Now isn’t the time; Stepping up to help others; Put America ahead of politics; Are we really ready — Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2020


Now isn’t the time

I’m afraid I must say “Not Now” on bond measure 20-306.

A ballot measure involving a huge debt should not be placed on a primary or special election ballot instead of the general election. This means a very small number of voters could pass a very large debt for everyone (renters too). 

The question this brings is: 

Could this pass if a larger percentage of the population were voting on it?

I was impressed with the very nice full color mailings and advertising appearing and paid for by the intended recipient — which is you and I. That’s because we as a community currently support LCC in several ways, including taxes. And since no indication is given where the funds came from other than LCC — well, some of us understand where the dollars for those mailings came from.

On the ballot, at the bottom, the last sentence reminds us that since the bond could be issued in series, the “actual levy rate may differ due to changes in interest rates and assessed values.” 

Have you ever has an adjustable mortgage? How well did that work for you? Did all your figures and costs stay the same? 

No. 

Since all the numbers given are during times when interest rates are at historic lows, all the info about numbers, costs, percentages, being pennies per day, etc, seem overly optimistic at the least.

This leads me to this time in history. When the decision was made to put this on the primary instead of the general election ballot, there was no hint of an approaching pandemic.

The entire learning process is currently off campus and, although very creative at times, change is coming. It appears higher education is at the doorstep of massive and perhaps permanent changes that were never imagined when the bond issue was written.

So, this bond offering was constructed during very different times, focusing on a very small number of voters to pass it, and with numbers that could change dramatically. 

With the uncertainty of how higher education itself will be conducted in the near and perhaps distant future, for me the answer to the question on the ballot for the LCC bond measure is “Not Now.”

— Ron Stanley

Westlake

Stepping up to the task with help from others

Oregon Dunes Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is extremely grateful to member

Carol Slaugh, resident of Florentine Estates, and others in the community who contributed to our scholarship fund.

Carol saw the need for face masks and stepped up to the task, with help from member Bobbie Hyder and other friends of Carol’s.

Not seeking payment for her efforts, recipients were moved to generously contribute. As a result, the chapter will have additional monies to award to a graduating senior. 

Since actual meetings are on hold, an electronic ballot is being sent to members to approve this unexpected opportunity.

Oregon Dunes Chapter is blessed to be a part of this wonderful Florence community.

—Jacquie Beveridge

Oregon Dunes Chapter 

Scholarship Chair

Put America ahead of politics

I guess it hasn’t been enough since my last letter. We are now the undisputed leader in deaths and infections due to COVID-19 in the world. 

It’s been weeks since President Trump waved his hands and said that the virus will disappear and the death toll would be “zero.” Now, more than a quarter million people are infected and the death toll is more than 80,000 and growing. 

Testing and contact follow-up have been extremely inadequate, along with no national response, coordination or leadership. 

Corruption and cronyism are running rampant and there is a disregard for our Constitution and rule of law. 

What do we need to do to stop the carnage?

We need to remember we are Americans first and put the good of the country ahead of politics. 

—Ron Preisler

Florence

Are we really ready?

Today on the radio show “Marketplace,” there was an interview with someone about how she will approach re-opening her retail business.

The proprietor expects patrons to sanitize their hands and wear masks upon entering her store. She is not a government official; she is an entrepreneur. 

How will she enforce this request? What will happen if someone feels like his or her rights are being violated by being asked to wear a mask?

On May 1, eight children were left fatherless in Flint, Mich., after their father, doing his job as a security guard at Dollar General, was shot to death for asking a female customer to wear a mask in the store. According to accounts at CNN online, the woman first spit on the guard, and then went home to complain to her husband and son.

They came to the store with their guns and killed the security guard for “disrespecting” the woman.

This kind of stuff will surely throw a monkey wrench into every municipality’s efforts to re-open the town. What are we going to do about it?  What and who matters in the equation?  

There needs to be some discussion and preparations made, along with some agreement as to the rules of engagement as part of the answers to when, if and how to start back up.

— Ivy Medow

Florence

(Note: Marketplace is produced by American Public Media and is a radio show focused on matters related to the economy.)

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