The Curry Coastal Pilot

Speaking for myself, not for the whole


Mike Schrum in his July 14 letter to the editor states his inability to understand the issues of the Tea Party movement.

In part, his letter includes statements like: "I hear several people say ...". My question is: would that be several persons out of the millions of Tea Party participants? Another statement: "Many of us are more than confused after hearing members trying to explain their positions." Is it possible that a few fringe radicals are being represented as a cross section of the whole movement?

I, for one (not speaking for the whole, mind you), think that, by taking this position on such limited data, one appears to be an agitator. Is this a fair characterization based on so little data? No, of course not. And neither is calling the Tea Party trivial and pointless based on hearing "a few people say."

More "Red Meat" is available in Myron Whiting's letter in the same July 14 issue. It seems to be on point.

Neil Hamilton


Legal issues impact Brookings fireworks


For the past 15 years the Vietnam Veterans of America, (VVA), Brookings Chapter 757, has sponsored and organized the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display at the beach in lower Harbor.

Due to changing times, our members getting older, getting tired, this year will be the last year we could put on the show. It was planned to be our biggest show.

All was going according to plan, when one business and one person in the Harbor Beachfront didn't want the fireworks show. Because his business is adjoining the beach and has the only access road to the beach, he demanded a multi-million dollar insurance policy to be taken out by the VVA Chapter, listing him as beneficiary should any losses occur due to the transportation and discharge of commercial fireworks near his property. (This is in addition to the two million dollars worth of insurance already purchased by the VVA.)

The fireworks company had been certified by the state and federal governments for the safe transportation and firing of the fireworks but this was not good enough for this one person. Did this one person make each of his guests sign and certify that they would not fire bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers, or any similar fireworks from, at, or near his property?

For the past 15 years, the right to pass onto the beach has been "grandfathered" in by the state and Curry County. In that 15 years, not one accident has occurred resulting in injury or property damage. What made this year any different from the past?

Because of the legal issues imposed upon the Brookings Chapter VVA, the annual fireworks display had to be modified to a much smaller show than was planned. We, (the members of VVA Chapter 757) regret that our final show had to be scaled back to a smaller presentation for our show.

Rick Mahanay, vice-president, Brookings Chapter 757, Vietnam Veterans of America

Beliefs based on lifetime experiences


In regards to Mr. Cupp's letter (Pilot, July 17), it is very hard to explain the structure of the Universe in 250 words or less.

No one can change what another person believes, because belief structures are based on a lifetime of experiences. To take this debate to a whole new "dimension," I would like to offer Mr. Cupp a free copy of my booklet, "We Are One," which addresses the scientific definition of God, introducing the Unified Field Theory in layman's language. This might take the creationism/evolution debate to a whole new "dimension." If Mr. Cupp is interested, he can contact me at 541-412- 7000, or at

Karen Holmes


Tea party, indeed,is a 'dead horse'


This letter is a response to Mr. McMoran's letter trying to explain the tea party to us. (Pilot, July 17).

No surprise to me that once again, no answers from a tea partier. If the tea partier cannot articulate their platform, in terms of specific planks, then the masses will not join. The only thing I can agree with Mr. McMoran on is that the tea party is, indeed, a "dead horse" as he put it.

Apparently, Mr. McMoran did not read, with understanding, my letter. I asked for "details" and once again, all I hear from the tea party is generalities. At the end of the day, not one of my questions was answered. Instead, Mr. McMoran went on a rant, which seems to be what happens when folks don't really know what they stand for. Rather than sharing facts and information, he chose to take me to the woodshed providing absolutely no answers. I asked for "red meat" and all we got was "road pizza." Like the old lady in the hamburger commercial used to say: "where's the beef?" Let's stick to actual facts and hold the emotions down to a dull roar. Civil discourse is the only way to exchange information. Angry rants get us nowhere.

Mike Schrum


Flimsy, ugly plastic bags are an issue


You claim that disposable plastic bags aren't a issue but I beg to differ (Pilot, July 17).

Flimsy, ugly, plastic bags are blowing about everywhere and it costs our state millions of dollars to dispost of them!

On the edges of roads, in trees, bushes and in the ocean where turtles mistake them for jellyfish and eat them. The plastic bags clog their intestines causing them to starve to death.

At least 260 marine animals have been documented to be adversely affected by them and at least 100,000 Marine mammals and turtles are killed by them each year.

As they break up into smaller pieces, they clog the stomachs of whales who ingest them along with krill, their food, and sea birds feed it to their young, filling their stomach with indigestible waste, killing them!

They have to be hand removed from recyclable waste that costs us millions more each year.

They are a waste of resources. They litter our environment; they cause the death of wildlife; they are not necessary, and should be banned.

I have been using reusable bags for decades. It's not an inconvenience. They're much more attractive than a flimsy plastic bag, and can be reused many times. They do not end up littering the environment or killing wildlife.

Let's ban the plastic bag.

Sheila Chambers