Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011 05:00 am

Garage sale profits will help homeless

Editor:

The Brookings-Harbor Shelter Project is currently working with Oasis Shelter Home in Gold Beach to offer a crisis hotline for women in need in the Brookings-Harbor area.

Our long-term goal is to provide a much-needed shelter for homeless women and children. Please support our efforts by donating items that will be offered for sale on Garage Sale Saturday. Also look for our booth, on April 30, in the Shop Smart garage sale area in Harbor. We will have flyers and resource guides for women in need of services available that day. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Brookings-Harbor Shelter Project crisis line and the future homeless shelter.

Please call Pam Billington at 541 251 3586 or Jan Krick at 541 469-4230 if you have items you would like to donate; we do have space available for storage of your goods.

Thanks so much for your support!

Pat Burke, retired nurse

Brookings-Harbor Shelter Project

Harbor:


Water conservation in Brookings? Really?

Editor:

It’s raining again, seems to do a lot of that here.

Last year, winter lasted nine months and we had an annual accumulation of over 5 feet. This year we’re well on track for another eight months, or more, of rain and an accumulation sure to exceed 4 feet.

This is, by and large, a retirement community and I imagine that some folks come here to retire from Southern California. Down there they have valid issues like “Water Conservation” and “Urban Renewal.” Here in Brookings these are non-issues. Oh, I’m sure someone will scream and holler that “Water Conservation” is important and in their mind, no doubt, they can validate some concern. But, If we were to actually conserve the water that falls on our Southern Oregon Coast, there’d be serious problems. (Like more sink-holes in front of city hall) Why should I care? Who are they hurting? For one thing, it gives those in charge of our water supply an excuse to gouge its customers. More importantly, our community leaders are wasting their time on frivolous non-issues when there may be more important things we should be addressing. For instance, maybe we should take down that barrier on Hassett street to allow better traffic flow and emergency regress during a major crisis. Perhaps we should think about cutting a road at the 400-foot elevation from Seventh Street around Ransom Creek to the Airport. The airport will be our only connection with the outside world in a major tsunami event and we should make sure we can reach that airport if Ransom Creek crossing is made impassable with tsunami debris.

Water conservation? In Brookings? Really? The next thing you know they’ll be promoting “Urban Renewal” in what can only be described as a rural community.

Stephen Hagerman

Harbor


Too lazy to clean up after their pets

Editor:

I walk my dog nearly every day along Sporthaven Beach and am sorry to say that I feel it necessary to complain about the people who are too lazy to clean up after their pets.

There is a law against this and I wonder, too, why no one seems to be around to enforce it. Okay, I know that law enforcement is stretched very thin so what about a volunteer force like the VIPS on the Brookings city force? There are several laws they could enforce that the sheriff deputies just don’t have time to worry about. If the law was enforced, it wouldn’t take long for people to get the message that they need to clean up after their pets. It is, after all, part of being a responsible pet owner. People who leave dog feces on the beach say that “the water will wash it away.” Okay, how would you like it if your child or grandchild were playing in the surf and found feces in the water next to them?

I saw a gentlemen walk away from two piles his dogs had left on the beach one day and stopped him to very nicely tell him that we would really appreciate it if he would clean up after his dogs. He said he had forgotten his bags and I gave him an extra one I had and showed him where he could get free ones right along the sidewalk. He went back and cleaned up but I wonder if he really was headed back to his RV to get bags or just headed back to his RV? I hope he really was intending to clean up after his dogs.

 Please people, clean up after your pets. Thank you

Carolyn Fulton

Brookings


Not too late to ‘cheer’ for county hospice

Editor:

Your last issues have had articles on the tsunami and the Crescent City Harbor, and not one mention of the community supporting and benefitting from the Reader's Digest contest, We Hear You, America. I could not believe it!

Have you not heard of the contest? Well, if you haven't, let me tell you what I know about it.  Many of us have been “CHEERing” (or voting) for the zip code “cause” of our choice since November at http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com/.  At that time, I was “CHEERing” for Curry County Home Health & Hospice's Marketplace in Gold Beach 97444.  That part of the contest ended in February. By popular demand, I guess, the contest, in a similar form, started again in March.  Again, I was “CHEERing” for Hospice, until the tsunami occurred.  Hospice's director had us send our “CHEERs” to assist Crescent City 95531, in order to get to the top positions on the winners' list. 

The cash prizes are needed, but it is the community spirit and publicity that is the lifeblood of this contest.  Entering, and then “CHEERing” 10 times everyday for 95531, is so simple, and yet, so rewarding. Our coastal neighbor, 95531, needs our support in this time of need.  95531 is in fifth place out of thousands of entrants – some large cities, but many small towns like 95531. People from all over the county and country are ‘CHEERing’ for 95531 in support of the tsunami tragedy.  It's free and takes only seconds to “CHEER” daily at the web site above with your e-mail address after the initial, quick registration.

Please try to include “CHEER” support in Pilot articles until May 16, when the contest is finished.

Thank you for your future support in this area.

Marihelen Pitts-Campbell

Brookings


Port crews, officials doing a great job

Editor:

How about a few positive words for port officials and all the employees?

Great job, keeping the commercial fishing operations functioning

Hooray for keeping up with normal port responsibilities while putting order to the destruction and chaos. That has not been easy. There is a lot going on down there. Port officials and employees have a lot to deal with right now.

Perhaps, if someone could spend one day working with a port official there would be a lot less negativity and a whole lot more positive support.

