Bad ‘wow’ mural; Thanks to vets; Recognize forgotten hero; Please don’t litter; Fill North Jetty potholes — Letters to the Editor, May 30, 2019

I just want to say: Please don’t litter!

Mural is definitely a ‘wow’ — but in a bad way

Regarding the mural that is proposed for the corner of Highway 126 and Highway 101, I understand the Florence Art Committee instructed potential artists who were interested in submitting a mural for consideration that the mural should “present a striking series of images that could be immediately recognized as qualities of the life style and cultural touchstones of the City.”

The committee also wanted a mural that had a “Wow” factor. I’m sorry, but the Portland firm that submitted the mural that is the finalist in the competition missed the mark on this submittal, although when I first saw the proposal I did say, “WOW! What the heck is this?!?”

I can find nothing “Florence” about the proposed mural except the Siuslaw Bridge, although the depiction of a deer strolling on top of the bridge is a bit off putting.

On this mural, where is Old Town? The Rhody Festival? The rhododendrons? Oregon Dunes? The Pacific Ocean? Kite flying? People fishing for salmon? The beautiful new City Hall with the American Flag proudly flying in the breeze? These sights to me are “immediately recognizable as qualities of the life style” of the City of Florence.”

And, yes, I still say “Wow” whenever I see them.

Furthermore, I fail to see how visitors driving into Florence are going to be able to discern what this proposed mural is trying to say given they have but few seconds to interpret it. I’ve looked at it for 30 minutes and its meaning escapes me, even with my 15-plus years of living here. To me, the proposed mural is an embarrassment.

I propose that we utilize our local students and have them develop a mural that truly tells the Florence story, then take the $60,000 allocated for the mural and use it to fund a scholarship(s) for the student artists involved in this project.

This would result in keeping the funds “local,” acknowledge the students for their contributions and have a piece of art that is truly relevant and makes our city proud.

—Ron Duzy


 Thanks to community for supporting vets

I’d like to give a thank you to the citizens of Florence, Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart and Safeway for the opportunity given to us during our fund raisers. Without everyone’s continued support, we could not do our jobs.

Thank you to everyone from the VFW, DAV, American Legion and Auxilliary.

—Harry Morgan

Chairman VFW

Buddy Poppy Chairman

 Recognizing a forgotten hero in Florence

A recent article in the Siuslaw News (“Local Veterans Receive Good News, Recognition,” March 13) about additional days for the Lane County Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) in Florence was wonderful, but had an ommission I feel is important to point out.

For more than 30 years, David “Skip” Stitt gave generously of his time to the DAV, including as the local Commander of Chapter 23 for more than 20 years.

On Jan. 1, 2017, Commander Stitt announced he would be retiring. Our VSO of nine years, Shannon Johnson, notified Commander Stitt that he would not be using the DAV office anymore. Because he did not want our community to lose this valuable service, he decided to start up a new veterans service with volunteers and private donors. Thus was the birth of the Disabled Veteran Services (DVS).

Quietly behind the scenes, Commander Stitt continued to advocate for additonal VSO days in Florence. The DVS office, located at 1845 Highway 126 (Suite E), is the location that Shannon Johnson works out of every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The additional VSO discussed in the Siuslaw News article will be at the DAV building one day a month; veterans can come as early as 6:45 a.m. to sign up, then go home and be called when it is near their time on the list.

Although I feel that the VFW, DAV and American Legion deserve the credit they received in the article, I also feel former Commander Stitt and his wife, Mariko, are the forgotten heros and should be recognized — not only for the 20 years of their lives dedicated to working on behalf of the veterans of this community, but also for their current efforts in maintaining this valuable service for our community.

I hope that future articles will include them and the DVS.

—Ralph Martin

Adjutant, DVS

 Please don’t litter

I moved to Florence 15 years ago because it was a quiet, clean and healthy place to live but the last three years it seems people have no problem throwing their litter out of their vehicles. I see it all up and down Rhododendron in the bushes and blowing all over — beer bottles, cigarettes.

I just want to say: Please don’t litter!

I love Florence and don’t want to see this trash and litter all over the roads in Florence. It’s not the other residents of Florence who should have to go out and pick up litter; it’s up to each of us who live here to be responsible for ourselves.

And if you’re traveling through? Be responsible and throw your trash in a garbage can, not on our beautiful town of Florence.

—Laurie Carruthers


 Fill North Jetty pot holes with shredded plastic

I have an idea for how to fill in the potholes at north jetty parking lot. We can shred the number one plastic that cannot be redeemed for deposit (which is quite a bit of it:  salad boxes, fruit containers, shoe inserts, etc.) and other hard-to-recycle plastic. Soon we will be able to shred it at the Precious Plastics Florence locale.

Then, on a designated day, we can bring the shredded plastic and buckets of gravel and sand to the parking lot, then fill in the holes with all the ingredients mixed together.

Perhaps we can partner with the proprietors of the area, whoever they are. (It’s been suggested that it’s the National Forest Service, but I have not confirmed that.)

Nations all over the world are using plastic to repave their roads, and we can be a demonstration project for this area in that underserved lot, which people agree hasn’t seen any attention to its potholes in too many years.

It’s nice to have a free place to park when visiting that beach front, isn’t it? 

—Ivy Medow



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