Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Salute the Coast Guard contingent
The Chetco River Coast Guard contingent under the command of Master Chief Clemens are to be complimented and thanked for their display of Patriotic fervor this past Veterans Day.
Over 20 members of the local Coast Guard station visited several older and disabled veterans and performed many and varied tasks around their homes and grounds - tasks that could no longer be done by these past military veterans. This assistance afforded to these older disabled veterans was very much appreciated and the personnel from the Coast Guard are to be commended for their competence in the work they performed and the pleasure they brought to the people they served. Several of the Coast Guard members who volunteered to do this remarkable project will be leaving our local area soon. We wish them only the very best wherever they may be assigned.
Several of these young service members may be returning overseas for further duty and we pray that they may be kept safe from harm and brought back home to their loved ones.
Charles and Doris Fuller
Epitome of what makes town great
We would like to take this opportunity to honor and thank some people that I think are the epitome of what makes this country and our little town great.
Dale and Jackie Rettke and their staff at Mattie's Pancake and Omelette have for years provided a free breakfast or lunch to any veteran who comes in their restaurant at Benham and Highway 101 on Veterans Day. The atmosphere is always fun and friendly and the food is always excellent.
We just wanted to let them know that they are truly appreciated by our veterans, and also by those of us who eat with them regularly.
Bob Sandy Dietz
Keep smoking those cigarettes, folks
Recently there was a proposal to put negative ads on TV about cigarettes.
The labels include "these will kill you," "cough 'til you die," etc. Smokers are being targeted. We have a choice in life to do what we want, and to ridicule the smokers is wrong.
If this goes into effect, they should make it mandatory that all liquor sales have warnings on all bottles like "become an alcoholic," or "need a disease, drink this."
More people become alcoholics, criminals, drunk drivers, abusive, etc. So, I say, keep smoking those cigarettes, folks.
Ambassadors offer heartfelt thanks
On Nov. 12, the Curry County Habitat for Humanity hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy and feel-good family entertainment.
The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Darlene Thomas and Joe Donahue who planned and promoted the game. The Habitat Hammers proved to be an energetic and enthusiastic challenging team and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship. The event would not have been possible without the support and generosity of local community sponsors, the Curry County Habitat for Humanity members, and the event volunteers.
The Harlem Ambassadors thank the community of Brookings for its warm hospitality and look forward to returning to Brookings in the future!
President, Harlem Ambassadors
Fort Collins, Colo.
Seeing through the ridiculous claims
Did you hear that President Obama's trip to India cost $200 million per day, with 3,000 people traveling with him, 40 airplanes and 34 U.S. Navy war ships?
It must be true because it was reported on Fox News, it's all over the internet and Rush Limbaugh discussed it at length on his radio program. And, of course, it appeared in the Curry Coastal Pilot as a letter to the editor.
Actually, it's a flat-out lie, just like death panels, Democrats raising your taxes, Obama being born in Kenya and countless others. It comes from the well-organized right-wing lie machine whose only goal is to advance the interests of Republicans and their wealthy supporters. Truth is not required.
This lie is so outrageous it's amazing that anyone would fall for it. But people do. They swallow it with naive, childlike acceptance because it's about President Obama. It has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked in the mainstream press and by snopes.com,truthorfiction.com, and factcheck.org, just to name just a few.
Those who champion common sense should apply it to this case. The war in Afghanistan involves 100,000 troops and thousands of vehicles, aircraft and ships, and "only" costs $190 million per day. To say that President Obama's trip to India costs more than the Afghan war is beyond ridiculous. But that applies to much of what appears on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh's radio program and in the Pilot's letters to the editor.
Free breakfast for veterans a success
We would like to thank the Brookings Elks Lodge 1934 and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 757 and associates, and other volunteers for another successful "free breakfast for veterans" in honor of Veterans Day.
This is the fourth year, and a total of 240 veterans and families were served on Sunday, Nov. 14.
The money raised at this event will be distributed to veterans in need at various veterans homes and hospitals in Oregon.
We would also like to thank Ray's Food Place, Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer for their generous food donations, which made this event possible.
Thank you veterans! God Bless America - land of the free and home of the brave!
Sam Vitale, president, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 757
Gary Downing, Past Exalted Ruler Elks Lodge 1934
Can God approve something godless?
I take great umbrage with the term Godless Socialism used in the Nov. 13 Pilot editorial cartoon. Since when did God have anything to do with economic models?
There are many aspects of our economy that are socialistic. Social Security, Medicare, the Post Office and the Coos Curry Electric Coop immediately come to mind.
We do have a mixed economy, as does every other country in the world, including Russia, China, Cuba, etc. And we had a mixed economy long before Barack Obama arrived on the scene.
