Today, I met my first mean person
My husband and I moved to Brookings six months ago.
We love it. The people are so nice and friendly, the weather is great, and no traffic. We have found terrific retailers, beauticians, pharmacy, auto repair, shops, doctors, vets, and groomers for our two little dogs.
Today I met my first "mean person." While visiting a local groomer a woman came in complaining about the cut her dog received. They didn't trim some part she thought should have been done. As the owner very nicely explained to her, this was the first visit for her, and if she didn't specify what was to be done, they did the industry standard. She offered for her to have a seat and discuss it with the groomer when she returned in 5 to 10 minutes. Instead of accepting this, she stormed out and started telling people around the shop not to go there andndash; including me. This was so unnecessary.
I don't understand why people think threatening reporting them to the Better Business Bureau is the right thing to do. Why not listen to the explanation, discuss a solution to the problem, and resolve it. I was absolutely shocked at this woman's behavior; her tone was demeaning and her manners were poor.
These ladies have a great shop, very clean and they are very caring about their clients.
Horel is best one for school board job
I am writing you in support of Bob Horel's reelection campaign for the 17-C school board.
Bob Horel brings extensive financial and personnel management expertise from a background that makes him the most qualified school board candidate I have seen in my 19 years of teaching in the Brookings-Harbor School District.
Economic times like these call for informed and decisive leadership at the board level. In his varied and distinguished career with the State of California, Bob Horel has effectively managed budgets that were literally in the billions of dollars. He has first- hand experience of how to adjust to decreasing revenue and the burden of the same or even-more responsibility. His most recent position, prior to retiring and becoming a full-time professor at the College of the Redwoods, was as the warden of the Pelican Bay State Penitentiary.
Bob Horel understands and believes in public schools, having been a school board member in Woodland, Calif., for years, and then choosing to spend one year as a high- school math teacher while taking a leave of absence from his career with the State of California.
Locally, prior to serving on the 17-C board, he was a site council member, and was also a member of the budget committee. Bob Horel has had three kids graduate from Brookings-Harbor High School, with one more who will finish this year.
I believe the choice will be clear at election time, and would strongly urge you to cast your vote for Bob Horel for 17-C School Board.
Robert Wilson, teacher
Brookings-Harbor School District 17-C
Story of good deed warmed our hearts
The article about Dave Pitts of Chetco Outdoor Store finding the money that Jayme and James Munroe had lost, warmed our hearts.
Mr. Pitts showed integrity and honesty to this newly married couple; probably the most precious wedding gift this young couple received. We feel confident that someday they will return this favor that Mr. Pitts gave them.
It is the random acts of kindness, the friendliness of the people, the wave of Ira as he walks and waves to everyone he passes, and the general caring of people that make us proud to live in this wonderful community of Brookings.
There is a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least unexpected time. If you never see the deed again, at least you will have made the world a better place and, after all, isn't that what life is all about?
Bob and Carolyn Brown
Hospice offers thanks for support
Dear community: All the volunteers at the Hospice Market Place want to thank you for your generous support.
Without your interest and big-heartedness there would not be a Hospice Market Place to raise the much-needed funds to assist in the care of the dying in our communities.
Donations are now being accepted on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at all of our sites: North Curry building in Port Orford, Hospice Market Place in Gold Beach, and Brookings Home Health/Hospice office across from the post office on Wharf Street.
We now have an eBay store for the more exquisite and unusual items that need to be handled in a different venue, away from the Hospice Market Place. With this addition we can be good stewards of the treasures given to us. All donations to Hospice are tax deductible.
On the second Saturday of May and June, May 14 and June 11, we are having sales at the Hospice Market Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be new items and furniture will be available. The huge Annual Rummage Market Sale is scheduled for Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.
For those who may not have heard, the Friends of Curry County Home Health and Hospice was chosen as the 2011 Non-Profit of the Year by Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce. This was an honor we are humbled by and fully appreciate.
If you have any questions about Hospice, donations, the Second Saturday Sales, or our eBay store please contact Curry County Home Health and Hospice offices, 541-469-0405, 541-247-7084 or 541-332-0273. Thank you
Patti Slagle and Hospice Market Place volunteers
Heartfelt thanks for concern about Japan
Isamu Furuichi wants me to send a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of his
friends and customers who have expressed their concern and sympathy for
the tragic events in Japan.
