2A • January 9, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com Letters to the Editor Pay it forward We remember Widdop standing up against the commercial interests that tried to “sewer To the editor, up” the city; we remember her brave stand Dec. 27 was an ordinary winter day against closing the Hager Avenue access to in Seaside. I mailed the last of my /LWWOH%HDFKZHUHPHPEHUKHU¿HUFHRSSR Christmas cards, then contended with sition to building condos on the golf course; a pedestrian crossing the street against and we remember that she resigned her own the light. position to protest the attempted harassment Afterward, I felt I had been too rude. RIORFDOHOHFWHGRI¿FLDOVE\WKHVWDWHRI2U It was rainy and windy; perhaps he was egon. cold and wet. We remember those, and so many other Not feeling the Christmas spirit, I cases in which Widdop has had the courage parked downtown. Dodging other rude to stand alone and raise her voice on behalf drivers, I walked to Dundees for hot of our Comprehensive Plan and the quali- coffee and something to eat. The ser- ty of life in Gearhart. Without her presence vice was rather slow as it was lunchtime on the council over the years, Gearhart may and lots of people were in town. well have become just another faceless, $V , ZDV ¿QLVKLQJ P\ FKLOL EXUJHU overdeveloped, overcommercialized sub- the server, a pleasant young woman, urb of Seaside. informed me that she was buying my Throughout its history as a city, Gearhart lunch so don’t wait for the check. Since mayors have walked among the people and we were strangers, I asked her why. She discussed issues, and no previous mayor replied that she was passing on the spir- has ever been known to withhold his or her it of the season, what had been done for own opinion. But Widdop has broken all her. She thought me to be a nice man. precedent in openness — with her weekly I remembered the frightened pedestrian “coffee and cookies” sessions, she has giv- and knew otherwise. en all citizens a platform for their agendas. Nevertheless, I left Dundees a hun- As for her own opinion, being mayor dred pounds lighter convinced that the does not abrogate her constitutional right Christmas spirit still lives in our lovely to express it, nor does the free expression town. of her opinion violate anyone else’s consti- Thank you young woman! A happy tutional right. If she has offended, she has New Year to you and yours. I will pass duly apologized. on what I have been given. I’ve never known her to prevaricate. Her Dennis Allwein explanation of what happened in the Linda Seaside Goldfarb/Kevin Willett case seems simple and straightforward enough to ring true to reality. In my opinion, that explanation To the editor, should have been accepted, and that should The guest column by Harold Gable on have been the end of it. the editorial page of the Dec. 22 Daily As- It now remains for her handful of oppo- torian stands out as unique (“Petitioner re- nents to either back off or justify in detail buts Mayor Widdop’s claims”) (ed. note: why they are pursuing her recall. It will not Gable’s piece also appeared as a letter to do to make covert allusion to “Widdop’s the editor in the Dec. 26 Seaside Signal). own personal bias against a single Gearhart Never before, as far as I can recall, has any resident.” We ordinary citizens are not privy Gearhart citizen been elevated to the rank to this piece of gossip, and do not under- of guest columnist — which is all the more stand why, if there’s really an issue here, reason to respond, since it seems to cry out it’s not being discussed in full detail. And for a response. please, let us know why any of us should The column, which urgently seeks sig- “fear retaliation.” natures for Gable’s recall petition, asks us The campaign to bring down a mayor to picture a “mayor who has only her agen- who has, for so many years, served the city so da.” He does not specify what agenda he well cannot be based on whispered innuendo. means, but we ordinary citizens know what Bill Berg her agenda has been over the past 20 years. Gearhart What agenda? Visit us online at Obituaries Geraldine Fettig Sept. 8, 1933 — Dec. 18, 2014 Geraldine Claire (Yea- ger) Fettig, born to parents Joseph and Berl (Plowman) Yeager, grew up in Portland and attended Grant High School. She later graduat- ed from the University of Oregon, where she studied business, played the violin and served as president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1955, Gerry married Richard P. Fettig, and they ZHOFRPHG WKHLU ¿UVW VRQ Dick Jr., in 1958 while living in military housing in South Carolina, where Dick served in the U.S. Army. Shortly thereafter, they returned to Portland and joined the fam- ily hotel business. Sons John the Multnomah Athletic Club; and her greatest pas- sion, her eight grandchil- dren, whose activities and accomplishments were a constant delight. Gerry is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Dick; sons, Dick Jr., John and Chuck; their wives; and eight grandchil- dren. ,Q OLHX RI ÀRZHUV FRQ tributions may be made to GERALDINE FETTIG OHSU/Doernbecher Chil- dren’s Hospital Foundation and Chuck followed in 1959 at www.OHSU.edu or Be the Match (The National and 1960, respectively. Gerry’s last 25 years Bone Marrow Donor Regis- ZHUH¿OOHGZLWKWKHORYHRI try) at www.bethematch.org A memorial service has friends; international travel; ZLOGÀRZHU KLNHV *HDUKDUW been held. Dennis Michael ‘Mike’ O’Brien Feb. 9, 1935 — Dec. 25, 2014 Dennis Michael “Mike” O’Brien, 79, of Cannon Beach, Ore., died Dec. 25, 2014, at Nehalem Valley Care Center in Wheeler, Ore. He was born on Feb 9, 1935, in Cusick, Wash., to Harry and Beatrice O’Brien. He graduat- ed from Newport High School in Newport, Wash., in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1959. Mr. O’Brien is sur- vived by Darlene, his wife of nearly 51 years; his children, Kevin and Shan- non; stepchildren, Randy, Loreen and Rick; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A private burial of his ashes is planned in New- port, Wash. Ocean View Funeral & Cremation Service of As- toria is in charge of the ar- rangements, and an online guest book may be signed at www.OceanViewAsto- ria.com DENNIS MICHAEL O’BRIEN Births Joel Mark Harris Dec. 4, 2014 HARRIS, David and Kathryn of Can- non Beach, a boy, Joel Mark Harris, born at Providence Seaside Hospital. Grandpar- ents are Leslie and Rebecca Clawson of Centennial, Colo.; Scott and Pam Harris of Murrieta, Calif.; and Bill and Ruth Boylan of Temecula, Calif. Thomas James Shaw www.seasidesignal.com Dec. 2, 2014 SHAW, Mikey Shaw and Katie Loom- is, of Astoria, a boy, Thomas James Shaw, born at Providence Seaside Hospital. Sib- lings are 6-year-old Madalyn Aiken and You Tube 3-year-old Michael Shaw. 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