Lock them in their room until they play nice

    It seems simple to me to get both Democrats and Republicans to come to a compromise over issues. Just put them all in a large room with plenty of coffee, tea and sodas to drink and have only two bathrooms, one for women and one for men. Lock the doors until an agreement is reached, should anyone demand to get out before a settlement is reached he or she must resign at once. If the people we elected act like children, treat them that way.

George McCurdy

Ocean Park

Photographer was too close to seal on beach

    Recently, I observed a person parked on the clam beds walking to the edge of the water to take pictures of a baby seal resting on the beach during our stormy weather. My friend and I parked our car and watched him approach the seal pup within 2 or 3 feet as to get it to respond, which it did by trying to get away from him, but he chased it into the water and then turned to take some pictures of some pelicans. When the exhausted seal pup came back out he went right back to it and chased it into the water taking pictures. You can tell by the photo he was on top of the seal and it was actually so tired it was rolling toward the surf.

    When he was done (because of no seal pup no more) and he was walking back to his car, we approached him. I told him what he was doing was wrong and explained to him what it does and his response was “tell someone who cares” and I said he must not be local and he said he lives here. Then next I see it on the front page of the newspaper. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, you’re to stay 300 feet from them. He had plenty of camera equipment that he did not have to get that close.

    And the caption underneath the picture the Observer even says you’re not to approach them. Why did he endanger the health and safety of this poor tired creature? And why didn’t he identify himself. My question is does this person have regard for safety or what is the law or respect or courtesy to others or other things just to take a dollar picture?

Robert Gray

Long Beach

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The photographer’s recollection of this wildlife encounter differs substantially from that of the letter writer. But in any event, NOAA suggests that observers stay 300 feet away from pups left on the shore. This animal was incorrectly described as a pup in last week’s paper, since it was approximately four feet in length and pupping season on our portion of the coast ends in July. Young seals come ashore at times to regulate their body temperature and gain strength for survival, so it shouldn’t be assumed any seen on the shore are sick or abandoned. If the condition of a marine mammal worries you, call the NOAA NW Stranding Hotline at 800-853-1964.

It’s easy to take the bus all the way to Longview

    This letter is to fulfill a vow I made to a woman at ReachOut Thrift Store, who wanted to know how to take buses to Longview. Here’s how:

    Take Pacific Transit (642-9418) bus number 20 to the Port of Ilwaco at 9:30 a.m., transfer to Pacific Transit bus number 54/24. This bus goes to Astoria then to Okie’s Market in Naselle.

    At 10:25 a.m., catch the Wahkiakum on the Move transfer bus. My driver’s name was Hope, and she was wonderful to her riders, as were all the drivers I encountered. The buses wait for transfers, so you are not left in the dark. This bus makes lots of stops in Longview and about 12:25 p.m., gets to Fred Meyer. But it also stops at the train station, Triangle Shopping Mall, St. John’s Hospital, etc.

    You can catch the bus back around 3 p.m., then it gets to Okie’s in Naselle at 5:05 p.m. I got home in Seaview by 6:10 p.m., the total cost was only $1.85.

    The Wahkiakum bus runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It doesn’t run on weekends or Tuesdays. Call them toll-free at 888-795-3101 for information.

    I have put copies of the Wahkiakum bus schedule at ReachOut Thrift Store.

    I hope more people take advantage of this wonderful service our buses provide, and tell Hope that Fern Tree told you about their bus. Thank you.

Susan Sullivan

Green Team Cleaning

Seaview

KCPB adds evening classical music programs

    Coast Community Radio, operator of KCPB FM, has expanded KCPB’s classical music programming with Nighttime Classics, a two-hour block of classical music every weekday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Upcoming highlights include selections from the 2011 Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts from the Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival.

    According to Coast Community Radio Program Director Elizabeth Menetrey, the change in format comes in response to growing demand for classical programs from KCPB listeners. Menetrey added that the locally-produced public affairs programs that have been broadcast on KCPB from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekday evenings will now be available as podcasts on the Coast Community Radio website at www.coastradio.org.

    KCPB broadcasts at 90.9 FM and can be heard from Cannon Beach north to Oysterville and east to the Knappa area. The station also offers Coastal Classics, a locally-hosted classical program which airs every weekday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., afternoon classics from 1 p.m. to   4 p.m., and live broadcasts from the annual Astoria Music Festival.

    Coast Community Radio also operates KMUN Astoria 91.9 FM and KTCB Tillamook 89.5 FM. KMUN has been broadcasting since 1983 and is the most popular station on the northern Oregon coast according to Eastlan Ratings, a media research group.

David Paul

Astoria

Clamming is a serious sport on Peninsula

    Clamming in Long Beach is the most serious sport on the whole Peninsula! I have talked at length to the clammers that are die-hard and will try to decipher what they do. First of all it doesn’t matter if it is the dead of night, or the worst of storms. If a clam season is open, you have the hunters of the elusive bivalve (that is so politically incorrect nowadays, who cares what their sex orientations are?).

    One lady proudly showed me her clam gun, the barrel so large that three of them would make (cannon) battery “A” of the USS Missouri! I never asked to see the shells for it … but it probably blows the critter to smithereens, hence the term on the can: minced clams. Most people that I talked to use a shovel, and presumably whack the poor clam in the head with it. Though I have heard of someone chopping them off at the neck, I wonder where the head ends up? No doubt a seagull collects them like the headhunters of old collected skulls.

