Sacrifice and heart

Mr. Fitzgerald and two citizen objectors appeared before the Board of Commissioners (Oct. 4) to speak in opposition to the travel policy. “It was a punitive attack on a commissioner doing his job as commissioner.”

Does Fitzgerald really believe that Commissioner Court Boice using his own car within the perimeters of Curry County is being punished? Both Commissioners Huxley and Gold drive their cars all the time and don’t feel persecuted. The policy objective is to restrict excessive spending, prevalent in the past. Boice voted against the policy and the hiring of a county administrator.

Boice’s emotional outburst was a performance worthy of an Emmy Award for drama and was reported in great detail. Did commissioners want him to “ride on a horse?” Boasting, “I’m man enough to walk to Brookings if I have to.”

The statements below will show that he is not man enough to drive one of the vehicles he owns. The following information was deemed not newsworthy by reporter Stebbins. Boice owns a 20-year-old truck that has sentimental value and “a 20-year-old Mercedes of equal sentimental value. I won’t use them.” Will recalcitrant Boice reconsider his position particularly, as he represents “the people who pack lunchboxes to work, the single moms … the vets.”

In the end, two commissioners capitulated to include an emergency exception clause.

I believe that, during any tragedy, especially “citizens who just got hosed” in the Chetco Bar fire, a little personal sacrifice and heart might be in order.

Why is it always about spending other people’s money, an abhorrence of restrictions, oversight and accountability?

Yvonne Maitland


Toxic chetco?

Are hundreds of unregulated campfires created every summer by campers along the banks and beaches of the Chetco River poisoning Brookings’ municipal water supplies and residents?

After surveying hundreds of campfire pits in Oregon over the past 10 years, it’s rare to find a pit that is free from burned plastic and other garbage. Even in official wilderness areas I find burned plastic packaging. The EPA has known since 2000 burning plastic and other garbage in burn barrels and other unregulated fires produces more dioxins than any other source in the USA.

Dioxins are some of the most carcinogenic compounds known to humans and all animal life. This is not taking into account heavy metals and other toxins produced from these unregulated fires. Although some agencies issue occupational warnings to recreational technicians about the hazards of cleaning toxic fire pits, the forest service, county and state does not enforce “no garbage burning” laws for regulated and unregulated camp sites.

This dangerous behavior is likely not only poisoning Brookings’ municipal water supplies but all marine life downriver as well as in the bay. The quickest short-term solution to prevent these carcinogenic compounds from getting into our water, fish, wildlife and our bodies is to ban all unregulated campfires along the banks of the Chetco River (all Oregon’s streams) with strict enforcement, strictly enforce no garbage burning laws at official campgrounds and ban burn barrels across the state.

Shannon Wilson

Echo Advocates NW