Souls for radio; Fuss about nothing; More common sense — Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13, 2019

Essential souls for radio

I write regarding the recent article on our local noncommercial radio station KXCR (90.7 FM) (“Voice of Freedom,” Jan. 30) and the Feb. 2 Letter to the Editor wherein Mr. Pip Cole charitably names certain individuals, including myself, as “pioneers” regarding station efforts.

Beyond those named, our initial 2006 community effort originated and benefited at every step from the intelligence, insight and efforts of scores of “essential souls” here in the local area, some of whom have regretfully passed on.

These “souls” include current and past board and committee members of FCC station licensee West Lane Translator, which also brings the signals of more than 10 other radio or television stations, including OPB — at no audience cost or fees — to our area. It also includes board and committee members and volunteers, for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit station manager, KXCR Community Radio Partners.

Other scores of “essential souls” provided crucial and essential funding that ultimately allowed the FCC selection process to chose KXCR from several other nonresident, competing applications which sought only to use the station and audience to suck funding from the local audience.

Not one of those other applications demonstrated any concern for local control, participation, needs or programming.

These many “essential souls” — from Day 1 — marshaled public awareness of the diverse potential benefits of a locally-controlled noncommercial station. They dug pits for emergency generator pads at the tower site and literally helped screw the antenna together before it was pulled onto the tower.

In a gesture that makes KXCR (90.7 FM) the envy of other such efforts, these “souls” financed and rebuilt the station facility across Ninth Street from the library, in order to defer the original urgent and immediate problem of affording a prominent production location accessible to the public.

These “souls” plastered station walls and put up sound-board.

I hesitate to continue because the tasks yet unexplained — but accomplished — are legion. This station is remarkable for and because of its efforts. Every task, and every “soul,” was “essential” then — and remains moreso to this day.

Which helps explain why KXCR has a growing audience. And why its audience is also “essential.”

—Rand Dawson, 

Siltcoos Lake

 All the fuss about nothing

I have a background in design/archictural design and a few years ago it was announced that a new “Visitors Center” was to be built at the Southern Gateway to Florence.

At the time, I thought “What a great idea to have a small beacon of design that welcomed visitors to our city.” 

What we got was a little nondescript wooden shingle building that says nothing. Maybe something Kitch like the Brown Derby in Hollywood or the Oscar Myers Hotdog wagon would have been more appropriate, but we would have had a large seal or salmon to house the center.

Now we come to the present day and the concern of some citizens that we have spent too much money redesigning our City Hall and building a new Pubic Works building. Let us assume that the interior of the new City Hall required many updates and expansions and that Public Works was in need of consolidating its facilities.

As for City Hall, once again we had the opportunity to make a statement. On three sides there are the basic exterior materials but with a curving entrance which could have been nice. What we have is a hodgepodge of conflicting materials and another failure to make a statement.

The Public Works building, by comparison, is an understatement of good design. Using the same building exterior materials, whoever designed the building achieved a unique design with the use and placement of the solar panels and windows with the paint color and the fantastic orange trim on the windows.

 —Win Jolley


 Some common sense

Common sense isn’t so common it seems. My recent Letter to the Editor (“New Year, Same Old Same O”) was in support of protecting our country, our president and his actions. So it is no surprise that I ruffled the feathers of some haters in our beautiful town.

There is nothing ungodly about wanting to protect our country from illegal immigration. The argument that a wall is “outdated” is a deception used by the left to justify its pandering to a group of people in the hope of recruiting them to their side of the political divide.

Surely, no one is so ignorant that they don’t see the usefulness of a wall, barrier, fence — whatever you want to call it — to stop or divert unwanted individuals or groups to an area where they can be stopped.

Once again, I will state that this is not the whole answer. There are many other things we can, and also do, in support of our borders. The fact that there are other means of illegal entry does not mean that we ignore one over another.

Citizenship in our great country is diminished if it is not coveted by its citizens. It is not something to be given to people who use deception to gain illegal entry to our country.

To those who share my opinion, take heed: we are many.

God Bless the USA.

—David Eckhardt


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