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Letters to the Editor published Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thank you SCHS volunteers


The Azalia parade was entertaining and fun.

We cheered when we saw  the Harbor Fire Department Fire Chief John and his bride on that wonderful old fire truck. What a lasting memory; way to go Harbor Fire Department. We enjoyed all of the hard work from the many volunteers it took to put this parade together, Good job.

We were glued to our TV set waiting for the South Coast Humane Society, their furry friends and many dog- walking volunteers. Such a vital part of our Brookings- Harbor community. “Here they come,” “Here they come,” They passed by without even a comment, not one word – shame, shame, shame. This omission was, and is, not acceptable.

For all S.C.H.S.’ hard-working staff and many volunteers and supporters, we salute you. For all you do on a daily basis you deserved a big, “thank you” as you walked by. There are many residents here who really appreciate all the hard work and dedication to our furry friends, you do on a daily basis. These furry friends, give us unconditional love; now it’s our turn. ...

Bob and Betty Mears


Sheriff’s office should not be cut


I would like to comment on “Sheriff cut patrol deputy, dispatch” (Pilot, May 21). 

I bought property in Gold Beach seven years ago and my wife and I will be permanently moving from L.A. to Gold Beach on June 20.

I have been following politics in Curry County via the Pilot for seven years. It does not matter where you’re from,  politicians (in these trying times of budget cuts) seem to go right to public safety. I know public safety usually has a large percentage of the budget. That is the number one priority of government, public safety, fire department  and police. The sheriff’s department should not be cut to the point it cannot operate.

That article makes the county officials look shameful and disgraceful. The county needs a police force that’s totally functional. That should be the main priority of the county officials; everything else should come after that.

Andrew T Ragan

soon-to-be Gold Beach resident

Thanks from VVA Chapter 757


We would like to thank Grandpa Ray Bruce and Bruce Bros Construction. for decorating their truck for our use in the Azalea Festival parade.

Thanks also to Gold Beach Lumber and Fred Meyer for their donation of materials. Also, thank you to the City of Brookings for use of their chambers for Roll Call of the Vietnam Veterans from Oregon who died during the Vietnam War.

We’d also like thank the Marine Corps League for doing the firing detail and playing taps.

This Memorial Day we paid special tribute to Larry Smith, one of our VVA members, who served in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We also paid tribute to four of our Associate members: Chuck Heaney-WWII; Charlie Fuller-WWII; Carlo Pelaccio-Korea; and Ken Vogt-Korean War era.

It’s an honor to have these gentlemen in our organization.

Sam Vitale, president

VVA Chapter 757


Why no interest in alternative energy?


We thought the Southwest Coast residents would be interested in knowing that Homer, Alaska, (Tom Bodett’s “End of the Road”) just received $10 million from the legislature and new governor for a natural gas pipeline extension. Payback will be in only 10 years.

They also received $6 million for one of their docks and facility improvements – immediate payback. They even received $15 million for a hydroelectric boost project. 

For some reason, Brookings and Harbor aren’t interested in natural gas and to our knowledge haven’t received dock and facility repair money yet. The same thing goes for a regional desalinization plant plus tidal, wave and wind generating power subsidies. Why is that?

Could it be that [Homer] really wants/needs visitors’ help/money? Yes, they’ve managed to attract 15 cruise ships every summer in addition to the thousands who fly and drive there in RVs, cars and rentals from Anchorage.

Linda and Ken Smith

Hartford, Wis.

To the citizens of Curry County


I want to thank all of the volunteers, businesses, agency folks and residents who participated in the Tsunami Drill we had on May 19 in Port Orford and in Gold Beach.

There were also volunteers who came up from the Brookings area to help make these drills successful. I think we all learned a lot about how we can make future drills even more efficient and gain more turnout.

I feel like many folks learned where they need to evacuate to and how long it would take them to reach high ground. If you did not get to participate on May 19, you can do your own personal drill on another day when you have the time. Just go out and take a walk from your home or workplace to high ground!

I also want to let folks know about the NOAA weather radio/go-kit workshop that will happen on June 14 at 6 p.m. at the Gold Beach Fire Hall. At the workshop there will be examples of weather radios and go-kits of all sizes and shapes. There will also be information regarding how to build your own kit over a 26 week time-span and other tsunami-related handouts.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

For more information contact Dave Lacey at 541-373-0487 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dave Lacey

Gold Beach

BHHS students setting an example


Congratulations to the students at Brookings Harbor High School for your outstanding support of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

A good friend, who lives in Brookings, shared the recent full-page article about your successful fundraiser with my husband and me and we were delighted to read about your event. As a volunteer for the hospital and a member of the Friends of Doernbecher board, it is heartwarming to see the grassroots efforts that yield these kinds of results.

The youth of Brookings and BHHS are to be commended for their positive outreach to the kids at Doernbecher. You are setting an example for upcoming students to emulate. Thank you.

Jerrie Johnson


Too much anger, hatred in the world


After the Azalea Parade, as I was walking through the vendors area, my attention was drawn to a discussion taking place at one of the political booths.

A man was talking in a rather heated fashion about politics. What made me stop and pay attention was when he said, “Someone should shoot that idiot who is president!” I hoped to hear someone counter with a comment of how, in todays political climate, those kinds of comments are very inappropriate, but no one said anything. Not knowing any of the people in this booth or this gentleman’s reaction if I said anything, I chose to walk away. As I thought about this incident I decided that when I walked by this booth again I would stop and ask about what I had overheard. When I mentioned it to one of the people in the booth, and asked why no one replied that a comment like that is not an appropriate thing to say about anyone, much less the president of the United States, I was told to “pay no attention to what he said, he’s kind of ‘out there.’”

