Was Editor gone; Thanks, Sam Spayd, Be careful who you support; Proposed housing problems; Working together to end racism; No one has right to put others at risk — Letters to the Editor, July 8, 2020

Was the editor gone?

How could the bastion of liberalism, the Siuslaw News, print the Guest Viewpoint from Ian Eales (“An American’s Perspective,” June 27)?

Our illustrious editor must have taken some time off.

It is amazing to see that someone else understands that the KKK was a democratic organization, and that “progressive liberalism” is promoting anarchy in our USA right out of the Marx- Lenin playbook.

—Martin Cable

Dunes City

Thanks, Sam Spayd

A few weeks ago, I was arriving at a local grocery store when I heard the annoying sound of that little red bell. I thought to myself, “It ain’t Christmas.”

But as I approached the donation stand, I noticed a brochure for “Christmas In June,” which is a program started by Sam Spayd this year to help people who lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Qualified local residents whose jobs were affected have received checks that they can use any way they choose.

I received one and chose to buy a high-pressure washer and long extension wand. The addition of these tools helped me get back on track washing buildings, walkways, driveways, roofs, gutters and more.

Once the coronavirus hit, work for me was slim to none. That was until Christmas in June, a positive attitude and my experience washing homes led me to being almost overwhelmed with work opportunities thanks to my new tools.

Thank you, Sam Spayd.

Your program worked for me; it changed my life and inspired me to be a better man.

—Alan Kyllo


Be careful who and what you support

In the recent letter from Judy Schwartz (“Standing In Solidarity For Equality,” July 1), she gives the impression that she speaks for the Jewish community. 

That is false. There is no Jewish community. Even a Rabbi doesn’t represent the Jewish people except regarding the religion. The meaning of the term Rabbi is teacher. A Rabbi does not have the authority of a minister, a priest, even the Pope. 

Neither does Judy Schwartz.

In regards to Black Lives Matter, you would think it stands for the unfortunate incident in which George Floyd was killed, along with associated incidents. 

If you think this, you are wrong. It is a catch-all for all sorts of radical organizations. I would like to inform Ms. Schwartz that the BLM organization’s platform includes vile antisemitism and the associated hate mongers. 

This is weird because the Jewish people were instrumental in the forming of the NAACP. The BLM organization’s agenda is far different than the slogan. 

Money given to them goes down a rabbit hole.

It’s unfortunately a sign of the times; you have to be very careful who and what you support.

—George Goldsten


Proposed housing project has some problems

For anyone concerned about the traffic on 35th Street and Rhododendron Drive, please review the documents for the Florence Planning Commission meeting set for July 14 on the City of Florence website. 

The description of the proposal is for 101 low-rise, multi-family homes and 31 detached single-family homes to be added on a 9-acre plot in the area. 

The plan calls for no changes to help the traffic flow in the area, despite the estimated  1,077-net new weekday daily trips.

I suggest the community looks at this development with a view as to the impact it will make in the area.  

Let the city know of your concerns before this becomes a problem.

—Sandy Davidson


Only by working together will racism end 

In response to the national focus and support of Black Lives Matter, starting on June 2, there have now been eight rallies and a Juneteenth celebration here in Florence. 

Residents of this small community, along with cities big and small from all over Oregon, the nation and the world, are standing in solidarity and following the lead of the Black Lives Matter movement recognizing that systemic racism is prevalent in our country and must be addressed in every city.

Since that first rally on June 2, the Florence Police Department chief successfully dispelled the rumor of outside agitators; officers continue to wave at rally participants when they pass by the intersection of Highway 101 and 126 and are responsive to any concern. 

However, I have received no response to a request in my June 7 letter to the Mayor and City Council for a statement that Black Lives Matter, a review of the use-of-force policies, and measures to use common sense reforms to end police violence. 

I made no mention originally of the Black Lives Matter demand to defund the police, but that is a conversation that needs to be addressed and defined as well. 

With many Council meetings and committee meetings cancelled, the next Council meeting is July 20. 

Is this when these concerns will be publicly addressed?

In the middle of a global pandemic, an economic crisis, a climate crisis and a racial justice crisis, is Florence just going to hope it all goes away? 

After a month of rallies right here in Florence and more to come, the health and safety of our citizens should not be a political debate. 

Only when we work together as a community, support each other and recognize that systemic racism is real can we have a prosperous, healthy and safe community for everyone.

—Beverly Sherrill


No one has the right to put others at risk

On July 3 and 4, I held a ceramic studio sale with a “thank you” to all those people thoughtful enough to wear a mask, just as I was doing, to protect each other from COVID-19.

These are true community members. I define community as a group of people who care about each other.

Then there was the very different group in Old Town, demonstrating with no social distancing or masks. 

Demonstrate for whomever you want — that’s your right. But you don’t have the right to put others at risk with your behavior. 

If Florence gets new cases of COVID-19 in two to three weeks, it will be due to those kneeling at the altar of divisiveness rather than that of community.

—Mike Schwartz



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