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Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Elmo’s delightful little play


I never knew there were once kerosene headlights on cars, but then, you learn something new everyday!  

This little factoid was revealed during a delightful little play called “The Corner Pocket,” by Elmo Williams. Now, I know Elmo as a friend, and like to give him some “stick” once in a while, but I’ve got to say that I can’t find anything to “rib” him about in his first play. He conceived the story line, the poetry, the songs (though not the music; that was ably done by David Gordino), even the gags (though he may have pinched a few!) And let’s be honest, all of that is no mean feat, but at 97, it’s an Olympian achievement!  Gold medal for you Elmo!  But wait — there’s more!  Another Olympian was Tommy Jones, the director, who made each scene change smooth and flowing. (Elmo forgot it wasn’t a movie, so there were rather a lot!) However, Tommy’s not 97, so he only gets the bronze medal.

The silver should go to the cast — 13 “newbies” and they all did a great job. If they fudged their lines or forgot — it didn’t matter! It was all the more hilarious because it was a play about aging anyway. One special mention for Rosemary Neuman — you don’t need lines, your expressions say everything!

What’s next Elmo?

Jan Marney


Summit for service organizations


Calling all service and non-profit organization leaders: The Friends of the Chetco Community Public Library will host the annual service organization summit at 8 a.m., Nov. 5, in the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Public Library.

The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other and to identify service resources available to meet needs in our community. Goals include developing and updating a contact and resource list to be available at the library as well as on the library web site, an events calendar, and partnering. Exchanging information about our missions and goals could lead to other.possible goals.

We invite you or a representative of your organization to attend and participate. This meeting will be informal and simply to get acquainted. Plan to be able to discuss your organization’s service work and goals.

Coffee will be ready at 7:30 a.m. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. RSVP, 541-469-0551, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tony Parrish


Need to get rid of career politicians


In this world of complex issues, one thing stands out; we are treated like the government knows better than we do.

 Our system of government is based on the fact that we have control through representative government, or so it used to be! We desperately need to rid ourselves of career politicians. I see favoritism in much of the media; I hear the economy is just fine since June, on our CNN radio feed on Curry radio. CBS, ABC, NBC, and worst of all PBS — funded by the public — are all compromised by their views of what their progressive ideals are.

If our students were educated in civics, they would know about the history of this great nation. Many tout being progressives, without knowing the history of the movement. It is a destructive device perpetrated on our system of representative government. Among the progressives are Margaret Sanger, who started planned parenthood. She was a proponent of gas chambers, as was George Bernard Shaw, to get rid of “junk people” — the ones who came over on the ships, the immigrants. You know — your ancestors!

Steve Gumm


La Bonté by far is the best choice


For County Commissioner Position 1, Lucie La Bonté is far and away the best choice.

First, she has the experience. She served as county commissioner from 2001 to 2008, and only opted not to seek reelection so she could help her dad, then stricken by cancer.

With her previous experience as commissioner — including numerous contacts with other public officials —there's no learning curve with Lucie. She’ll be ready to go from day one.

When Lucie was a commissioner earlier, she lobbied Washington hard to keep federal timber funds flowing to Curry County. She was a staunch advocate for the average citizen, and she was a tireless supporter of our county’s hard-working employees and volunteers.

Lucie also shows her commitment to Curry County — and its economy — by serving on a long, long list of committees and commissions.

That’s just one more reason why I say, vote Lucie La Bonté for County Commissioner Position 1.

Pete Chasar


Illegal use of public funds by president?


President Obama decided to come to Portland to campaign for Kitzhaber for governor.

Is it legal for him to use his official capacity as President of the United States to attempt to influence the election of a governor in a state election? Is it morally acceptable?

 As can be found on the Internet, the cost to operate Air Force One is $60,000 per hour. Washington, D.C., to Portland is a four-hour trip.  The president and his entourage must also bring their limousines and drivers. Additionally, secret service agents must accompany the group with their SUVs. The task of flying this cargo is delegated to the Air Force.  The cost of operating the required fleet of jet transports is a mere $13,000 per hour per aircraft.

 Those who prefer not to return Kitzhaber to the governor’s office must still, as taxpayers, contribute to the presidential campaign swing.

 From the viewpoint of the other candidates on the ballot for governor, and that of the non-Kitzhaber voters,  this does not seem a very equitable use of public funds.

Alan Jensen


Sea View supports food bank drive


We held our most recent Feed a Family Food Drive on Saturday, Oct. 16. 

Sea View Senior Living Community graciously agreed to partner with us so that the community could meet their administrative staff and residents. It was a very cold day in Brookings and their team covered both Shop Smart and Grocery Outlet all day.

Not only did they volunteer to help the Food Bank, their wonderful chef, Rob, made four different kinds of homemade cookies for the public to enjoy. Pictures were taken of their team and our volunteers by the Pilot on Oct. 8, in plenty of time for the community to know about this and come out and support their efforts. Nothing was published by the Pilot, so no one knew about their generosity. The board of the Food Bank and our volunteers want everyone to know what a wonderful addition Sea View is to our community! We cannot thank them enough for their support and team spirit.

