The Curry Coastal Pilot

Wanted: Visuals of new medical center


A moment that much of our community has been waiting for is about to happen at 500 Fifth Street in Brookings.

The new Curry Medical Center will open this month and we are looking for pictures and anything that relates to how the project has developed. If you have pictures, drawings or other renderings of the fabulous state-of-the-art clinic, we'd be honored if you'd share them with us. We're making up a display to be shown at our Open House on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and we will welcome you to the new facility which will be "leading the way in rural health."

Please contact me with information on any items you'd like to share with us by calling 541-661-5126 or 541- 412-2025.

Thanks, see you on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Moira Fossum

Community Relations

Curry Health District

A glaring problem with Obama speech


Oh, heavens! I am so relieved, now that I have been reassured of our nation's health in the State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

"Winning the Future" was the overriding theme, as President Obama assured us that we are on the right track. It all sounds beautiful and bold, looking at our future with hope, job creation and competitiveness, and "investment" in new technologies, infrastructure and green jobs.

There was only one glaring problem with Mr. Obama's big Reagan revamp speech: Our president honestly believes in more government spending, bigger government, more regulations and higher taxes, in order to pull off all of these wonderful expenses andndash; I mean investments andndash; in our future.

Here's the part that our current administration does not understand: Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem! Attention, Mr. Obama, with that glaring 14 percent unemployment in Curry County and 9.6 percent nationwide for the last 20 months andndash; federal government does not create new jobs; the private sector creates new jobs which stimulates our economy!

It is sad to realize that we are heading into a European socialist society, and have to depend on a country with more capitalist clout (China) than we have in order to continue borrowing money we don't have, and keep that government handout mentality alive and thriving in Washington.

Please wake up your leaders and let them know we will not tolerate an additional "stimulus" in order to invest in our future.

Jeff Tribble


Thank you parents of special ed kids


Concerned Special-Ed parents: I would like to thank each and every person who responded to my concern about locating the other eight students involved with the Oregon Department of Education's determination that the high school is in violation of their child's right to appropriate services under their IEPs.

The support is overwhelming, and listening to each of you, and the experiences you have had, are very similar to my own. And finally, I believe students in our district will finally receive the services they need. It has not been easy, and it is not resolved yet. The Oregon Department of Education has now retained the state's assistant attorney general to represent them. I think we now have the attention these students deserve.

Sue Cruickshank


Local church is a hub for humanity


St. Timothyʼs andndash; a hub for humanity.

When I came to town and was looking for housing, I was referred to Father Bernie Lindley, vicar at St. Timothyʼs Episcopal Church, as a person knowledgeable about resources in our community.

I walked into his office, introduced myself and told him I was new and wanted to stay here. He greeted me with arms wide open. He immediately connected me to every amenity St. Timothy's has to offer, as well as what this community does to welcome newcomers: the soup kitchens, free clinic, flu shots, food bank, etc.

In checking up on these services, I discovered many programs that are run exclusively by volunteers who really care, and that Father Bernie and St. Timothyʼs are responsible for those programs being here.

Thank you, Father Bernie.

Maia Russell


Potential danger on area of local road


Recently, I had to drive through the Old County Road/North Bank(Chetco River) Road new construction area from Azalea Park to Highway 101, at night.

There are no street lights from Azalea Park to Highway 101 on that portion. At the stop sign for the Old County Road traffic, I couldn't see the area and drove the wrong way on the segment that should go from 101 to north Bank Road. Thank goodness, the two vehicles going the right way saw my headlights and slowed down. I had to back up to the end of the divider to go on the segment from Old County Road to 101.

Since there are two churches in the area, plus Azalea Park and its Nature's Coastal Holiday light show in December, and another way to go to/from the schools, I find it is a very dangerous area. Also, the stop sign configuration is dangerous. Three intersections, and one stop sign. The traffic from North Bank Chetco River Road is also slightly hidden because of the curve and hill, and it has no stop sign.

I don't know who to talk to about this, or what to do besides writing this letter and hoping that drivers will be mindful of the potential danger. Maybe ODOT will remedy this when they install the Harbor Street lights?

Jane Heaney


The joy of receiving an unexpected gift


On Sunday, Jan. 16, my wife and I ate at Sebastian's Restaurant in Harbor.

Upon receiving the bill, we were told that our meal was free. Karen,

our waitress, told us that a previous customer paid for our meal. The

customer would not give Karen her name, but said she does this about

once a month. She has extra money left over and gives the money to


We would like to thank this person for her wonderful deed and hope

that she will continue doing this so that someone else will know the joy

of receiving this nice present.