I invite all ideologically pure Capitalist seniors in Curry County to 1) refuse their Social Security checks, 2) refuse their Medicare coverage, 3) not use the Post Office and 4) turn off their power. After all, a meaningful stand against Socialism must begin somewhere.
It seems to me that Social Security and Medicare are programs that would have a loving God's approval in that they have reduced poverty and suffering among our less well-to-do seniors.
I am left with a conundrum.
How could God approve of something that is Godless?
Robert M. Hintz
Solving community who done it?
Who stole Ms. Odell's favorite sign?
Let's put on our gumshoes and figure it out. Ms. Odell angrily, yet open-mindedly, accused anyone who isn't a Democrat. So let's look at this scenario. Our area is over 60 percent retired senior citizens. This holds true for the accused - the tea partiers.
To steal this sign it would take no less than three senior citizens (the duffer squad): two guys to carry and hold the ladder up and one guy who hasn't had knee surgery yet, to climb the ladder with a screwdriver. This is done after dark in the rain, but before 8 p.m. That's when all the good TV comes on.
Picture this: the duffer squad - Bill, Joe, and Mac - the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Two old men holding an extension ladder in the headlights of a Toyota pick-up and the third man up the ladder with the screwdriver. "Hurry up, Joe. We're on a major highway, ya know. Ya done yet?"
While running (running ?) back to the truck, Joe yells, "Bill, open the camper. Mac, put the ladder in, and don't put it on my fishing pole. Hurry up before my wife wakes up - and we're missing Law and Order."
Ms. O'Dell, was it the duffer squad? Or some teenage prank like the 99 out of 100 ODOT signs stolen in Oregon? Lets vote on it. The duffer squad or a teenage prank? To be continued...
Free class teaches healthy living
A free, six-week workshop, "Living Well with Chronic Conditions," begins Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at Sea View Senior Living, 98059 Gerlach Way, in Brookings.
Each participant will receive a free book "Living a Healthy Life" to accompany the course.
"Living Well with Chronic Conditions" is a research-based series from Stanford University to empower people to better manage their health conditions and improve their outlook on life. Trained volunteer leaders will facilitate six weekly sessions about "how to manage symptoms, feel in control and problem-solve ways you can get the life back in your life."
These fun and interactive classes will offer social support, networking and useful tips to help cope with the unique stresses of the holiday season.
Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For more information and to sign up, please contact coordinator Debbie Webb at 541-756-2020 ext. 568.
Liz Cohen and Joyce Mathis
Volunteers for Living Well, Brookings
Navy 'blows off'
Public comment on the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Navy's proposed Northwest Training Range Complex, which basically proposes to expand Navy training to include the entire Oregon and Washington coasts, and the California coast to Mendocino, is now closed.
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) permit to "take" 11.7 million marine mammals, including 32 different species, over the course of the five year plan, is still pending. Numerous county, state, federal, and tribal governments, the public and non-profit groups commented on the plan outlining very real potential economic and environmental impacts to our coastlines, and have had their concerns and reliable science blown off by the U.S. Navy. There are no excluded areas for fishing, protection of breeding grounds with seasonal closures, or for marine reserves. A large "restricted area" is noted on the map offshore of Brookings. The Navy plans to use laser, acoustic and depleted uranium weapons, missiles, and minefields in our coastal waters. The worst part is that the Navy has quietly submitted similar expansion plans for its "training" in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Hawaii, over the past two years. The public and our elected representatives need to demand congressional hearings on exactly why the Navy needs this huge expansion in activities creating a virtual military occupation of U.S. coastlines. Something beyond "training" is up here folks - please call or write Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Merkley and request congressional hearings and extended comment periods.
For information see: www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com/Documents.aspx. Destroying our coastlines, air, water, marine life and beaches for five years of war games will not improve our national security.
Brookings: a great place to live
You have to live in Brookings to appreciate what a great little town this is.
Our merchants are always there to help. On Saturday Oct. 30, the Brookings Elks Lodge 1934 had its annual Children's Party. Approximately 200 children attended along with their parents. Games were played, prizes of Halloween toys were given out, bags of candy, popcorn, cookies and punch were served and special Halloween baskets were given to the seven lucky costume winners. The Emblem Club also gave out information on drug awareness.
A special thanks to the following merchants - without their wonderful support, we would not be able to put on this special event for our children:
Azalea Lanes, Blockbuster Video, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Chetco Pharmacy, Dairy Queen, Fred Meyer, Figaro's Pizza, Grocery Outlet, Harbor Jewelers, McDonald's, Ray's Food Place, Shop Smart, Dollar Tree, Umpqua Bank, Whales Tale Candy, Wild River Pizza, Zola's Pizzeria.
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