Now, I understand that some people disagree with President Obama’s politics, and I have no problem with people expressing their feelings, and this man may not have meant for his comment to be taken literally. But the people who have shot and or killed our politicians over the years and most recently in Arizona have all been “kind of out there.”

There is too much anger and hatred in our society and, all too often, it has led to senseless violence. Surely, we can discuss our differences without threatening violence.

What has happened to our ability to have civil discussions with each other?

Joyce Rodgers


What happened to decency?


The word “integrity” should never have been used with Schmidt’s letter, May 21, 2011, in regard to Jeff (Gowman).

Contrary to Schmidt’s reasoning, clothes do not make the man.

Madoff comes to mind.

Jeff did not get the job as a “model,” he was chosen for who he was. He lettered in track, soccer, basketball, football and cross country.

He had excellent grades, and was a fine student all through school. He also leaves for officer training in August after graduation.

Can you top that, for one of your great-grandkids?

Milt Gowman


Most founding fathers believed


A recent letter you published negatively states that Thomas Jefferson and, I guess by association, the other Founding Fathers, did not believe in God. Hogwash.

The good Tom Jefferson had fun speaking from both sides of his mouth, depending on his mood. Because several countries in Europe allowed only one national religion, our founding fathers guaranteed freedom of religion ... not from religion.

Fifty-two of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were deeply committed, practicing Christians. The other three believed in the Bible as divine truth. In fact, after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress formed the American Bible Society and voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of Scripture for the people of this nation.

Each of our 50 states has its own constitution and each has a Preamble as an introductory passage. All 50 mention their gratefulness to “Almighty God,” or their “Creator,” or the “Supreme Ruler of the Universe,” or “Author of Existence.”

I believe He listens and has blessed us over all countries ... so far.

James Madison, known as the “Father of our Constitution,” and fourth president, said, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Every session of Congress since 1777 begins with a prayer by an ordained minister. I could go on with countless more examples. But I ask everyone who visits Washington, D.C., to simply read the words printed on them so long ago. Directly in the middle of the building housing the Supreme Court is a full frontal view of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. On the cap, atop the Washington Monument are two words: Laus Deo. Very simply, those two little words mean “Praise be to God.” I can only say, Amen.

Ardell Wieczorek


County not looking for funding sources


Re: County 2011/2012 budget hearings, associated Pilot articles and continued county commissioner refusal to answer electorate budget related questions.

According to county finance supervisory staff early last month:

•The proposed budget should be online by May 18, 2011.

•2010/2011 “General Fund” appropriations totaled approximately $10.1 million.

Commissioners, now that you have unanimously approved the 2011-2012 budget, when may the public see it?

5/14/11 Pilot: “Committee hopes to cut $600,000 from county budget”

•Commissioner Waddle: “The County General Fund budget is $4.6 million for 2010-11. …My goal is to get to $4 million or a little bit under.”

Commissioners, is the total general fund $4, $6 or $10 million?

5/18/11 Pilot: “Group OK’s salary cut for county’s top officials”

•“The Budget Committee will hold budget hearings through Thursday, expecting to cut the general fund by 12.2 percent to a total of $5,765,685. That budget for this year was $6,063,275.”

Commissioners, how do you reduce $6,063,275 by 12.2 percent and end up with $5,765,685?

5/21/11 Pilot: “Group cuts $300K from county’s general fund”

•Commissioner Waddle was reported saying he was “cautiously optimistic” that the Secure Rural Schools Act funds (SRS) would be renewed and, if they were approved for at least five years, it would give a chance for the economy to improve and for Curry County to find other sources of funds.

Commissioner Waddle, why would you expect taxpayers to believe that should SRS funds be renewed for five years, Curry County officials would find other sources of funds when officials have known for the last 10-plus years and done nothing?

Commissioners, why has there been little to no discussion or media coverage about how the remainder and major portion of the 2011/2012 budget will be used, including proposals to significantly reduce or eliminate some of that spending?

Thomas Huxley


In honor of the late Harmon Killebrew


Brookings should name a street or two after the late Harmon Killebrew.

Harmon Killebrew was a Hall of Fame baseball player who hits 573 home runs in his career.

Harmon Killebrew actually had a baseball bat factory  right here in the Brookings area. I should know. My dad gave me one of those bats when I was in high school.

Nobody ever has anything bad to say about Harmon  Killebrew. He was a really nice guy and he is a true American hero, in my opinion.

He didn’t use steroids and he did not have tattoos from head to toe like you see with so many of these social rejects who are professional athletes these days.

Did you know that Harmon Killebrew is actually on the major league baseball logo?

Harmon Killebrew was a great man and a great baseball player. Brookings should do the right thing and name a street after him.

Joe Thomas


U.S. is heading over the cliff


Election time close? It must be.

When Democrats can’t support their own Obamacare with truisms it’s time to lie about the Paul Ryan’s answer to a miserable, worthless healthcare scheme which Obama himself supports, removing $500 million straight out of Medicare. Ryan’s plan doesn’t do that but the Democrats’ plan does.

Libs spend more on lies than truths because they look ridiculous trying to support their ideas. How much did it cost them to cut  a commercial showing a Paul Ryan look-alike tossing an old lady from a wheelchair over a cliff? What’s more troubling than telling lies is the amount of educated people who believe them.

If you, as a voter, let the Democrats think that Ryan’s plan will kill Medicare and not fix it, then we are all in trouble. Healthcare is in financial ruin now! I’m sorry for those of you who feel otherwise.

Social Security is next, so hitch up your belt a notch and realize your entire government got you into a $14 trillion dollar deficit and we are all headed over the cliff unless we stop it.

Paul Ryan said on Thursday, May 26, to Lars Larson, “If I’m voted out or my plan is voted down I don’t care either way because I’m that sure that my plan is right for the country.”

Teri Dalrymple

Gold Beach


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