Successful festival

Thanks to the members of the Brookings Harbor community for a successful sixth year for the Festival of Art in Stout Park.

Thanks to: Soroptimist International of Brookings for the Kid’s Art Zone, Scott Graves for the sound system, Chet’s Garden Center for their help with the garden, Tony Baron and the city crews from parks and recreation for all their work on the park and help with equipment, Tony Parrish and crew who ran the Stout Mountain Railroad and to Shirley Hyatt and the musicians who entertained us; Toni Land, John Aughinbaugh, Lon Goddard, Rapp Brush, Richard Gyuro, and Steve Harrington.

Special thanks to the 75 vendors who joined us and more than 70 volunteers from the art community and the general community who volunteered their time and talents to make the festival a success. Thanks also to the many art patrons who bought art during the weekend. We heard many comments about the friendly helpers and art patrons.

We hope to see you Aug. 3-4, 2019, at the Festival of Art in Stout Park.

Cilde Grover, festival chair

Pelican Bay Arts Association

Who to trust?

Newspapers all over the U.S. are standing up to defend our First Amendment rights of freedom of the press. When the president of the U.S. undermines the press, he is undermining the U.S. Constitution, and breaking his oath of office. This is an impeachable offense.

The media functions as teachers to the people and watchdogs of our government, so it is oftentimes the first to be undermined by oppressive governments. Our Founding Fathers made this our first right, before the right to bear arms, for a reason. The Washington Post declares “Democracy dies in the darkness.” It must be defended.

There is a misunderstanding in our legal system. There are three levels, not two. Universal Law stands on the seven principles that allow us to walk the straight and narrow, but is oftentimes left out. The Constitution is the power level, and addresses the use of power and the abuse of power, and we rise and fall in power by the choices we make. Because of this misunderstanding, when the president is not standing on the seven principles, he or she can constitutionally justify power games that are oppressive to the people.

Two power games are based on weaving an illusion. When the president talks about fake news, he is weaving an illusion, and the truth doesn’t overcome the lie. It just reaches the point where no one knows who to trust.

The only thing anyone can trust at this point is God’s Law. Who do we trust, “One Nation, under God” or Donald Trump?

Karen Holmes

Brookings

Backward looking

Democrats have no forward message so they have returned to the detrimental, divisive and hateful rhetoric of the past. Led by Obama, race relations, law and order and pride for one’s nation have regressed to dangerous levels. Shameful.

America has made great progress and continues to amend for its past. Never in our history have citizens, regardless of color or background, had a more inclusive and welcoming opportunity to thrive and succeed. We have the most educated population on the globe and the best human rights of any county. However, to be successful is an opportunity that requires effort, it is not a right. The government can never give someone enough money to be successful.

Diversity should not be a goal in and of itself. Performance, dedication and success are mutually inclusive. Just because you want to run a company doesn’t mean you have the skills or experience for the job. Successful leaders are not born of a color, they are developed over a lifetime of learning, experiences and effort.

The Democrats/liberals are so unhappy with Trump’s strong and decisively successful policies they have taken the unconscionable position of betting against America, down-talking America and rooting for our failure. New York’s Governor Cuomo who is a poster child of American opportunity actually said, “America was never that great.” I’ll wager his father Mario would vehemently disagree.

I am blessed to have been born in America but I also worked hard to earn the wonderful life I enjoy and appreciate each and every day. The hatred of America as being promoted by the left is a cancer that must be stopped before it’s too late. So, my suggestion to the unhappy among us, put down your protest signs, embrace your opportunities and create your success.

Dee Tyson

Harbor

Trump enabler

This is a response to those who argue that Greg Walden’s seniority means we should vote for him. If Walden were actually representing Congressional District 2 Oregonians, this argument would make sense.

The reality is, however, that Walden represents only the corporations that fund his campaigns, the richest 1 percent. If he cared for his constituents he wouldn’t have tried to pull health insurance from thousands of us. If he cared for his constituents, he would not support the racism, sexism, bigotry, anti-science ignorance, incompetence, treason, racial profiling and simple inhumanity that is represented by the Trump Administration.

This is not what Oregon stands for; this is not what Oregonians want. Walden is a Trump enabler. Voting for Walden means voting for Treasonous Trump.

Alternatively, we could vote for sanity and humanity and support Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress. Jamie would represent us in Congress; Walden does not.

Trisha Vigil

Medford

Lies keep coming

A couple months ago I submitted a letter to the editor challenging Trumps lies about our economy.

I realize most of you didn’t have the time to do the math so let me tell you what the facts are according the Bureau Of Labor Statistics and others.

Job growth: Trumps first 18 months: 3,534,000 new jobs. Obamas last 18 months: 3,721,000. That’s 187,000 more jobs for Obama.

Wages are skyrocketing: The Federal Reserve tracks wage growth. According to their figures, America has had steady wage growth for eight years.

Since Trump took office wage growth has slowed. From 4.1 percent annually during Obama’s last year to 3.2 percent today.

Trump’s “biggest tax cut ever”: 82 percent of it went to the richest 1 percent, while an American making $45,000 can expect to get a $570 tax break.

Since gasoline has gone from $2.32 under Obama to $2.86 under Trump most of my tax cut will be going to an oil company. Who gets yours?

(Did you know your tax break expires in a couple of years. The rich and corporate get to keep theirs.)

The stock market is booming: Jan. 1, 2018 the market opened at 24,700, eight months later it’s 460 points higher. Not much to brag about.

The lies just keep on coming. Since Jan 2017 he’s told 3,452.

To quote Trump: “How stupid are the American people?” Apparently pretty stupid.

Larry Schelter

Gold Beach

Missing editorials

Congratulations to the Curry Coastal Pilot editor for writing and publishing an editorial.

It’s been a while since the newspaper has expressed its opinion on the editorial page. I have missed it.

Even though the Aug. 11 editorial was more informational, describing the revised letters to the editor policy, it nevertheless was refreshing to read a comment in the upper left corner of the Opinion & Letters page, which traditionally has been corner for the newspaper’s voice in the community. Keep up the good work. Let’s read more of what the editor and/or editorial board has to say.

Please don’t be afraid to step out and say what you think, especially about local events and issues. It doesn’t hurt to have a comment now and then on a regional or statewide issue. You might even tackle a national or international topic occasionally, but the focus should be on your circulation area.

As a retired newspaper editor who spent most of my career working for your (WesCom) organization, I understand the challenges of editing and publish a semi-weekly newspaper. I tried to have a local editorial in every issue, and I endeavored to fill the editorial column every issue, using staff-written opinions first, then editorials from other WesCom newspapers, then guest editorials from other newspaper, with proper credit, of course.

Space we couldn’t fill with opinion left room for fillers, such as public officials’ addresses or the local public meetings schedule.

Reserving the editorial column for the newspapers’ opinions leaves the rest of the page for letters to the editor, guest columns, an editorial cartoon and other opinion-related pieces.

The Pilot frequently publishes lively debate in its Public Forum and Letters to the Editor, but I strongly recommend regular local editorials, too.

Dean Brickey

Brookings

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