Action on climate change begins locally; Your tax dollars at work; Disrespectful boaters; High marks for FEC — Letters to the Editor, Sept. 25, 2019

Action on climate change begins locally

Friday’s climate rally was a rousing success. It’s always great fun with the honking and thumbs up from those driving by.

If you were out of the loop on this rally or if you’ve been hesitant to participate, another rally will take place in Florence this Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

It will be followed by a march to the library and presentation by 350 Eugene at 2 p.m. This will end a week of global actions sparked from the UN Climate Summit.

It’s more critical than ever that we all come together to do our part in creating a carbon neutral planet.

—Sandy Todd


Your tax dollars at work

It seems every day on TV and being reported on the radio that a whole bunch of Democratic Senators — Warren, Sanders, Booker, Gillibrand, Klobucher and Harris, to name a few — are traipsing all over the country trying to tell any audience they can muster up how much better they are than the others.

And, all this on our tax paying dollars; I’m sure they didn’t tell the paymaster to suspend their pay while they were away from doing the people’s business.   

I would have included Bill deBlaisio as doing likewise but I see he has quit the race and gone back to messing up New York City as mayor.

Just in case there are those who might suggest President Trump is doing the same traipsing around, be advised: As I believe I read some time ago, he accepts no, zero, nada pay for being president and is instead donating it to helping rebuild our country’s infrastructure.

—Tony Cavarno


Disrespectful boaters on the Siuslaw River

We have lived on the Siuslaw River near Tiernan for over six years and during those years have noticed an increase in boaters not showing any consideration or respect for private docks on the river.

This includes respects for other boaters as well.

A few years back we witnessed a boat throw up a rooster-tail to show off to their friend and capsized 2 canoes. Other boaters just weave in and out of other boats just to get to where the fish are being caught.

We live in a small neighborhood where there are six docks and during salmon season when all the out of town fisherman come, we cannot even sit on our docks without the fear of getting knocked down or rocked out of our chairs. 

My wife and I have personally watched several boats go by our dock within 15 feet at full throttle. I realize that docks are designed to move with the flow of the water but they are not designed to take the abuse of disrespectful boaters.

I am having work done on my dock currently and the workers have had to hold on to something in fear of getting thrown into the water. It would be nice if some regulation was put into place that would force boaters to slow down when in the vicinity of private docks not just public marinas and boat ramps.

I have even installed two “No Wake Zone” signs that don’t seem to make a difference.

—Mitch Sloan


High marks for FEC after more than two decades

I would like to thank Kevin Rhodes and his staff for the excellent service they have provided The Florence Coin and Stamp Show over the past 20-plus years. 

Our show was one of the first to sign up to use the Florence Events Center (FEC) when it was still brand new and we have just successfully completed our 22nd annual show.

We have never regretted our decision to use the FEC to host our show. Kevin and his staff have met and exceeded our every need and made each show better than the last. We look forward to the FEC hosting our 23rd show next August. 

We would highly recommend the FEC to anyone wishing to host an event here in Florence or in Lane County.

Kevin and his staff are to be commended for the professionalism and dedication they have demonstrated to us.

—Terry Woodward


Florence Coin and Stamp Show


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