Too coincidental; Annexation sets dangerous precedent; What kind of Mayor do you want?

Your Letters to the Editor for Oct. 10, 2020

Way too coincidental

Reading the Siuslaw News Investigative Series Part III, which was published Oct. 7, something hit me between the eyes.

The Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) created a subcommittee in 2019 to update Florence housing codes. They worked with an outside consulting firm, 3J Consulting. 

Fast forward to now, and APIC, which owns Florence Golf Links, applies for approval on a significant housing development at Rhody and 35th which has raised many concerns of local residents.

Guess who is representing APIC in the approval process?

3J Consulting.

This seems way too coincidental and pretty cozy. At the very least it raises questions as to whose interests are being served. Feels like an explanation to the Florence community would be appropriate.

Thank you for the Investigative Series. It’s been eye opening and is providing a real service to the community.

—Sandy Kuhlman


Debate more like debacle

What an embarrassing and humiliating exhibit of our leaders on display in the first — and maybe only — presidential “debate,” which was more like a debacle.

I didn’t expect much, but I was absolutely dismayed by what I saw and heard. These are supposed to be the leaders of the free world, and they were like two little bully boys having a serious peeing contest that just wouldn’t stop.

These two were rude, angry, name calling, shouting, lying and defending; they were continually off-subject and tangenting, talking at the same time and attacking each other. 

I learned nothing, except that neither of these men can have an intelligent conversation.

This had been a real opportunity for each to talk about his beliefs and plans, and his promises to us as a nation — to lay out a plan for a brighter future; a plan for dealing with COVID; a plan for direction on equality.

There were so many things I was hoping to hear.

I am so sorry that this is what we have come to as a nation. I very sincerely hope this was not televised overseas; such shame on us.

My hope is in the young people of today. They are involved, they care and have sincere conviction in the things they believe.

The older generation, to which I belong, needs to move aside, get out of the way, crumble the old bureaucracy and support the next generation of leaders who can create new ways to forge a better country for the future.

One that is inclusive, that cares about our planet which supports us; one that truly knows equality for all men and women; one that will commit love, energy and money for progress towards a peaceful and cooperative world.

And each of us, even though we are getting older, can do our part by actively listening to each other, being kinder and truly looking ahead, not behind.

I heard this quote, from where I don’t remember:

“Nothing is as strong as gentleness and Nothing is as gentle as true strength.”

—Judy Roth


Annexation could set dangerous precedent

On Oct. 13, the Florence City Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on a proposal to annex property between the Idylewood and Heceta South neighborhoods to expand the Idylewood development.

The property contains steeply sloped dunes (>25% slope), woodlands and seasonal lakes, and is known to have local flooding and drainage issues.

Benedick Holdings attempted to get approval from Lane County to develop this area in past. Now, the owner has petitioned the City to annex the property attempting to gain approval from a different approving authority without addressing the issues the County brought up.

Idylewood and the area surrounding the property proposed for annexation is outside the current City limits, and although this may seem to be an issue that impacts only the residents of the immediate area, it goes much farther than that.

Oregon state law requires that properties to be annexed must be connected to the existing City boundary.

The isolated property proposed for development is nowhere near the existing City boundary, so in order to meet the connection requirement, the developer has requested annexation of Oceana Drive, an existing residential street.

I believe the potential annexation of Oceana Drive should be a concern to residents because it would set a new precedent for the City of Florence in taking away their rights. If the City annexes Oceana Drive, no area would be safe from the potential for the street in front of their house to be annexed since all streets connect in some way to the current City boundary.

The City should carefully consider the precedent of annexing a neighborhood street to attain annexation of a relatively small development with limited benefit to the City and its existing residents.

—Richard and Mary Kauffman


[Editor’s Note: On Oct. 9, the City announced the Oct. 13

meeting on the annexation is being moved to Nov. 10]

What I know about Peter DeFazio

Here are three things I have learned about Peter DeFazio.

1. He does not think veterans are losers or suckers. In fact, he is concerned that so many commit suicide after unsuccessfully trying to get help for the psychological aftermath they experience when they leave military service and try to return to civilian life. 

2. He has taken a stand against nuclear power (interview with Carol Winkel, June 28, 2010, in Northwest Power and Conservation Council newsletter) and destination resort development in the Big Creek area near Yachats. (Interview with Andrea Scharf, author of Saving Big Creek, April 4, 2019, Yachats Community News.)

And for me, the coolest thing,

3. When Congress gets a raise in pay, Peter DeFazio puts his share into a scholarship fund for Oregonians who seek higher education. 

I am proud to vote for this kind of leadership.

—Ivy Medow


What kind of mayor do you want for Florence?

I want someone who is truly nonpartisan. Someone who is not beholden to any political party.

I want someone who understands and cares about everyday people in Florence. Someone who knows what it’s like to try and find an affordable place to rent in our town.

I want someone who wants what is best for the city and all of its citizens.

I want someone who represents the diversity of Florence residents.

Someone who knows what it’s like to go to a job every day. I want someone who listens to other people.

I want someone who is kind, someone who can offer a fresh start and a clean slate for the city council.

I’m voting for Jo Beaudreau for Mayor of Florence.

