Each week we recognize those people and organizations in the community deserving of public praise for the good things they do to make the North Coast a better place to live, and also those who should be called out for their actions.
This week’s Shoutouts go to:
• The organizers of the Jane Barnes Revue, an annual fundraising event by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association which raised $18,000 earlier this month to continue downtown revitalization efforts. The event celebrates the history of Jane Barnes and this year’s revue attracted an audience of about 200 people who were entertained by 13 men and three women who donned “opposite” attire and danced down the 24-foot catwalk to music of their choosing.
• Jill Stokeld, who is heading into retirement at the end of the month after owning and operating The Ship Inn in Astoria for 43 years. Stokeld, who founded the The Ship Inn with her husband, Fenton, in 1974 had sold the restaurant last year to Bellingham, Washington-based developer Mark Hollander but signed a one-year lease to continue to operate the restaurant. The eatery had been for sale since 2005, a year after her husband died. The inn has been known for its English fare, and Stokeld says she will miss operating it and interacting with customers, but is also looking forward to volunteer activities that running a business wouldn’t allow her time to participate in.
• Jessica Carr, who was named Elk of the Year by the Seaside Elks Lodge 1748 last month. The award is the highest honor a member can receive and recognizes the member’s dedication to their lodge. Judy Newland was named Citizen of the Year and Michael Heuvelhorst was named Officer of the Year during the lodge’s annual installation of officers.
• Volunteers with the Keepers of North Head Lighthouse/Friends of the Columbia River Gateway and those donating to efforts to restore the North Head Lighthouse in Ilwaco, Washington, to how it looked when it was new in 1898. The lighthouse was in poor shape from harsh weather and neglect when it was acquired by Washington State Parks from the federal government in 2012, and major renovations have been taking place through public and private funding efforts.
• The Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, which conducted its second annual opioid summit last Friday. The summit brought together those in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties involved in the opioid issue, from health care and law enforcement to educators and the general public to discuss new ideas, learn and bring strategies back to better serve their communities.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Legislative leaders who continue to posture for creating new taxes without addressing cost controls. While Oregon currently has a $1.6 billion deficit heading into the new biennium, it is already going to set a record for new revenue flowing into the state’s coffers with existing taxes. Huge cost drivers that include health care and the Public Employees Retirement System that have long-term impact have only been addressed superficially. Instead, a spate of bills were introduced trying to create new taxes on everything from coffee to old cars to relieve the short-term shortfall without addressing the long-term outlook. Fortunately most of the goofy tax bills have already met their demise, but others remain while some legislative leaders continue to proclaim that without the new taxes there will be dire consequences. Those bills should be shelved until the other side of the ledger is addressed, not just for now, but for the future as well.
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