political curve ball

I want to take exception to the recent comments about Clayton Dalrymple: he was an exceptional catcher playing for the Phillies (1960–1968) and the Orioles (1969-1971).

Known for his strong throwing arm, he threw out 48.8 percent of the base runners who attempted a stolen base, second only to Roy Campanella.

The better question is, why does he believe Rush and Hannity in lieu of so much information regarding Trump’s ties to illegal financial activities, money laundering and close contact with operatives from countries that do not have our interest at heart?

You would think he could see a political curve ball or change-up miles away. But he’s not alone. I know several very successful businessmen who I have great respect for who also voted for Trump.

They believed his promise of deregulation and tax reduction would help our country, and they pay no attention to the perils he places our country in when weighed against the potential for increased profit. Somehow their outlook was perverted by their desire to defeat Hillary and grow their business.

Well, I did not want her either, but I’ve always thought Trump to be lower than pond scum.

Like the alcoholic that gets stopped by the police that as soon as he unrolls his window says, “What did you stop me for? I haven’t been drinking.” That’s called fronting yourself off, and that is what Trump does, saying there were millions of illegal votes for Clinton. What he means is that Russian operatives promised him millions of votes when he says lock her up he means ignore my criminal activity.

I just don’t understand the whole thing, but hope he is convicted of crimes that end in his removal from office before all of us are harmed by his actions.

Gary Maceachern


Solutions, not insults

I’m writing in response to Art Moore’s letter to the editor (Pilot, Nov. 1).

He is very quick to offer criticism, but apparently has no solutions of his own. He seems quite satisfied simply hurling insults.

Mr. Dalrymple, of whom Mr. Moore was referring to, is certainly outspoken and therefore open to criticism. However, if criticizing and not offering alternative solutions is all one cares to do, then what is the point?

Saying “I feel sorry about Clay Dalrymple and his Rush Limbaugh view” is disingenuous, and obviously meant as a form of insult.

His play on words, referring to Mr. Dalrymple’s professional baseball career, was also intended to demean, referring to him as a “pitcher — a right winger.”

Please, Mr. Moore, offer your own solutions on making this a better world, and try to do better next time than to simply resort to insults and name calling.

Clayton Johnson

Gold Beach


The money hungry politicians in Colorado, Washington and now Oregon have embraced legalizing marijuana for tax revenues!

They will tell you millions of dollars will go to schools, healthcare, drug rehabilitation and blah, blah, blah.

What a bunch of nonsense! It just creates another money-sucking bureaucracy!

When I was in high school, you could buy a “lid” that made 10 joints for $10. It gave you a rotten headache and a chance to be arrested. Now it’s legal and costs you $60 for three “hits” with THC levels that will put an elephant to sleep.

We were told legalization would make the black market go away. Ha! Josephine County recently reported it’s riddled with illegal pot farms, outrageous traffic issues and armed guards scaring the heck out of the local residents.

In addition, Colorado is learning the cost of licensing, policing and law enforcement exceed the tax revenues promised for our schools. Furthermore, our citizens are becoming a bunch of potheads who can’t work, think slowly and endanger the driving public.

Curry County has more than 10 pot stores. Sheriff Ward warns every chance he gets he doesn’t have resources to deal with our current issues, let alone the new problems plaguing Josephine County.

I support medical marijuana and know many whose lives are improved, but there are no identified benefits of recreational use and many studies to the contrary. Heroin and opioid abuse come to mind.

So wake up Oregonians, it’s not too late for some ‘clear-eyed’ rational thinking to reverse direction. Call your representatives.

Dee Tyson


We are not stupid

Currently, some in Congress are feverishly slapping together a tax-cut bill.

How stupid do these representatives think American taxpayers are? For example:

•In the era of ID theft are we really going to buy into the scam of filing our tax returns on a postcard?

•Annually, 5,200 heirs of estates will pay taxes on the amount over $5.49 million dollars. Why should the rest of us care if a few have to pay taxes on income they didn’t earn?

•It doesn’t take an act of Congress to lower corporate taxes. Companies could raise the wages of their employees or keep jobs from going overseas. And as a bonus, the wages are tax deductible from federal, state and local taxes.

We have a lot of important things Congress needs to work on instead of tax cuts.

There is an avalanche of Baby Boomers who will be heavily relying on sustainable Social Security and Medicare programs. Our infrastructure needs rebuilding. We are losing more than 15,000 Americans a year to the opioid crisis. We need to pay down the debt — not add to it with tax cuts from wealthy donors financing their next campaign.

Please, call your Congressman and let them know you are not stupid.

Vikki Nuss


Caps for Kids

Winter is fast approaching and so are the holidays!

This is the time of year to distribute caps to KIDS and grownups who need them to keep their heads warm.

I’d like to thank the wonderful men and women who spend so many hours to supply our group with caps as well as stuffed dolls and animals, afghans and yarn so we can continue to make and give away our wonderful projects.

I will be bringing a collection container to the Chetco Activity Center on Nov. 15 and will collect it on Dec. 15. You can use this container to put yarn and your finished items in.

All of our items are made with donated yarn. We cannot continue making and distributing our caps without donated yarn.

We collected enough yarn in 2016 to distribute 729 items in our communities. I’m hoping we will be able to reach the same goal in 2017!

Thank you, everyone!

Yvette Mostachetti

Coordinator of CAPS FOR KIDS in

Curry County