We will survive missing one festival; there are other events after all.

Great job to all port officials and employees on keeping the port active and moving forward! Thank you for all the hard work.

Rachel E. Wilson

Harbor


Think Obamacare is a good idea?

Editor:

So you think Obamacare is a good idea?

Here are a few things you might want to look up for yourself.

Health Care Bill HB3200.

•Page 50 section 152: The bill will provide insurance for all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

•Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time acess to an individual’s bank account and will have authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.

•Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations. (such as ACORN).

•Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (Huh?)

•Page 241 and 253: Doctors will be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set the fees.

•Page 272/section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to patient’s age.

•Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.

•Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care-planning consultations. Those on Social Security  will be required to attend an end-of-life planning seminar every five years.

•Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end of life order.

It is specifically stated that this will not apply to members of Congress. Members of Congress are already exempt from the Social Security system.

These are facts found in the bill. Not my opinion. Please look for yourself and decide if this is a good idea for us.

Carl Cooper

Brookings


Bruin softball JV trounces opposition!

Editor:

Bruin Softball JV wins two at home against the North Bend Bull Dogs!

Our JV Lady Bruins did their job once again and trounced the opposing team!

Well done!!

Wendy Riddle

Brookings


Leave art festival

in good hands

 Editor:

I’ve spent 25 years selling my work at art festivals.

The average vendor fee for the shows I participated in (10 years ago) was about $350. On average there were around 500 art vendors per two-day show. $350x500 ... promoting art festivals can be big money.

I have seen non-profit organizations create and build successful events only to have a professional festival promoter or chamber of commerce come along and maneuver themselves into control over the festival. Non-profits can’t afford the legal fees to fight and lose control of something that took them years to create.

Are these current issues with the port Art Festival a political power play in order to maneuver a new management into position or merely an oversight? Were all the show organizers’ requests and reminders forgotten or ignored?

Control of this festival should be given back to the people who were smart enough to make it a success in the first place.

If the chamber of commerce (under the guise of BACA) takes over this art show, I, for one will never participate or attend this festival again.

Nancy Tuttle,

artist and Brookings resident of 18 years


Safely dispose of unwanted medicine

Editor:

Brookings Emblem Club 265 wants to remind everyone that Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, local law enforcement, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines.

You can safely dispose of these potentially harmful medicines during this event. Please go through your medicine cabinet, drawers, and cupboards and take your expired, unused and unwanted medication to one of the following collection sites. Look for the red container at: Brookings Police Department Gold Beach Police Department, and Port Orford Police Department.

The U.S. Department of Health reports that nearly three million teenagers and young adults (those aged 12 to 25) become new abusers of prescription drugs. The most common targets are strong painkillers and tranquillizers. As a precaution, should you suspect someone is taking your medications, consider placing them in a location where they are not easily found.

Many young people steal pills from friends and family members, often one pill at a time, which goes unnoticed. These pills are for their own use or sold to other children for the purpose of getting high, with very possible devastating consequences.

Let’s do what we can to keep our young people safe from all forms of drugs, including prescription drugs.

Beverly Lyell

Brookings


Coalition of groups making a difference

Editor:

In November, a group of determined volunteers gathered to discuss homelessness in Brookings-Harbor.

Our committee has grown with the backing of Oasis Shelter Home, a domestic violence emergency shelter program. While their mission does not cover homelessness without the presence of domestic or sexual violence, they recognize the homeless problem as an attendant issue and are committed to helping. Other involved partners include: Outreach Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Brookings Police Department, St. Timothyʼs Outreach Clinic and Oregon Coast Community Action. If your civic group or agency would like to be involved, contact Jan Krick, 541 469-4230.

We have made tremendous progress in our mission, and have started using a confidential 24/7 crisis hotline with trained volunteers. Currently, we are only able to serve women (and their children) in need. Individuals needing assistance should contact the Outreach Gospel Mission, 541 412-0278, or the Brookings Police Department, 541 469-3118.

We are reaching out to the charitable community of Brookings-Harbor to help us fund the crisis telephone; eventually, we would like to find a home or other residential property to provide shelter for those in need.

Mother Teresa said: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” Remember, this could be you, your mother, sister, daughter or friend.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We will keep you updated with our progress.

Janae Crosson,

Brookings-Harbor Shelter Project

Harbor


GOP pandering to health care industry

Editor:

The Republican budget proposal, as espoused by House Budget chairman Paul Ryan, is far more cynical and heartless than even the severest critics are saying.

People who exhaust their $15,000 health voucher and have sold everything they own would find it difficult to receive further healthcare, no matter how essential.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. What about the dog that didn’t bark? Why isn’t the health care industry assailing a plan that would send their revenues into permanent decline as people exhaust their resources? Because Republicans have no real intention to control government spending on healthcare.

Once again, Republicans are refusing to bite the hand that feeds them enormous amounts of money, the healthcare industry. If the Republican proposal is adopted, the media would present all the horrifying details of sick and dying people who could no longer afford healthcare. There would be public outrage. The voucher amount would be raised, again and again. There would be no reduction in the growth rate of healthcare costs or in the growth rate of government spending on healthcare. Furthermore, the proposal would end government oversight of the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers would have no incentive to control costs.

If Republicans were sincere about reducing government spending, they would be talking about increasing the efficiency of healthcare providers; they would stop snidely referring to the plan to increase efficiency as “Obamacare” and vowing to overturn it, and they would stop pandering to the healthcare industry, which benefits from inefficiency.

Leonard Azar

Brookings