out stand.

In spite of these problems, we are getting better at utilizing our cloth bags, as we remember about 50 percent of the time now. If the store starts charging a nickle for each plastic bag, I’m sure our memory will resume “total recall.”

There’s an old-time tune, “What a Difference a Day Makes” that I have taken the liberty of changing to “What a Difference a Nickle Makes.” I sing it to myself when we go shopping. I’m sure our memory will miraculously recover its long-term capability. After all, a nickle saved is a nickle earned.

Art Moore

Brookings


Time for streetlights, reduced speed limits

Editor:

I totally agree with the letter by Barbara Van Cleave regarding our local speed limits. There are so many needless accidents, and it’s so tragic when one involves an injury or a fatality.

When the present speed limits were adopted, this was a very different community – fewer people and much less traffic. Today, it’s a far more dangerous place to drive and to walk. Of course, there will always be some drivers and pedestrians who are careful and considerate, while others seem oblivious to their responsibilities.

For example, in Harbor, we often see people speeding along the highway while some pedestrian is trying to walk across five lanes of traffic in front of them. We also see drivers cutting in front of others as they try to make turns into or out of one of the many narrow, unlighted and poorly marked streets.

A different, but similar, condition exists in the north part of Brookings where the limit changes from 25 to 35 mph near Fifth Street. This was fine when the Fred Meyer property was a swampy blackberry patch, but those days are long gone. Today, 35 seems way too fast – especially during the tourist season. And why change it in the middle of town?

Anyway, along with needing some streetlights in Harbor, it seems that it might also be time to consider a 35 mph speed limit starting at Benham Lane and continuing on across the bridge to the new stoplight at old Constitution Way. North from there, perhaps a 25 or 30 mph speed limit all the way through town, to at least Fifield Street would be appropriate.

Karl Johnson

Harbor


Entitlements versus freebees

Editor:

Webster’s dictionary defines “entitlements” as: “a right to benefits specified by law or contract, and/or a government program providing benefits to a specific group.”

Apparently a lot of people translate “entitlements” as “freebees,” and want to do away with them. (Freebees they are not).

What they don’t seem to realize is that every civil servant (i.e. military, city, county, state and federal employee) has monthly deductions from their paychecks for their pensions and their health care benefits. Everyone who gets Social Security and/or Medicare had money deducted from their paychecks all the time they worked.

Our son-in-law went to work as a civil servant upon graduating from college.

When he retires, he will have worked for the government for 40 years. In retirement, he will still have deductions from his pension check for taxes, and health care. (Some people think health care should go away also).

So, is he not “entitled” to what he paid into as part of his employment contract for 40 years?

Our elected officials are also civil servants  – paid with our tax money. Many of them are millionaires already, and raise more millions to get elected. And if elected, they still get a salary, and health benefits (that they could afford on their own). Their staff get pay and health benefits also. Who will do the work if their “entitlements” are reduced, or eliminated? Why, also, should entitlements be eliminated for some civil servants and not all, including elected officials?

Eliminating “entitlements” will affect everyone currently employed in any government position. It will affect particularly those who are retired, and who contracted to receive a decent retirement pension and affordable health care.

Is this the way they should be treated?

Patricia Graves

Brookings


Lights on Highway 101 may not help

Editor:

Regarding Bill Schlichting’s column (Pilot, Feb. 16). I have to strongly disagree with Bill Schlichting’s opinion about lights along Highway 101 in Harbor.

I’ve always had a problem seeing into the shadows when there are bright lights around. My ophthalmologist tells me that the problem is getting worse because I’m developing cataracts which he says will eventually get bad enough to need removal. He tells me that this is a very common problem in anyone over the age of 40.

I very seldom drive at night because of this problem, but sometimes it is unavoidable.

I don’t know where Bill expects to find the money for his pet project, but if he intends to keep trying to push this through, he needs to find a lot of money and put in a ton of lights to avoid shadows, or he will be exacerbating the problem in that portion of the populace which already has the biggest problem seeing at night.

Joseph E. Sutter

 Brookings

 

Disgusted and horrified by bill

Editor:

To the disgust and horror of Americans everywhere, whatever their party, the Republican-led House of Representatives has put forward a bill, H.R. 3, that would add the modifier “forcible” to define “rape” so as to disqualify any other legally recognized forms of rape as justifications for funding abortions when pregnancy results.

Whatever one’s beliefs with respect to if, when, and under what conditions a woman should be permitted to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, the current effort in the Republican House to redefine rape by excluding “non-forcible” rapes is an outrage beyond belief, a moral crime worthy of the devil himself.

This language infers that if your daughter or sister is a victim of a frat party drug rape, too bad – under H.R. 3, that’s not rape. Under the bill’s conditions for funding abortions, all forms of statutory rape, if no violent resistance is offered by the victim, wouldn’t count as rape.

