The Curry Coastal Pilot

Vote all new people into office


Politics sure brings out all the good and bad qualities of people, huh? Name calling, lies, threats, you name it. I had to put my 2 pennies in too. If I am wrong please correct me without calling me names or lying.

I see it like this. ...Yeah, Bush got us into some bad stuff. That's over. (Period.) Stop bringing it up. Obama has not done any better in two years plus.

We are in deeper debt. Less jobs. Lost some of our freedoms. Are threatened with losing more freedoms.

I just say, Vote all new people into office. Incumbents have failed to listen to We The People.

Wm. Harlan


Sick of insults for adiffering opinion


I am Indian/Irish, I have a Jewish daughter-in-law whom I adore, two of my friends are Gay, my best friend is Catholic and a very dear friend is Mexican.

I like good kind people and I don't care what color or religion they are. I'm a Christian and that doesn't seem to bother my friends. I have had no medical insurance for 10 years. Oh yes! One of my sons has a severe disability.

I only mention all this because I'm sick and tired of being called a racist or hysterical when I disagree with our current government or say Obama is an idiot!

Thank you, Pilot and all our armed forces for supporting my freedom of speech.

Bj Farris


Still no plan to get off OPEC oil


While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.

Two years are gone and we still don't have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we're going in the wrong direction. In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That's the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.

The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations which operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.

Election Day will soon be here. Those who are running for office andndash; be it open seats, incumbents or challengers andndash; need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.

Harold Scott


Compassionate Friends indeed


On behalf of the Northwest Coast Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, I am writing to thank Geoff Zanotto, Kevin Ludwig and Nic Butkov of the Southern Oregon Sleep Center for the use of their Pacific Avenue offices and parking area. Their generosity and kindness contributed to the success of our Chapter's August 21 yard sale fundraiser.

The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit organization for members of families in which one or more children have died, and the Northwest Coast Chapter is all volunteer.

Georgia Cockerham,

chapter leader


Iraq ... Can anyone tell me why?


IRAQ ... seven years, four months, 30 days; 176,000 deployed; 4,419 US KILLED; 31,911 wounded. Cost: $900 billion to $1 trillion. Please!

Can anyone tell me why?

Army Staff Sgt. Keith M. Maupin died March 29, 2008, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom; 24 years old, of Batavia, Ohio; assigned to the 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill. The armed forces' medical examiner confirmed March 29, 2008, that human remains recovered in Iraq were those of Maupin, who had been listed as missing-captured since April 16, 2004. Maupin's convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire April 9, 2004. The Army announced that Maupin's remains and a bit of his uniform had been found and identified.

Judith Franks


Enjoy taunts from Obamanoid androids


I always enjoy reading the predictable taunts from the Obamanoid androids used against the tea party folk.

The Obamanoid androids always say stuff like: "Where were you guys during the Bush administration."

The average dim-bulb Obama supporter thinks that is really clever. I actually went to a couple of Ron Paul meetings. The Ron Paul presidential campaign was obviously a grassroots reaction against George W. Bush. The Ron Paul supporters had a lot to do with blocking the Dubai port's deal and they had a lot to do with blocking the anti-American effort by George W. Bush and the Democrats trying to turn this country into Northern Mexico.

The Obamanoid androids love to scream about racism. As far as I'm concerned the tea party folk aren't any more racist than you are.

It was the tea party folk who forced most of the Republicans to vote against the treasonous TARP bailout bill for Wall Street in 2008.

The Federal Reserve Bank has loaned out $2 trillion to God knows who and you Obamanoid androids want to waste everybody's time screaming about racism?

Where were the Obamanoid androids when Bill Clinton made his very strange remarks about Robert Byrd's KKK membership at Robert Byrd's funeral?

I guess that Bill Clinton would consider George Wallace to be a hero.

How come I don't hear the NAACP or the Southern Poverty Law Center denouncing Bill Clinton. It wouldn't have anything to do with partisan politics, would it?

Joe Thomas


Heartfelt thanks for community support


I want to express my heartfelt thanks to your readers, the heart and soul of Gold Beach and surrounding area. Please accept the following as a small token of my appreciation to all those individuals in Gold Beach, Curry County and from far and wide who have taken the time to write to the Parole Board opposing the release of my sister's murderer.