— Bart Mealer


A candidate we can trust

We want someone to represent us in Salem who has a strong record of getting along with others — someone who will not think it is okay to walk out of the State Capitol to avoid casting a vote when the going gets tough.

In the race for House District 9, that person is Cal Mukumoto.

Cal is a calm and deliberative person, always a listener to the concerns of others. His many years in working for businesses and Tribal groups, and his appointments to state agencies, such as the Board of Forestry and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, have shown us that we can depend on him to bring decency and fairness to his work as a legislator.

Cal has worked for groups and industries that support our coastal and rural communities, from wood products to technology and tourism.

Anyone who has worked on a committee of any kind knows about the qualities of reliability and teamwork required of a state legislator. Cal Mukumoto can do this — he has earned my vote.

—Hans Radtke



Let the people choose

A look back to some of the Republican Senators’ positions, in their own words, on Supreme Court Justice appointments in 2016:

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

Sen. Marco Rubio: “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it was a Republican president.”

Sen. Cory Gardner: “I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”

Sen. Joni Ernst: “We will see what the people say this fall and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination.”

Sen. Thom Tillis: “The campaign is already under way. It is essential to the institution of the senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”

Sen. Ted Cruz: “It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”

Sen. Rob Portman: “I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.”

The next President should be the one making this Supreme Court nomination.

Let the people speak.

—Pat Reno,


Make sure our theater thrives

How lucky we are to have City Light Cinema.

My husband and I are huge fans of the theater and we are treating ourselves for a movie once a week.

It will be a sad and depressing day if this amazing entertainment venue will no longer be here, and it takes a village to keep a business open.

So get ready, get in your car and come to the cinema. Choose a movie you like (there is something for everyone) get yourself a snack and a drink, and relax in front of the screen.

Forget your worries and the news and enjoy two hours of documentary, funny, exciting or a thrilling movie.

Let’s all treat ourselves, and in the process make sure this lovely theater is thriving.

—Liat Meller


What price, Florence?

Ask not what Florence can do for our current Mayor, ask what Jo Beaudreau can do for Florence.

I will be voting for Jo Beaudreau for the next Mayor of Florence.

Also, to the staff of Siuslaw News, I believe you deserve awards for your ongoing investigation.

You are journalists in every sense of the term. For that and your courage to report the truth, I salute you.

In spite of mailers accusing you of sedition (I do wonder where those came from?), you have exposed a great deal of questionable behavior in local politics.

My question is this:

What price Florence?

—Edward Gunderson


Dick Anderson brings change

Melissa Cribbins, the Democrat candidate for the Oregon State Senate District 5, was recently in town to promote her candidacy.

During her visit she indicated her “awareness of how our coastal communities have not experienced the same level of recovery as the rest of Oregon.”

I agree completely that Florence, the Oregon Coast — indeed most all of rural Oregon — has been cast adrift by the Oregon State political apparatus.

However, I completely disagree with her presumed solution for this problem, i.e. electing her to the State Senate.

She is running to replace Arnie Roblan, the retiring Democrat incumbent.

Mr. Roblan was a part of a Democrat “supermajority,” and also among the leadership of the party in Oregon. The state assembly is also in a “supermajority” status.

What this means is that the legislature can pass any law or regulation it sees fit without opposition.

Given all of this, it’s hard to see what she brings to the table to change this situation — and it needs to be changed.

A better choice is Dick Anderson, currently the mayor of Lincoln City, and a strong advocate for our local interests.

—Ralph Nichols


Socialism or freedom?

This month I will be 72 years old. I have voted in every single state, federal and local election since old enough to vote. 

When you consider how much our freedoms have cost in precious lives since this country’s founding, how can anyone squander the freedom to vote?

This election, to me, is a choice between Socialism and freedom.

I am voting for the principles for which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for Constitutional government.

I am voting for a strong and viable military; I am voting for law and order, not mob rule; I am voting for a vibrant economy; I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms; I am voting for the freedom to worship.

I am also voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on Biblical principles. I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful.

I am voting for my children; my grandchildren; my great-grandchildren; and all their children to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated.

I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters legally and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore our laws. 

I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place, so that a few heavily populated liberal cities do not control the elections.

I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it.

I am voting to teach our children the history of our great country. 

You cannot learn from history by erasing or revising it.

I am voting for the most vulnerable among us, the baby in the womb who has a right to life.

I am voting for President Trump.

—Vicki Martin,


Time for change in city council

The Oct. 3 Siuslaw News included a supplement Voter Guide. One of the sections was titled “City of Florence Mayoral Candidates” and in it were quotes from the two contenders, Mayor Joe Henry and Jo Beaudreau.

I quote Joe Henry: “My intent is to direct the affairs of the council and staff in a non-partisan manner as I have attempted to do in the past.” 

I had to laugh because our mayor for the past two years has controlled a partisan city government.

I have lived in Florence for the past 20 years and have occasionally disagreed with the actions of previous mayors but they have been non-partisan while in office. We need a change in our local government and a restriction of  the mayor’s powers. That is why I am voting for Jo Beaudreau for mayor, Sally Wantz and Maggie Bagon for city councillors.

—Win Jolley



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