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Letters to the Editor published Saturday, November 24, 2012

Funding memorial

Thank you to all who attended our breakfast at the Brookings Elks Lodge on Veterans Day. 

The Curry County Veterans Memorial (CCVMA) earned another $970 toward the Memorial from this event. It was a pleasure to honor veterans and those who have served our country. 

Also, thank you to the following volunteers: Carlo Pelaccio, Jim Newman, Lee Burch, Jim & Mary DeArmond, Jo Atherton, Rick Mahanay, Antoinette, Sharon Hitzman, Carol Swain, Sally Laasch, Gary Downing, Bobbi & Ken Vogt, Marilyn Darling, Amanda Cook, Judi Anderson, Terry Clawson, Bill Farrell, Nick Orcutt, Dick Jimerson, Irv Tillung, Mike Cover and Sam & Rita Vitale.

Our last fundraiser for 2012 will be on Dec. 8 at the Kalmiopsis Elementary School gym at 2 p.m. We will be having a blind/silent auction on items received from letters written by students in fifth grade through high school. They have written letters to their favorite personality asking for something to sell at the auction to raise money for the Memorial in Gold Beach. Come and see who responded! 

My saying for today is: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.

Sam Vitale 

Brookings

Pastor and Politics

Re: Laurie Reynolds’ letter (Pilot, Nov. 17, 2012) which questioned a previous letter which had criticised a local pastor’s Faith Forum article as being political – the legal situation is explicit as in this, direct from the IRS: “FS-2004-14, October 2004 Under law, tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Charities, educational institutions and religious organizations, including churches, are among those that are covered under this code section.” 

Pastors may offer political opinions if they do not do so as part of their “pulpit” status in connection with their tax-exempt church. Since the pastor was subsequently identified with his church the situation could be legally questionable, but at least he did not, if I recall, name a political candidate although there was a clear implication. 

A general underlying principle is that churches are not to interfere in the political affairs of the state (country) and, return, the government will not interfere with churches in their ministry. That prevents what took place, for example in Nazi Germany, where the state churches generally became complicit with the state in carrying out the government’s horrific atrocities. 

Jesus in his ministry avoided becoming involved and entangled in state politics, only saying that people should pay their taxes to Caesar and give to God what is God’s. He did not want his ministry and mission to be hijacked by selfishly motivated interests such as those which underly most political and economic systems.

Jim Hansen 

Brookings

Kudos for Schamel

I read very carefully the long and detailed article written regarding the wonderful Marine Corps Ball which took place in the Tolowa Event Center at Lucky 7 Casino. 

 It was, indeed, a fine and fitting event, honoring the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

There was, however, one glaring omission from this article. The writer mentioned every possible name except one – and a very important one at that. Linda Schamel, who is the present commandant of the Marine Corps League, and who spent countless hours working on this project was not given any regard by the author. This is most unfortunate and should be remedied by your newspaper. 

It is rare to find an individual so devoted both to the Marine Corps and to the project given her. She gave it her all, and this must be recognized. 

Please consider a follow-up article, a correction, or at least an apology for such an oversight. 

Susan Heiser 

Brookings

Fish Fry Heaven

A huge thank you to all of the great volunteers that came out in the stormy weather to assist our fire department in the production of our 14th annual fish fry.  

 Thanks to all the bakers that donated their time and their talents for the desserts that we all enjoyed. The cooks at the fryers and the barbeque, the salad prep, the servers, bread makers and the kitchen help, traffic control and cashiers, bartenders and bussers, all volunteers, we thank you.

   Another thank you to all the customers, old and new, that showed up to partake in the great meal that we serve. The weather slowed down some, but we had another spectacular fish fry. New layout in the fire hall, extra seating, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, a wonderful way to start out the holiday season.

   We will be back next year, as great as always. We look forward to seeing all of you then. Plus, we will have our very first new fire truck to show off, thanks to all the support we receive from our community. 2013 is our 30-year anniversary of the Cape Ferrelo Fire Department. We are in planning stages for a celebration. Stay tuned for updates on the event.

In the meantime, stay warm and dry, check your batteries in your smoke detectors and have a safe and happy holiday!

Again, thank you to all our great volunteers. We cannot do it without you!

Dianna Blazo, captain

chairman, Special Events

Cape Ferrelo Fire Department

Need Home not Flag

Funding should be put into creating a Veteran’s Home for Disabled Veterans.  The giant flag proposal for the park at the north end of the Chetco Bridge by Bryan Tillung and Jan Ramelli is a financially frivolous mockery of disabled veterans needs.    

    It would be sickening to see the symbol of a giant flag while knowing that funding had been misused by promoters and not used to physically help veterans.  Of much greater importance is the real experience of veterans who can’t live on their own but need protection because of physical and mental disabilities. 

    Please consider promoting and using the funds for a Veterans Home in Brookings instead of a giant flag.

 Donna Goss

Harbor

Voice your IdeAS

Take a Seat at Oregon’s Kitchen Table Yes, your survey counts! All of us in Curry County need to voice our ideas about the immediate & future needs of our county by filling in the Oregon’s Kitchen Table survey. The best way is online & click on Oregon’s Kitchen Table. It is quick & easy. My husband & I will be available to assist you at the Chetco Library or SWOCC the rest of November & until December 15th - - when the survey comes to a close. Please call those locations for specific times. Times for assistance with Oregon’s Kitchen Table’s survey at Sea View will be listed in their newsletter/calendar. This is the time for all of us who live in Curry County to join together & fill-in our survey. Thank you. Gratefully, Marihelen Pitts-Campbell, volunteer for O’s KT & Ford Foundation student.

Marihelen Pitts-Campbell 

Brookings

WHO’S GOING TO PAY?

Mea maxima culpa! I didn’t believe Mitt Romney when I could have voted for him. Now, since the scales have fallen from my eyes, I look around and reflect upon what has been and is happening. The Dead Ducks (Rhodes & Waddle) swore they wouldn’t borrow funds from the Road Department without a means of paying them back; they even convinced our Republican legislators of their sincerity. But I have heard of no repayment plan. Moneys from the O & C lands started phasing out over 15 years ago and we’re still begging money from the Federal government. Local harbors need to be dredged and we beg the Federal government to do it. Our rivers periodically flood and we’re preparing to ask the State and Federal governments to bail (pun intended) us out. Fifth Street and Highway 101 floods every other year, yet was recently redrained and repaved. Why wasn’t a normal amount of overflow budgeted for? I would never have expected, from what I read and hear, that Curry County would have such attitudes. I would have expected that we would have raised whatever funds we needed from ourselves. But, as I now realize, Romney was correct when he said, “All right, there are 47 percent . . . who are dependent upon government . . . who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.” And we live in the middle of them.

Michael Pitts-Campbell,

Brookings 

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