The Curry Coastal Pilot

Editor's note: The following letter is being republished to include corrected information.

Stepping up and helping food bank


The Brookings-Harbor Lions Club thanks the community for the successful food drive on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Due to your generosity, we collected 2,335 pounds of food and $669.69 in cash donations in six hours.

The Lions appreciate the way you stepped up to help Paul and his staff at the Community Food Bank. We also appreciate Fred Meyer, Ray's Food Place, Shop Smart and Grocery Outlet for allowing us to be outside their doors and collect the donations. We serve.

Areta Schock, president, Brookings-Harbor Lions Club, George Fernandez, chairman, Brookings-Harbor Lions Club Food Drive

Just say 'no' to welfare for CHD


When I read the articles about the shiny new CHD (Curry Health District) clinic in town (Pilot, Feb. 16) I couldn't help thinking about an old childhood saying: "welcome to my parlor said the spider to the fly." CHD being the spider and guess who's the fly?

Based on minutes of their meetings and articles, the CHD is losing money in Port Orford and Gold Beach (both the hospital and Shore Pines). Rush Surgery Center is also losing money. Revenues are down.

It is reported that CHD will be raising service fees 8 percent and increasing current CHD residents' taxes by 3 percent. In one report, CHD uses a metaphor, a dashboard, for indicators as to how well they are doing. I don't know how many lights there are, but the report says one light is green and the rest are red.

Rather than build a new edifice for himself, perhaps Mr. McMillan should have purchased his existing building for much less than the current $13 million and climbing.

Lots of promises have been made (ER is one) that aren't going to happen. Many promises require tons more money. And, where is the money going to come from? The fly? This CHD project was poorly researched and planned from the beginning. It has been obvious to me that Mr. Millan's goal all along has been to get welfare (taxes) from those not currently in CHD to fund his dream.

This is not a hospital, my friends. It is nothing more than a building upgrade. If you experience trauma, you will want to "fly" to an ER attached to a hospital. Just say "no" to welfare for CHD.

Mike Schrum


More about the Citizens Who Care


I want to thank Ralph Martin (Pilot, Jan 22) for recognizing my web site, saying that it "...seems obsessed with drugs and alcohol." You say that as if it's a bad thing.

Having spent the last several years working with the Curry County Drug Free Communities Coalition, I got to see up-close how the Oregon legislature encourages underage drinking.

It keeps taxes on alcoholrelated items at the lowest level in the country to encourage people to drink more booze while reducing or eliminating drug and alcohol prevention and treatment programs in favor of better roads so people can drink more and drive faster.

Drugs and alcohol, especially their underage use, are devastating our community.

In 2008, 36 percent of Curry County 8th grade girls and 31 percent of 8th grade boys had consumed alcohol in the last 30 days.

Sixteen percent of girls and 11 percent of boys had been binge drinking in the last 30 days, and 7 percent drank regularly before they turned 13.

Furthermore, 30 percent of girls' best friends and 22 percent of boys' best friends used marijuana in the past 12 months, while 7 percent of girls and 6 percent of boys participated in a choking game.

Our website lists lots of ways to have fun without alcohol.

You missed our third most popular topic on the website andndash; sex. You don't want to miss it, since 10 percent of Curry County 8th grade girls and 25 percent of 8th grade boys have already had sexual intercourse. Female college students nationwide drink more and have more sex while on Spring Break than guys. See:

So Ralph, you keep looking under rocks for all those commies. I'm totally comfortable with my obsessions. Others might want to join me. Start at

Gordon Clay


Reducing speed can make highway safer


The recent death on Highway 101 again brought home how dangerous this road can be. When talking with others, just about everyone has a story of their near miss of another car or a person. The initial reaction is that street lights are needed. I agree it's part of the solution, but there is never any talk of reducing the speed limit through Harbor.

At least once a week, I see a car wreck, sometimes with fatal results. Forty-five miles per hour is just too fast for anyone to be going through a large shopping and residential area. Maybe if the speed limit was lowered to 35, the accident rate would be lower. Remember: "Speed Kills."

Barbara Van Cleave