|Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011|
|January 12, 2011 05:00 am|
Christmas miracle in Brookings
My son and his girlfriend were visiting from Seattle for Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, I took them down to Harris Beach State Park so they could gawk at the ocean. Tucked away on the walkway going down to the beach my son found a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift. Somewhat alarmed, thinking someone may have dropped it, he picked up the gift. He noticed it had a card attached which said it was a random act of giving, and that it was meant for the person who found it. That was amazing!
That evening, Christmas Eve, we opened our gifts. My son, who because of the economic downturn was unable to bring any presents with him, gave me the gift. I opened it and was stunned to see a beautiful cultured pearl necklace and matching earrings.
I'll have to say my son was also pretty stunned. This was like a Christmas miracle. We discovered that the secret Santa was Harbrook Jewelers. Thank you, Harbrook Jewelers, this is a memory our family will never forget. I have lived in Brookings for only six months – this place is awesome!
In November, our fundraiser “Oklahoma,” was a big success, thanks to the Brookings-Harbor Theater Guild.
Following that, the delivery of over 300 beautiful fresh Christmas wreaths from Winchuck Nurseries helped build up our scholarship fund and emergency educational needs.
Right after that, we took part in the Char-a-Tree project held at the Brookings- Harbor shopping center. Members worked hard decorating the tree, with all the ornaments and decorations being donated. During this time, the members also sold See’s candy and a variety of nuts, milk balls and dry food items. They also offered Christmas wrapping.
The See’s candy and deluxe mixed nuts, now carried by Sweet Pea Collectibles and Cafe, have been another great fundraiser.
The articles and meeting announcements that the Curry Coastal Pilot have graciously printed for us have also been a big factor in our successful fundraising projects these past months.
Other than what’s set aside for scholarships, proceeds from our fund raisers help the community. So far this past year, we’ve been able to help 32 babies with food, clothing and other necessary items. We also aid Oasis Home with their expenses and other needs for families. We also help our students in the middle school. “Girl of the Month” is another project that advances our students for future opportunities.
All this has been possible due to our many business and private supporters. It is with the deepest gratitude we offer our thanks to each of you. It is your generosity that has made it possible for students to reach their goals through scholarships, GED, and other educational needs. It is through your generosity that many families have had a better Christmas with the supply of food, clothes and other items. It is through your generosity that we were able to help meet the needs of 32 babies last year and 38 babies the year before.
Soroptimist International Brookings thanks each and every one of you.
Pat Shurtleff, president
Soroptimist International Brookings
A few months ago, new neighbors moved next door who have barking dogs.
I have sympathy for anyone who has to listen to this when moving isn’t a financial alternative. There is a viable solution for anyone who wants to help the shelter: you can adopt, walk the dogs, or contribute to the sound barrier which will cost between $6,000 and $8,000. My health doesn’t allow me to walk the dogs, so I happily made a contribution.
We have a choice and a moral obligation to help these animals: adopt, walk, or make a contribution. Think of how you would feel if your pet were forced to live the way these poor animals are. Please, please be a part of the solution.
Barbara J. Parrett-Early
WARNING: You too might be the victim of “cramming” or “slamming.”
In December I noticed that my telephone bill had increased about $15. When I checked over my bill I noticed that I was being charged for “E-mail Bundle Mail Monthly Fee” and “Fraudwatchguard.com Monthly Fee.” I knew that I didn’t have an e-mail account through the telephone company and I hadn’t signed up of any fraud protection. When I called these companies both told me that I’d ordered their services over the Internet. But I was sure that I hadn’t. So I settled my problem by changing phone companies. Both the email and fraud companies said they’d refund my money, but I’m not holding my breath. I checked my bills and found that I’d been paying for the e-mail for several months. If they hadn’t got greedy and thrown in the fraud I’d probably never noticed.
I Googled “telephone bill frauds” and learned that this was called cramming or slamming. Cramming is a term for an unauthorized charge on a telephone bill. It often happens when you enter a contest or promotion on the Internet without reading the fine print.
Then on Sunday, Jan 9, a local Medford news station aired a piece by the Attorney General’s Office saying that they were investigating several complaints of cramming and slamming. They said that was a mafia fraud scheme from several years ago that has been revived. They said that the mafia made more money from these schemes that from prostitution and gambling.
Bottom line, check those bills and read the fine print.
Forty-Five bullets were available at the Brookings City Council and Urban Renewal Agency Meeting on January 10, 2011, 7 pm.
The agenda included my removal of just me from the seven-person Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. Three Brookings police officers were dispatched to provide security and protection from just my words. I didn’t realize how offensive they were. I thought I was just being frank during the meetings. But the council needed forty-five bullets in case I got out of hand or out of order to express my disappointment that I was being removed.
Character assassination Brookings style. It’s nothing new to me. Someone gets insulted and hearsay rules the day – but now with forty-five bullets.