Members of his family and some friends have been contacted and are as
well as can be expected. However, we have not been able to contact one
couple in particular andndash; very close friends who owned a Japanese
restaurant in Denver. Isamu's heart is broken for them and for his
country, and it is almost impossible for him to express the depth of his
Again, please accept this public thank you from Isamu, knowing that he truly, very much appreciates your expressions of concern.
Blessings and prayers to Our dear Brookings.
Billie Ruth and Isamu Furuichi
A job well done by health care services
Recently, my family and I have had several opportunities to utilize the health care services in our community.
I would like to take this chance to say a very big thank you, and job
well done to the staff of the Urgent Care Clinic, the staff of Cal-Ore
ambulance, and the ER staff of Sutter Coast Hospital. My 10-month-old
son nearly died two weeks ago after going into diabetic ketoacidosis,
and having a blood infection start to shut down his liver. Staff at the
Urgent Care Clinic were able to diagnose him and get him stabilized, so
that he could be flown to Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital in Portland
from Sutter Coast.
This week, I went to the clinic for what I thought would be
antibiotics, and ended up in surgery at Rogue Valley for something much
more severe than I thought it would be. In each case, my family was well
taken care of and we were treated with great consideration. Another big
thank you to the professional medical providers that we had available
to us, here in Brookings. And a very big thank you to those whose help
and prayers we could not have done without. I am so grateful to live in
County self insurance doesn't make sense
Please help me out: I'm having a little difficulty with the logic
used by the Curry County Commissioners and Curry County Sheriff's
I understand that, because the county can't afford it, the county carries no insurance on its vehicles and is self insured.
So in other words, if I couldn't afford car insurance and got pulled
over by a Curry County Sheriff's deputy, he could ask me for proof of
insurance on my car while he is driving an uninsured vehicle, and if I
couldn't produce proof of insurance, this deputy, that is driving an
uninsured vehicle, could cite me for driving while uninsured. Makes
perfect sense to me.
Donations help feed the needy in Oregon
I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the employees of the State of
Oregon for their tremendous service to the public, and for their support
helping feed their neighbors through Governor's State Employee Food
This year we received a generous donation from the Gold Beach Patrol
Office, and a total of $7,749.94 in cash donations, 1,364 pounds of food
and 21 pounds of hygiene products from across the state. Despite the
challenges that state and federal employees face in these uncertain
times, we are impressed by the continued commitment of state employees
to help give families a chance to thrive, and donate time and time
To find out how to help feed hungry children and families on the
South Coast visit www.orcca.us. We greatly appreciate our volunteers and
donors' support of the South Coast Food Share, and you can make online
donations through our virtual food drive.
CEO, Oregon Coast Community Action
Health care change you can believe in
In response to Mr. Allwardt (Pilot, April 9): The jibba jabber of
cherry picking his bullet points, and firing a random shot at the
overwhelming support of the Affordable Health Care Act is wasted energy.
Here are some facts in response: In 2007, the average cost in Britain
per person $2,992 per year. U.S.A. capitalistic system $7,290 cost per
person. We rank 36 in the world, proudly tied with Cuba. America is
learning the truth, in favoring health care reform. President Obama's
bold new law opens the door for change, challenging one of the most
powerful industries in the free world. We are one step closer to a
public health care program without insurance companies' control.
The campaign to discredit Health care reform is enormous, much of the
insurance companies' profit, is being spent in spreading fear of
creating death panels and government control. The use of the words
"Government control" is typical of the insurance companies' campaign
attempts to dissect the health care law. "We The People" are the
government. I cannot believe that anyone would still be drinking the
insurance industry's cool aid. I can only hope people can learn to look
past the propaganda. Maybe Mr. Allwardt is secretly a major stock holder
or CEO in the health insurance industry. President Obama has
orchestrated a great opportunity in opening the door to health care
reform. I stand with our administration in supporting change.
Letters section never fails to amuse me
When I was a small boy, I always looked forward to the comics or funny papers in the newspaper.
Since moving to Brookings, I've found they are now called "Letters to
the Editor." They always feature some of my favorite comics and never
fail to amuse me.
The April 6 edition was no exception. The following is offered as a reply to the "If you're a Republican you oppose ..." letter.
If you're a Democrat you oppose: the Constitution; legal immigration;
personal responsibility; talk radio; Fox News; spending cuts; balanced
budgets; profits; private enterprise; insurance companies; drilling for
oil; personal choices; low unemployment and military trials for war
We too can become "progressive" like much of Europe and be bankrupt.
The only road we are going down is the 101 South, to California and we
don't want to go there!
