Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot   
December 11, 2012 09:22 pm

no Regionalization!

Sutter Coast Hospital might see reduced profits in the next few years. The remedy, voted on and approved last year by the board of directors? 

Regionalization! 

That means eliminate our local board and transfer ownership of SCH to Sutter Health West Bay Region in San Francisco. After transfer, SCH will be downsized from 49 to 25 beds to Critical Access status. That federal designation ensures the hospital higher payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients. 

Advantages? Increased federal payments (that’s in addition to current not-for-profit tax benefits)! 

Negatives? No mandate for 24/7 ER doctor. In-patient stays limited to four days; after that patients transferred out of town. Loss of jobs (fewer nurses, techs and staff needed to care for fewer patients). 

Am I the only one who thinks SCH is “selling us a bill of goods” claiming regionalization maintains “continued access to quality, affordable health care”? Sounds more to me like our acute care hospital will be a thing of “our quality, affordable health care past” vs future! 

My hope is that everyone who has been a patient in the hospital or had tests as an outpatient, will call or write the SCH Board of Directors and let them know your thoughts on regionalization! 

Roxie Hazard 

Smith River, Calif.

the church, taxes

Laurie Reynolds’ response (Pilot, Dec. 5, 2012) to my letter concerning the legal aspects of tax-exempt churches involving themselves in political issues and related IRS prohibitions as well as expressing an anti-“socialist” agenda does not take into account that tax-exempt churches are the recipients of socialism. 

Her church and mine receive free of cost to them property tax-related services at every taxpayer’s expense, whether or not individual taxpayers agree with that, the churches’ philosophy, or are even atheists. They have no choice —freedom of religion for some but expensive for others. If the church manifests a political agenda, at least some taxpayers will disagree so in fairness to them churches must abstain, or churches can elect to discard their status and become politically partisan. Labor unions justifiably are classified differently from churches, being exempt from nonprofit income tax (IRC 501(c)5 &(c)6. 

If we disagree we can elect people who may change the related law. 

“Judges who support a socialist agenda instead of the Constitution.”? The Constitution does not mention any economic system. Interestingly, the early Christians in Jerusalem were communists, as they sold their possessions and the proceeds were held in common and distributed according to need (Acts 4:32-37), and that is exemplified as the ideal system even though problematic in reality. Yes, U.S. Christians should vote, but according Jesus’ teachings in his Sermon on the Mountain (Matthew 5-7), difficult since no political party’s agenda is anywhere near to that profound expounding.

Jim Hansen 

Brookings

I prayed for the girls

I opened my paper this morning to read about the two teenage girls that stole the baby Jesus from the manger at Azalea Park and returned it with profanities written on it. 

It reminded me of my letter to the editor last year: “Where is Jesus?” I had seen Jesus missing from the manger and commented on how Jesus was missing almost everywhere during the Christmas season. 

I prayed for those girls this morning, and asked God that good would come from such a horrible thing. Jesus came to earth 2,000 years ago to bring peace and goodwill. I pray the same for these girls, and I invite them to come to my church this Sunday and find out who Jesus is and how much he loves them. And I do, too. 

“But the angel said to them (the shepherds), ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Luke 2: 10-12. 

I pray for the joy and peace of Christ to come to you girls, as they have to me. 

Sharon Fischer,

Christian Community Church 

Brookings

THanks, C&K Market

For the second year, the Pelican Bay Arts Association took part in the ChariTree event sponsored by C&K Market. The event continues to grow and is a great opportunity for the local nonprofit organizations to raise funds and become better known in the community.  

In addition to the money each group raises from the tree auction, C&K donates $100 to each participating nonprofit organization.  This year they increased the total prize money to $950 and will also divide the money raised from the sale of People’s Choice tickets and the Wine Grab among the participating nonprofit organizations.  

 We are grateful for the opportunity to take part and for the generosity of C&K as they continue to support the community. 

Cilde Grover

President, Pelican Bay Arts Association

Gravel and flooding

With all due respect for the needs of round gravel products from the river, one reading up on the Chetco River hydrology dynamics could not rightly equate high gravel content in the river with higher flood levels at the RV parks on the Chetco south bank edge. 

No real “old timer” would back you up on that statement either. The floods in ‘55 and ‘64 had “a lot of rain” to back them up. Flows upstream of Steel Bridge are very steep and pushing on flows ahead (Steel Bridge to North Fork Chetco).

Add the removal of thousands of cubic feet of gravel, and you must add back those feet, as tons of additional water (this weight is sluggish in speed to the fast moving flows pushing on it upstream). 

Lastly, add silt/mud density to the moving waters. The bullet dodged was that these permanent river-bar dwellings, in the right conditions will always be in the future, at risk to ending up floating in the ocean. 

Keith Allen Higgins 

Gold Beach

Nonsensical Anger

I feel for the plight of some Democrats in Brookings.  After reading a tirade against opposing views (Pilot, 12/8/12) I figure it must be difficult for some to drive through this beautiful community of ours.  After all, their cars must only make LEFT turns.

If you throw out all the name calling of conservatives in these letters, we’re left with the same nonsensical anger we saw from those of both parties before the election.  I always wonder why some people remain so angry.  The Democratic candidate won in 2008.  Somehow these folks remained angry as seen through various letters before the election.  Their candidate won again in 2012.  Still, they remain angry. Why?

We conservatives get it. Those wanting to pay higher taxes won.  Those wanting fiscal responsibility lost. Those hating the TEA party mentality won. We really do get it. 

By the way, in case some have forgotten, the TEA simply stood for Taxed Enough Already.  Apparently there are some who don’t feel they’ve been taxed enough. They are certainly free to feel this way but there are many of us who think our tax dollars are wasted by politicians and feel their spending of OUR money should be reduced. Many liberals apparently are in favor of this tax-and-spend mentality but it must really irritate them every time they’re driving through town and have to turn RIGHT!

Mike Wiley

Brookings

Going, going, Gone

Pilot: A steersman, a guide; Leader, to guide. 

When I moved to Brookings, letters to the editor had a different tone; there was bias on the side of limited or no growth, there was bias against new residents and young people. Not all but most of these issues have subsided. 

In those years the Pilot had a fire in its belly and it looked to the future. 

Not so much anymore, three apologies regarding letters to the editor is overkill. 

The Pilot should be concerned with foul language and slander, but free speech should be protected at all costs. 

The Pilot has little problem with headlines, but there is little follow up and no investigations. We have lived on the promise of federal money for more years than I have lived here; the money is going, going and soon gone. 

Nothing has been done, the county is a mess and Brookings is starting to have its own problems. There is no shortage of suggestions for tax and fee increases, but little desire to cut anything. 

Government is pricing the private sector out of existence. 

I do not shop at Wal-mart because I seldom go to Crescent City, but I will visit when Wal-mart becomes a super store, not a big deal except for all the others who will also visit. Local stores will suffer. 

You can’t buy bread if you have no money. 

Clifton Siemens

Brookings