Local theaters on hold; Forge onward with respect, empathy; Who will provide factual history; Wright a different kind of politician — Letters to the Editor, April 25


Local theaters on hold, eagerly awaiting return

“The show must go on” is a common refrain in the theater world as well as a popular song by Queen and a series of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals currently being livestreamed. So it is also with our own local community theater group, The Last Resort Players.

All prepped and ready to go was a March 27 performance of “Based on a True Story” (BOATS), a collection of intriguing stories by those who have lived them.

It was put on a shelf in the refrigerator but ready to be microwaved at the drop of a hat. This flat floor performance will be rescheduled just as soon as some degree of normality is restored.

Also on the back burner is the next production, “The Vagina Monologues,” which was to have been done at the Florence Events Center in June. Plans for this production are indefinite at this time but stay tuned for further information.

The traditional LRP fall production of a musical is still on the agenda but many of the details are understandably in the formative stage. 

The Play Selection Committee, headed up by Dr. Jacquelyn Seranno is reviewing several musical possibilities.

As with performing arts world-wide, Florence, with its local groups including the Last Resort Players and CROW, are chomping at the bit to get back on stage and eagerly anticipating bringing entertainment, happiness and cheer to all our friends in our local community.  

And never forget — “the show must go on.”

—Kenneth Janowski 

Florence

We must forge onward with respect, empathy

In Editor Ned’s recent column (“Compassion, Not Fear, Has Always Defined Our Town,” April 14), he told of a Washington gentleman who was recently the victim of a pandemically-enraged woman reacting to his out-of-state license plates in the grocery store parking lot, yelling at him to “go home” and “I hope you die!” 

The gentleman is an avid fisherman, spends many months here every year and has done so for a decade. He arrived in town before the coronavirus was a known concern and has been “sheltering-in-place” in Florence due to Washington’s travel restrictions.

I felt sad for him, as no one should have to endure that sort of rude and misplaced fear and anger. Challenges and unease such as we’ve all experienced over the past couple of months don’t always bring out the best in humans. I’m grateful for the many generous and caring people in this town who are determined to rise above the discombobulation and are striving to be guided by respect and kindness.

I have an insightful author friend, Gregg Levoy, who has a weekly blog in Psychology Today. On April 10, he wrote an article entitled, “How Stranger-Danger Has Gone Viral in the Pandemic — How to counteract the fear of strangers provoked by the coronavirus.”  

I think many will find it to be a thought-provoking and worthwhile read (the link is below).

So we all forge onward. I just want to say to Mr. Washington Fisherman, you are not an unwelcome stranger to me. I’m sending you heartfelt vibes of peace and good health.

—Allie LeCaux 

Florence

(Article is online at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/passion/202004/how-stranger-danger-has-gone-viral-in-the-pandemic)

Who will provide factual history of this time?

 Being from the “boomer” generation, once or twice a year I get asked questions from middle schoolers trying to get an oral history for a class project. Usually their topics include the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam or the moon landing. 

While I try to be as factual as possible, I try to make it fun and interesting for them. Once, I was asked about the bra burning of the late 1960s and watched the disappointment in a young boy’s face when I told him I never actually saw one burned. 

Flash forward to today and the current Covid-19 epidemic we are now facing. The history we are presently living is remarkable to watch unfold. 

It is something the millennial generation should take great care to obtain the factual details for when they are in their sunset of their lives — and a middle schooler comes up to them with a question that only the very young would ask:

“How come with all of the people that are sick and dying, why did everybody hoard toilet paper?”

— Robert Fritson

Mapleton

Wright is a different kind of politician

I am a Coos County resident, Vietnam veteran and spent 28 years in Curry and Coos County Law Enforcement with the Oregon State Police and am a strong supporter of labor unions. 

I have sadly witnessed the economic decline of our rural communities since the late 1970s. The industries that fueled a major portion of our tax base and provided thousands of family wage jobs have all but disappeared. 

Social problems brought by 40 years of poverty abound; education and job training for jobs that don’t exist in rural Oregon have cost tens of millions of dollars.

The current I-5 super majority in Salem either has no clue of the plight of rural Oregonians or just don’t care. Some responsibility for this rests with “We the People” for sending elected representatives that have allowed themselves to be badgered into going along or have turned their backs in exchange for a few bones tossed back to our communities. 

I am endorsing Boomer Wright for State Representative. He’s a different kind of politician. 

—Thomas Benz, 

North Bend 

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