Jan Fox

Chair, Brookings-Harbor Community Food Bank

Cannabis is not like heroin and opium


It is so discouraging to hear from an official that cannabis is like heroin and opium.

Nothing could be further from the truth; it’s like comparing a beer to an Uzi.

Heroin and opium are narcotics and quite addictive.

Cannabis is NOT a narcotic and isn’t addicting, in truth, it’s a rather benign herb.

No one has ever died from consuming cannabis but tens of thousands of people have died from using alcohol and tobacco, and these are legal!

We tried prohibition once before, alcohol was prohibited during the 1920s and crime, violence and corruption was rife.

Because there was no control over production and distribution, fake booze blinded and killed many.

Today, the same propaganda about cannabis continues to frighten people and mislead them; cannabis IS effective medicine for pain and many other disorders, it aids sleep, eases pain, reduces nausea and improves appetite for those on chemotherapy, reduces eye pressure for those with glaucoma, and what business is it of the government what we choose to do in private to ourselves!

We are not the property of the government and as long as what we do does not harm or endanger others or their property, it should not be illegal!

Please show compassion for those patients whom cannabis has helped by passing measure 74.

Sheila Chambers



Itzen for county commissioner


Curry County, main street America, is about to make a choice and vote for a county commissioner. The choice will be between an experienced career politician and an experienced businessman, employee, educator and farmer.

Career politicians have led main street America into a very troubled time that will, in the opinion of economic experts, last for several years and possibly the next decade.  The career politician’s impact on Curry County main street is apparent for anyone who cares to look and see small business hardship and failure and the resulting underemployment or outright loss of jobs.  These economic hardships are the result of career politicians, ineffective government spending, business regulation and restriction, and unnecessary taxation. It is as if career politicians ignore main street needs and promote agendas that are nonessential, or not cost effective, or just not based in main street economic reality.

 Lucie La Bonté is a career politician with county government experience. She has been a political advocate for sustainable natural resource management, fishing, and water quality — but what about jobs? Regardless of past political experience, the reality is that main street economics has changed.

 David Itzen has main street work experience as a businessman, board member, employer, employee, educator, farmer and land developer. He has increased the tax base, created jobs, and attracted residents, most recently by developing and selling an adult community for new retiree residents. He is a team player, and a team of commissioners with business backgrounds is what we need in these troubled economic times.

 I am voting for David Itzen for Curry County commissioner.

 Frank Hageman


Dire predictions missed key points


Your recent editorial about raising property taxes (Pilot,  Oct. 23) omitted two important points. 

Public employee salaries and benefits are out of control, and people can lose their homes if they can’t afford to pay the new taxes. My mom’s taxes would go up $900 a year.

If the tax increase doesn’t pass, we’ll see if your dire predictions come true.

Jeff Holmes


Grateful to have Defazio in D.C.


 Some politicians are all ideology — not Peter De Fazio.

He keeps his head to the ground working for the people of his district. He has secured funding for upkeep of our roads and bridges, for dredging South Coast ports, and for reopening the freight line from Coos Bay to Eugene —  critical for key industries. These are practical investments that help local businesses and workers. He has vigorously opposed free trade agreements that push American workers out of jobs. With concern for our region’s salmon, he has worked to protect local rivers. In the recent health care bill, he fought for and got increased Medicaid reimbursement for Oregon seniors. He opposed Wall Street bailouts. He also donates a sizable chunk of his salary to scholarships for Oregon students.

All these things make me grateful to have Peter De Fazio representing us in Washington. We can’t afford to take him for granted. Vote for Congressman De Fazio.

Ann Vileisis

Port Orford 

Don’t need law enforcement levy


Vote NO on the Law Enforcement Tax. The Curry County Public Safety Levy on our Nov. 2 ballot makes no sense. Not only will it raise all of our home tax bills at a time when the value of our homes have declined, but our area is already saturated with police.

You can't drive through Gold Beach or Brookings without seeing three or four patrol cars of one stripe or another. They’re not solving violent crime, but issuing traffic citations.

Rather than continuing to feed our bloated local bureaucracy that is sucking the life out of the county’s private sector with too many police issuing too many citations to both tourists and locals, everyone should vote NO on this new tax increase.

Its defeat will give us protection where we really need it — in our pocketbooks.

Dave Duffy

Gold Beach

La Bonté has the local knowledge


I support Lucie La Bonté because she listens to our local residents north of Gold Beach to Port Orford and south to Brookings.

Lucie La Bonté has local knowledge of the issues we have faced, and those that we will face in our near future.

She is here to work for change that will make life in Curry County better. She is not afraid to speak out and find the answers we need. She will work for us to get things done, consistently and for all. 

