How to help, Liberal extremism, shelter changes Letters to the Editor 9-2-17

How can we help?
As I watch with the rest of the nation in shock and horror at the devastation in Houston, I am wondering why I am not seeing anyone in Lane County collecting blankets, bedding, shoes, clothes, water, etc., for the victims?

I am blood type O, Rh negative, which I hear is being requested. But how do I donate for that cause?

My husband and I are offering to drive whatever we can collect to Eugene for flight to Texas (where is that expensive U of O plane?)

I know the Red Cross is asking for financial donations but that won’t replace a piece of cardboard under a child’s head with a pillow.

How can we help?
Phyllis Holmes
Florence

Liberal extremism destroying our fabric
In the recent letter to the Editor, Florence is Better Than This, (Aug. 30), I found it interesting how letter writer Nancy Rickard managed to blame President Trump for the actions of an obviously bigoted, ignorant individual in Florence.

I feel this attitude that it’s someone else’s fault has become a core principle held by many liberals (aka Progressives).

Just witness the ever-increasing number of socialist positions espoused by liberal Democrats. A good example is the ongoing healthcare debate. Let’s say there’s someone in their 60s who smoked for 40-plus years, knowing full well that they were slowly destroying their health.

Why, then, should taxpayers contribute to help that individual receive expensive medical treatment for lung cancer or emphysema that comes as a result?

Another blatantly socialist position has been promoted by Bernie Sanders, Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo, which is that post-secondary education should be free for all young people who graduate from high school.

How nice of them to try and confiscate even more money from the taxpayers who didn’t even bring these children into the world all so they can attend college.

I sincerely believe that liberal extremism, such as the anti-Trump sentiment conveyed by Ms. Rickard in her letter, is slowly destroying the social fabric of our nation.

From my perspective, liberal extremism is more dangerous to our country than uncontrolled immigration, white supremacy or Islamic terrorism.

If I were president, I would issue an executive order declaring liberal extremism a mental disorder, the treatment for which would qualify for medical coverage as part of a national healthcare plan.
Stephen Johnson
Florence

Shelter needs changes
The Oregon Coast Humane Society, in its paid ad (Aug. 23) says No audit was conducted for several years. What it doesn’t say is, it hasn’t had an audit since 2005, and the most recent audit (2015) was a Qualified audit not the desired Unqualified audit.

The difference is that a Qualified opinion is a statement issued after an audit is done by a professional auditor that suggests the information provided was limited in scope and/or the company being audited has not maintained GAAP accounting principles.

The paid ad also says that the OCHS has been providing spay/neuter assistance.

What it doesn’t say is that since February of this year, they had only 1 spay/neuter clinic day, presumably because the program hasn’t been able to find a veterinarian to work with it.

In addition, the paid ad says the OCHS recently welcomed new board members.

It doesn’t explain the carousel of board members who have come and gone since the beginning of the year, including the mother of the shelter manager. As of late August, its new website listed 8 board members, 5 of whom have left between late last year and July.

There were/are too many cases in which animals have been there for 6, 8 and 10 years.

My wife and I have been involved with this shelter since 2005 as volunteers. We have put in a combined 3,700 hours since November 2014. We met with the board president and vice president in January of this year to express our concerns about mismanagement and volunteer treatment.

We found out in May that these board members did not share this information with the other board members.

The terms of the president, vice president and treasurer were set to expire on June 30. During the open annual membership meeting held June 24, there was to be a vote to renew the terms. Instead, the board voted to delay the vote to a closed meeting held June 29.

At that meeting, two board members resigned.

This reduced the board count to four, which was short of the minimum five-member board required by the OCHS by-laws.

Dedicated animal lovers and animal behaviorists with legal and accounting experience have organized as a group. We hope to change the shelter’s reputation to attract veterinarians to come back into the fold, and we want to be an all-inclusive organization instead of a closed, secretive, authoritarian one.
Robert Salvatore, CPA
Yachats

Stop dissing the editor
I am getting tired of those on the Right who keep dissing our newspaper editor, Ned Hickson.

