Letters to the Editor published Saturday, May 7, 2011
May 07, 2011 04:00 am

Joshua Bruce cares about our children

Editor:

I noticed an editor’s note on the front page of Wednesday’s paper that stated that the Pilot was unable to reach Joshua Bruce, who is running for Position 1 on the school board.

Mr. Bruce was unable to be reached because he volunteered to take a week away from his family business to chaperone the fifth graders at OMSI Science Camp. He spent the week in inclement weather helping our fifth graders learn all they could at Outdoor School.

He is a person who cares about the children of our community. Thank you Mr. Bruce.

Nikki Darger

Brookings


Return to ‘eternal principles of right’

Editor:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, … endowed by our Creator…”

The story of our God-given rights is the great missing link to restore our nation again.

The great story of Liberty came to America with the landing of the Pilgrim fathers almost 400 years ago. But the great story began in Nazareth when the author of liberty gave His first sermon in Luke chapter 4. Jesus opened the scroll to Isaiah 61 and read the prophecy for the purpose of the Messiahs coming.

When Jesus came to the subject of Liberty he said he came to set the captives free, and then He repeated it a second time saying he came to set those that were in bondage free. When He finished reading the passage, Jesus sat down and told the men that this prophecy had been fulfilled in their midst. The liberation of the world began that day. Jesus unleashed through His message of redemption, the power and principals that would bring the golden thread of liberty to the nations.

From here we see the clear paper trail of liberty from the blood-bought freedom documents that germinated from the Magna Charta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower compact, to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Political, economic and religious liberty have never been as realized until the Pilgrim fathers applied the principals of the Bible fully to civil law.

We can restore freedom and prosperity in our nation, only if we voluntary return to those “eternal principles of right,” those laws given at Mount Sinai and hold our representatives accountable to limit their jurisdiction to the protection of our God-given rights, not the limitation or thier interpretation of them.

James Atherton

Gold Beach


County government a challenging puzzle

Editor:

Puzzles have their appeal. Here’s one I have been trying to solve for weeks now.

How much money have the commissioners saved in salaries with the plan for their very own office? Cost for the two existing Commissioners’ staff is $73,822; cost for two new untrained staff is at least $64,600. Though the current budget shows another $13,000 for part-time help, that money was not spent; so eliminating that phantom position saves nothing.

Total salary savings to commissioners’ office by eliminating experienced staff is about $9,000. Though they said they were consolidating offices to save on administrative support, they will lay off the existing department specialist II in county counsel’s office even though a department specialist II is needed under the new plan. That person was very happy to announce she had been told by Commissioners Rhodes and Waddle that she would be laid off June 30 and would finally be able to move out of state. She was saying it weeks in before any public meetings on budget or reorganization. Since it does not cost the county for staffing Economic Development, there are no salary savings there. And it will potentially cost the county for fice unemployment claims. Can someone point out any savings?

Seems like the real effect of all this meeting and shuffling is to eliminate knowledgeable people, help one specific individual, and put the Economic Development money squarely into their own hands. I am not the only puzzler out there, so maybe some of the others can figure it out better than me. I only hope the budget committee members are good at mazes and puzzles.

Pattie Cook

Gold Beach


New perspective needed for SWOCC

Editor:

With any government board, I think it’s important that we shake things up from time to time and bring in fresh perspectives.

We should never let our politicians get too comfortable in office. They need to be reminded that they work for us. That’s why I’m voting for Mark McKelvey and Susan Anderson this May for the SWOCC Board. They aren’t politicians. They’ve both been teachers and are community leaders. I know they will bring fresh leadership and a new perspective to the board.

I’m supporting Susan Anderson and Mark McKelvey because the incumbent politicians running for re-election to those seats have served a combined 12 years. It’s time for a change on the SWOCC Board.

Marta Wozniak

Brookings


Japan radiation is a real threat to U.S.

Editor,

As we all know, there was a huge earthquake a month ago in Japan.

We also know it triggered a record tsunami that caused a nuclear power plant crisis. We were inundated with masses of information for a week or so by the media. TV, radio, newspapers and Internet news outlets gave us the scoop on the whole disaster.

We also know that the sensational always trumps genuine information in the media, so we no longer hear anything about the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  This is an ongoing and gravely important story, particularly to our area, and ultimately to the whole northern hemisphere as well. The Fukushima plant is literally melting down and releasing vast amounts of radiation from several crippled reactors and spent fuel storage facilities and they haven’t got a clue at this point how to stop it.

The jet stream brings anything and everything in the atmosphere from Japan to the Pacific Northwest and continues easterly across the North American continent and beyond. The Pacific gyre current brings anything and everything in the Pacific ocean from Japan to our shores. Airborne particles take under a week to get here, the ocean currents will take much longer, but the stuff will arrive by water as well in a year or so. 

