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Letters to the Editor August 27, 2014

Same speed, safe speed

The recent fatality on Chetco Avenue (Pilot Aug. 23) cries out for a uniform speed limit of no more than 30 mph encompassing the entire length of this main street within the city limits of Brookings. The confusing street signs go from 25 mph to 35 mph and back again to 25. 

For example, the northbound sign at Chetco and Pacific states 35. On the opposite side of the corner southbound, the sign reads 25. It has been my experience that after passing Fifth Street northbound on Chetco, many drivers push the envelope and go 40 or faster. 

End the confusion and maybe save a life, drive at 30 mph or you will be speeding. 

Joe Willett 

Harbor

Ice-bucket brigade

The 17th Annual MDA Benefit Car Show is being held at the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River on Saturday, August 30. 

All of the proceeds from this event are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, and other related illnesses. 

In keeping with the national movement to help raise money for this very worth while cause, the Curry County Cruises car club will pledge $250 to the MDA Benefit Car Show if they will accept the “Ice Bucket Challenge” at the car show. 

The Curry County Cruisers would also like to challenge other organizations in our area to make a pledge to donate any amount to this event. If you are able to make a pledge or donation to the MDA to help find a cure, please contact Jim at 541-813-1214 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Haggerty 

Brookings

Crosswalks, lights

As a resident of Brookings who uses a walker and sometimes a motorized chair, I do not drive. The crosswalks are not safe for pedestrians. Drivers do not recognized the crosswalks nor flashing lights. 

We need crosswalks and flashing lights that drivers can see. When I cross Wharf Street at Railroad Street and press the flashing lights, some drivers do not stop, they go right on and not caring if I am on the crosswalk and the lights are flashing. Almost got hit several times, because drivers are speeding and not stopping. 

Also, Brookings need a crosswalk, Chetco Lane at Chetco Avenue; it is difficult to cross there. I have to go the stoplight where Ray’s Food Place and across from Fred Meyer. It takes me 15 minutes extra to get home. If I walk from Chetco Lane at Chetco Avenue it only takes me 10 minutes to get home, instead of 25 minutes to get home. 

How many more people will get killed before Brookings City Counsel will do anything about having crosswalks, and flashing lights that are safe?

Lauren Diane Spector

Brookings

Share insight with us

In response to the CEO of Curry Health Network Andrew Bair’s written offer to meet face-to-face with me for a better understanding of the new hospital bond, and county districting, I say “thank you.” 

I’d like to extend the same offer, to call me, at his convenience, at 541-698-7575. 

I do believe that, although districting was on board long before his tenure, he could no doubt offer valuable insight and understanding to this process that confuses more than just me. 

Mr. Bair contends that he wrote an earlier letter in response to something I’d written. Actually, that was not the case. He was responding to another confused citizen’s letter, written by John O’Hara, printed Aug. 9, who wrote complaining of: a) the cost of the new hospital; b) the location, in Gold Beach. Mr. Bair wrote to inform Mr. O’Hara, that he was in another district, that of Brookings/Harbor, outside the hospital tax district, and concluded by saying that it’s a complex issue. 

Perhaps a better way to inform the public, and myself included, would be for Mr. Bair to dedicate time to meet with a reporter and share this vital insight that has so far has eluded so many of us. 

The issue of building a brand new hospital in a very small county, and the questions of “who’s paying” and “who’s benefitting” is of vital importance to many of us, and should be discussed as openly and frankly as possible. 

Clayton Johnson 

Gold Beach

Spray laws appalling

The incident of spraying toxic herbicides on the residents of Cedar Valley (Gold Beach), is appalling. 

But even more appalling is the fact that “current law grants immunity to those who spray on others’ private property.” (quote from Jane Stebbins’ Aug. 16, 2014, article in the Curry Coastal Pilot). 

The citizens that were sprayed could not obtain exactly what chemicals were sprayed on them so that they could get appropriate medical treatment because the groups responsible for the spraying were not required by law to do so, so they didn’t. Does anyone else in Brookings find this appalling? 

It could happen to you, your children, your grandchildren playing innocently in the yard. Congratulations to the residents of Cedar Valley who are standing up for their rights to live in a healthy environment by bringing this lawsuit. 

