Letters to the Editor published Saturday, October 8, 2011

Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot October 07, 2011 09:03 pm

 

So much for truth in advertising

Editor: 

I have a comment on your article about the “shrinking” ice cream sizes (At the Helm, Oct. 1). 

Consider the 46 fluid ounce  size of fruit juices available in stores now; this was made for the those who think that this is the half-gallon size (64 ounces). It ain’t! 

I have resolved to buy coffee in “by the pound” pricing when possible, even when it is dispensed in a 1 or 2 pound size can!

Nancy Mingis 

Apex, N.C.

 

$10 will feed one person for 2 weeks

Editor: 

Recently I read an article about the drought in the Horn of Africa. It is said to be the worst it’s ever been in 60 years and that little or no rain has fallen in 10 years. 

A refugee camp in Kenya meant for 90,000 people now holds 450,000. And as many as 10 million people are at risk, including one third being children. 

For $10, you can feed one person three times a day for two weeks. 

With all the disasters around the world, some people get tired of helping and think they’ve given enough. If that’s you, read the following story. 

“General Charles George Gordon (1835-1835) was a 19th century British soldier who won lasting fame, eventually losing his life in the defense of Khartoum. He served his country well, but declined both a title and a financial reward offered to him by the British government. After some persuasion, he accepted a gold medal inscribed with a record of his 33 military engagements and this medal became his most prized possession. After his death it could not be found. When his diaries were found, it was discovered that on hearing news of a severe famine he had sent the gold medal to be melted down and used to buy bread for the poor. He had written in his diary, ‘The last earthly thing I had in this world that I valued I have given to the Lord Jesus Christ today.’” 

To help call 866-470-9514. 

Nancy Myer 

Brookings 

 

Selling out the local business community

Editor:

For the past five years, the County Department of Public Services and land developer HW3LLC have been trying to create and pass a Mixed Use Master Plan zone (MUMPz). 

Initially they tried to create this (MUMPz) and make it apply County-wide to the Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB) of Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford.  There was such outrage from the Gold Beach and Port Orford business leaders and politicians that they now have focused the proposed MUMPz down to the Brookings UGB and Harbor Hills only, because the Brookings City Council and Chamber of Commerce are willing to sell their business community out and it doesn’t appear that the Brookings business community cares. 

The reason Gold Beach and Port Orford were adamant about being excluded was that they already have numerous empty storefronts. They recognized the damage the urban sprawl of businesses the MUMPz creates that has destroyed so many of the inner cities in this country would also happen in their cities. Apparently, empty storefronts in Brookings are OK.

The Harbor Community Action Committee (HCAC) is not against development on the Harbor Hills. We have been asking the county for over two years to have the state LIDAR map of the Hills interpreted. This would show where on the Hills it is safe to build and where it is not safe.  

It appears the County Department of Public Services and HW3LLC are more interested in money and are not interested in public safety and do not want to know that information as it would limit where building would be allowed.

Ralph Martin, 

chair, HCAC

Harbor

 

Play with others’ money, not mine

Editor: 

Your recent article by CFCU Member Al Pearson should have a clearer explanation as to why the “cathouse” in Nevada failed under the direction of the feds.

Upon federal takeover of the “bawdy” business, OSHA came in with hundreds of  guidelines: All beds in the cathouse had to be 12 inches   from the floor to accommodate short people. Racks (similar to those used for federal interrogation in Guantanamo) had to have rounded edges. Chains, handcuffs, thumbscrews and other restraint devices had to be purchased only from government approved vendors who “supported” our current ruling party in office and had to be union made!

Also federal employment requirements were in place to meet the highest standards of equality in the selection of the “ladies.” Percentages of whites, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Arabs and American Indians was readjusted to meet the strict federal guidelines. Hundreds of other government rules had to be administered also.

Yes, it did go out of business and yes it cost us taxpayers about $2.3 million to try and collect $455,000 in back taxes. Much like the situation with CFCU. 

I was a depositor (lowly) with this badly run financial giant and because of your revealing story in the Pilot I took my business to another more stable financial giant here in our great little seaport town. I can sleep better knowing the feds and the mismanagement at CFCU can play with other people’s money, not mine.

Gary Smith, previous CFCU member,

previous ranch customer, 

Brookings 

Why not separation of church and state?

Editor:

In Iran, according to Shariah Law, a Christian preacher is scheduled for hanging because he will not deny his faith and embrace Islam. 

The president of the U.S. was born to a Muslim father (0.5 percent of population). If not for separation of church and state, he might like to adopt Shariah Law. 

Those hated atheists (4 percent of population) are attacking the very fiber of moral and religious beliefs in today’s modern world. If not for separation of church and state they might deny this country and its people their principles, heritage and very foundation. 

The poor, downtrodden Christians (76 percent of population with Constitution and First Amendment protection), profess to be under attack from all sides. If not for separation of church and state, they could, at last, have carte blanche authority to prescribe their beliefs to everyone, even the minds of young, impressionable children. 

The Greeks say Narcissus was so enamored by his own reflection, he could tolerate no other. Please explain to me again why this community seems to be opposed to separation of church and state? 

