The day after the election, I received the following email from Mayor Jake Pieper:

“Ms. Michel,

“Over the past several months, on more than one occasion, you have made public comments at City Council Meetings that were inappropriate for city committee appointee. Disagreements and passionate civil discourse are valuable things, but railing against city leadership in the fashion that you chose was unacceptable. I showed restraint in waiting until after the election and now will ask for your resignation.

“If you can get it to me by the end of the business day tomorrow, that would be great. If not, I will ask the city manager to put your possible removal on our next council meeting.

“Thank you

“Jake Pieper


I was both shocked and appalled. First shocked, as I consider my comments when addressing city council very carefully. True, my style is direct and I don’t mince words, but I don’t consider anything I’ve said to be inappropriate. The mayor’s assertion that my comments were inappropriate for “city committee appointee” is troubling. The inference is that as such, I relinquish my 1st Amendment rights when I volunteer. I find that inference very disturbing. The shock comes from watching the attempted silencing of ideas that are different than his. Our form of government not only allows for free expression of differing political points of view but is actually dependent on it. It is not only my right, but my duty as a citizen to speak up when I think my government is not working in the best interests of all of its citizens. It’s my obligation as a good constituent to remind my representatives that they work for we, the people, not the other way around. Silencing one’s critics is not the mark of good governance; it’s the realm of petty despots. The videos of the past council meetings are available on the City’s website if you care to watch. The city council will vote on this on Tuesday.

Candice Michel


Accept and move on

Over a month ago I submitted a letter to the editor (copy attached) which was not published and was not given any reason why.

I’ve also filed a complaint with your current television section that doesn’t provide sports events but gives detailed information on cooking shows and this was during the World Series, start of basketball, college football, etc.

My main point is that every proposal on the ballot I voted for was defeated and every one I voted against was passed. Did you see riots in the streets, people burning down businesses, protests blocking traffic, yelling at the sky or wearing safety pins because their party or candidate lost?

The answer is no. This is just accepting results and moving on.

I’m very pleased that the candidates I supported for our local positions were elected.

I also wonder why we as a city, county, state or nation need to pass laws to prevent or outlaw people disobeying the norms of society.

Allan W. Stewart


Trump owns it

The writer absolving Trump for the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre because he has Jewish family members evidently hasn’t spoken to his own Jewish neighbors about the issue. It’s not the “Never Trumper Media” blaming him — it’s us.

Pittsburgh wasn’t an aberration, it was a culmination.With Trump’s election, anti-Jewish hate crimes exploded nationwide — synagogue arsons, bomb threats, cemetery desecrations and the like soared 57 percent last year, per the Anti-Defamation League, and have spiraled even higher this year.

Why? Because Trump deliberately, eagerly empowered the white nationalist segment of America. White supremacists believe Jews want to destroy Christian America by opening the borders to nonwhite immigrants as part of a globalist conspiracy (“globalist” being far-right code for “Jewish”). Trump openly campaigned on globalist conspiracy theories.

Of course, nationalists were overjoyed by Trump’s tacit endorsement of their views on immigrants, minorities and Jews. The neo-Nazis in Charlottesville chanted “Jews will not replace us” — and Trump called them “very fine people.” TrumpWorld spreads comprehensive lies about Jewish philanthropist George Soros (the “Prince of Darkness”) financing everything from refugee caravans to Kavanaugh protesters and then shrugs when a Trump-worshipping bomber makes Soros his first assassination target (even before Obama and Clinton).

Trump considers American Jews “ungrateful” because 80 percent of us oppose him despite his support for Israel. We know his Israel policy is dictated by his coveted evangelical base, which has Biblical reasons for it, and by right-wing Israelis who agree with his worldview regarding Muslims.

Whether Trump is personally anti-Semitic is as irrelevant as The Kiddies being Jewish. Fact is, he has intentionally unleashed the forces of anti-Semitism in this country for his own political benefit, and American Jews have now died violently as a result. He owns that.

Mike Gaynes


Job left undone

I am a 78-year-old female. I have rotten siding/paneling on my home with open holes with daylight shining through.

I climbed up my wobbly extension ladder and was able to staple some plastic bags over some of the holes but I cannot reach the holes with the daylight shining through them high up over the attic. Rain will be blowing in, ruining the structure and the inside plasterboard that lies below those holes.

A contractor started on this job this summer but because of illness he apparently is unable to continue this project.

I have extensive rotten siding that will need to be removed and replaced, I suspect there is also structural damage to the home.

I have been unable to find a contractor so once again my home will have to suffer more rain damage to its paneling and structure.

Now I know why some people are having to live in a house that has collapsed around them. No one wants or is able to work on it.

No hurry in Curry is there.

Sheila Chambers


Tough love

Thanks to the people who generated the new policy for the (Brookings) library. This should make the staff and patrons of the library feel a little safer. It should reduce the possibilities of confrontation, intimidation, and harassment. It should result in a cleaner facility, inside and out. It should allow the landscape to flourish. Unfortunately, it won’t help the homeless issues. That is a much larger societal issue. A few people inherit a good life and a few suffer catastrophic events but the vast majority of people are exactly where they deserve to be because of the choices they have made during their lifetime.

There needs to be a larger emphasis placed upon knowing the difference between helping someone and enabling them. The old “teach them to fish instead of giving them a fish” concept. People have more respect for items earned than for items gifted. The term “tough love” comes to mind.

Larry Demry


Where’s the report?

I am sincerely doubting that this will be printed.

When is the Democrat Party going to shut Maxine Waters up and others like her to stop calling for accosting anyone who doesn’t think the same as they? This Antifs crap needs to stop. They need to be arrested and put in jail minimum six months... lose their jobs, if they have one.

These jerks will soon confront someone who will not back down. Then they can bury their dead and whine and cry, and they will, but they can do it in a jail cell with a big, real bad ... next to them.

And don’t forget Tim Kaine, Hillary’s choice for vice president; son is a member of Antifa.

Where is the reporting on this?

Sharon Henry

Gold Beach

What is a veteran

Talk with kids about veterans to help them understand what makes a veteran. Tomorrow is the perfect day to start because it’s Veterans Day, a day to honor and give thanks to those who have served and are serving in the military. Sandwiched between the excitement of Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veterans Day can sometimes go unnoticed by kids and it’s important that they understand its significance.

Adults often describe veterans as soldiers, people who wear uniforms and live on military bases. Of course, these things are true, but they can be very abstract for kids who aren’t familiar with military families. It’s likely that kids encounter many veterans on a regular basis; they just might not realize it. After all, there are over 3,100 veterans living here in Curry County today.

You might consider talking with your kids about:

• People they know who are veterans (family, friends, school staff, church members, store clerks, etc.). They’re everywhere.

• The job of a soldier (what it’s like to be a soldier).

• Things soldiers sacrifice to keep our country free (family time, holidays, special events with their children, personal safety).

• Freedoms that we have as Americans.

Be a model for your children. When you see a veteran, simply say, “Thank you.” Our kids learn from us, so talk with them about why you say thank you to the soldier at the grocery store and the soldier you pass in the airport. It is such a simple act of gratitude, but it means a lot.

There are some very simple age-appropriate ways to teach young kids to show respect and appreciation to veterans. Find these activities, teaching resources, and some free printables at

And if you see a veteran selling poppies, please buy one and wear it proudly.

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