Unable to manage

I’ve met Commissioner (Christopher) Paasch at his ranch and he’s a very nice person. But I wouldn’t vote for him for county commissioner because I believed that he hadn’t lived in Curry County long enough to understand how it works (or doesn’t). His comment on the firing of our just-hired county administrator, “I ran on a platform of not having a county administrator. We’ve been very successful without one,” proves exactly that.

It’s historically demonstrated that the county commissioners, as a rule, are incapable of managing the county, starting at least with Commissioner (Ralph) Brown, who stated in a public meeting that he wanted to vote to change zoning ordinances because it would benefit him, to Commissioner (Maryln) Schaefer, about whom I’ll simply say de mortuis nil nisi bonum, to Commissioners (Bill) Waddle and (George) Rhodes who had no interest in following the laws concerning renovations at the airport and threatened employees who reported their malfeasance, to Commissioner (David Brock) “Windmill” Smith who chose to ignore the counsel of a 30-year veteran wind power engineer that one windmill does not a wind farm make, while spending much of his time in Salem greasing the skids to become state representative, to Commissioner (Thomas) Huxley who chose to mis-micromanage county departments and disappear during the Chetco Bar Fire, and Commissioner (Sue) Gold who apparently chose to join him in keeping her head down during the fire and then helped him to file a frivolous lawsuit against the only working commissioner.

Michael R. Pitts-Campbell

Brookings

Hodgepodge mess

On Jan. 19, women around the world will be marching for equal rights, a cause I firmly believe in. I joined the march last year in Brookings. I won’t be joining in this year.

This year it has morphed into a hodgepodge mess. When everyone just piles on, it dilutes everyone’s message. Equal rights for women are over 200 years late. I will always stand up for women’s rights. As for the rest of them, I have no idea what they stand for.

Maggie Burton

Brookings

Clean up mess

Per The Oregonian/OregonLive Gov. (Kate) Brown’s husband has sent a bill to President Trump for $28 for cleaning up some toilets at Mount Hood while snowboarding, since federal employees are not working during the government shut down.

My question is: How much would he charge to clean up the mess his wife has created during her term in office? Bet it would be more than the cost to build a wall.

Perhaps he could start in Portland and clean up that toilet.

Allan W. Stewart

Brookings

Same position

I have to write in response to a recent letter stating that I changed my position within seven days. I believe that the writer of that letter must not be a thinker just a reactor.

In my first letter, I asked why Trump did not get his funding from his fellow Republicans in the first two years while they had complete control of both houses. In my second letter, I stated that because you would need a two-thirds majority of both houses it would be impossible to override a Trump veto and that it was the Republicans that would prevent the override.

In both letters, I pointed out that the Republicans were the reason Trump did not get his wall and why the legislative branch would not be able to reopen the government. No change of position.

John Bischoff

Brookings

Obvious option

This letter is a response to Tim Palmer’s recent five-point (Public Forum) piece regarding what can be done to protect those of us in Curry County from forest fires. Palmer is a prolific author and is widely traveled, though those qualifications don’t appear to translate into sound solutions for the safety of our citizens.

I find it enlightening that the one option never listed in these discussions is to simply extinguish forest fires when they are first discovered. Those that have kept up with the Chetco Bar Fire and the Klondike Fire are aware that when each was on the verge of being extinguished at the onset of the fire, personnel were removed from the fire scene. To those that remember, this is similar to what occurred during the Repeater Fire.

Local agencies that have fire responsibilities in Curry County have a solid record of safely extinguishing fires at their outset; on the other hand, when the U.S. Forest Service becomes involved, there is a demonstrated lack of concern for their own fire personnel safety (though they say otherwise) and of course, the safety of the citizens of Curry County. They just let the fires burn and increase in size.

I believe there is value and merit in evaluating these past fire incidents on the basis of what actually happened on the ground rather than simply adhering to the overwhelming drumbeat of a contrived narrative.

Independent, critical thinking is always in fashion. Contrived narratives … not so much.

Cam Lynn

Brookings

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