Stephen Hagerman 

Harbor

 

Tell the county it’s not 1950 anymore

Editor:

Our commissioners have still not realized that the 1950s are long gone. 

We are no longer energy independent, we have more than doubled our population, our jobs have been automated or shipped overseas, we are being forced to compete against third-world countries for jobs, fuel costs much more than it did in the 1950s and people are traveling less.

Another hint that it’s not the 1950s anymore are all the empty shops, businesses closed forever, young folks moving elsewhere to look for nonexistent work.

We must plan for a future with ever higher fuel and resource costs, fewer tourists and we need to start training people for this new reality.

The government has abandoned the American worker so we are on our own to find a way to have a viable economy.

“Growth” is dead, we cannot grow our way out of this depression, we must make do with what we still have, many willing workers, our trees and agricultural land that could be used for growing wood for fuel, sheep, angora goats, fiber plants like hemp and of course, food.

Our fishermen will need to plan on building wooden boats that are mostly wind powered and can be built and maintained here.

We must prepare for surviving on our own with few imports.

We can do it.

Sheila Chambers

Brooking

 

Access to rivers belongs to all

Editor: 

How long before homeowners along the Chetco River make every decision on the use of the river? 

Apparently our city manager Mr. Milliman thinks that time should be now. I was glad to hear the city counsel members speak against closing Social Security Bar but I wonder how much longer before the homeowners get their way and the access is closed. This smacks of “the squeaky wheel gets the grease!” 

If you want to keep access to the river at Social Security Bar open to vehicles, you better speak up and speak up louder than the homeowners that Mr. Milliman is listening to. 

Oregon belongs to all Oregonians! Not just the ones who can afford riverfront property!

Wendy Riddle

Brookings 

 

Ideological rigidity is dangerous

Editor

Kudos for your (Sept. 17) editorial on the Letters to the Editor policy!

As important as even-handedness is in deciding whose letters get published is your insistence on civility.

I’ve noted that government’s role in our society and in our affairs is a popular LTE topic. This issue has been debated since the beginning of the republic, with no sign that the debate will end soon. In many respects, it’s a uniquely American debate, because prior to the establishment of our precious constitution, powerful centralized government was the rule.

You can’t have an honest discussion when you begin by impugning the other guy’s motives. You may believe that we need more or less government than I do – we may disagree passionately on this issue.  That doesn’t mean that one of us is a really bad or really stupid person. It simply means that you subscribe to a different sociopolitical world view. Ideological rigidity is dangerous, and compromise doesn’t necessarily mean sacrifice of principle. In civil discourse, it can simply mean “Ah, I see your point and will make allowances for it.”

Like more versus less government, good old Yankee commonsense versus blind ideology also plays an important part in the traditional American dialog. All ideological models, in their purest form, are unrealizable ideals, and not necessarily because of logical flaws. Human nature will corrupt the purest theory of government, whether it’s classic Adam Smith market theory, Ayn Rand’s libertarianism, Karl Marx’s socialism, or other. 

Bottom line: you can’t govern from an ideological check list.

Richard Carey

Brookings 

 

Help cats displaced by vandalism

Editor:

After reading about the vandalizing of the cat houses on the north jetty (Pilot, Oct. 5) I decided it was time to step up and help.

I called Marisue Terry and proposed we start a reward fund to catch the vandals. I am sweetening the pot with $100, although any amount will be appreciated. Volunteers patrolling the area and writing down car license numbers would also help. 

Of course none of this will do any good if the houses are not rebuilt. You can volunteer money, time, building materials or carpentry skills. 

These animals need our help. Tonight when you are in your warm home, fed, and out of the rain, think of how it would feel to change places with these unfortunate cats. 

Please respond to Reward Fund, Friends of Curry County Animals, P.O. Box 232, Gold Beach, OR 97444, Attention, Marisue Terry 541-247-7387. 

Barbara J. Parrett-Eary

Harbor 

 

Don’t rebuild Gold Beach cat houses

Editor:

I am writing this after reading the article in the Curry Pilot regarding the “Cat Houses,” (Pilot, Oct. 5).

I am a summer visitor at Gold Beach and love and respect your town. Last year I wrote to the paper and criticized the jetty situation and the awful conditions there. I see that the problem is taking care of itself.

Let me say this first. I am so thankful for folks like you who are trying to help the many cats who are homeless for whatever reason and I appreciate what you are trying to do, but the Cat Houses are not the answer. 

Don’t blame teenagers ... I believe that someone other than myself finds them very offensive and finds them to be a cruel joke that started out as a kind gesture. Like you said yourself, they are inhabited by raccoons (that will kill the cats) and skunks and are no place for a defenseless cat or kitten. The houses are filthy and I’m sure germ infested, cold, wet and just plan cruel.

You said that cats “congregate” there. I don’t think so. They are dumped there by people who relieve their consciences thinking they will be fed and warm on that rain-swept jetty. How wrong.  They will only live a couple of days before the elements do them in.

I know you are trying but why not take them down and promote the wonderful salmon fishing and healthy living you offer here? Maybe the folks with unwanted cats will take them to Brookings where they will take them in and hopefully find a home for them, not left to turn feral and die a cruel death.

Susan Kearney

Glendale, Ariz.