    Apparently mating season is a good time to go clamming, I have heard many people talk about seeing them necking … I read in the paper occasionally that someone drives over the clam beds. This is considered awfully rude, especially during the mating season.

    Lately, clamming has been closed down because of something called demonic acid. I never tried it, but it doesn’t take a genius like me to figure that to be something left over from the ‘60s. Boy, I wouldn’t want to get a hold of a chowder made from those clams. You might never get back from that trip. No wonder a lot of people that go clamming have those beards.

    I like clams myself, and I think that next time the demonic acid is dissipated, I might have a go at ‘em myself …

Tom Ashmore

Long Beach

Hometown pride: We have it for good reasons

    Matt Winters is so right when he describes our area as being “blessed with so many scenic, cultural and historical assets,” as he noted in a recent editorial regarding the changes at the Visitors Bureau.  I couldn’t agree more.

    Recently, as I walked the River Walk in Raymond, I was struck by the significant factors which set all of Pacific County apart from other parts of this country. Pristine waterways and the Pacific Ocean surround communities which have retained their hometown flavor, while so many other towns find that they now all have the same big-box-store look and feel. We all know about the incredible food served by truly outstanding chefs, the dramatic ocean cliffs with their lighthouses and the long stretches of serene beach. Most of us have been delighted by the lifelike steel sculptures throughout Raymond or have stopped off along the highway to follow a stream through the trees. Where else can you visit world-class museums, walk among ancient red cedars, lose yourself in thousands of acres of protected forest, glimpse rare bird species and, then, just for the fun of it, take in the colorful sights and sounds of a local festival all in the same day?

    What all of these things have in common is that precious commodity — people who love and respect their home. Bruce Peterson, ex-president of the Visitors Bureau board, likens our communities to a string of pearls. And they are from Bay Center to Frances and Naselle to Oysterville — these are the true attractions, which bring visitors back again and again. “Hometown pride” has become a hackneyed phrase. But, in our case, it describes a vitality of spirit which has helped this area retain what so much of the world has lost — a safe haven. It is why so many people who retire to this county say they were looking for a place which reminded them of the small towns of their youth.

    I have been proud to represent the villages, towns and hidden jewels of Pacific County and the Long Beach Peninsula to the world outside. And I take my hat off to all of the men and women who give so freely of their precious time to keep everything running. Hurray to the volunteers who put on events throughout the county! Hurray to all the dedicated souls who do the unseen work of serving on countless boards and committees! Hurray to the neighbors who make sure no one is left without care. Hurray to everyone who shows up to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the community, instead of sitting home in front of the TV set! Hurray to each and every person who sits behind a desk at the Humane Society or the Visitors Bureau or a hospital auxiliary or a museum and eases our way!

    This is simply an amazing place, isn’t it?

Una Boyle

Peninsula

Some businesses pulling fast ones with pricing

    I am writing this letter because I am bothered by a couple recent events with local businesses. I realize that running a business in a tourist-dependent location can be difficult due to a fluctuating customer base, however, this does not excuse the behavior of trying to get more for providing less. To explain I would like to say that while hunting one day with my father and a friend we stopped in at a café for breakfast and they had a sign outside that said “Chicken Fried Steak $6.99.” We all went inside and as we were about to order we asked the waiter what he recommended or what was good. He stated the chicken fried steak was outstanding. We then ordered three. It was good but the portion wasn’t that big and it only came with one piece of toast. Not a big deal, but once we got the bill and it was almost $40 I asked why it was so much and he stated the chicken fried steak was $10.99. I told him the sign said $6.99. The waiter said that was for the smaller portion. I don’t know how it could get any smaller than the portion we had, but I thought that was a very deceptive practice regardless. I paid the bill, tipped a very small amount and left. I blew this off as a local business attempting to get a little more from someone they thought would probably not be back. Turns out they were right, I won’t go back.

       Not until what happened to me today at another food service establishment did I feel it necessary to send in this letter.

     I ordered a sandwich off the board of options including meat, cheese and bread. I then asked to have it toasted as a hot pastrami sandwich. I went to pay for the sandwich and it was an extra $1.80. I asked why and they said it was a specialty sandwich called a melt and that is a different price. I said “Are you serious?” The lady replied, “I have nothing to do with it.“ Again, I was polite and paid but not happily at all. Before I left, a gentleman walked up to me as I was eating and said, “I heard what just happened and that ain’t right.” I agreed with him.

    I would like to point out that a very popular sandwich shop here will microwave meat and toast the bread for a much larger sandwich and charge only $5 for certain ones.

    I write this letter for a couple of reasons. 1. I hope all business owners on this Peninsula read this and understand that while we are in a relatively isolated area, there are still many options for the consumer. 2. I hope the business owners of the establishments I am referencing take note of what I wrote and change the way they do business for the sake of their own success.

    As a small business owner myself, I realize people have many choices. If you want to succeed in business, you better under promise and over deliver. If you don’t, you will lose 100 percent of your market share to the “Other Guy.”

Lance Woolwine

Ocean Park &?Spanaway

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