Letters to the Editor Nov. 20, 2013

Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot November 19, 2013 09:21 pm

Doomed to failure

The new homestead exemption to property taxes is doomed to legal failure. 

It does fit with the new “Not me,” let-someone-else-pay sentiment. Give an exemption to local voters so they will increase the taxes on part-time residents. 

The problem is that it is an easily pierced ruse, and there has to be a legitimate reason for the unequal protection of the law. Full-time residents already are getting something for nothing, because the police blotter obviously weighs heavily on time spent by deputies on local resident complaints even though part time residents pay the same. 

There is no way in the world that it would be possible to show any reasonable purpose for the law other than trying to get something for nothing from somebody else. If you want to see a year-around ghost town, run off the part-time residents. 

Local businesses better pay attention here. 

John Minoletti 

Harbor

Didn’t see it coming

It was obvious that the Curry Pilot was in favor of the property tax increase. It showed in its articles.

Now, a headline — front page story about a person being laid off from county work.

If someone — anyone — wants to point a finger of blame, it should clearly be pointed at Curry County commissioners. The past and present commissioners who never saw the final date coming when Curry County lost their federal subsidies for timber. The current commissioners who wanted a committee of citizens to come up with ideas for the money crisis , then ignored all 19 ideas. Even though some ideas were very good.

$272,000 salary plus benefits to current county commissioners, when Brookings has volunteers (with no pay) that run the city.

Nobody saw this crisis coming in the county government. Then, when the money ran out, “Oh my god, we have to raise taxes.”

Typical poorly run government. Just look at the government Obamacare website. First day it crashes. Twitter goes public with their stock; has over 4,200,000 hits the first 12 hours and runs perfectly.

In this bad economy, UPS and FedEx are making good profits; the United States Post Office is going to lose $14,000,000,000.

I rest my case.

Andrew T. Ragan

Brookings

somewhat puzzled

In the spirit of avoiding any personal attacks I will forego the use of names. However, the reader who responded to my opinion of the current president’s rule by diktat has me somewhat puzzled. Perhaps we do not agree on the definition of the word diktat. Which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a harsh settlement unilaterally imposed (as on a defeated nation).” I most fervently hope that my esteemed fellow citizen does not consider this a valid form of political expression for this country. And most certainly not something that I have ever found in my reading of the Constitution, the Federalist Papers or the Articles of Confederation all of which are considered some of the seminal documents which formed the constitution. Perhaps I missed that part. I also fervently hope that when my fellow writer said the president was not “… ‘venting,’ under the control of the male hormone testosterone” he didn’t mean to imply that our glorious leader was lacking in said hormone. In conclusion I do agree with this reader on the subject of political freedom and free expression. He obviously has chosen the leftward political path and I will feel free to choose the right one.

Kenneth Swanson 

Harbor

For a Keepsake quilt

The Holiday Season is fast approaching — Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas follows almost before the last turkey sandwich is finished. 

It is time to think of those less fortunate in our community who depend on the Brookings food bank. Each year Michelle Fallert and Laurie Mitts of Country Keepsakes spend hours creating and perfecting a designer quilt. They offer this labor of love to the community as a raffle to benefit the local food bank. Tickets are available at Country Keepsakes $1 each or six for $5 with all proceeds donated to the local food bank. 

Here is your opportunity to own one of these exquisite heirloom quilts and at the same time help folks in our community who have fallen on hard times. I am grateful to Michelle and Laurie for providing this wonderful opportunity. Please drop in to Country Keepsakes and buy a ticket or two. They also accept non-perishable food items for the food bank. Thank you. 

Helen Griffin

Brookings

Collected and sent

I would like to thank everyone who donated to the disaster relief for the Philippines at my booth during the Calvary Assembly of God Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16.  

The money collected has been sent to the Philippine Red Cross. God bless you all for your kindness.

Esperanza Jensen

Brookings

Argumentum ad G.G.

If not for the paranoid ramblings of the conservative mind-set, two million more people would be employed, the unemployment rate would be below 6.7 percent and a robust economy would be underway. 

Instead, we have a paralyzed system, sabotaged by uncivil behavior by angry zealots. This is paraphrased from a study done by Macroeconomic Advisers, a non-partisan consulting firm, and reported by Republican deficit hawk Pete Peterson. 

The Republicans have a long track record of ruining economies, Reagan ruined the savings and loans of nearly all credit unions, plus he abolished the Department of Energy, erasing the U.S. as a leader in research into clean energy and polluting the planet with private sector greed, of which George W. Bush absolutely finalized the destruction of the middle class and the economy. While doing so, he was asleep at the wheel of protecting the U.S. from terrorist attack, plus lying about Iraq’s WMD arsenal and selling out our freedoms in every way since his coup d’etat, thanks to Flori-duh. 

Conservatives in the tea party are the laughingstock of idiotic behavior, much like the Taliban or Al Qaeda is to the Islamic world. Their ideas about the filthy rich trickling down a basic sense of moral justice does nothing in the face of hedonic desire over any reality of self-preservation. 

America should tax the income of any amount over $250,000 a year like it is a disease needing treatment, which it is. 

G.G.. Thompson

Brookings

Many light the way

Brookings-Harbor was blessed once again by the many thoughtful, hard-working volunteers of this community. 

The “Nature’s Coastal Holiday” lights event held every December, will once again shine for the many; bringing joy and laughter, and Christmas cheer.

 A special thank you goes out to the BHHS Leadership Group; Interact Students; Lions Club; Rogue FCU; Coos-Curry Electric; Public Works, and many other wonderful residents who came because you wanted to make a difference. 

In preparation for this coming weekend, work is being done to install the tunnel and wire-sculpted figurines. This weekend, volunteers are still needed as we will be making finishing touches to light strings and safety checks. (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 

Bryan Tillung, 

committee member

Brookings