Good people of Florence; Net Neutrality; Sexual harassment — Letters to the Editor 12-20-17

Couldn’t have done it without people of Florence

Thank you so much, Florence. The help and kindness so many of you have shown us as we dealt with the sudden loss of our loved one, Elizabeth Breon, owner of Coast Jewelers, was profound. 

The fire department personnel; sweet and helpful condo neighbors Mark and Jim; Alan Burns; the animal shelter, which took in Liz’s greyhound Dexter for a few days until he went to live with Rayetta from Homes for Hounds; Devan and family who took in Georgie the bird and Moses the cat; the offers of help from Liz’s church family; wonderful cabin neighbor Rich, who kept an eye on her place; and lawyer Kelly Ford — our sincerest thank you to al of you.

Also, thank you to all her friends who we met or stopped by her store to share stories and kind words.

Our family lives near Seattle, so to handle her affairs from so far away would have been near impossible without the help of so many in Florence.

Also, a special thank you to Desiree Clifton and her husband, who made multiple trips out to Liz’s home and helped with the disposal and sale of the cabinets, safe, and misc. equipment from her jewelry store. 

To say she and her husband went above and beyond can’t begin to encompass what they did for our family.

Again, our sincerest thank you.

—Bill Breon & Family

Seattle, Wash.


‘Soft touch’ for the web?

Regarding your Saturday piece on Net Neutrality, “‘Net’ Gain from FCC Decision Unclear” (Dec. 16):

Nonpartisan sources report that almost 40 percent of U.S. rural populations lack access to “basic fixed broadband service.”

This is true despite billions of federal dollars paid to corporations by Congress to build out those rural areas for over 10 years.

One may ask where were the  benign “market forces” clambering to “innovate” and connect rural America?

In what way will they expect the new FCC regulatory “soft touch” to differ from the Congressional closed-door corporate fondling they are accustomed to expect?

Which prompts one to wonder: Will Roy Moore be our next FCC nominee, or merely the spokesman?

—Rand Dawson

Siltcoos Lake


Not hearing much from those accused  

In regard to Mr. Eckhardt’s letter concerning the over reaching of sexual harassment and abuse accusations, “Sexual Harrasment Accusations Need Proof” (Dec. 16):

I too have been dismayed and deeply disturbed upon hearing that a producer of wonderful films, my favorite comedian, a great senator, an engaging talk show moderator, et al have been accused of heinous sex related harassment, crimes, etc.

However, the fact that these men have either been relieved of, or stepped away from, their positions does not cause me the same concerns that it causes you. Many of these men were complained about by the victims to their superiors and HR departments, but to no avail. 

Many of the accusers worked in environments where to complain about the “put up with/put out” culture would result in their own loss of employment or advancement opportunities.

This is why the “MeToo” movement started:

To be heard.

Until our culture recognizes that there is systemic sexism, and further, misogyny, in the workplace and in the public sphere, these accusations — and I hope resultant repercussions — will continue.

The men who have left their jobs either voluntarily or involuntarily have been informed as to the specific charges and complaints against them and of the persons accusing them.

However, aside from Sen. Al Franken’s sad yet brilliant commentary on the irony of his resignation amidst our own president’s admitted sexual assault history and the repugnant behavior of Roy Moore (who told Sean Hannity that he only dated girls after receiving their mother’s permission), I’m not hearing too much from those accused.

In the meantime, think about all the women who for years have endured sex crimes and harassment everywhere, from our farming fields and orchards to the highest levels of government and industry.

What about those women’s jobs and reputations?

And, by the way, check out the statistics for false reporting of sex crimes.

Speak to women. Ask them about their work experiences with harassing men and being sexually assaulted.  Ask women of your own generation; ask younger women; ask any woman.

We all have the same stories to tell. We’ve been telling these stories for years. 

— Candace Thompson


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