Lent meatless diet

March 6 marks the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham. Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen White all followed the divine call. Pope Francis has been offered a $1 million donation to a charity of his choice to go vegan for Lent.

A plant-based diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented routine mutilation, deprivation and beating of animals on factory farms.

Today’s supermarkets offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering “vegan” in our favorite search engine provides lots of suitable products, recipes, and transition tips.

Carlton Caswell


Meet the Tweedles

(Editor’s note: The following letter was published recently with the incorrect signature. We are publishing it again in its entirety with the correct author’s signature. )

Should we thank those folks who had a tent and waved flags on Chetco Avenue? Because now we have Tweedledee pushing a toll booth at our border with California and Tweedledum pushing a consumption tax.

Aside from historical prohibitions, U.S. 101 is an interstate highway. Curry County has no authority over any state or interstate highway. If “Dee” learned anything from all the states where he’s lived, he would know that turnpike fees and bridge tolls are spent on roads. That revenue could not cover budget shortfalls, never mind the Tweedles’ increases in expenditures (Is Tweedledee really going to Washington?).

Then, there’s Tweedledum. Let’s put wild horses in our national wilderness. “Dum’s” expertise as a jet boat pilot ensures that he knows this will work. He also knows what’s best for our county because his parents and grandparents lived here. So, Dum increases staff, salary and benefit costs; shuns accountability; jeopardizes county liability; and promotes proposals from outside counties. Tweedledum’s expertise includes dismantling qualified, volunteer Curry County fiscal committees. What about our sheriff, who endorsed both Tweedles, yet strongly opposes the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance?

The “Tweedles” evidently don’t need input from their constituents, particularly the two-thirds in 97415.

Do the Tweedles know how many citizens live in unincorporated areas of our county? How many families live off the grid? How many children in Curry County are enrolled in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? It is delusional to think it’s a good idea to implement a consumption tax.

Subsidizing the Curry Health District’s implementation of locking all of 97415 into high risk/high cost emergency-room-only health care by taxing prepared foods is beyond comprehension.

Perhaps with a mandate that future county candidates pass competency/literacy tests as well as background checks we could all wave flags.

Ed McDonald


SUtter Coast ER

Thanks for Sutter Coast Hospital’s decision to contract with new emergency room providers who accept many local insurances, thus reducing our co-pays by being in-network, should be expressed directly to Dr. Greg Duncan and Dr. Kevin Caldwell who have worked long an hard for this needed change.

For more information, you can go online to: Del Norte Healthcare District website.

Thank you Duncan and Caldwell for the many hours you have spent helping our community. You and your efforts are very appreciated.

Joi Gleason


Kite spectators

To the 10,000-plus spectators we have each year at the Southern Oregon Kite Festival. Yes, the Kite Festival will be held this year at the Port of Brooking/Harbor and, yes, this will be our 27th year on July 20-21.

For some unknown reason, there have been rumors going around that the Kite Festival would not be held this year — untrue. With the co-operation of the Curry County Road Department, City of Brookings, Brookings/Harbor School District and The Port of Brookings/Harbor, the 27th annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival applications have been submitted, approved and scheduled.

We look forward to another great year of unbelievable kite flying both indoor and out.

See you there.

John Curtis

SOKF chairman

Dog Licensing

Did you know that when you license your dog here in our community, 100 percent of that licensing fee goes directly to the care of Curry County’s rescued animals? Yes, that’s right — every penny.

The revenue collected from dog licenses is a huge part of our operating budget at Wild Rivers Animal Rescue and is crucial to supporting our mission: providing a safe and compassionate environment for cats and dogs until a loving forever home is found.

Your dollars from a single license will feed one dog for three weeks, provide for rabies and DHLPP vaccines, help with spay and neuter costs, and support life-saving veterinary care.

Of course, the primary beneficiary of a license is your four-legged best friend, him or herself. That identifying tag affixed to a collar is helpful getting your dog safely home if he is lost, and the annual renewal reminder ensures your dog’s rabies vaccine is up to date.

So please, don’t forget to license your dog, whether she has been a long-time companion, or he is a new addition to the family. It’s a win for your best friend and for the rescued animals of Curry County.

Thank you.

Kim Schlack

Wild Rivers Animal Rescue