Chuck Heaney


Letter contains no redeeming feature


I would like to say that the short letter from Robert Wilkinson

(Pilot, Jan. 29) presents a very good suggestion, although it seems

unlikely that the Pilot would agree to publish Eileen Sorrels' letter

(Jan. 26) in any future papers.

However, after reading the very vitriolic and hateful letter in the

same paper that Mr. Wilkinson's letter appeared, submitted by Grace

Lasky, it really makes one think about how to put forth ideas in print.

Ms. Lasky's letter is a terrible example for our young people. She has

the right to write whatever she cares to put in print, but there is

absolutely no redeeming feature in that letter. Even though she

obviously does not agree with President Obama, he is the president of

our nation and, as such, should be accorded the respect civilized people

give to him. I would hope that she would decide to remove herself to

that city in Idaho she has conjured up, or decide to act with civility

in both speech and manner while living among the citizens of Brookings.

I believe the placement of the letters from both Mr. Wilkinson and

Ms. Lasky was a good thing, whether a stroke of luck or by intention.

Violet Lovejoy


At least season it with 'truthiness'


Grace Laskey (Pilot, letters to the editor, Jan. 29) makes a stab at

writing satire, but good satirical writers like Jonathan Swift and Terry

Southern did not need to swerve from the truth to make a point.

Laskey's intimation that President Obama is destroying capitalism easily dissolves in the face of facts.

This president might be the best friend the capitalists could have

ever hoped for. The Affordable Health Care Act will deliver millions of

new customers to the insurance monopoly (private industry.) The

financial reform legislation did nothing to curb the rapacious practices

of Wall Street (capitalism personified.) Corporate profits and

executive compensation are at record levels. Heck, the Dow Jones

Industrial Average just crested at 12,000. If that is "destroying

capitalism" then the masters of the universe have nothing to fear.

I think we all enjoy good satire, but at least season it with a generous sprinkling of "truthiness."

Tom Seither

Gold Beach

Adopting dog from Catherine a joy


Two weeks ago our family decided to adopt a rescue dog. We checked

out all the shelters from Crescent City to Gold Beach. Brookings Humane

Society was very organized, lots of info on every dog, friendly and

clean. It was a little loud. The reason being the dogs are not allowed

to go outside. Neighbors have complained about the noise. Crescent City

was deplorable. The kennels were small dark, filthy (they hadn't cleaned

them yet) and no one was around to give us information. We weren't able

to find a suitable dog at either place so we drove to Gold Beach. We

found the shelter to be clean, friendly, informative and quiet.

Catherine Powers gave us a tour, giving info on each dog. She explained

that it was quiet because all their needs are met. We talked to her and

spent time with our choice dog. She let us take our time. As she was

telling us about a recent case of dog hoarding, we could see the tears

forming. She cares so much for all these animals. It shows in all she

does. Catherine is an angel to these animals. We didn't find one

unfriendly face at the shelter. There is so much love and caring. It was

an amazing experience. Thank you Catherine, staff and volunteers at the

Curry County Animal Shelter in Gold Beach for taking such good care of

neglected, abused, and lost animals. We found a wonderful dog and enjoy

her everyday. All in all it was an amazing experience!

Pat Brookfield


Voting 'No' on health district tax


It seems Bill McMillan has a story for every audience, depending on what he thinks they want to hear.

He has said, at various times, different things, including: The

building in Brookings is going to have a 24/7 emergency room, it's not

going to have an emergency room unless we vote to have ourselves taxed,

it's going to be a new building for the Brookings Medical Clinic,

they're going to expand it and have a hospital in Brookings andndash; and now

he's thinking about taking over the Curry County Health and Human

Services Department. And of course, that includes the Health District

getting the funding of Health and Human Services Department.

Last week, we got a brochure in the mail from the Bay Area Hospital

in Coos Bay. Based on that, I'd like to ask a few questions of Mr. Bill

McMillan: Is Curry Health District a not-for-profit corporation like

Bay Area Hospital? What are you offering us for being taxed? What are

you offering us, at all, in fact? Which of your stories (as mentioned

above) rings true?

If Curry Health is a for-profit corporation and becomes profitable,

are our taxes going stop? Or are they just going into someone's pocket?

Where might that person be?

Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay doesn't tax people; they are fully

supported by what they charge for services. They're too far away for an

emergency, but Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City is not, and they

don't tax their customers

I'm going to vote "No" if I get a chance to vote, but it looks to me

Mr. Bill McMillan is trying everything he can to make (sure) I don't

have a chance to vote on this.

Duncan Lagoe