Thanks to first responders; Ban single use plastics — Letters to the Editor, Aug. 31, 2019

National Night Out is a large-scale event and it wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of countless people

Thanks for support of local first responders

Once again, I want to give a huge thank you to the Florence Community for its overwhelming support of the Florence Police Department in hosting our second annual National Night Out on Aug. 6 at Miller Park.

We partnered with our local public safety agencies to make this happen and I want to thank the Oregon State Police, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Western Lane Ambulance, Lane County Emergency Management and U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River.

The event was such a wonderful success thanks to the numerous monetary donations and many volunteers. A special thanks to Charles Korando and Korando Family Dentistry, Best For Hearing, Florence Kiwanis, Hine Investments, Anderson & Forrester, Northfork Roofing, Stitch & Sole, Bill and Katie Prosser, Guy Veach, Bill Meyer, Wells Plastic, Heceta Self Storage, Ray Wells, WG Peterson Woodworking, Bob Steele, Hoberg’s Auto Repair, Streets Insurance, Joe and Pam Henry, Banner Bank, Project Graduation, Al Pearn, the Tavish Sextet, the City of Florence and Three Rivers Hotel and Casino.

The evening went off without a hitch, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and overall the event was a success!

National Night Out is a large-scale event and it wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of countless people who help prepare ahead of time, work during the event itself, and clean up afterwards.

It truly is a community event.

Again, our thanks to the donors, volunteers, our wonderful City employees and all who attended for making it possible.

—Tom Turner

Florence Chief of Police

Ban single-use plastics

One day after unpacking some farm supplies, I found my two favorite chickens, Tofu and Licorice, eating the small, round pieces of the polystyrene packaging. It’s easy to understand how they mistook the bite-sized plastic foam for food, especially when they can’t recognize it as a harmful chemical.

But nothing we use for five minutes should be harming our wildlife for thousands of years. That’s not only true in our backyard farms, but in our oceans as well.

Often, we don’t think twice about getting our coffee to-go in a foam cup, or food in a foam takeout container. Currently, 70 million plastic foam cups are estimated to be disposed by Americans every day. Of these, about one-third end up in waterways: rivers, lakes and especially oceans.

To protect our wildlife and our waterways, we need to dramatically reduce our plastic waste and we  can start by banning foam cups and takeout containers here in Oregon.

Senator Arnie Roblan has the chance to be an environmental champion and vote to ban single-use polystyrene to protect our ocean wildlife as well as our backyard chickens.

—Marcella Buser



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