Adult Store Credibility
On April 5, an article was published in the Pilot about the new adult store that opened recently on Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor and I have some questions regarding the credibility of the article.
Why, of the three people quoted in the article, are two of them not even residents of Brookings or Harbor, but rather of Gold Beach and Nesika Beach? Why weren’t more Brookings-Harbor residents, people whom it would affect more greatly, asked their opinions of the business? Why, of all of the sources available for this article, did the writer fail to mention whether they had attempted to reach the owner for comment?
One of the writer’s sources mentioned a concern about an increase in crime. Why weren’t readers given any information about the legitimacy of that claim? A 2004 study concluded that the presence of an erotic nightclub does not increase the number of reported crimes in the club’s surrounding area (Linz et al., 2004). Mind you, that’s nightclubs, not just a locally owned adult store.
One of the biggest concerns I have with the article is the sharp left turn I was forced to take, as a reader, from “adult store” to “sex-trafficking.” How did we even get there, if not to sensationalize the issue? I don’t mean to discount the seriousness of the matter of sex-trafficking; on the contrary, I believe the writer of the article should do it justice and publish an entire article about the issue, rather than shoehorn it into half of an article about a simple adult store.
Hoping for a brighter future
I am a 98-year-old resident of Brookings and have hopes still for a brighter future. The following is an idea of mine to solve the illegal immigration problem.
Because of the crisis on our southern border with Mexico, an idea occurred to me that could possibly alleviate this complex problem. I propose that every member of Congress and state and local legislators that support illegal immigration and wishes to admit aliens outside of established laws become a sponsor of a family of immigrants wanting to enter the country without following the immigration process.
This would entail taking them into their homes, housing them, clothing them, feeding them, providing for health care, and seeing that their children receive necessary immunizations for their children’s education. This would also provide the compassionate, patriotic sponsors of these families the opportunity to learn the immigrant’s native tongue for open communication.
I would hope that this proposal would provide a good future for the immigrant families and, in addition, provide a good home for every new birth of the immigrant family. Think of this like an “Adopt an Immigrant Family” program. This compassionate gesture guarantees that when each member of the adopted family attains voting age, a vote for the Democratic ticket will be all but assured. How secure would this be for the future of the Democratic Party?
By doing the above, each sponsor elected official provides a haven for the illegals, an opportunity to become bilingual, become a patriot for their party and, importantly, takes the burden off society, which has borne the cost of illegal immigration for years. This proposal will also provide each sponsor legislator to be the compassionate individual that they envision and proclaim themselves to be.
I sincerely hope my suggestion reaches our local leaders advocating for sanctuary state status to begin an earnest effort in becoming a home sponsor and leads them to the adoption of an immigrant family.
Barbara Wieneke Brookings
Medical Service needs expansion
Brookings, Harbor should definitely have more expanded medical services based solely on population, demographics. Let’s look at some factors to figure out why that’s not the case:
1. South County has never been willing to spend anything towards the betterment of its own medical services.
2. Overwhelmingly, any proposals, including those from CHN, have been promptly scoffed and soundly rejected.
3. Hospitals and ER’s do cost money, lots of money. If a community isn’t willing to self contribute, then why would their neighbors be expected to do so?
4. In the real world of rural communities, it becomes a case of you get what you pay for.
5. Maybe it’s time South County stops criticizing those surrounding them and finally makes a serious commitment towards its own health and welfare.