Letters to the Editor June 25, 2014
Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot   
June 24, 2014 07:48 pm

Where is the justice?

Am I on crazy pills? Because I must be. 

Who died and made the county commissioners kings and queen?

How dare they say that the First Amendment gets in their way, to pass laws, to dictate to us, who we can give money to, or ask people for money.

When I joined the Navy, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The people who we see on the street corners are not bums. They are fellow Americans, who need our help. I will help them.

And when I hand them a dollar, I am exercising my First Amendment right. I am saying, I care. Now I will be a criminal for saying that.

Where is the justice when charity is outlawed?

John Antinello

Brookings

Insanity defined

Regarding another proposed property tax increase: Insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”... 

What is it with these Commissioners. We have voted on this issue twice ... defeating it both times ... and by the way, I thought that they were supposed to be representing “we the people!”... (sigh)

Jim Peterson 

Brookings

BHCT makes goal

The Rogue Federal Credit Union Foundation Program for Giving has come to a close and Brookings Harbor Community Theater has so much to be thankful for.

The Brookings Harbor Community Theater board and all of their actors, volunteers and friends, wish to thank Rogue Federal Credit Union for the “Rogue Giving” fundraising opportunity. To those who gave extra financial contributions to help us, we thank you. Our award check for $1,768 exceeded our goal.

We would like to thank Jackson Cato and Adelina Willis-Blunt for volunteering to be interviewed and for your great insights into your theater experiences. Thank you Scott Graves, Tony Hobbs, Colleen Harrison, and everyone who forwarded our Facebook messages. We appreciate everyone’s help and all who voted each day. Thank you, one and all!

Please visit the Rogue Giving Web page to see the total votes for each organization and the total dollars RCU has given to charities. www.roguecu.org/giving. 

This is a wonderful program and it helps everyone to support their community with just a click on the computer!

Lynette McPherson, president, BHCT

Need for caution

I would like to add a comment regarding the letter titled “Grandparent Scam.” 

I, too, received a phone call a few years ago from someone claiming to be my granddaughter stuck in a foreign country needing money due to an accident and passport hold. It “sounded” much like her but not like her to be out of the country and no one knowing. 

I asked the caller for a call back number as I would need to check my finances first. I then called my granddaughter and she confirmed my suspicions. 

I called the number given to me, told the person, supposed attorney, that I knew this was a scam. They weren’t very happy and proceeded to call me ugly names whereupon the call ended. I reported this to the local police in the city I lived. 

Unfortunately this happens frequently. The culprits move around and are extremely difficult to track. Maybe I should have pretended to send them the money, informed the police and money (falsely) sent could have gotten the crooks? 

I’ll never know but yes, we all need to be very cautious of these scams. 

Penny Odom 

Brookings

Down and kicked

Stop persecuting the homeless! 

Regardless how much they make and what they buy with their money is really not even the issue. I’m not sure what the issue is. 

I have never been met by these people with hostility. The sheriff may want you to believe these people are violent and belligerent; I have never been treated that way, and normally I give nothing. That’s my choice. 

I want to know who passed this law. I’m sure the people of Brookings find this law atrocious. People should make laws not lawmakers, especially when lawmakers don’t have the pulse of the people. 

OK, government, kick our people while they’re down!

Todd Baker 

Brookings

Goodwill could hurt

The opening of Goodwill could hurt the local shelter and other second-hand stores. 

If people do not become aware that this is a corporation, that they are donating to. They would help the community better by staying local. “Goodwill’s Charity Racket: CEOs Earn Top-Dollar, Workers Paid Less Than Minimum Wage.” They need to know this in order to truly help those in need. 

Do your own research before you donate if you really want to help others and not big business. 

Carol Hopkins 

Brookings

Here we go again

Here we go again with the “TAXES.” 

Not so long ago the issue on taxing us was shot down, then the Curry County commissioners decided they would take the funds out of the road fund. Then in the last issue I believe the County commissioners decided to TAX our fuel cost to pay for upkeep on our roads. In today’s paper, June 21, again they want to use the road funds for there inabilities to balance the budget as all of us taxpayers have to do religiously. 

Now the commissioners’ again want to take monies from the road fund to pay for sheriff’s deputy’s as well as posing another property tax. Why are the commissioners continuingly trying to fix the budget issues through taxing this community that can not afford any more taxes on our already burden finances now. 

Why they are continually spend monies on issues like impact studies, or environmental impact issues. 

Curry Count needs to pay attention to who they vote into office. It is apparent that the County commissioners are incompetent in their positions and need to step down and allow people in that know how to manage. 

The commissioners are suppose to work for us, the community, not their personal gain or the prestige of being a commissioner. 

They need to go before we are taxed so heavily we become a ghost town due to no one wanting to vacation here or even drive through. 

Fred Johnson 

Brookings

Vets deserve better

“Revenue generated from 68 cents of that would go exclusively to jail operations; the remaining 4 cents would be used to hire a full-time Veterans’ Services Officer.” — June 21 Curry Coastal Pilot; “County Considers Property Tax.” 

Using our veterans as pawns in the latest scheme to get a property tax increase passed is unacceptable. These should be two separate questions on the ballot, not one.

Cheryl Douglass 

Sixes

Leadership needed

Two years of working as a guest teacher in school district 17-C taught me many things about this community. 

The best thing I learned was the children in this town were a joy to teach! I had a lot of fun getting to know them. The students of this district deserve the very best, as they are awesome. 

I learned some other things too. Your superintendent has stated the recent exodus of teachers and administrators has something to do with your geography; your interim school board chief has also asked for trust from the community. These two need to look squarely into the mirror if they want to know why so many good people are leaving. 

Good leadership attracts and holds good employees! Your children deserve the best! These two need to get out of the way, so this can happen.

Thomas A Lipski 

Brookings

Big dog game guard

It’s unfortunate that our neighbors put out a veritable smorgasbord of “small game” animals (from a cougar’s viewpoint) on their adjoining properties in known cougar territory but did not invest in a guard dog. 

A Great Pyrenees or an Anatolian shepherd (both commonly used to guard alpaca herds in Oregon) is bred to bond with the flock/herd and protect it. 

Both are large enough to discourage cougars and bears, not to mention bobcats, and those native predators will still be there, even after ODFW kills this particular cougar for engaging in its normal behavior.

Michael Pitts-Campbell 

Brookings

In the market to beg

Panhandling and begging has been criminalise in many cities across the country. No longer can the homeless, the hungry and the unemployed stand on corners with their tin cups or their cardboard signs. In Medford, offenders can be charged with a traffic violation. In Roseburg, first offenders are fined $500 or up to six months in jail. Criminalization of begging is quite selective apparently. 

Most supermarkets beg on behalf of charitable organizations several times a year for causes ranging from female/male cancer; muscular dystrophy; or to send little Johnny to summer camp, etc., without fear of fines or imprisonment. Should a customer frequent the supermarket about three times in one week and donate $1, this could add up to $12 in a month and without the benefit of his getting a receipt for tax purposes. 

Research has shown that 80 percent of the monies collected by these charitable organization goes for administrative costs. Customers should not blame the cashiers when they ask if you would like to donate nor should the manager be blamed. The manager is probably under pressure from the corporate office to meet a certain quota. Many grocery chains use charitable contributions to get a reduction of their corporate state tax by matching or exceeding customer contributions In the end it is the taxpayer who must make up the difference. 

To find the rate of corporate state tax that your supermarket is paying, check the website Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. 

Kate O’Hanlon

Port Orford