As I struggle to find just the right words to express my thankfulness to the community of Gold Beach, I struggle also with the difficult task of gathering my thoughts in preparation of the upcoming parole board hearing of Marvin Sherman. In my preparation effort, and as a family member, I'm privileged to have access to the hundreds of letters that have been written opposing Mr. Sherman's release. While for obvious reasons I cannot share the details of these letters, I can share that several hundred have been written and each is powerful and amazing to say the least. More amazing to me is that after 24 years, so many of you took the time to share your thoughts, insights, emotions and history surrounding Dodi's death and to express them to the Parole Board in such a remarkable way. In a day where there is so much apathy amongst our citizenry, I'm encouraged by the overwhelming outpour of your readers.

To the entire Gold Beach community, your readers and all who have taken time to write, pray, discuss and encourage, Thank You! While a Thank You seems so inadequate, there are no other words that can express my appreciation for all that you have done. As one who has not been part of the Gold Beach community for several years, I have a renewed sense of pride and joy in all of you!

God Bless You All,

William Antunes


Time to get back control of our lives


When I read the "Letters to the Editor" each week they either take the place of the funnies or I get depressed. I have a hard time understanding how some people believe what they do.

I know I come from a different world, having grown up in the 1950s, but how did we ever get to the place where we think a world government would be better for the United States? (Letter: "One-world leader needed") Sure, that's just what we need, as we can see how great the United Nations looks out for our interests!

Regarding another letter, I fully support Art Robinson in abolishing the Department of Education. Education is a state responsibility, not a federal one. I would also support abolishing a lot of other federal departments. I also support Art on oil drilling. People who are opposed to us drilling for oil in Alaska or off shore don't realize how this places the U.S. in a very vulnerable position should the Middle East or other suppliers cut off our oil supplies. Our military, our transportation and goods delivery systems, and our daily lives all depend on oil. Yes, we need to develop other sources, but until we have them we need oil, and lots of it. How do you think our food gets here to Brookings? It sure doesn't come by electric truck!

One needs to ask this question of every candidate: Where does the Constitution give you the authority to do what you propose or have voted for? It's time to regain personal control and get the federal and state bureaucracies out of our lives.

And that's my view.

Myron Whiting


A great place for new welcome sign


I agree with Alan Bergstedt (Letters, Aug. 18) that the intersection of Carpenterville Road and Highway 101 is still a great place for a welcome sign on the north end of Brookings. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the scenic drive along the coastline and a billboard, no matter the subject or how nicely done, almost never adds anything of real beauty or quality to the landscape.

Robin Shelley


America must not be world's police


As the last combat unit of our precious men and women in uniform leaves Iraq, the message should be loud and clear: America must not be the world's police force. Let other nations fight their own battles.

So far the war has cost about $1.6 trillion of borrowed money. How many generations of Americans will be paying it off?

Photos of those brave soldiers injured in combat, now maimed for life, remind me of my own visits to the Veterans Hospital after Vietnam. When are we going to learn the lessons of foreign wars? Our veterans should be put to work here in the USA rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and faltering economy.

To quote Henry Van Dyke's poem, let's make it "Home again, home again, America for me" for keeps.

Joe Willett


Support for Dog Days Afternoon


South Coast Humane Society needs to send out a big thanks to a number of people who were instrumental in Dog Days Afternoon at the Port. This event was a phenomenal event and it would not have been without the following people donating their time and talents.

I wish to thank: The Salty Dog for sponsoring our Mutt Strut. These folks were angels. Port management for their generous support. The Oregon Coast Kennel Club for all of their hard work with the agility arena, demos and training. Drs. Schwarz and Locke for donating their time to be on hand to answer veterinary questions, and dog trainer Whitney Vincent who donated her time. The German Shepherd Club who not only showed off their wonderfully trained dogs but also worked the crowd gathering almost $100 in donations on their own. Bruce Ellis of the Insider and What's Going On for emceeing the entire event. The super talented musicians provided by Center Stage. These individuals and groups were phenomenal. Magician Bud Halliway who put on one heck of a show. We have some remarkably talented and generous people in our community! A special thanks to the Photo Club volunteers who spent the day doing beautiful pet photos. And last but not least, all of those volunteers who so generously gave of their time and hard work to make all of this happen! If I have forgotten anyone I sincerely apologize.

We couldn't have done this without all of the help we received and you are all appreciated more then you can imagine.

Audrey Morris

South Coast Humane Society