Style has arrived

Since Donald Trump came down the escalator at Trump Tower he has defied presidential history. He’s turned politics upside down. The mainstream media and its reporters have lost their minds, so-called presidential behavior has been thrown out for tell it like it is and the D.C. swamp is shaking in their boots.

Trump won.

Trump is also willing to take on the difficult issues that past administrations have been too weak and/or too scared to address: economy, trade, immigration, and hostile world actors. His rough and tumble business tactics are finally forcing the do-nothing Congress to act on these major issues.

And then there are the midterms. Only three times in history has the new president held or gained seats in Congress during the first midterm elections. Trump has once again trumped history by gaining 4 seats in the Senate and with an unprecedented 45 retirements in the House held the loss to 26-plus — representing half of the historical norms. And with the Democrats in the majority writing and presenting bills, Trump might actually be able to find and negotiate some common goals.

The midterm success came down to four words, promises made, promises kept. Never in my memory has a candidate made bold promises that he or she ever intended to keep. Trump did, again making history.

So, with Trump’s impressive performance you negative pundits out there need to throw out your he can’t say that or that’s not how it’s been done and the good ole standby, he’s not presidential. Trump’s history-making presidency style has arrived, you, the Democrats and the media hacks better get used to it.

Kimberly Tyson


Thanks for fabric

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater would like to thank the anonymous donor who dropped off three storage bins filled with fabric. It was such a surprise, and much appreciated. Already some of it is being used for our upcoming production of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” with Mike Vest as Ebenezer Scrooge, which opens Nov. 30, and continues for three weekends. The cast for this play includes 31 children and 11 adults, who will all benefit from this generosity. A great sense of community. Thank you.

Leslie Wolf


Miss the old way

I remember the days when we went to the voting booth in town. We voted. We went home and waited for the results. No mail-in votes. The only votes that came in late were out of country military or out of country American citizens. The polls closed at 8 p.m. The votes in, were the votes counted. Period… thats it… winner declared.

Sharon Henry

Gold Beach

Rescind request

Very disappointed in Mayor Jake Pieper’s request for the resignation of two volunteers to city government. I have always thought Jake did a decent job in governing the city but this latest decision is beyond what I expect from a leader. This is nothing short of the behavior of an autocrat or a despot — not someone we want to entrust with our democratic way of life.

Is the mayor trying to pattern himself after Donald Trump? This behavior is a sign of pathetic weakness not to allow conflicting opinions to be heard. This is not democracy in action.

I respectfully request that the mayor rescind his request and continue to allow these very qualified women to express their opinions for the full council to consider.

Marty Grodin


Not Tolowa land

I want to comment on Skylar Windham’s wild claim that the Chetco Indian Memorial site at the port is the Tolowa’s historical territory. In Windham’s Nov. 3 letter, he quotes the Tolowa website as his source of information.

What Windham might not know is that Chetco Indian ancestors lived on the Chetco River for thousands of years before experiencing removal to the Siletz Reservation in 1856. Those Indian people eventually returned to their homeland and have lived in this Chetco River valley forever.

The Tolowa tribe released a Nov. 7 statement acknowledging Windham’s comments, and said that he was exercising his right to free speech (a.k.a. First

Amendment right to discharge false information). What the Tolowa representative failed to mention was that at the port meeting on Oct 23, their very own Smith River Rancheria tribal council member, Jeri Lynn Thompson, was there to support Windham. She escorted him to the meeting, sat and watched him badger port employees, and when he had to be ordered out of the room, she exited the room with him. That doesn’t sound like a neutral position to me.

We Chetco Indian people are not ignorant of our own history, and we understand that our history is entirely different from that of the Tolowas. We know that the historic Chetco village site at the mouth of the Chetco River is our ancestral homeland. We also understand that the Chetco people were never a part of a Tolowa nation, the new moniker they have for themselves. The Chetco Indian people have every right to tell their own story, on their monument, on their ancestral land. Permission from a California tribe is not required.

Jim E. Jordan


Great job

We are just writing to thank the city and Tidewater for the much needed resurfacing of Hub Street. A few neighbors who have lived here for over 10 years told us this is the first time this road has been repaved. It was very much needed and so appreciated. Thank you again Tidewater for a job well done.

Curtis and Rita Haskew

Hub Street residents


The homeless people have turned the library area into a third world slum. Actually they are not really homeless people down on their luck but simply bums and low-life parasites. And when they beg on the corners don’t give them a cent. You are just enabling them.

Here’s my advice to these bums: 1. Take a bath. 2. Get a haircut. 3. Shave. 4. Put in job applications everywhere.

But I don’t think they want to work. They prefer to be bums and parasites.

Bob Friedman


Two questions

I’ve been watching this homeless issue, like many others, for a while now. The increasing numbers with the ever-growing pile of filth, especially at our library, and as a guy who enjoys reading, something stands out, at least for me. Our library (those who use, support and enjoy it) is a kind of sanctuary. A quiet, peaceful and clean place to read, research, reflect, etc.

The users who some refer to as homeless campers, for the most part, are in their situation by choice. It’s not hard to see.

These blights on humanity surround themselves with their trash, garbage and their own feces as though it’s all some sort of trophy field.

I’ll end this with two questions so I don’t appear to be negative here.

First — all of you out there with young children who use our library for their education, what’s your first responsibility here, protecting the vagrants outside our library or protecting your babies?

And second — to the persons in charge of our library who have allowed this to go on, what the heck is wrong with you?

This won’t be fixed by feeble politicians at state or local levels. It’ll be fixed by the folks.

If this offended you, you’re part of the problem.

Jeff McMoran


Keep smiling

They’re back. The rain washed off the chalk smiley faces on the cement wall in Harbor. But that did not stop the chalk artists from replacing them. They also added a few more.

What a blessing to live in a community where people spend their time and talents to make others have a happy day. So, if you are having a gray day, just take a drive to Harbor. Drive to the end of Lower Harbor Road and slowly tum left up onto Benham. You just can not help smiling when you see all the smiley faces on the wall. A great big thank you to the artists from one who really appreciates the smiles.

Doris Westoby