There are NO safe doses of radiation, however small, particularly if inhaled or ingested.

Here is a good, informative website to start learning about what is actually going on radiation-wise in Fukushima, Japan and inevitably what is going on right here in the weeks and years to come:  http://enenews.com.

Lance Badger

Harbor 


Festival of the Arts one of the best

Editor:

A new port boss!

Is he another one that does not understand what art brings to the world.

He does not know the reputation of “Jo”; she does not play games, she's not into B.S. Jo and her group are running one of the most professional art festivals.

We do about 30 to 40 shows a year in the western U.S. and Brookings has always been a pleasure and honor to be accepted in.

We hope that BACA will find a new location.

Ernie Elmer

Cave Junction


It’s the ‘Good Old Boy’ process

Editor:

It would seem that our county commissioners are being high-handed and short-sighted in chopping up county departments into “percentages” of work.

If you had a county job, would it be cost-effective for you to give 75 percent or 50 percent or 25 percent of your work to someone else? Someone who would need to be assimilated and trained for it? And all this would be decided and administrated by one of our commissioners? Sounds like a great recipe for total inefficient confusion, and possibly chaos.

None of our commissioners has ever been a commissioner in some other county, so they are not trained for their jobs, either. They have been businessmen (and one of them a real-estate developer, which might account for their determined desire to take over the Fort Blanco airport, which is near 600 acres of county-owned land, just ripe for development. Hmm!)

And, of course, after ripping apart our well-functioning Economic Development Agency, the commissioners are taking that over, too – with its substantial funding as well: Ta Da! Not to mention their pulling in our county counsel’s office.Sounds cozy, doesn’t it? And we are paying each of these on-the-job trainees over $58,000 a year, plus benefits.

Looks like Curry County is now under the domination of a coalition of Good Old Boys, who aren’t short sighted at all about their long-term gain at the taxpayers’ expense. Like the pre-planned airport decision at Fort Blanco, we won’t know what is going on until it hits us upside the head. And in the pocket.

It’s a “process,” all right, Commissioner Itzen, and heaven help our county that we haven’t seen the last of it.

Mim Lagoe

Harbor


‘Raise the game’ in pages of the Pilot

Editor:

I understand completely the need to fill a newspaper with something other than advertising so that people will buy it. Given that newspapers have “editors” and that they in fact do edit, may I suggest a change?

Consider not running every vituperative, nonsensical piece of drivel that makes its way across your desk.

Continuing to highlight confusion and silliness by publishing these types of letters is counter to raising the level of public discourse needed to begin to solve the problems we experience on the South Coast. As editor, you get to balance your opinion/ editorial pages however you’d like. You can look at a letter and decide not to run it because it’s full of half-truths, untruths, or maybe you just don’t like the writer. You get to be the editor.

Don’t have enough copy? Write some. We have school systems that are rotting away before our eyes. How do we get rid of teachers but save football? Does it really work that football keeps that many kids in school who wouldn’t stay anyway? Where is that research? How many kids leave because they can’t get art or music? Interview some of those laid off teachers. Where are they going?

You need an editorial? How about talking about a country that turns its back on public education but has money for oil subsidies for companies making record-breaking profits? A country that has tax breaks for the richest among its citizens. Subsidies for Big Agriculture. Dollars for war war war. But not for its kids? Not for teachers? Not for the arts?

Please understand that if you move to “raise the game” a bit, at least one reader thinks you could have more readers and be of more service to the community.

Ken Baxter

Pistol River


BHHS plays deserve a bigger audience

Editor:

Whenever I’m in Brookings and BHHS is presenting a play, I make sure I see it. Early on, I learned that the high school plays were some of the best plays happening in the area, if not the best. And they know their lines, too.

I saw “Cats” on Broadway many years ago. The play the Bruin Players presented this last weekend, “Sylvia,” reminded me so much of that experience. It is my belief that Roxanne Gothard would be a quick understudy for any of those parts, and possibly have a starting role. If you missed seeing the play, you really missed out on some of the finest local theater happening. They presented three performances and all three were FREE.

My question: Where were all the people? In an auditorium that holds hundreds, if they cracked 30 people for each performance, I would be surprised. I did see family and friends and maybe there was someone else there besides myself who didn’t have someone in the cast. But where was everyone else. From students to silver hairs, it looked pretty desolate.

It’s an accomplishment to learn lines and timing and stage presence. It’s even better to play to a full-house.

Watch for all school activities and attend as many as you can. Not just sports, but theater and band and cheerleading and the knowledge bowl, etc. Recognize the talent we have at BHHS and enjoy all of their accomplishments.

I realize that it’s an individual choice. But, if we can’t support our students in areas that keep them active and therefore less likely to engage in unhealthy activities, what makes you think they will want to return here after college or the service to raise their families?

Gordon Clay

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