Groupthink mentality

I attended the Brookings City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 25. I left that meeting with a sense of disappointment and frustration.

At the meeting, Councilor Dennis Triglia proposed a “Resolution Declaring Brookings a Welcoming and Inclusive City that Respects and Appreciates All Residents.”

In the resolution’s background summary, it is stated that “the purpose of Resolution 17-R-1122 is to reaffirm the city’s commitment to providing municipal services in a discrimination-free, respectful, legal and safe manner to all members of our community.”

Mayor Jake Pieper spoke first and addressed his concern that the term “inclusive city” was a euphemism for “sanctuary city.” Councilor Triglia explained that this was not the case and that in fact, any inclusive city resolution must contain the city’s commitment to comply with the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.

Still, the cloud of suspicion lingered. The councilmen didn’t like the “connotation” that the council was “leaning in this direction,” that they would be “painted with a certain political bent.”

Mayor Pieper claimed “We’ve always stayed non-political.” Councilor Hamilton wanted to “see where things go in the next few days with the White House’s proposal.” (Non-political?) The councilors claimed that they’ve never known of any hate crimes in the city and that Brookings is already inclusive.

The resolution was unanimously rejected as being unnecessary and inappropriate. It’s a sad day in these divisive times when the re-affirmation of social equality, mutual respect and inclusiveness within our community is met with such skepticism. It is my opinion that the Brookings City Council is afflicted with confirmation bias and a “groupthink” mentality.

Rose Mantle


WWII exhibit at VFW

Regarding the VFW Post 966 celebration of VFW Day and Black History Month/Benjamin O. Davis (World War II hero): Thank You Fred Meyer for the community cake and beverages enjoyed by all. The Benjamin O. Davis Jr. WWII exhibit will remain available to view for an additional week.

Please call in advance 541-412-7214.

Rick Bremer, commander

VFW Post 966


Eclipse and animals

On Aug. 21, when the moon started to invade the sun a little after 9 a.m., I went outside, my special sunglasses in my pocket.

Now and then I looked up into the sky to watch the progress. Toward 10 a.m., it got darker. I listened and turned my head to see where the noise was coming from. There, by the wild rose bush, I saw a tiny hummingbird hovering over the flower and with its long beak extracting the nectar. Then I saw another, sitting on a leaf with its wings spread; the wings were almost transparent, and as I moved closer, they seemed not to get startled and remained at the rose bush. I was puzzled; baby hummingbirds don’t fly and they would fly off when being approached.

Also, spreading their wings when at rest was unusual. I looked at the rose bush; the birds were gone. I waited, but they did not return; this was strange.

I went to the library and discovered that what I saw was not a bird at all, but a moth. Because of its colorful appearance and its activity to drink nectar with its long beak, it is called a hummingbird moth, a nocturnal insect that only comes out at dusk or a very dark cloudy day — so that is why it was out the morning of the eclipse.

These little insects are found in North America and Canada in the summer. They hide in the cold weather and are seldom seen during the day.

So, if it were not because of the eclipse, I might have never come to see these pretty little insects that I thought were birds.

M. Lisa Flatebo