Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Thank you all for returning our Chloe
Aug. 16th Chloe was returned!
I want to thank the Brookings-Harbor community for all their support.
Special thanks to KURY Radio, (Steve, Debi and all the DJs), the
Curry Coastal Pilot, and Crescent City radio stations, Rhonda Cornelius
for her perseverance and moral support, Chloe's grandpa Norris Pierce
who was the one who picked her up. Sheriff John Einsley and Catherine at
Gold Beach Humane Society.
Marci at Puppy Love who cleaned her up, Chloe was in bad shape!
Miracles do happen! And thank you to the people who returned her. Gold Bless.
Rebecca McFarland and Norris Pierce
Not impressed with Robinson's views
I went to the Art Robinson event; one that he "pretended" was
scheduled as a debate, all the time knowing that DeFazio was not able to
So what did I learn? Art does not believe in "climate change";
however, he is in the minority. Everything I found on the Internet
(wonderful invention that!) says most "climate scientists" believe it is
Art wants to eliminate the Department of Education and I guess put it
back into state control. Great; then states with racists and bigots
(they do still exist!) can discriminate against people different from
themselves. And I guess that means he has no respect for any school
teachers. (Thanks, Art.) Gee, I do and I think they get poorly paid most
of the time for the work they do.
It appears that Art and his children (as I look over his home-school
curriculum; yes, he does sell one) believe in this Christian-based
schooling. As someone who believes that organized religion is for the
most part destructive to society, this curriculum would be the last
thing I would have used to educate my six children. Furthermore, if I
wanted to live in a country run by religious fanatics I would just move
to Iran! Not everyone in our country is a Christian; many of the most
generous, giving, honest folks I know are not religious. They choose to
get their reward here on earth by doing for others.
Biggest speech of Obama's career!
A Great Day Has Dawned that wasn't a speech it was the truth and it was done with articulation and resolve.
President Obama just gave the biggest speech of his career and, as I expected, it was powerful and true in the way he spoke .
I am proud to support him in this time of despair. We can only hope
those Americans who feel the need to say NO to any policy shall fail,
and our great nation shall rise from the Hate and Fear, and threats of
WAR, and begin to awaken to the truth he just spoke of .
We as a nation shall endeavor to persevere. His presidency will bring
us out of our economic strife and we shall rise once again to
greatness. Our economy and the middle class shall, too, become solvent
Election's coming, are you ready?
Were you watching, Curry County?
Our tea party members on the east coast certainly proved to the
country who's charged up, and ACORN (Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now) had nothing to do with the feeling
running through the veins of a united America on the right of moderate.
Glen Beck's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial held in D.C. was
remarkable, and every time a liberal makes a derogatory statement about
the event proves what hypocrites they truly are.
Most of active voting Curryites are center right and we can't control
who will win the house seat 5th District, but let's take care of home
base and let the rest take care of itself.
Those of you on the left who plan on voting for DeFazio and Wyden
realize that you're happy with the economy, healthcare, Social Security,
25 percent bigger government this past year, and higher taxes for those
already paying 85 percent of our federal taxes. If you said yes you
deserve Pelosi, Reid, and Obama's ideology that could bring our country
down. Call me a bigot, racist or whatever pleases you, but it's your
country, too, and remember this plan of Obama's has never worked and
it's been tried plenty of times throughout history.
Art Robinson is a bright man and understands what we need to clean up the mess accumulated by a Democratic House and Senate.
It took eight years for the elite press and liberals to vilify the
Bush adminstration. It took the same people 18 months to embarrass
themselves and their party.
Never-failing effort to help the needy
Once again a big thank you to our community for your support and
donations to our food drive on Aug. 14. Over 800 pounds of food was put
on our shelves.
It is no big surprise to us that almost all of it is gone!
We have seen record increases for our services this year. Thanks to
the generous people of Brookings-Harbor we have been able to keep our
doors open; however, there are times we do not have the amount or
variety of items we would like to offer our families.
Winter is upon us and budgets will be stretched even further to pay
costs for heating, clothing, etc. in the cold, rainy months ahead.
Please remember that we offer services all year, no matter the season, and the need has never been greater.
Times are tough our there folks, and we need your help to continue to feed our less-fortunate friends and neighbors.
You never fail to help meet our needs and we truly appreciate your continued support.
Maureen Kee, volunteer Brookings-Harbor Community Food Share
DeFazio on right side of the issues
It is true that Peter DeFazio has done some disappointing things, the last few years.
He should never have voted for that stupid Obama Health Care bill and
I was severely disappointed when he did not support the border patrol
agents Ramos and Compeon, and when he did not support the impeachment
drive against the war criminals known as Bush and Cheney.
All that being said, I feel that Art Robinson and his supporters have
simply not made the case for kicking DeFazio out of office.
Peter DeFazio should absolutely be re-elected.
Congressman DeFazio has been on the right side of the immigration and
trade issues when traitors like Obama, Clinton and Bush have been
stabbing us in the back for decades.
DeFazio voted against the treasonous TARP (Troubled Asset Relief
Program) bailout bill for Wall Street when idiots like Obama, McCain,
Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin were all for it.
Peter DeFazio was an early supporter of the Ron Paul bill to audit the Federal Reserve Bank.
Too bad that anti-American creeps like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd chose to water down the bill.
I would love to see the Democrats get dumped on their backsides and
lose control of Congress in November. They deserve to lose, just like
the Bush-league Republicans lost in 2006 and 2008. Peter DeFazio should
be re-elected, though.
He has been far too good a Congressman for far too long for us to turn our backs on him now.
