Soar, Ada; Make Public Art public; Courthouse means more taxes; Experience matters; ReVision nightmare; Yachats Connection is great — Letters to the Editor, April 27, 2019

Soar, Ada

Florence lost one of its finest citizens on Easter Sunday when Ada Rabar slipped away. That petit body housed an enormous heart. To know Ada was to become a treasured friend.

She had such a heart for cancer patients and gave generously of her time, talent and love.

She styled hair and wigs, donated wigs to their cause and always had a hug, smile and comforting word.

The last time I saw Ada she was taking a friend to lunch. She was dressed to the nines, as usual, and was wearing her signature three-inch heels. She looked beautiful and the picture of health — but told me her cancer had returned.

Ada is no longer in pain; she is dancing with the angels, smiling with those eyes shining.

I’ll just bet she’s in an adorable outfit in those high heels.

Soar, Ada.

We will miss you but are thakful for you and all the lives you touched.

Thanks for just being you.

—Trish Rhodes


If you like paying more taxes, vote for courthouse

In regard to the special election May 21, I absolutely agree with Mr. John Cox; we need to vote “no” on measure 20-299. Please read page 20-29 of the Voter’s Pamphlet.

Several years ago I spent two months on jury duty in the current Lane County Courthouse, and when I was a general contractor I was in the courthouse many times to get permits.

It was more than adequate.

I bought my house in 1968. It’s on .29-hundredths of an acre. We have spent thousdands of dollars on permits for additions and other improvements over the years, and our property taxes are now $3,000 a year.

I believe you should spend for what you need, not what you want

If you like paying more taxes, then vote yes on measure 20-299. But I don’t believe anyone likes paying more taxes.

— Virgle Bechtold


Electoral College protects against dictatorship

I recently noted that our Democratic leadership in Salem decided to support electing the  president by popular vote. Do we really want the Los Angeles County — with a population about the same size as the population of Oregon and Washington combined — to decide Presidential elections?

The new Socialist-leaning Democratic party would appear to say “yes,” with the apparent goal of creating a one-party system.

In the formation of the 12th Amendment, the concept of the popular vote was not seriously promoted as an alternative  to the Electoral College.

In part, protection of states’ rights was a factor in that decision. The excesses of the French Revolution were also noted, wherein their Democracy was created without adequate constitutional constraints. The resulting unrestrained Democracy rapidly degenerated into dictatorship.

I believe that our Constitutional Republic functions best when there is a strong minority party to monitor and criticize the majority party when needed, in order to prevent abuse of power.

The Electoral College makes minority opinion relevant, whereas the popular vote for president leaves that decision to to a half-dozen heavily populated states.

Unrestrained Democracy is best demonstrated when two wolves and lamb sit down and vote on what to have for lunch.

— Keith R. Kraft


Experience matters on Lane Education Service District

I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Boren at a casual gathering in Florence. He is running for the Lane Education Service District. He talked about his current and past experience at ESD and as the Chairman of the Fern Ridge School District Board.

There is also lots of volunteer work he has done for the schools — coaching and teaching — as well as volunteer firefighter work.

He is running against Nora Kent, who lists Prior Governmental Experience as “none.” 

Mark and his wife grew up in Oregon. They live in Veneta and raised five children that all went through the Fern Ridge School district. The Lane ESD position covers the Siuslaw School District and others in northwest Lane County. In his current ESD liason role he visits Florence and other zone 4 cities.

Please take a moment to read his candidate statement in the supplement that you will receive with your ballot. As a contrast to his opponent, you will see his prior governmental experience: Fern Ridge School District Board-2018-2019 Board Chair; Lane Education Service District Component District Board Liaison; Oregon School Activities Association-Sports Medicine Advisory Committee; Lane Community College EMT Advisory Committee; Fern Ridge School District Budget Committee; Region 5 Training Association–Secretary; Oregon Fire Instructors Association–Secretary.

By the way, Mark was just voted Man of the Year by the Fernridge Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.

—Sherry Harvey


Make Public Art decisions part of public 

One aspect of the Public Art Committee meeting on Monday, April 22, was not covered in the Siuslaw News article published May 24 (“Public Art Committee Moves Past Mural Controversy”).

Without exception, every person who spoke to the PAC noted a need to allow the citizens of Florence to see submissions for various future art projects. Had we been given an opportunity for this on the mural project, things may not have been so controversial.

The Siuslaw News, local library, city hall and Florence Events Center are all places that could have posters of projects with comment sheets.

Lets really make the Public Art Committee a part of the public.

—​Bruce Jarvis


So far, Revision Project is proving to be nightmare

The ReVision project going on in Florence is a good idea except for a few issues. The main issue is coordination. I would think that the project coordinator involved would check with business owners affected by the project, maybe one a week or so, to see if they have any issues or concerns.

The parking lot between Fifth and Sixth streets on the West side of 101 has been taped off since March 11. The only parking is behind the building and a few spots on Sixth, which are quickly taken by the construction workers.

Customers who drive by see the yellow “crime scene” tape and keep on going — and the heavy equipment that is usually parked out front doesn’t help the situation. The Blue Dolphin has been landlocked with no business access since March 11. Business has been down over 60 percent. Meanwhile, other businesses in the construction zone have had vehicle access.

The project coordinator said that the area mentioned above is a priority. Really? She dropped off flyers on March 22 and, after a month went by, I contacted her on April 23.

She came by that late afternoon after the store closed and left some “survival flyers”. We read the three “survival flyers” several times but business hasn’t improved one bit. The only thing keeping us from opening is asphalt to fill in the vacant spots.

Concrete should be cured by now. I understand that this project is a large undertaking and that there will be issues. However, if this area that I mentioned is a priority, why don’t we have business access yet?

—Marty Perseo


Yachats Connector Bus is great service

The coast between Florence and Yachats is full of stunning views and “wow” moments. One could say that some of the best “public art” in the world is on display here.

You don’t have to drive the curves of Highway 101 to get there — just go for a ride on the Florence-Yachats Connector Bus. This very affordable public transportation service will give you a comfortable viewing experience of a breathtaking part of the Oregon coast.

The Connector Bus departs from Grocery Outlet four times a day Monday through Friday.

The destination in Yachats is the Little Log Church, with a stop at Washburne State Park.

The fare is $2.50 one way; bring exact change. This is state-funded trial service. To learn more about this service to our communities along the coast, contact 541 902-2067 or see 

—Karin Radtke



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