Lucie has the experience we need, and understands local business and government. She works for all of us, not just the good ole boys! Please join me in voting for Lucie La Bonte

Gloria Eide


Help us mark Red Ribbon Week


October 23rd to October 31st is National Red Ribbon Week. Nationwide, citizens are joining together to commemorate 25 years since the brutal slaying of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena for his sacrifice while investigating  major drug trafficking from Mexico to the United States.  The Red Ribbon symbolizes our commitment for a drug-free nation.  

Here locally, the Brookings Emblem Club #265 will be distributing Red Ribbons; small to wear and large to display at your home or place of business, and call upon everyone to visibly show their commitment to provide a drug free community in which to raise healthy, happy children. 

Please accept a Red Ribbon and wear or display it proudly. Our young people will be having activities in the schools throughout the county with a no-drugs message during this week.

Glenda Weber

Brookings Emblem Club


Community helps Civil Air Patrol


Brookings Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 105 of the Oregon Wing, would like to express our appreciation for the support that we have received from the communities in Curry County over the past years. Without your support, we would not be able to pursue search and rescue activities such as the “Zoey” search this summer, searching for  downed aircraft, or providing warnings for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. Also, with your donations, we have been able to offer cadet programs such as the aerospace education at local schools called “Fly a Teacher Program.” Please accept our heartfelt thank you for all your help in the past and in the future. Further donations may be sent to Civil Air Patrol, P. O. Box 333, Brookings, OR 97415, or call Capt. Charlie Kresa, 707-218-4529, or Capt. Ron Griswold at 541-469-7484.

Lt. Darlene Thomas

Civil Air Patrol


Vote ‘No’ on law enforcement tax


As I sit down to fill out my ballot, one of my biggest hopes is that voters have educated themselves enough on Curry County Measure 8-66 (the county “law levy”) to vote an informed “No.” 

“No” is not a vote against law enforcement. In my case it says, I can’t afford any more taxes and want the state and county governments to be responsible in how our already high taxes are put to use. I’ve been shocked to learn that taxpayers have to make up the difference on investment losses in PERS and guarantee public employees an 8 percent return on their investment and that we pay over $200,000 per year for a full-time psychiatrist, among many other disturbing things. The large corporation I worked for gave employees investment options with varying risk levels, so we took responsibility for our own investment outcomes. At one time we had a psychiatrist on staff, but as we cut internal costs, we found other ways to handle employees’ needs in that area.

So many homeowners in this area, such as myself, are on fixed income — either from pensions and/or Social Security. An extra expense tacked on to property taxes can become the difference in being able to stay in one’s home, especially with so many unknowns looming in our future from the federal government. One person I know would face an additional $900 per year in taxes and she can barely afford her taxes now.

We need tax reform in this state, not additional taxes.  Please vote “No.”

Paula Eldring


Support for Special Olympics great


Thank you to all those who helped out with the Special Olympics gear drive on Saturday, Oct. 16.

We were able to raise almost $900 in cash and collect four basketballs, four batting helmets, five mitts, 11 bats, 12 softballs and three bags.

The Special Olympics athletes and I are very grateful for all the support we have received. Thank You!

Daniel Fletcher


Vote experience, vote Kitzhaber


As I was reading my voter pamphlet and watching the debate on TV and really listening to the candidates, I asked myself one question. Do I, as a proud resident of Oregon, want an ex-NBA player who, in his resume in the pamphlet where it said previous government experience (stated) “none”, or do I want John Kitzhaber, who was a doctor and as far as I was concerned did a very good job governing Oregon before, as my new governor?

The answer was easy for me. If our state wants to end up just like California has under the direction of the terminator, the choice is simple, vote for Dudley. I will be casting my vote for experience, John Kitzhaber.

Julie Freeland


Stunning difference between men


“I’ll try again to bring truth about the stunning difference between men.”

Men of honor, intelligence and distinction are a rare commodity in this day and age. District No. 4 has a unique and invaluable opportunity to elect one of these rare men. How do we know he is a man of distinction? By the company he keeps!

Lunar Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, one of only 12 men to walk on the moon, and former NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter, are among the many great men that call Art Robinson a friend and support his candidacy.

 If birds of a feather flock together, then check the nest of Obama, Reed and Pelosi; you will find Peter DeFazio. Twenty-four years is long enough and that nest is dirty!

Mike and Sue Adams


Law enforcement levy gets ‘No’ vote


Considering the current economic climate, Curry County Measure 8-66, commonly referred to as the “law enforcement property tax levy,” should receive a “No” vote.

Individual households have had to prioritize spending while receiving little or no increase in incomes. The same should be true for Curry County. The county does have revenue and that revenue needs to be managed so that the most important functions are funded. If that is law enforcement, then fund law enforcement first. This raises other important questions. Who will manage the revenue generated by the levy? Since the City of Brookings performs many of the functions for which the levy is imposed, do those paying property taxes in Brookings receive a rebate? Is there a comprehensive plan on how the money is to be used? What kinds of contingencies are built into the plan? Governments in the U.S. need to use existing revenues in providing the most important services first, reducing or eliminating lower priority services and balancing budgets without squeezing already stressed taxpayers. This includes Curry County.

This measure deserves a “No” vote.

Garth Richey




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