They never send a letter to the editor expressing their views about the world but just focus on what he writes in his editorials, which they always think are bad.

They also complain about him not publishing more letters from the Right.

Over the years, I have sent many Letters to the Editor. Some have been in jest and some serious, and about 50 percent of the time my letters have not been printed possibly due to content.

If you want to have your opinions printed you must be concise, lucid and have a valid point of concern.

I was out of town for the past week and when I received the paper today it was like I had never left. Is there not something more important to our community or nation right now than the Humane Society?
Win Jolley
Florence

Marijuana grow concerns
Much has been written regarding Dunes City over the last few weeks. There was a Guest Viewpoint (Aug. 19) from Jamie Mills, Administrator of Dunes City, printed by the newspaper and more recently an article written about a council meeting. I wish to address both the article and the letter.

Dunes City Oregon is a pristine environment with low crime and is just a lovely place to live. Residents wish to keep it that way. Dunes City fails to recognize how this will change by allowing residential marijuana grows that claim our residential areas are agricultural zones.

There are three commercial grow canopies of 40,000 feet each that have been licensed.

Since the federal department of agriculture does not recognize the growing or producing of marijuana as agriculture, I feel the city is misinterpreting the intention of our city zoning thus allowing the grows to begin.

It appears Dunes City has suppressed the information regarding the allowance of marijuana grows to our community while printing what I feel is propaganda-style Theres nothing that can be done notices in our local newspaper. In fact, there is something that can be done and Dunes City is remiss in pursuing the action known as the OPT-out option.

More than 200 cities and counties have chosen this avenue while Dunes City essentially sat on its hands and did nothing. The concern from citizens received a tepid response from the council during the Aug. 24 meeting, during which an emergency ordinance was bumped to a future meeting.

Really?

As citizens, I feel we should express our outrage and force an additional emergency hearing by calling councilors and the mayor. Failing to act now could result in the some of the following issues in Dunes City:

Industrial use of our residential zone, increased water needs for the marijuana grows, the need for water tanks and resulting issues that accompany them, potential contamination of local wells, increased electrical needs from marijuana grows and potential for brown-outs, large cash-on-hand and potential increase in crime, odor and smell during marijuana trimming, increased traffic due to transport of marijuana product, drop in real estate values.

In addition, Dunes City is not able to receive tax funds from marijuana wholesalers only retailers. Dunes City doesn’t have a retailer, which means the applicants are wholesalers.

Dunes City has received a fee of only $35 to complete the land use form (LUCS) form, which doesn’t come close to the expense our administration has already spent addressing the allowance of marijuana in our city.

Please attend the upcoming Dunes City Council meeting, set for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., to sign up and address your concerns.

Please write your concerns to council members and deliver them to the council at the meeting. Town hall meetings will be necessary following this meeting.

And please be willing to come to those town hall meetings by sending this message to our council members stating we wish to begin having town hall meetings at Dunes City hall.

Do something and act now.
Catherine Caudle
Dunes City Resident

Statistics don’t support climate change
In response to Rand Dawson’s letter disparaging science-deniers (Fabricated Pretense of Civility, Aug. 23) and to preclude hand-wringing about Houston’s hurricane Harvey and climate change:

Dr. Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientist and climatologist, writes, The U.S. has had only four Category 4 (or stronger) hurricane strikes since 1970, but in about the same number of years preceding 1970, there were 14 strikes. So we can’t say that we are experiencing more intense hurricanes in recent decades. Going back even earlier, a Category 4 hurricane struck Galveston in 1900, killing between 6,000 and 12,000 people.

That was the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history. And don’t forget, we just went through an unprecedented length of time almost 12 years without a major hurricane (Cat 3 or stronger) making landfall in the U.S.
Ian Eales
Florence

(Editor’s note: Interested parties can do their own analysis of those statistics by visiting the NOAA Hurricane Data website at www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq /E23.html.)

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