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Letters to the Editor published Saturday, May 14, 2011

A fun place for music, dancing


I have attended two recent events at Rogue Grange and Community Center on Grange Road at Nesika Beach.

They had great music and fun for the whole family. The first event I watched kids of all ages enjoying the music and dancing with each other and getting up and singing and playing instruments. This is the nicest thing I have seen for our children to enjoy in years. I sat back in a comfy chair and watched while kids and adults got out there to enjoy all the good old time favorite dance tunes by Don and Shea Hayes. They all looked to be having such a great time.

Last month, one whole family, two sisters and one brother along with friends and their kids came out to enjoy the music along with many others, to take part in good clean family fun, dancing the night away to great tunes by the Ferguson Brothers.

Have you been learning to line dance or need a place to practice your ballroom dancing? This is the place to go. Get your friends to come out and try out the new steps you have been learning at your classes. There is a wonderful dance floor. They have light snack foods, coffee, tea and soda pop for you to enjoy while you catch your breath after a workout on the dance floor.

If you want to go out for a nice evening and see what they have to offer in the way of enjoyment, they are planning the next event on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The charge for this fun night is $2 per person.

All other donations are gladly accepted and will go to help with a new ramp for people with disabilities.  

Have a group that loves to entertain and want to help? Call 541-247-9103 for more information.

I will be there listening to the great music; I hope to see you there.

Sandra Gilkey

Gold Beach

Honored to be the 2011 Azalea queen


Words cannot express how honored I am to have been crowned on May 7 as the 2011 Azalea Festival queen.

The pageant was worth every minute of hard work it took to bring it together, and the night was more exciting for myself than I could have imagined. The rest of the Azalea Court, Princess Emilee, Princess Ashley, Princess Meredith and Princess Brianne, made the preceeding months of practice and preparation into a fun, bonding experience that I will never forget.

Also, the success of my talent, “one woman band,” is credited to Gerry O’Neil and his stepson, Tommy Wright. They helped to record and bring together such a complex presentation.

On behalf of the entire 2011 Azalea Court, I want to thank the Brookings community for their endless support and encouragement of young women in our area, including ourselves.

Liz Lindley


Shelter grateful to Rick, Kim Bishop


We at South Coast Humane Society wish to express our gratitude to Rick and Kim Bishop of Bernie Bishop Mazda for their continued support of the shelter animals and our thrift store that provides half of the funding for all shelter programs. 

Without their help and support we would not be the organization that we are today. They have supported the shelter generously and for that we are forever grateful.

I know that we join the community in taking our hats off to the Bishops for their support of a number of organizations and causes in our community.

Audrey Morris, director

South Coast Humane Society

Horel offers passion and know-how


Not long ago I spotted a bumper sticker that read “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” 

Bob Horel’s span of experience from advanced academia to prison administration has given him a special understanding of that terrible gulf between education and ignorance.

Bob’s commitment goes beyond his career experience, which in itself is impressive. He has served both as a teacher and as a long-term board member, serving on the Woodland, California, Board of Education (BOE) for several years and as Brookings-Harbor BOE chairman for the past year. He has honored the public school system he champions by choosing public education for all of his own kids – a choice that proves a commitment that goes far beyond political rhetoric.

At a time when budgetary pressures are forcing school boards across the country to make hard and unhappy choices, we are fortunate to have an educational leader who understands how to engage the bureaucratic maze of government budgeting and whose goal, in this unpaid, nonpartisan position, is to maximize the value of the dollars we have while minimizing the negative impact of funding reductions on – first – our kids and – second – our hard-working, dedicated teachers and staff. I believe that the best way to support those kids and teachers is to support Bob’s re-election.

I have only praise for the other candidates in the race – their passion is plainly genuine. But Bob brings both the passion and the know-how.  We’re lucky to have him here. 

Please give him your vote.

Richard Carey


Eroding the quality, quantity of education


Parents and members of the public need to be aware that the administration and school board are seeking to balance the budget by eroding the quantity and quality of education.

With the proposed staff cuts, a common teacher prep period would then occur at the end of the day, shortening the school day by 25 minutes. The time lost will cost our students dearly: Students will lose over two hours of school per week, 13 days per year or one whole year over a K-12 career; high school students will lose one elective per year; college bound students will be forced to choose between academic requirements and other classes such as leadership, art and music; honors diplomas will not be attainable unless students enroll at SWOCC for needed classes.

For parents of elementary and middle school students, the lost class time will mean finding more daycare or more time at home. Research has shown that music and PE have a positive influence on standardized test scores. Cutting them isn’t going to improve scores!

Here’s what concerned community members can do:

•Attend the next school board meeting on Wednesday, May 18, in the Kalmiopsis School library at 7 p.m.;

• Talk to school board members. Their names and numbers are available on the school district website: www.brookings. k12.or.us.

• Take some time to evaluate what our children need. Can we make cuts to administration or intramural sports instead of academic time?

Cathleen A. Witt


Nation was founded by Christians


Yes, Mr. Cupp, this nation was founded by Christians (Pilot, May 9).

One need only read the writings of these men to understand that. Jefferson, in writing to John Adams, called himself a Christian, believed in Jesus, and in divine providence. John Adams wrote that the Constitution was wholly written for a Christian people, was raised in the Congregational Church, and was a strong believer in divine intervention and providence. Ben Franklin, in the Continental Congress, invoked prayer for their deliberations, asked for divine guidance in their choices,  proposed hiring a chaplain for Congress, and was a strong believer in divine providence. All of the signers of the declaration were church- going men, many of whom were ministers, deacons, and founders of Bible distribution organizations. The only true Deist in the group was Thomas Paine, a self proclaimed agnostic.

The only reason that you can speak out as you do is that these men realized that Christ asked all of us to believe in Him by choice and not human coercion, and therefore one of the backbones of this nation had to be freedom of religion.

History should not be changed, and these men insulted just to make atheists and agnostics happy. Accept history as it is, and accept the fact that though strong in their faith, these men understood that we must be free to believe as we choose. You should be thanking whomever you wish for the strength that these men had in their own faith, and the belief that all men should be able to believe as they choose.

Respect my faith, do not try to change history, and I will respect your right to not to have faith.

Dom Petrucelli


Bird more important than human life


On Jan. 1, 1973, the general use of the pesticide DDT was officially banned in the United States. DDT accumulated in the food chain and was threatening extinction of several predatory birds, in particular, the American Bald Eagle.

DDT did not kill the birds outright. It caused thinning of the eggshells resulting in eggs that were easily crushed upon laying or shortly thereafter. This was widely debated in the United States both in and out of the courtroom. Many people argued that protecting the food supply was more important than protecting a few birds. Some argued that the thinning of the eggshells was caused by something other than DDT.  Obviously nobody argued that the crushing of the eggs did not kill eagles.

Ironically 21 days later, on Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, effectively deciding that destroying a fetus did not end the life of a human being.

Tim Stadelman



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