Eliminate bullying

This is Bullying Prevention Month. Nationally, more than one of every five students — or 20 percent — report being bullied.

For Curry County in the 2016 Oregon Student Wellness Survey, 53 percent of sixth, 57 percent of eighth and 39 percent of 11th graders agreed.

More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, or six per second. Adult intervention – 4 percent. Peer intervention – 11 percent. No intervention – 85 percent.

Kids who are obese, gay or have disabilities are up to 63 percent more likely to be bullied than other children. Music and theater students face a significantly greater risk than their non-arts peers.

One out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying. We have at least one professional family move out of Brookings, usually out of Oregon, each year because of bullying.

Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

Bullying has become an epidemic of epic proportions. StandForTheSilent.org has a list of more than 55,000 children who have taken their lives in the last seven years due to being bullied. That’s almost one child per hour for the past seven years.

Nationally every 30 minutes a teenager attempts suicide due to bullying. Compare that to Curry County in 2016 where 9 percent of sixth, 11 percent of eighth and 10 percent of 11th graders said they actually attempted suicide in the last year.

Oct. 25 is Unity Day, when students and staff around the country will don something orange to show their support for students who are bullied. Let’s join them and do everything we can to reduce — or better yet eliminate — bullying from every aspect of our community which, in itself, will help us get closer to the goal of zero suicide and zero attempts.

Gordon Clay

Brookings

Shaking up the left

A while back, a writer wrote the Curry Coatal Pilot and claimed he could see in President Trump’s eyes that he would soon go crazy and run down Pennsylvania Avenue naked, yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!”

It was to my surprise that the Pilot published such a crazy and ridiculous letter, for nothing could be further from the truth. President Trump is doing exactly what he was elected to do, and if that includes shaking up the left’s world, so be it.

Eight years of political correctness, lies, corruption and scandals was enough for me and apparently enough for the electoral voters.

No one is telling the left to go to the back of the bus as they told us to do. Instead, they should suck it up and get over it. Their childish actions and behaviour won’t go unnoticed by their voters as proven by a Democrat Congressman’s statement when he said, “If we don’t tone it down, we may never see the inside of the White House again!”

Lou Costa

Brookings

Not an inclusive city

I was very saddened that Councilman Dennis Triglia resolution did not even get a vote, that the resolution was ignored.

Brookings is not an inclusive city. Many people may think so, but it is not. I have had some experiences in this town.

First of all, I was going to be involved with this group, they did not want me because they were afraid of being labeled Democrats. This is not inclusive. No, it is exclusive.

The second example, during the Nature’s Coastal Holiday, where a sign saying Merry Christmas was at the snack booth, I mentioned that there are 29 other holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. I was told this is a Christian town and they do not need to have a Happy Holidays sign. Then I mentioned I was Jewish. After much deliberation, I compromised with the sign saying Merry Christmas and very small letters happy holidays.

Teachers have left because some of the children were rude and not very kind. The school board did nothing about this because their parents were so-called leaders of the community.

If this town was inclusive, windows would not be broken, as it happened to the Democrats’ headquarters, or car windows being broken because the person voted for a different candidate. Teachers would not be leaving. We would be welcoming to new people in town, especially people who have different beliefs in politics, race, religion and being gay.

What ever happened to compassion and understanding?

Lauren Diane Spector

Brookings

Why move festival?

I disagree with Mr. Pitts-Campbell’s public forum (Oc. 18) concerning the Southern Oregon Kite Festival.

Why would you want to move a festival that brings money to our local area?

He has slammed some of the biggest donating supporters to our local organizations. These businesses only have so much money from their store budgets to spend on charity or donations. These amounts for donation are controlled by their corporate offices.

Mr. Pitts-Campbell has also forgotten that these businesses have to make a profit and they provide employment for many in this community. Many smaller business in Brookings and Harbor are very limited in what they can donate, and the kite festival probably doesn’t bring in addition money to their coffers.

The suggestion that “the port decided that the festival was a cash cow to be milked” isn’t true. If Mr. Pitts-Campbell had ever attended any of the monthly port meetings, he would know the financial problems the port has.

Does he know the Port of Brookings Harbor is also a not for-profit facility? It received nothing from the festivals other than expenses. The port has to pay for the electricity, sewer, water, garbage disposal, security and to cover repairs to the bathroom facilities and other port structures caused by the general public. The port doesn’t even have the money to repair the money producing entities such as the docks, slips, boat basins, retail center, or to fix the problems in the port RV park.

The board of commissioners decided the port could no longer afford to provide free support to the non-profits if it wanted to stay as a viable entity to the community. If you want to see just how little the port receives from your property taxes, take a quick look at your latest tax statement. You’re going to be surprised!

Gary Hartung

Brookings

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