Good Evening SOS!
Bekah Lidey, age 8, wrote this Letter to the Editor, all by herself, which was proofread, corrected by her teacher, and submitted to the DAILY COURIER:
Vote Yes on 17-59. Why? Because if you don’t, then there will be no more jail and certainly no Juvenile Justice Center. Our Juvenile Justice Center has changed many lives. The jail is one of those things that keeps us safe.
If people are not willing to pay taxes then it’s lights out. I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to feel safe in my own town. If you can afford the taxes then why don’t you vote yes? I really cannot think of a good reason not to.
I want to be safe in a nice place. I want to live the rest of my childhood in a safe environment. Do you want to be safe and sound?
Special Note: Per the group’s decision, SOS will be having a meeting at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street @ 7:45 PM on May 20, 2014. The meeting will be brief! We have the Pub until 10:00 PM!
Hard Rock Mining Committee – Michael Copeland/Jay Meredith
A message from the Mining Committee:
Dear attendees and guests that were invited to the Southern Oregon Minerals Summit on May 10, 2014.
Thanks so much to those of you who were able to make it out to the event. We heard from many of you that you wanted to be there but it didn’t work out in your schedule. The event turned out great and the TV recording of the event by RVTV also turned out great. You can see the event by clicking on the link to RVTV’s recording here:
The link along with additional information is also up on the SOS Hard Rock Mining Committee’s page here:
We will be in touch as we continue to work with Dr. Hatch and others to tell this story to a much wider audience. This is a very important economic development area to help the counties of Southern Oregon. If you’re pressed for time please watch the introductory segment about why we’re working in this area and watch the keynote speaker Gareth Hatch which starts at 94:40 in the recording. And if you have time, please watch the whole event! You may have to turn the sound up from normal level on your computer to hear everything well.
MAT-C (Medically Assisted Treatment Center)
The next meeting for this Committee will be on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM at the Women’s Health Center.
A final thought before the close of the election…
So many of you have put in countless hours to bring awareness to our community.
In February, SOS sponsored an Awareness Art Auction at Roux 26. Led by JoAnne Alvarez, her committee put in countless hours and met with over 30 artists to secure ART. Jon Bowen was kind enough to let us use his facility. Funny, when we started that project, we thought maybe half of the restaurant would suffice… If you attended, you got that subtlety! Over 150 people in attendance! The Awareness Event also doubled as a fundraiser and made money used to continue SOS’ Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”
In March, SOS, united with Club Northwest, sponsored an Awareness Run: “Run for the Law” Over 500 in attendance and over 400 actual participants. Led by Bill West and his wing-people: Frank Morin and Holly Lidey. The timing chip company said they were “stunned” that this was a “first-time” event! Again, this Awareness Event also doubled as a fundraiser and made money used to continue SOS’ Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”
In April, led by Jim Goodwin, SOS sponsored a Juvenile Justice Center Vigil, focusing on AWARENESS and the change such a facility could impact a life. If you were amongst the over 60 or so people there in attendance, you would have seen a child-turned-man, who had leaned on that center hit a home run with his speech… Without a doubt, the Juvenile Center is a vital component of our community and our SOS’ Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”
And now it is MAY. Tomorrow is the election. All eyes are on what’s going to happen. SOS is non-political, however, it is no secret that the success of this citizen petitioned levy is very important to this community.
Whether the levy passes or fails, thank you for your efforts to make our home, Josephine County, a safer place to live.
Whether the levy passes or fails, there is still much work to be done.
We have taken great strides to develop the following, so one day soon, in less than 5 years, we will be levy free:
- MAT-C (Medically Assisted Treatment Center)
- Hard Rock Mining
- Lottery Local Control
- Sobering Center
- Justice of the Peace Court
“I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”
“Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will run – and live!”
“Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”