So its been over a year since the Chetco Bar Fire went through our property up on Gardner Ridge and I drove out of the flames. But that was nothing compared to the aftermath. I’m talking about the loggers and logging trucks that daily nearly run my wife and I off the road.
Nearly every day we come around a corner and they are in our lane driving at excessive speeds. I have had my side mirror knocked off, been driven into the dirt on the side of the road and nearly laid down my motorcycle to avoid head-on collisions.
We have complained to South Coast Lumber, we have filed complaints with the sheriff but if things do change it’s only for a few days then back to the same. Well, I have decided to deal with it myself, so for now on if I have to avoid someone in my lane, I will consider it an assault and will deal with you personally — you’ve been warned.
I was watching a news program where the newscaster was talking about some of the tragedy’s this year:
The Camp fire in Paradise, California. High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just to name a few.
I started thinking, isn’t one of the main, if not the most important function of a government to protect its citizens? If that’s my premise, federal, state and local governments are failing us.
The Paradise fire (84 dead, 14,378 homes destroyed) was similar to the fire in Arrowhead/Big Bear, California, many years ago. EI Nino conditions caused massive overgrowth of trees. Independent forest management stated “It’s a fire hazard” and should have mechanical thinning of the trees. Oh no. You can’t touch the forest.
Arrowhead/Big Bear burned down like Paradise. Paradise had bad fires in 1951, 1964, 1990, 1999 and 2000.
Did the government learn anything?
Parkland shooting.Two people called the FBI hotline to tell them about Nikolas Cruz. One student called a month before the shooting, telling them a wealth of information about Cruz. Selling weapons in school, thrown out of school, threatened to kill several students, name/address of Cruz and much more.
After the shooting, a FBI spokesman said on national TV “We (the FBI) dropped the ball, we apologize.” Deputy Peterson hid behind a wall when the shots were being fired. Local police were called to the Cruz’s house 37 times in one year — 17 murdered 14 injured.
Las Vegas massacre — 59 killed over 500 injured. A lot of unanswered questions? Need I say more?
Anyone can be a hindsight critic. However, when one looks hard at the facts, I feel our governments are failing to protect us. In today’s political atmosphere, both parties are too concerned with unessential unnecessary agenda’s. Governments are dropping the ball.
Andrew T. Ragan
“Lung cancer screening saves Veterans lives”
The above headline is from a March 2018 VA article about lung cancer screening the VA is performing at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Florida. Cardio-Thoracic Radiologist Dr. Maria Harvey is quoted saying that “low dose computed tomography (LDCT) is already saving lives at Bay Pines.”
I brought this article to Roseburg VA’s Director Dave Whitmer’s attention at his first Brookings Townhall Meeting last May.
Whitmer informed that he would look into making this screening available through community providers.
The Bay Pines article states that: “The Veterans Health Administration recommends annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT for adults aged 55 to 80 years old, who have a history of smoking 30 or more packs of cigarettes per year, who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years, and have a life expectancy of more than 5 years.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs website does provide information about lung/respiratory cancers as related to veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean Demilitarized zone or other areas where Agent Orange or other herbicides were sprayed.
Whitmer informed that I could go to Bay Pines for this screening when I went to visit my daughter in Fort Meyers, and that the snowbirds come down from Chicago and take advantage of this screening opportunity.
In an email to the director, I stated that “Oregon veterans lives matter.” I did some investigation, Assante in Medford has a LDCT scanner and they accept Veterans Choice payment.
Dec. 4 will be Whitmer’s last Brookings townhall meeting. It is my hope that Whitmer will announce the Roseburg VA’s initiative to launch an informational campaign to veterans and physicians and offer LDCT lung cancer screening to veterans here.