And with regard to incest?  Young lady, if you didn’t fight back against your father, your uncle, or whichever family member violated you, if all they used was psychological terror, too bad. You were not raped. Have the baby.  Suck it up.

No words come to mind to describe this monstrous maneuver. I can only say to the House leadership that permitted this to even be considered for a minute what Joseph Welch said to Joe McCarthy in 1954:

“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

Richard Carey

Harbor


Thank you for returning bracelet

Editor:

About three weeks ago, I lost my bear bracelet at Fred Meyer.

Someone found it and took it to the lost and found department. Thank you very much. Please call me. My name is listed in the phone book. Thank you for your honesty.

Ruben Baldivid

Harbor


Congratulations BHHS cheerleaders

Editor:

Dear Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleading team,

I was thrilled to see the headlines (Pilot, Feb.16) announcing that you are the OSAA 4A-Large State Cheerleading Champions!

I was a cheerleader at South Albany High School and a former cheerleading coach at Gold Beach High School. I have a sister who coaches the Newberg High School cheerleading team and a niece who cheers for the Oregon Ducks. I know what you’ve just accomplished!

The effort that goes into being a cheerleader, let alone what it takes to compete at the state level, is phenomenal, but it takes exceptional dedication, teamwork and unity to acquire the highest honor in high school competitive sports – a state championship!

Your coach, Corinne Crochet, student body, teachers, parents and community must be so very proud, but more importantly, how proud you should be of yourselves!

Again, congratulations. I am so excited for you!

Reneé Kolen,

Curry County clerk

Gold Beach


3 bills attack our rights as citizens

Editor:

It’s important to those of us in Curry County, since Wayne Krieger, our state representative, is a co-sponsor of three bills, HB 2181, HB 2182, and HB 2610, that attack our right as citizens to be involved in Oregon, our communities, our equal rights and our environment.

HB 2181 would shut down most citizen land-use appeals, by raising the stakes for ordinary citizens who want to stand up to illegal land-use decisions being made in their communities.

HB 2182 requires that opponents to a land-use decision must either be an adjacent landowner or be required to pay a large deposit to bring a case before LUBA.

Farmers leasing land – a common circumstance throughout Oregon – will likely not be able to appeal decisions that affect their farming operations, and local advocacy groups with limited funds will likely not be able to raise the necessary deposit to do so.

Under HB 2610, only the wealthy who can show their property would be adversely affected economically by $5,000 or more will be able to appeal local land-use decisions.

The first hearing has already taken place in Salem, so it’s important that you make your voice heard on these issues.

Write letters to the editor so that more of our citizens become aware of what our state representative is doing and contact the House Judiciary Committee co-chairs:  Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) 503-986-1428 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Wayne Krieger, (R-Gold Beach) 503-986-1401, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Karen Clark

Brookings


Dutch Bros. gives $500 to BHEF

Editor:

Kudos to Dutch Bros.

Mr. Tony Jantzer, owner of Dutch Bros., recently delivered $500 to the Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation (BHEF). These funds were generated in December, when Mr. Jantzer graciously selected one day to donate $1 for every cup sold for the kids in our community. BHEF is a non-profit foundation specifically dedicated to fund educational opportunities for the kids in our community. This donation will benefit the art program at Azalea Middle School. 

On behalf of the kids in our community, we send out a big thank you for your generous support, Mr. Jantzer.

Lisa Green, Paty McVay

Patrick  and Nancy Chew and Ann Volz

BHEF board members


Let’s all try to watch our words

Editor:

Respect for all.

I’m writing in response to Mr. Dalrymple (Pilot, Feb. 5) and all who have written letters similar to his.

Mr. Dalrymple, I would appreciate it if you can find it in your heart to read the following scriptures. I’m sure if you do, you will know how we are to treat each other.

•Matthew 5:16, 5:43-48, 7:1-6;

•Luke 6:20-42, 10:27;

•John 7:24, 8:17, 10:34, 13:34, 15:12;

•2 Peter 1:1-4.

Mr. Dalrymple stated that 80 percent of the people in our country are Christians. If this figure  is correct, then I don’t understand why we are not acting like Christ wants us to. Christ didn’t ask us to love and understand only Christians. He said to love one another as he loves us.

We are also to show love to others of different faiths, including Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon and many others along with those who are secular as you called them.

There has always been a far right and a far left, and those in the middle, but never since I started voting at age 21 have I heard such hateful words and seen such little understanding of each other, and such disrespect for our president. 

It does matter  how you feel about him, but he is our president, elected by a majority of our people, and that is how a democracy works. I haven’t always liked the president that was elected, but I respected the will of our people, and him also.

I remember my grandma telling me to watch my words because I could never take them back. They would always be out there, maybe hurting someone. Let’s all of us try to watch our words. By doing this, maybe then we can heal others, ourselves and our great nation. Then we can stand together, united one nation.

Diane Higuera

Brookings