Use caution

Don’t let the name be misleading. U.S. Borax is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations. Rio Tinto Borax has been widely criticised for its record on the environment and human rights.

The City of Brookings should be highly cautious of any agreement it enters into with Tinto/Borax and it their army of attorneys unless it is ironclad.

Joe Willett


No open door

In response to a June 6 letter regarding the good news out of the Korean peninsula, may I set the record straight? Donald Trump’s policy of maximum pressure did not open the door to North Korea.

My organization is working to introduce a plan for an international government, and one of our proposals addresses the reunification of North and South Korea. The proposals have been online at since 2007 or so. I sent the proposal to the Korean ambassadors last winter, but that was not the first time they heard of the plan.

In 2011, the idea for the international government trickled up from the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C., to the world leaders. Ahmadinejad of Iran contacted President Obama about the plan. Their negotiations led to the JCPOA. It opened the door to talks with Cuba. Fidel Castro liked the plan. Then Obama asked Jimmy Carter to go into North Korea, and Kim Jong Il agreed to talks, but the Republicans refused to agree to the plan.

When Trump got into office, one of President Obama’s accomplishments he swore to undo was the plan for world peace. It is based on the U.S. Constitution, and treats all nations fairly and equally. Trump’s policy of maximum pressure will never lead to peace. The first requirement for conflict resolution is that both sides must be considered equal. People who believe they are more important than others start wars.

Karen Holmes


Won’t end well

In Luke, Jesus tells a story of a son who asked for his inheritance and went to a far country and wasted all he had on wine, women, and song. The prodigal is someone out of the will of the father. The father is a picture of our heavenly Father who is always willing to take us back if we ask for forgiveness.

Satan deceives people into thinking they can be happy and prosper living in sin. The far country is wherever we go outside the will of God and make the decision to reject God’s will and look for happiness through the lusts of the flesh. Satan tells us we can be happy following him if we get everything we want, and we do not have to give an account. However, everyone will die some day and give an account to God.

A prodigal is someone who spends money in a reckless extravagant way with no thought of tomorrow. The U.S. has become a prodigal by running up a national debt of over $21 trillion dollars. The largest debt in the history of the world. We are living beyond our means with no concern for our grandchildren.

Social Security and Medicare entitlements in the U.S. have $210 trillion in unfunded obligations the government will not be able to fulfill. If the U.S. does not stop living beyond our means, as a prodigal, our history will not end well. We need to repent and turn back to God.

Steve Johnston


A moral issue

A top official with the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to Congress the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement has lost track of 1,475 migrant children it said it placed with sponsors in the U.S.

Most of these children are from Honduras, EI Salvador and Guatemala. Government data shows that these children were fleeing from drug cartels, gang violence and domestic abuse.

The Trump Administration has now implemented a new policy. This policy is to separate families from their children. These children are being literally ripped from their parent’s arms and then the authorities are not telling the parents where the children are going, how to get them back let alone how to get in touch with them.

The majority of these immigrant families are turning themselves into border authorities and asking for asylum. In other words, these courageous people are trying to save their lives and the lives of their children by doing their best to follow our laws and come Into the country legally.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley on June 2 traveled to a detention facility in McAllen, Texas. Merkley was later able to enter the processing center, where he witnessed children being held in cages that looked like dog kennels.

This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this is a moral issue. If you care about children and families please check out what am saying for yourself. Then, write to your congressmen, senators, civic leaders and anyone one and anything that you can think of.

Melanie Eaton