The Curry Coastal Pilot

Story of puppy makes me sick


The story you had about the woman drowning the puppy is very upsetting and made me feel sick (Pilot, Aug. 12).

I hope everyone pays attention to what she looks like so she can be put away. That person is sick.

I'm having a real problem with the witness. How could they just watch someone do that and not do anything? I think the witness should be charged for being stupid and for not stopping the death of the dog. I just don't understand the witness watching the whole thing plus letting her walk away after drowning the puppy. It makes me sick to think someone could have stopped it from happening.

John Gennai


Is America in trouble?


"Here lies an honest man."

Tombstones are written in stone, but, have I found an honest man? Probably not. The word "lies," troubles me.

Prejudice is ignorant or ignorance creates prejudice.

Opinions, stated or written, without proof are not fact.

Is America in trouble? I think so. Is our government out of control? I think so. No facts, just opinion. Do we need to change ourselves? I think so.

I don't believe anything with form or substance is free, only intangibles are free. If you have no money, only the seller will see benefits from a sale.

Everything for sale has a price, if you have money and like the price, then there is a sale. The fact is, it wasn't free.

If you get pleasure from prayer, then pray. If you expect something, then you have to give something.

If you are praying for someone, it only works if they believe, and they hear you. It takes time, material, money and conviction to write to an editor.

If you give the same value to change, can you imagine? ...

Clifton Siemens


Beware of greedy banks


Websters defines greed as: An extreme desire for more than one's proper share.

I hired a homeless vet for yard work last week. I gave him a check for $60 for five hours work and dropped him off at my local bank to cash the check. I went to my drugstore next door and on my way out I was stopped by this very tired man who had worked so hard for me this day.

"They wanted $6 to cash the check because I don't have an account at the bank, he exclaimed!" I immediately handed over $60 cash and apologized for my bank's check-cashing policy.

I called local banks and gave them the same scenario. They quoted the following charges to cash this homeless veteran's check: The local credit union and banks with the exception of two banks said they would cash the check free. The two exceptions quoted a $5 and $6 charge to cash the check.

Every corporation has guidelines and I certainly don't hold this against the nice tellers who are wearing those cute new designer uniforms (paid for by check cashing fees charged to homeless veterans no doubt).

I refuse to scorn or scoff at this policy. I will simply maintain my mild-mannered personality and hope those veterans seeking work will collect cash or go to a bank that honors our veterans and homeless folks, with sensible policies.

Gary Smith


U.S. healthcare all that good?


Thoughts on health care: People who say they don't want socialized medicine should remember that it would mean no Medicare, no military hospitals and no VA, either.

Many also say, government health care would be like the post office. But imagine instead the horror of health care run by private enterprises like Enron, AIG, Lehman Brothers, GM, or Merrill-Lynch.

The world's best health care system is France's universal health plan. And the French spend one-third less than we pay for U.S. health care that's ranked No. 37 (below Costa Rica).

Anti-reform critics then argue, "We don't want government playing doctor." But private insurance companies already tell doctors what to do. Plus they charge outrageous premiums, or cancel policies, or use "pre-existing conditions" to deny care.

Some fear big government. But what about big oil, big pharma, big banks, big insurance, and big Wall Street? They control gas prices, drug prices, interest rates, health insurance rates, and even your retirement plans. And when they fail, they make you bail them out.

And then others say, "I like the health care I've got. I don't want them to take it away." Trouble is, you really don't know how good (or bad) your health plan is until you make a claim, a big claim.

Our daughter-in-law recently had an angioplasty, a procedure that costs about $60,000. She had private insurance, and the procedure was pre-approved. But now, the insurer refuses to pay the claim, and the hospital and doctors are demanding that she pay. That's private-enterprise health care.

Bottom line: If the U.S. health care system is so good, why does illness here bankrupt so many families?

Pete Chasar


Going to bed hungry


Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization to the poor, recently told of some of the needs in Africa.

He said "the pastors of Malaivi listed challenges they were facing concerning the AIDS crisis. Not only did they lack friends for drugs, food, and the support of orphans, but they lacked any kind of community transportation. Because of that children had to carry their parents' dead bodies sometimes as much as a mile to be buried."

Imagine having your children watch you die and then drag your lifeless body to be buried.

Stories like this make me think that everybody would want to help. Sadly, that is not the case. I have found that orphans are just one more burden in my friends' all-too-busy lives.

One of the typical responses I hear is that America has enough problems of its own. But I've never met an American who had to dig up graves to steal the gold teeth of the corpse for food. And a woman in West Africa told the president of Compassion International that they serve their starving children "warm salted water andndash; at least it seems like food as they swallow it." In Haiti, mothers make dirt cookies, made of mud, oil and salt, then bake in the scorching sun.

My personal andndash; and I believe Biblical andndash; belief is that everyone who goes to bed with a full stomach owes it to another human being to do the same for them andndash; not once a year but on a continual basis. (Luke 6:31, the golden rule).

Right now, World Vision has about 100,000 children waiting for sponsors. Call 866-962-4453 or for a pastor's vision trip visit

Nancy Myer


Learn about pet rescue efforts


In case you missed our meeting at the library: Come to Ray's today, between 1 and 2:30 p.m., and stop by our information table!

Most of us love dogs and cats, and this is a great way to find out more about what's going on locally and nationally.

The Pet Rescue committee wants to thank the amazing panel we had on Wednesday. We learned a lot andndash; about the importance of dog tags, understanding how to read animal behavior (including that of feral cats),and other keysafety issues from Lt. Donny Dotson of the Brookings Police Department, Catherine Powers of Curry County Animal Control, Sheriff John Ward, and Audrey Morris of the South Coast Humane Society.

They also educated us further on legal issues, shelter site needs and ramifications, responsible pet ownership, and ways we can get the word outtohelp our community be better informed, and keep animals safe.

The public is invited to our next meeting at 6:30 p.m., Sept.8, at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St.Refreshmentsavailable at 6 p.m., as well as goodies afterwards.

Wewelcome the participation of all ages!

Hope to see you today at Ray's Food Place.

Cathy Cato


One rate up, the other down


The Aug. 12 headline on the Wall Street Journal is: "Electricity prices plummet, power companies reduce rates, and consumers get a break after year-ago highs."

On the same date, a front page story in the Pilot reports that Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative is continuing its series of meetings to give members a chance to ask questions about the 8.5 percent residential rate increase scheduled for Oct. 1.


Pat Sherman