Letters to the Editor Feb. 23, 2013

Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot February 22, 2013 07:55 pm

communist agenda

It is time for us to look at why our two senators re-introduced a bill to protect Rogue and Chetco Rivers. 

Go to the websites that describe Agenda 21, and the Communist Manifesto. Here are the 10 planks of the communists:

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state;

8. Equal obligation of all to work.

9. Abolition of all the distinction between town and country

10. Free State education for all children in public schools.

Could it be that our two senators have bought into knowingly or unknowingly the Agenda 21 and the communists? People wake up! It is my conviction that on all levels forces that we don’t know much about are bombarding “us the people.” Turn off the TV, get on your computers and study the history of our money system, the Federal Reserve, our tax system, our educational system, our religious systems and our constitutional republic.  

To me we are being duped. An educated public in matters of government is most important.

Douglas Cross

Harbor

 

 

Pillow pack plaudits

Anytime is a good time to give to our county’s foster care children. 

I would like to thank some of our local businesses for contributing to our Pillow Pack for Foster Children program early this year. Peekaboo Cottage kids’ store generously provided Melissa & Doug educational toys. Petals donated children’s clothing and Love Me 2 Times donated teenage clothing. We would also like to thank the many individuals who donated items for the bags. 

We filled the packs with flashlights, under clothing, books and many other great gifts for children in need. We were able to fill 29 bags. We received a grateful response from the county area coordinator. 

Thanks again!

EmmaSara McMillan

Brookings

get real, people!

People, what is wrong with your thinking.  

Take away the guns; ... you think the criminals are going to turn in their guns? Do you think you’re going to protect yourself with kitchen knives, mace, etc?  

Get real!

Violet and Len Burton

Brookings

on guns, rivers, taxes

It is a shame that people do not realize that President Obama is not taking away people’s guns. I believe that we should have a universal background checks, even at gun shows. That bullets that pierce body armor should be taken away. This will keep the police force safe. 

Another thing is the environment. We pick up trash in our homes, when something drops we pick it up to keep our homes nice and clean. Well the Chetco River is home to all of living things. The Higher Power gave it to all of us. So when a car can cross the river and may spill oil in the river, it will hurt all of living things. People who make a living on the river would not be able to make a living. 

I think we should have a property tax. It would not raise taxes that much. I understand that the property tax would be $1.84 for $1,000 assessed valuation in the city, and unincorporated areas, would be $1.97 for $1,000 assessed valuation. A sales tax would be more difficult to have, it would more confusing for business and it would hurt the less fortunate. 

The last thing,we all have opinions and we do not need to be called names. Thank goodness we can express ourselves and we do not have to be very afraid to. This is a nice town. It would be nicer if people would be a little kinder. A little kindness goes a long way. 

Lauren Diane Spector 

Brookings

minds think alike

It’s been said that when someone comes up with a new idea, someone somewhere will come up with the same idea and, just recently, it happened in Brookings.

I had drafted a letter to the Pilot editor regarding the proposed property tax and was going to submit it to, hopefully, appear in Saturday’s the Pilot.

My letter proposed the same idea as that of Don Johnson (letters, Feb. 20, 2013). I, too, am suggesting putting two measures on the ballot; namely, a) opting for an increase in property taxes; or b) opting for a sales tax. This would give the voters a say in the matter.

At this point in time, it would appear that the increased property tax will go down in defeat. Then what?

There are many elderly in Brookings who simply can’t handle an increase in property taxes. They are stretching their budgets now to make ends meet. So why not give them a choice in this serious matter.

Should the property tax measure pass, what happens when a certain percentage of property owners can’t come up with the extra dollars? Is the county tax collector going to place liens on their property with little chance of repayment and, if so, another problem is created and the expected revenue from the proposed tax won’t be fully realized.

There are people who have stated they will go out of the county to shop. The cost of traveling to another county will be far more costly than shopping within the county, and California’s sales tax is far greater than the sales tax proposed for Curry, so any lower sales tax will still make it worthwhile to shop here.

