Fair is fair; Medicare phone scam; Thanks for Collard Lake Road; Great supports for students, schools; Appreciation of Robert Hunter — Letters to the Editor, Sept. 28, 2019

A collective thank you to all from the Collard Lake area residents, all of who use Collard Lake Road daily and who depend on it as their only way to get to and from their homes.

Fair is fair

Based on the Letter to the Editor “Your Tax Dollars At Work,” (Sept. 25), it would appear that Mr. Carvano doesn’t consider Trump’s multiple visits to his own golf courses to be “traipsing.”

But surely he is aware that Trump’s golf travels have, according to the Huffington Post, cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, including a seven-figure presidential visit to another country so he can play at his own course.

His two dozen trips to Florida have cost U.S. taxpayers $81 million; $17 million for his 15 trips to New Jersey; another $1 million so he could visit his resort in Los Angeles; and at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer.

All this despite his campaign promise that he would not play golf while in office.

Democrats may not be spending wisely, but it’s disingenuous to say Trump is doing any better.

—Dolly Brock


Thanks to all who helped with Collard Lake Road

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all who participated in the county’s efforts with bringing Collard Lake Road into the county system.

That appreciation goes out to the Lane County Commissioners who unanimously voted to make it happen, to Jay Bozievich for his persistence in moving forward with the enormous task, and also to our neighbor, Ms. Marilyn Adkins, for her diligent and continued work with the county and her own attorney.

Marilyn is one of the original residents of the Collard Lake area and has been working on getting Collard Lake Road accepted into the system for many years.

Our appreciation also goes out to the terrific crews who came out here to repair that big hole in the road caused by a huge tree that fell, taking a portion of the road with it.

In addition to being highly skilled in their craft, these folks were always courteous and after each day’s work, always left the scene as neat and safe as was possible for an ongoing major road repair.  The finished job is awesome and beyond our expectations.

Our appreciation also extends to the county’s prompt attention to the responsibilities that now go with Collard Lake Road being a county road, like the beautiful mowing job that was done a few days ago to the entire length of the road.

And a particular thanks to the kind-hearted machine operator who slowed down and carefully avoided hitting the “Bunny Crossing” sign!

And last but not least, our appreciation goes out to the Collard Lake neighbors who made the trips in to Eugene to attend the commissioners’ meetings relevant to this project.  We feel that everyone’s participation there did make a difference.

A collective thank you to all from the Collard Lake area residents, all of who use Collard Lake Road daily and who depend on it as their only way to get to and from their homes.

—Camille and Skip Thomsen


Medicare phone scam

We recently got a call here from someone purporting to be from Medicare. I was quite suspicious because she wanted our Medicare number and for us to verify information such as our address, date of birth, height and weight.

She was very insistent.

I told her to call me back and I would give it to her. In the meantime, I called Medicare.

The call was a scam.

Medicare will never contact you by phone; they will only mail you.

The scammer claimed she had to have my information today so they could mail out my card. 

The first number that showed up on our phone when she called was a Florence number. The next time it was Medicare’s 800 number.

Just hang up; it’s not Medicare.

—Nancy Sobottka


Great community support for students, schools

Last month, the Florence Rotary Club kicked off its annual School Supplies Campaign to raise funds in support of local students. This campaign is more important now than ever, as a majority of students at both the Siuslaw and Mapleton school districts qualify for free and reduced lunch (“FRL”), meaning that their households fall below a certain income level. Accordingly, many local students are unable to afford school supplies and other basic necessities, including meals, clothing and hygiene products.

In order to maximize support to our local students, the Rotary Club opened this year’s campaign up to the Florence-area communities. Rotary members and local citizens donated not only funds, but also supplies.

Additionally, the Cross Road Assembly of God church in Florence runs a similar annual fundraiser, and this year elected to combine their efforts with the Rotary Club’s campaign.

As a result, we were together able to raise a grand total of $5,000 to benefit local students. The funds raised will be divided between the Siuslaw and Mapleton School districts, and will be used to pay for basic necessities for students of all grade levels throughout the entire school year.

Thank you to Florence and surrounding communities for your continued generosity and support of our students. The school year is off to a great start.

—Florence Rotary

Appreciation with others for Robert Hunter

Admittedly, I have never attended a Grateful Dead concert. I did discover, some years ago, their music — or, I should say, encountered Robert Hunter’s lyrical treatment of many of their songs.

The announcement of his death at 78 came unvarnished last Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The range of the man’s talent was remarkable. Hunter was a hipster and a romantic combined with a scholar’s interest in Biblical theology and ancient history. He set his words to verse dancing or marching across sheet music.

In concert with the music of Jerry Garcia, they reflected an optimistic uncertainty about life’s journey. Although Hunter never appeared on stage with the Grateful Dead, from the mid 1960s through the early ’90s he wrote a great number of their lyrics. “Dark Star,” “Saint Stephen,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Ramble on Rose,” “Black Muddy River” are just to name a few.

Robert Hunter’s free verse is contained in an imposing volume: “The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics” (Free Press, 2005), with a companion black and white and color graphics.

It’s a must-read.

—Ron Hogeland



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