The Curry Coastal Pilot

cavalry for mission

As you may have read in last week's Curry Coastal Pilot, the Outreach Gospel Mission had thousands of dollars taken from their ministry.

They already operate on limited funds and are now having to turn away the needs of people who depend on this assistance.

Citizens of Brookings-Harbor, we need to HELP! Rather than buying that fast food item or beverage, take the money that you would have spent to OGM. Drop off your spare change jar or write them a check. It's all tax-deductible, you know.

Director Mike Olsen, asks for prayer and more prayer. WE need to answer that request with our financial assistance as well.

Let's be the Giving Calvary for Outreach Gospel Mission.

Jan and John



disliking this scam

Let us take a look at the idea of a 3-percent sales tax.

It seems a small price to pay. Say in round numbers the average household spends about $300 on taxable items. That would be $9 out of the budget. Not a bad price to pay for services. Just the generic cereal and you can cover it even on the more restricted budgets.

But hang on here. What else is it going to cost? You are going to make the merchants into tax collectors and they pay for longer hours to cover the paperwork. OK so now it has probably added another half a percent to the cost. $9 has become $10.50. OK but it is going to mean skipping the Dutch Bros. latte you buy once a month. It is becoming noticeable.

But wait! There is more! the late night TV salesman cries. We also lose a portion of the proceeds the county collects to enforce and administer the tax. We can probably drop as much as 1 percent of the initial 3 percent out of the equation. Especially if it comes to a prosecutable offense. So now the county is seeing $6 out of the $10.50 we actually end up paying. I am beginning to dislike this scam.

And we haven't even discussed the relationship a tax has to the economy (i.e. the multiplier that makes every $1 taken out in taxes have a $5 negative impact).

Basic economics says a 3-percent sales tax is a bad idea.

Kenneth Swanson


bank on service

Some things are hard to change especially when it's something that used to work for so long.

I opened my first bank account back in 1978 and have for the most part, been satisfied with their customer service and ability to remedy just about any financial issue. However, I guess I will be making that change.

The other day I went in to my bank to cash a check I received from a government agency. The teller and assistant manager said they couldn't cash the check because I had a lower account balance than the check was written for. Unbelievable. I simply told them thank you and that I'd try another bank.

I went to a second bank with a teller line full of cheery faces, but only received a stamp-type response of a no-can-do.

Not giving up, I went to a third bank where not only did they make the time to help me, they offered a satisfactory resolve with real quality customer service skills. All I wanted to do is cash this check,; they helped me do just that. Thanks goes to Sharee for superior service and cashing my check!

Sherri King


living on little here

So ... the tax levy "failed in May because the split rate between city and unincorporated area residents wasn't wide enough."

Wrong! The free people of Curry County voted not to tax themselves, period. No more property tax, no sales tax either. We already live in a 10-percent income tax state. If an additional Curry County sales tax passed, merchants in the towns of Bandon and Coos Bay will enjoy sales to most of the people in the northern end of the county for goods and services.

And by the way, while there, the Coos Bay Walmart has the cheapest food around.

We have to live on budgets of very little here. May I suggest that the county government learn to do the same.

Melissa Bishop

Elk River

knock knock. Who?

After yet another soggy post-election slumber punctuated by bed-wetting and acid-reflux, I awoke to the crack of a "Red Dawn" and clunkety-clunk of a vast army of dweebs kicking cans down slippery slopes.

Our can-do government was up and running and my personal flunky (they work for little-old-me, wink wink) goose-stepped to my door. Knock knock. Who's there? Ivana. Ivana who? Ivana help. Oh. Really.

I'm thinking Ivana's a foot soldier serving a radical chic prez with a quid pro nada modus operandi and a Buck Rogers fleet of cartoonish-looking, death ray-zapping, snuff drones. Yep. Thugs-R-Us. Open for business. KNOCK KNOCK. "LEMME IN, MAGGOT!"

Goodness gracious, Ivana's gone postal and my woulda-coulda-shoulda moment had arrived. Should I bitterly cling to my guns, religion and toss out some ballsy zinger like "make my day?" Visions of Ruby Ridge and Waco whipsawed in my head. Could I do fist pumps while ululating wooovereeeeens and head for the hills?

Ooookay, I watch waaaaay too many cult movies. Besides, what's a wolverine? Is it part wolf, part tangerine? Whatever.

Dear God, I just wanna (sob) live free.

Grace N. Laskey


next: breathe tax?

We must be rats or worst. The Curry County commissioners must believe they are the Pied Piper of the county and like rats we will follow!

In the Pilot dated June 26, 2013, they are talking of different ways of putting the property tax back in for the next round and mask it along with sales tax. If this board of commissioners truly knew what to do they would see that by any proposal of taxes, do nothing but drive away tourism and businesses.

It does not matter what other cities do and they need to stop using California cities as an example. We are not California for one, and two, they are on the verge of bankruptcy. By what commissioners are trying to do to those that come here to spend monies and vacation will no longer come to Brookings to be taxed on everything they do.

Tourism tax, sales tax, property tax, transit tax; what's next, a tax to breathe?

Just like the Chetco River issue, if the few do not get their way they will run the government and governor after all their ballots fail and have a law imposed regardless of what the residents want.

When are Curry residents going to say enough is enough and put people in office that know how to budget what they receive and not put the problem on the backs of the taxpayers who are on a fixed income.

The tax issue has failed; leave it alone!

Fred Johnson


tourist tax season

There has been much talk around town about funding law enforcement. I propose a 3-percent sales tax from May 1 through October 31.

The seasonal nature of this tax would make the most of our busy tourist season while allowing local residents sufficient time to plan ahead, making taxable purchases before May or after October.

While it will not bring in enough revenue to solve things permanently, it will provide much-needed funding immediately, while allowing our government officials more time to look for ways to open up our forests for logging. The better solution is forest jobs, not taxes.

Some will argue that a sales tax will hurt local businesses, especially those selling big ticket items like cars and appliances. A negative impact to local merchants can be avoided by harnessing capitalism's creative approaches such as "rent to own" where rental payments are applied to the purchase price of big ticket items for a few months during the taxable months.

Tourist season brings a lot of revenue into our community along with not a few law enforcement problems.

This is not a perfect solution, but it is one that I personally can live with. Besides, how much revenue will the property tax measure bring in?

Barbara Wilson