They love taxes

After many years of reading in the Pilot’s Police Log reports of shots fired, loud noises and explosions heard, I have finally figured out the cause.

These were all caused by liberal/socialists/progressive/leftists having their heads explode because the Republicans passed a tax cut/tax reform bill. Even Bernie Sanders said in response to a question on CNN “Yes, it is a very good thing and that’s why we should have made the tax breaks for the middle class permanent.”

Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like.

Allan W. Stewart


Vote yes on 101

For all voters in Curry County, regardless of party affiliation, whether liberal or conservative, progressive or libertarian, Measure 101 presents an opportunity to join together to provide for our shared need for health care.

A critical access hospital, Curry General is a waivered hospital and thus not subject to the .7 percent assessment on net revenue that will be imposed on large hospitals and medical centers elsewhere in Oregon. A yes vote has no negative impact on our hospital.

One in four Oregonians are low-income adults, children and families and individuals with disabilities who today rely on Medicaid. The percentage of Curry County residents who do is much higher. Medicaid reimbursements account for a substantial percentage of revenue for our Curry Health Network.

A yes vote provides preventive health care and reduces unpaid-for emergency room visits, emergency room visits that would otherwise result in bad debts — unpaid invoices for services the hospital is required to provide. Thus, a no vote deprives our hospital of revenue it needs to thrive.

Yes, Measure 101 keeps in place legislation that might not be perfect, legislation that does not impose the 1.5 percent tax on all corporations and insurance programs. But it is legislation designed to benefit residents of rural counties such as ours, at a greater expense to those living in urban areas.

So, be smart. Don’t be swayed by political slogans and partisan spin. Vote our collective self interest. Vote yes on Measure 101.

Carl King

Gold Beach


In response to a recent Letter to the Editor regarding the new recycle bins: I, too, am so aggravated I could spit fire and chew nails.

We were told the bins would have no bigger footprint than our regular cans. The bin delivered to me is much larger; taller and bigger around. It is nearly as big as I am. I was going to elect not to recycle but learned I would be charged $3.75 per month even if I elected not to take the service. Is this legal?

This bin has created a real quandary for me. If I put it in my two-car garage, one of my automobiles would need to be left out. The CCR’s of the homeowner’s association of which I am a member forbids the trash receptacle be left out. I have no backyard to speak of, so that is not an option.

It would seem reasonable to me that we should have our choice of the new large receptacles or the former bins. Many I know are so frustrated with CTR that they are canceling their service completely and electing to haul their refuse to Crescent City. They tell me fees are assessed by the pound and even considering gas, it is still far less costly than CTR.

Do others feel as I feel?

Judie Hanson