Barbara Wieneke

Brookings

what a novel idea

I have to agree adamantly with Mr. Don Johnson’s letter (Pilot, Feb. 20).

What a novel idea: Letting the taxpayers decide how they want to be taxed! Wouldn’t our Founding Fathers be proud? 

However, what’s apparently going to happen is that it’s property tax or nothing. 

I’m in favor of letting the many people who use our county throughout the year help us keep it up through a small sales tax. Apparently the county “de-commissioners” would prefer a property tax raise as it would be far easier to implement than a sales tax.

On that subject, what group of “brain surgeons” decided that our property taxes would be raised a set percentage every year in spite of the actual market value? Really dumb in my book. 

Larry Thomas

Brookings

confused about tax?

The “Proposed county tax causes confusion” story (Pilot, Feb. 20 — a newspaper that has never seen a proposed tax increase that it didn’t endorse) seems to imply that we taxpayers are all so stupid that we don’t know what is good for us and we just can’t do the math! 

Out of all the numbers and calculations listed in the referenced story, the only one that we really needed to know is that this proposed tax would increase every property owner’s taxes by approximately 27 percent (note that this does not take into account the annual 3 percent  increase in the assessment of the property’s taxable value, which will also occur). 

In the last few years, the market value of my home has plummeted to less than what it was 10 years ago. Yet in this same 10 year period, my home’s taxable assessed value has increased by 3 percent every year! So now, I’m being asked to start paying 27 percent more in property taxes on a property whose taxes have already increased by more than 34 percent in the last 10 years, and is currently worth less than it was 10 years ago. 

Are property owners the only ones who utilize city/county services? Can I sell a piece of my home to pay for this tax increase? My income did not increase at all last year, much less enough to pay for this tax increase! 

Prior to the last election for county commissioners, Mr. David Brock Smith specifically stated that he would not support a tax increase and listed several ideas he had to resolve the county’s funding problems; now he appears to be the biggest proponent of a tax increase. I’m shocked; another dishonest politician! 

Edward Ramsey 

Brookings

 

pay share of benefits

I read, with interest, Jane Stebbins’ article, Feb. 16, 2013, “SHERIFF: Salaries No Secret.”

I don’t mind paying Sheriff Bishop the $69,253 annual salary quoted or his patrol deputies $50,094, or jail and civil deputies, etc.

What I do mind, and what Stebbins and the sheriff did not address, is the additional $31,700 per year county taxpayers pay the sheriff in the form of health insurance and retirement. All additional county employees receive from $28,000 to $30,000 each, per year, for health insurance and retirement.

I don’t care what sheriffs in other counties make; many of us work and live in Curry County because we like the ocean, climate and small town living.

Health insurance premiums, alone, are in excess of $12,000 per year per employee; in 2010 county taxpayers paid $2.3 million for county health insurance premiums.

Before I vote for any tax increase I want to see all public employees paying their fair share of health insurance and retirement.

Judith A. Anderson

Brookings

 

habitat thrift thanks

Thank you to Curry County residents, Habitat for Humanity board members and volunteers, Home Depot, Beautiful Blinds and the Pilot for making our store opening such a huge success. You are helping us survive and grow so we can do the same for Curry County. New volunteers, donations and sales gave us the shot in  the arm that we needed to continue.

All proceeds will go to our A Brush With Kindness projects, which help low income and disabled residents repair their homes. We can paint, build, repair and clean. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us for an application. 

Please come by the store located in the AAA Stor-All storage yard at the corner of Oceanview Drive and Highway. 101 to see what is happening. 

If you need windows, lighting, blinds, shutters or other building materials we are here to help you at thrift store prices. We also welcome your donations of building materials. 

Let’s keep the store full and the dump empty.

Pamela Billington,

president, Curry County Habitat for Humanity

Brookings