Strapped Budget

I found interesting on Saturday’s Pilot front page, two articles addressing the County’s “strapped budget” situation. A committee was formed to come up with funding sources, but in actually seemed more interested in how they were going to spend the money, than how they proposed obtaining it. The second article addressed a proposal for a lodging tax on the May ballot for a 7 percent tax to be used to pay for tourism promotion, an event center and the always broke Sheriff. Let me see if I really understand this, you’re going spend money to entice people to come here and then penalize them with a new tax when they get here. Some how the rationale escapes me. Maybe the toll booth supervisor Paasch suggests at the border would help fund this too.

On your back page you have relatively new Commissioner Boice and not even a month old Commissioner Paasch asking for their pay to be increased $20,000.00 and $58,600-00 respectively. My question is, when you run for office don’t you inquire what the salary is? Also Paasch you never mentioned when you campaigned that you would ask for an immediate raise? Sue Gold and Tom Huxley were Saints compared to these two. It’s no wonder our County is hurting for cash. Boice doesn’t have a clue as to what a budget is – or just doesn’t care and does what he pleases be damn. His daily trips to help assist the four major agencies managing the last fire I’m sure was greatly appreciated. I guess his experience as a boat driver helps in fire control.

I was under the impression that the county was “strapped for cash” but the accountant said there was carry over money to pay for everything. And County Counsel said Boice’s excesses could be taken care of with a “friendly amendment” (whatever that is) to the budget committee. Maybe a “friendly amendment” could resolve the other shortages too.?

With controversial issues like these, the tax payers will never pass a tax increase in this County, and rightly so. We have more of a management problem than a financial one.

N. Sprague

Brookings

Fiber artists

Attention Fiber Artists, including Knitters, Hookers (Crocheters), Spinners, Weavers, Quilters, Seamstresses, Embroiders, and Needlepointers. Now that you’ve finished your Holiday projects, rested your hands, and did all those tasks you let slide to finish creating all those home-made gifts, it’s not too early to think about projects for the Curry County Fair at the end of July.

In fact, your entry can double as an opportunity to get a jump on next Christmas’ gifts. Perhaps recipients of your creations will appreciate them even more as award winners. Or submit your charity projects to the Fair before donating them.

Many of us make things year-round but don’t think about entering them in the Fair. Perhaps fearing we won’t win a prize; not wanting to seem to be a show-off; thinking the work’s not good enough to enter; or believing submitting and retrieving entries is a hassle. Whatever has kept you from entering, I’d like you to rethink that.

There’ a larger reason to enter your works in the Fair. By showing your creations in the Fair you encourage and promote these arts. Your work may spark others’ imaginations or inspire them to do something similar. Whether you win a prize or not, you’ll be part of preserving hand-made products and connecting past generations with future ones in a meaningful way.

So please consider sharing your chosen fiber art with others at the Fair…and keep alive the chain that’s been going for hundreds of years. Hope to see you at the Fair.

Dianne Daniels

Gold Beach

Generous donors

I am writing to thank Brookings residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Brookings and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Brookings shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Operation Christmas Child

coast guard

I have no idea how many-or whether-Federal Government employees in our fair city and county have been affected by the recent shutdown. However, I understand that the men and women serving in the U.S. Coast Guard are among those who felt the pinch of delayed wage checks.

On the evening of Jan. 24, my sister and I were sitting in my pickup at the Port of Brookings listening to the broadcast of a basketball game. We observed personnel of the local Coast Guard unit were practicing maneuvers just off the mouth of the Chetco. We commented to one another on the dedication of those “Coasties” who, notwithstanding the tenuousness of their collective financial security were persisting in the training that enables them to come to the rescue of sport fishermen, commercial fishermen and recreational boaters whose equipment and common sense failures put them at the mercy of the wild and highly unpredictable Pacific Ocean.

Would that all employees of the federal government had the same commitment to their respective assignments and responsibilities as our own local U.S. Coast Guard personnel. Kudos and heartfelt “attaboys” to those brave souls who risk their own lives and well-being to come to the aid of folks they don’t even know.

James L. Marks

Brookings

Lost revenue

Starting in the 90’s, Oregon counties knew that the timber revenues were going to end. Did our government bureaucrats do anything about this loss for decades? No.

A few years ago, Curry County really needed money (gee, isn’t that new). The county tightened their belt, however, not enough. They also found some ways to generate a few more tax revenues.

Now, the Curry County commissioners are broke and are trying to come up with new tax plans. As far as I know, Curry County commissioners are still making $60,000-plus a year salary. Maybe that’s a good place to cut spending.

One such idea from the commissioners ( Pilot, Jan. 26) was to have a toll booth at our state border and charge a tax to vehicles coming into Curry County. Really. Like I stated, timber tax revenues were going to end for

decades. And this is one of their better ideas? Oregonians do not like taxes. Most tax increases put to a vote are defeated.

And, what about our state money problem? Gov. Kate Brown stated, “We are broke and the state needs more tax revenue.” At the same time, Oregon’s “kicker” law kicked in (pun intended). When Oregon

revenue surplus exceeds over 2 percent of the budget, that excess has to be given back to Oregonians. I got $95 of my tax money back. Riddle me this: Governor Brown, how can we be broke and in the same year have

an excess of tax money at the same time?

Andrew T. Ragan

Brookings

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