The events of January 6 have been sobering to most. How have we progressed to this? An adage states: “if you tell a lie long enough, you will believe it; if you believe it, you will BE it”. Many have succumbed to “alternative facts”. However, as Vice-President Mike Pence (paraphrasing from D…

I want to give a big shout out to my heroes of this week. Our trash collection and recycle day was a very windy, very wet, very early Tuesday. It was close to impossible to even go out in the weather without getting blown over. We had to go out and right our trash cans and recycle cans a cou…

As I have been a public official for the last 15 years with a special district in Tillamook County, and realize how citizens who serve their fellow citizens in leadership for very positive results are really a kind of volunteer to give back to the county where they live and make it better fo…

This past week I was driving with my grandsons through Pleasant Valley but had this rather unpleasant experience. In plain sight along Hwy. 101 was a large sign with big bold letters that read “XXXX You, Governor Kate Brown. Merry Christmas.” I may not have listed this quote in the right ord…

Early morning call; Thought it might be my family but no. Seems I need to extend my fifteen year old car’s warranty. Next call: I have very hard time understanding him. Think he needs more lessons on how to speak English. He asks me to turn on my computer and says I have big problem. I tell …

I would like to address two issues with respect to the efforts surrounding the two currently available vaccines against Covid-19. I speak as a retired faculty member of a medical school who has taught the pharmacology of antibiotics and anti-viral drugs. Although not my primary research inte…

I have tried to appeal to you in every human sense possible to demonstrate, understanding, empathy, compassion to the residents of Tillamook County and others who are suffering from the events of 2020. On Thursday Dec. 15 I discovered in the archives of the Headlight Herald there was no publ…

I have had the pleasure of knowing Misty Wharton for many years now and I am forever grateful she is our current Nestucca Valley School Superintendent. I am amazed at her total dedication to our school district as she continually spends endless hours and energy working through the numerous r…

I would like to address two issues with respect to the efforts surrounding the two currently available vaccines against Covid-19. I speak as a retired faculty member of a medical school who has taught the pharmacology of antibiotics and anti-viral drugs. Although not my primary research inte…

Facebook, which has been engaged in a troubled project at Tierra Del Mar, is now facing a gathering of forces hoping to check its monopolistic business practices. Members of Congress and judicial challenges could yet trigger a breakup of the tech giant. If this occurs, it is uncertain whethe…

I was a child during the World War II. Our town was smaller than Tillamook, but we managed to do our part. My father was stationed aboard a hospital ship- sort of a big floating target with a bright red cross painted on it. The folks at home worked hard to help with the war effort. One of th…

Paying to park at Pacific City would not be approved by voters. Everyone I talk to is against it. I have not heard a single positive comment for it. Yet the Tillamook county commissioners pushed it through with little notice. There's questionable legal issues. Is this plan even legal? It's a…

I strongly support the rule change proposed by OPRD to ban driving year-round on the Tierra Del Mar residential area beach and the area adjacent to Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. It should be just common sense that we would not allow driving on the beach, especially in the proposed area fro…

I was appalled by the letter submitted a short time ago by a community member who veered into personal attacks launched at Nestucca Valley School District Superintendent Misty Wharton, and I was heartened to see several letters of support for Ms. Wharton the following week. I feel I need to …

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Eugene Schmuck Foundation I would like to thank Bob Joseph, who has retired as Board President. Bob has provided the Foundation and our community with many years of service. His valuable guidance and direction helped in organizing the ESF’s Manzanit…

I am disheartened by the context in which a paragraph out of a recent Chamber Chatter was taken by Bruce Deloria. The article in question was intended to reaffirm that Tillamook County residents are doing a great job combating Covid-19 and we’ve helped our restaurants survive once and let's …

Several letters to the editor have been complaining about gas prices in Tillamook. Gas prices in Tillamook have always been high and long before Fred Meyer came here. The last time I remember cheap gas in Tillamook was during the gas wars in the 60's. Don't know what knowledge the previous l…