This should also be a top priority for our legislators, Wyden, Merkley, Defazio, Kruse and Krieger, to introduce and support legislation to change these laws. These laws should be protecting the people. 

To learn more see article called “Poisoned Paradise: Stories from Cedar Valley” written by Lisa Arkin. There is also a YouTube version where individuals are interviewed. Very moving.

Christine Behrens

Brookings

Code-book limits

I live in the new 40 unit complex on Lucky Lane, and it is a hair-raising experience crossing the highway in a car — let alone without one. Yet I observe middle school and high school students crossing there frequently, running, on bikes and on skateboards. 

A block away by the Activity Center, one can frequently observe pedestrians, wheeled-walkers, and wheelchairs crossing the highway without a light or a crosswalk. This proved fatal for one of our senior citizens last week. Joyce Betties was a friend of mine who lived on Chetco Lane and crossed there often to get to shopping on the other side.

Another pedestrian accident in mid-August put a young cheerleader into a long and painful recovery period for numerous fractured bones. She was also crossing the highway. 

Why do other towns on highways, like Elkton, Coquille and Myrtle Point, have no difficulty getting a slow speed limit in their residential and business districts? Why are we alone, with our narrow highway and our suicide lanes, left to fend for ourselves against the speeding traffic that seems hell-bent on leaving Brookings at 10 mph above the legal speed limit which is already too high.

It seems to me that the DMV Code says that business and residential zones are 25 mph and 30 mph respectively. Brookings is clearly both from the Brookings Harbor Shopping Center all the way north to Easy Street. Yet we cannot get a “Slow Down” or “Congestion” sign on the highway? We cannot get the legal limit enforced as it is in the code book? 

Can someone in traffic enforcement please explain to us whether we need ODOT to act, or can we do something as a group of concerned citizens, and before the highway claims another victim.

Kathi Justman

Brookings

Agree with writer

I had the opportunity to see the movie, “America — Imagine the World Without Her,” after reading the book. Dinesh D’Souza, the book’s author, is a legal immigrant, becoming a citizen after leaving his native India some 30 years ago. 

No matter where you stand politically, or what you have been told or have read, I sense an urgency for all Americans to view this candid historical documentary. “America” presents our nation’s history in a vibrant and untainted light, and interviews with Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs are extremely well presented. The people and their thoughts and conclusions are logical, unbiased and compelling. 

After completing D’Souza’s book, I have come to agree with the author — America is not the problem. America is the solution. Our Founding Fathers’ foresight and wisdom in creating our Constitution guaranteed all who came here — whether slaves, immigrants, or Natives — eventual individual freedom and self governance. 

At no time in the history of mankind has individual freedom become a reality for all of its citizens, and nowhere on earth is individual work and enterprise rewarded for any and all citizens who are willing to sacrifice. 

There is nothing more liberating, and equalizing, than assuring that every person, no matter what their race, creed, religion or origin, has a Constitutionally guaranteed opportunity here: to write their own script, follow their heart’s desire, and create their own destiny and legacy. That is the magic — and the miracle — of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” 

For the first time in human history, a guaranteed right of individual self-governance and self-expression has become reality. The opportunities for self-improvement and success that follows are the driving force behind much of the world’s peoples yearning to come here and take part in this exceptional republic of “America.”

Jeffrey Tribble

Harbor

Crosswalks for 101

Why so few crosswalks? Now that someone has died while trying to cross the road, I must ask why there are so few crosswalks in town? 

If you are north of Fifth Street, there are motels, restaurants, convenience stores, parts and automotive store, insurance places, medical businesses, craft and sewing store,video game store signs and graphic store and many other different business, and there are NO crosswalks. 

The only place that has a crosswalk in the middle of the block is in front of the theater. If you are elderly or handicapped in some way, crossing 101 can be a difficult task when you may have to walk far out of your way, just to find a safe place to cross. 

We have big bumps at every corner to let the blind know they are at an intersection. How many blind people are there here? If we can go to that expense for so few, why can’t we have more crosswalks for everybody else?

Shane Stephens 

Brookings 

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