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Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Helping hands for Habitat for Humanity


Curry County Habitat for Humanity would like to thank all those who attended and helped at the Brookings-Harbor  Home Show 2011 at Kalmiopsis School last Saturday and Sunday.

We also would like to thank the participants in our prize drawings and Bags in a Jar game. The following is the result of the drawing:

•Black tote bag,                         Ed Kelly;

•Red pot with napkins,              Jean Miller;

•Patriotic windsock,                 Peggy Goergen;

•Black indoor-outdoor rug    Clair Pieper;

•Beige indoor-outdoor rug    Ana Banta.

We made $37 in ticket sales. These will be delivered this week to the winners.

Bags in a Jar contest winner of the $20 gift certificate from Onion Grill was McKenna Davis; she guessed 76 bags and the actual total was 54. We made $18.28 in ticket sales

Also, we wish to thank all of the volunteers that manned our booth for two days: Brenda Fields, Barb Boner, Don Dougherty, Jim Collis, John Bischoff and Joe Donahue. We couldn’t do these events without all of you – thank you so much for your volunteerism.

And last, but not least, thank you Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce for letting us have a space at this event at no cost.

Darlene Thomas,

Fund Raising chairman


Efforts to solidify corporate rule


Did you know that the Wisconsin governor left his university in disgrace after committing fraud in a student government election and now does the bidding of the richest in the country?

Worse yet, that playbook, endorsed by radical right-wing funders, is being used nationwide to solidify corporate rule.

In state after state, the blueprint is to take away the ability of the bottom 80 percent of the country to organize through labor and professional unions, so as to solidify control by those in the top 5 percent who have substantially increased their share of the wealth over the last 20 years.

There is now a tension, a tension that the oligarchy hopes it will win. The Koch brothers and there kind, Rupert Murdoch and his FOX Channel, ideologues and Limbaughs on the right-wing, and Wall Street and banker fat-cats are betting that people will get tired, the rallies will fade away, voters will forget, workers will become afraid of losing the little they still have, and all will go back to “the new normal.”

This is a movement that began realizing we can’t rely on Obama and Reid. At best we can cheer the “Wisconsin 8.” For this is a movement of the majority. There are more workers than there are bosses.

It’s a movement that must sustain itself with the anger, frustration, heart, and soul that unites people, whether they consider themselves working or middle class. They are united in a fight, not against each other – not straight  vs. gay, white vs. people of color, or men vs. women – but against those who are shifting the country’s wealth from all of its people to a select few who can only hide in their gated communities for so long before those who enable and literally guard them say: “No more.”

Gordon Clay,



The lies of the liberals continues


As the Obara “health care” bill passes its first anniversary, the lies of liberals about it continue.

Tomas Bozack says (Pilot March 5) that there have been “few exemptions” and mostly “for members of religious organizations” and “None are unions.” Checking  government released facts shows there have been more than 1,000 exemptions, many of them for labor unions.

Other false claims by liberals in defense of “Obama Health Care:” “no funding for abortions” – and “no death panel.” But in July 2010 three states – (Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Maryland,  –  wrote regulations to fund abortions through the federal plan. Of course, no section of the law is titled “Death Panel,” but the “independent Payment Advisory Board” will meet every two years to make “recommendations to slow the growth in national health expenditures” which the Secretary of Health and Human Services will use to implement “quality and efficiency” measures which will determine if even a life-saving procedure for a patient will be approved or denied; and, if it is denied, the patient will not be allowed to pay for that procedure even with his/her own money. So in effect the truth is that the equivalent of a “death panel” exists in the Obama bill.

Fortunately, the American public, as a whole, seems to be seeing through the lies of the liberals and are pressing politicians to find sensible ways to solve our national problems instead of continuing liberal policies which are resulting in more and more government control over our lives, so that we will have less personal freedom, especially in respect to our health care.

Theodore Allwardt


We have a puppet as president


Wouldn’t it be great if we were allowed to think on our own?

Just think how we could fix and repair things without having to get permission from some official. We could make things right here in this country and not rely on China for the basic things that we need.

We have a president that is no help when we Americans decide to accomplish something. He is the first one to say that in order to “protect” us we have to get an OK from the government.

I think that Louis L’Amour said it best and I quote: “Folks can’t seem to realize that it isn’t a smooth talker we need in there, but a steady man with judgement. Any medicine-show man can spout words if they are written for him. It takes no genius to sound well. To act right and at the right time is something else again.”

We have a puppet in there as president and I worry about who it is that tells him what to do and what to say.

God Bless America

Bob Covey



Stinkweed sown by progressives


As I watched media muckety-mucks begrudgingly pooh-pooh Obamanomics, professor so-and-so trotted out the (ta dum!) backward swinging pendulum cliche.

“Puh-leeze,” I harrumphed. His rinky-dink non sequitur was a knee-slapper since government (duh) inexorably spreads like a noxious weed. While contemplating spraying D.C. with Ortho, it hit me. So-and-so was right! Pendulums reciprocate. So why does the aforementioned dingus dangle lifelessly like a teensy bronzed corpse and whodunit? If this were an Earl Stanley Gardner mystery it would be titled “The Case of the Petulant Pendant.” Is Washington so bass-ackward criminal that natural law and Adam Smith are snuffed? Where dogs like cats and Marxism is as American as mom’s apple pie?

I crave equilibrium. I want Fido to chase puddycat. I want the pendulum to swing backwards like a wrathful scythe, slashing through the accreted stinkweed sown by Post-Marxist Progressives. Then we spray with Ortho.