Jim Hyslop raised some concerns about Art Robinson's views on women and minorities in the Aug. 18 edition of the Pilot.
How come there has been no response?
Heartbreaking changes at mission
My heart is broken. Why? Because of the changes that have taken place at The Gospel Mission.
I arrived homeless in Brookings on Jan. 24, 2008. I am not the
typical homeless person. I still had a car. I had been addicted to
prescription pain pills, went thru detox, and tried to work for a year. I
have a failed back surgery, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and arthritis.
If His Haven had not been there, I would have been sleeping in my car
(which I did one night).
2008 was the coldest winter with temperatures as low as 36 degrees.
Debbie Peterson was the manager at His Haven and from the time I
arrived, I felt not only her love, but the love of God. While I was
there from January through August on and off, there were 14 women who
were helped, two with children.
From the time Emma resigned and then Chuck and Ray, things have
changed, and I am very concerned. Where do women and children now go? I
saw Debbie cry many times when she had to turn women away for different
reasons. She definitely had a heart for the homeless and God's work, as
did Ray. I never really knew Chuck personally, but as he was the
director at the time, I would have to say he was definitely a man of
God. What now?
Wake up Brookings! I married the love of my life in August 2008, got
approved for my Social Security disability in December 2008, and yes,
Debbie, Ray and Chuck changed my life and my husband's, Robert Silva. As
some of you know he passed on February 20, 2010, from heart failure and
I have temporarily left to help some of my family members.
A huge thank you to all of you that helped me! And, you know who you are.
Donna King Silva
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Questions about Robinson abound
Ad in your paper Aug. 28, 2010, stated "Art Robinson will be debating Peter DeFazio. ..." Aug. 31, 2010, in Brookings.
What a crock!
Typical of Robinson and his supporters to imagine things that are not
going to happen. He tells people who might look at his website to
homeschool to protect their children from society (paraphrase). He sells
a set of CDs for home schooling and his major reference books included
in the curriculum: nearly 100 year old encyclopedia and dictionary. The
only things that will do is perpetuate the ignorance of the people who
choose to buy it and save Robinson from having to pay copyright fees.
Poor, deluded followers put his signs on their pickups and vans.
Check it out. Where did he get his education? Did any of his children
attend public institutions of higher learning? Is not that public
How many people of the estimated 200 showed up to see a debate? I saw
no protest that the advertising was false. Mr. DeFazio has agreed to
four public debates in September and October.
Robinson is the wrong choice
With your background as a scientist, people expect that you're
dedicated to sound information and accuracy. So it was a surprise to
find your brochure loaded with mistakes and inaccurate information.
For example, you say Americans "buy 30 percent of their energy from unstable nations abroad."
We get most of our imported energy from Canada andndash;yes, Canada.
Then there are your claims about Ronald Reagan.
Yes, he cut taxes andndash; once! But he raised taxes four times after that,
including higher business taxes. On top of that, our national debt
tripled during Reagan's two terms, not because he lowered taxes andndash; taxes
are actually lower today andndash; because he dramatically increased government
And your claim, "U.S. nationalizes medical industry" is completely
untrue. Only one major nation has nationalized medical care andndash; Great
And here in the U.S., we don't even have price controls on
prescription drugs, which is why so many are forced to turn to Canada or
other countries for their drugs.
Also, you state: "Nuclear power andndash; the greatest technological advance
in human history." Wrong again. There are at least a half dozen more
important historic advances, including agriculture, the wheel,
mathematics, the compass, the automobile, the airplane, and the
Candidate Robinson, you're obviously the wrong choice for Congress.
Public forum without merit
In Mike Rockey's recent public forum his aversion to increasing our
taxes to fund the Sherif's Office is understandable but the rest of his
article is shameful nonsense and generally without merit.
To assert that the face of Curry County will change terribly if the
law enforcement levy is successful is foolish.The list of
bad-things-sure-to-happen looks like a script from a third rate
Hollywood disaster movie. The writer is probably correct however that
the Sheriffs Office personnel don't possess an abundance of academic
degrees and high-powered training. However, they do possess the
qualities needed in order to successfully fulfill their public safety
responsibilities: Courage. Years of experience in successfully
addressing criminals and criminal behavior in our community. An
exceptionally well-developed street sense. A positive and productive
attitude in the face of often lousy circumstances. The desire and
ability to do good for others.
Certainly the academics and degrees are critical and our local law
enforcement community does possess such qualifications. But academics
are not the foundation of good law enforcement. Finally, to criticize
the physical size and fitness of the sheriff and his deputies is
downright childish. I have a suspicion that if you were ever in a
tug-a-war with a bad guy you'd much rather have a big hombre like the
sheriff pulling with you than a skinny guy like me.
Well, think about it Mike. This recent forum demeaning county law
enforcement is a genuine load of newt manure. Law enforcement in Curry
County from all departments makes a pretty effective team.
Pilot public forum a cheap shot
The Public Forum in Saturday's (Sept. 4, 2010) Pilot was a cheap shot andndash; low blow.
Mike Rockey was making some valid points about the law enforcement
levy in the beginning of his piece, but his personal attacks against our
district attorney and sheriff were irrelevant and uncalled-for. What
does a test score or a persons weight have to do with the ballot
Rockey's comparison of the Curry County Sheriff's Office with the
Oregon State Police is like comparing the Brookings Police Department
with the F.B.I. It's apples and oranges.
Mr. Rockey questioned the education and qualifications of our D.A.
and sheriff, two elected officials. I'm sure their resumes will be in
the voter pamphlet should they run for re-election. Read it!
The Pilot should have edited Mr. Rockey's piece for being tasteless.
Complete trust in Sheriff Bishop