Grace Laskey


Heartfelt thank you from Relay for Life


The totals have been calculated for the Relay for Life's first two major events, and the community has been very supportive.

The first event was Pack The Pavilion Night that took place on Jan. 28 at the basketball games at Brookings-Harbor High School. Your three dedicated athletic coaches, Daryn Farmer, Chris Schofield and Jon Young get the credit for this successful evening to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Curry County. Between prize drawing tickets that were sold, T-shirts sales donated by the Farmers and half of the gate money generously donated by the district, this event raised a total of $1,190.71.

Our Trivia Night on March 12 was another huge success.  We had 13 teams with a total of 94 participants that played the game very nicely! The top three winning teams were:

•First place, the Curry Coastal Pilot;

•Second place, BHHS Knowledge Bowl (which is a group of high school students);

•Third place, First American Title Co.

A total of $2,300 was raised with this event. There were several positive comments made and many participants committed to return next year! A special thank you is owed to Ron and Darlene Wheeler and Jennifer Romero for organizing the event.

You, the community, have raised nearly $3,500 between these two fundraising events to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Curry County! Please know that the money you’ve raised is lifesaving, and is much needed to continue cancer research and ultimately find a cure for cancer. This is why we Relay! To each and every one of you we extend a very heartfelt thank you!

Rhonda Gardenheir

2011 Curry Relay For Life Event chair


Doctors have lots to mad about


An interesting group came to town on Monday night. They call themselves the “Mad as Hell Doctors.”

 What are they mad about? Well, for starters, they’re mad because (I took notes):

•59 million people in this country went without health care in 2009;

•45,000 Americans die prematurely each year because they are not insured;

•The suicide rate for Americans has doubled;

•Over 60 percent of bankruptcies in the U.S. involve medical bills;

•Too many families have to choose between paying their mortgage or insuring their family – they can’t do both;

•Our current health-care system is making some people rich, and many more people poor. Even now, with some reform, 30 cents out of every dollar spent will go to paperwork, marketing and insurance company profits – not actual care.

•Perhaps, though, the saddest reason was outlined in a story told about the father of an uninsured family who was told he needed an expensive operation to save his life and refused it because it would have meant the loss of his family’s house.

These things should not be. No, not in this country.  These doctors, who are doing this on their own dime, by the way, are advocating the passage of Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Act (HB 3510/SB 888).

This act would establish a publicly funded and privately delivered Oregon (single payer) healthcare system.  For more information go to website www.hcao.org. Don’t let the insurance companies’ scare tactics work; get informed and get involved. It’s going to take all of us to turn things around.

Eileen Sorrels


What is U.S. using for brains?


Given Obama’s and the U.S.’s attacks against Libya’s Gadhafi, one has to wonder what the U.S. is using for brains.

Polls indicate that around 60 percent of Americans support the attacks, but have they thoroughly evaluated the entire issue? Despite the fact that the U.S. government monetary deficit is a staggering $3 trillion, the U.S. military are launching Tomahawk missiles at a reported cost of $800,000 to $1.1 million per copy as if they were firecrackers being used at a Chinese New Year celebration. This is against another country which since Gadhafi changed his tune a few years ago has posed little if any threat to the U.S. This is while many people complain about Congress funding programs which help our own people and even our schools. Then there is the element of hypocrisy – again! The rulers of Bahrain and Yemen, U.S. allies because they sing Obama’s tune about al-Qaida, are using the same tactics against their citizens as is Gadhafi. But no action is being taken against them. It’s all enough to be cause for collective head-scratching, yet again!

Jim Hansen


Our families are broke and broken

Dear Editor:

Children and families in our county deserve our support to meet the struggles that life brings along.

April gives us an opportunity to remember this with Strengthening Families and Early Learning Awareness Month. Curry County is home for 3,296 children under the age of 18. It is our job to protect these children from abuse and neglect and promote a positive learning environment. These children are the future parents, teachers, business owners, employees and leaders of this community. Whether these children will achieve their full potential and develop into healthy, productive members of our community depends largely on each of us.

The current Curry County unemployment rate is 11.7 percent. 24.3 percent of Curry youth live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty index. Poverty is the single best predictor of child abuse, neglect and future learning problems. Our families are “broke and broken.” They can’t fix it alone. In 2010 there were 133 child abuse incidents reported and 89 children in Curry County experienced at least 1 day of foster care. These numbers have been on the rise since 2007. They cannot turn around until we as a community, step up to support these families and young children in their time of need.

You can show your support for children and families by volunteering or donating to several organizations that support children and families. We are sponsoring several family events throughout the month, for more information on those events and how you can make a difference in our community call the Commission on Children and Families at 541-247-3307.

Myrna Barber, director

Commission on Children & Familie


BHEF donates to SWOCC fund


The Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation (BHEF) recently donated $733 to Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) GED program through our Pay It Forward Fund.

The Pay It Forward Fund was started by a former student who was so happy to earn her GED that she wanted to help others do so. This fund helps students with limited income to pay for the GED exam fee that is currently $75.

The local Soroptimist clubs also support our GED students by paying the GED exam fee if a student writes a letter asking for a helping hand. Many times students would like to purchase their own instructional materials so that they can study at home, but they do not have the financial resources to do this. If you would like to extend a helping hand to make this possible for them, please contact Kay Jones, GED instructor, at 541-813-1672 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you BHEF and Soroptimists for your ongoing support to our GED Program in Curry (County).

Kay Jones



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