Allan W. Stewart
Trash Dogs calling all litter hounds
This Saturday morning, April 16, the Trash Dogs will be in action.
We will meet at the Fred Meyer Garden Center at 9 a.m. Pickup will
be along the roads of the Winchuck River or Chetco River. All volunteers
are welcome. Wear work clothes and boots. Water, gloves, and safety
gear provided. Pickups for hauling are invited and will be paid mileage.
The cookie lady will be on scene with tasty cookies. We look forward to
see you Saturday.....Cheers,
Ed Gross, for the Trash Dogs
State extension office a wonderful service
What a great service of advice and information we have available!
Recently I contacted the Oregon State Extension Office, located
adjacent to the fairgrounds with a soil and planting concern on our
property. Thank you to Shelley Palmer, who analyzed the problem, found
several excellent options and information, and put us in contact with
the Master Gardener volunteers. This wonderful group clearly understood
the many questions concerning fruit tree choices, including pollination
compatibility, appropriate varieties, and plant care. They were
extremely helpful at gathering pertinent information and advice and
making it so easily available. We're very grateful and appreciative for
the wonderful service they provide.
Clayton and Sheryl Johnson Gold Beach
Curry County needs a better plan or captain
If I were the captain (commissioners) of a ship (Curry County) and my
ship was in a state of disrepair and sinking, I would not replace the
experienced, hard-working crew (employees) and mechanic (economic
development) with new and inexperienced applicants.
I definitely would not reduce the crew and combine their duties and
expect the newer, fewer, and inexperienced crew members to be able to
fix the ship and get it sailing again. And unlike the current captain
(commissioners), I would not be the last one to report for duty and the
first one to retire each day, seldom completing even a regular
eight-hour shift. If I did the above I would expect a mutiny where the
owners of the ship (the Curry County citizens) remove me (recall) from
my command. Instead andndash; if I were the captain andndash; I would ask everyone on
board, including myself, to take a reduction in pay in order to keep the
maximum amount of capable hands on deck to keep the ship afloat while
assisting the mechanic (economic development) in her efforts to get the
ship sailing again. In addition, I'd lead by example, putting in extra
effort and hours to get things back on track. Being one of the owners
I'm extremely concerned about the state of the ship under its current
command. It's time to come up with a better plan or a better captain
before we all go down with the ship.
Donations sought to support local artists
Pelican Bay Arts Association is the sponsor of the popular Azalea Festival Art Show.
This event gives all the artists in the Brokings-Harbor area an
opportunity to exhibit their work. Adults and children are all included.
This is a judged show and ribbons are presented. In the recent past we
have given money awards to only two of the categories. This year we plan
to give more money awards to both adult and youth and are requesting
community donations to cover this cost.
If you would like to donate to our cash awards, a check can be mailed
to Manley Art Center, P.O. Box 2568, Brookings OR 97415, or you can
also stop by the art center at 433 Oak St. Call 541-469-1807 with any
questions. Donors will be given public thanks for tax-deductible
The center is an artist owned non-profit organization. The mission is
to provide the community with a supportive environment for the
advancement of art, while embracing the principles of the founders of
Pelican Bay Arts Association. Many members use the building for weekly
classes and various workshops are held throughout the year. We sponsor
the childrens' art classes taught by one of our members. Each year art
scholarships are awarded to high school graduating seniors. The art
center is a vital part of the Brookings-Harbor community and we
appreciate your contributions.
past president, Pelican Bay Arts Association
Prospectors: Are you breaking the law?
The Department of State Lands had created the Wild And Scenic
Waterways in 1970. This area started at Graves Creek and proceeded
downstream to Watson Creek. The Wild and Scenic Corridor extends one
mile on each side of the river making that two-mile strip a Wild and
Scenic Corridor. I am unable to use any motorized equipment to prospect
in the Wild and Scenic Corridor.
On Jan. 1, 2006, this corridor was extended upstream to the
confluence of the Applegate River and downstream to Lobster Creek. This
added over 50 miles to the Wild and Scenic Corridor. Now, if you live in
this corridor you can't use any motorized equipment. Maybe they are
just discriminating against me as a prospector.
While dredging in the river I remove toxic mercury, lead from fishing
and hunting, steel, iron, brass, plastic, glass and other materials
used to make fishing lures. I create deep cold pools for the fish to
rest in. I loosen the hard packed gravel that will be used by salmon to
lay their eggs and I bring nutrients up from the river bottom for the
fish and other insects and creatures to feed off of. I am restricted in
my prospecting because I might hurt a fish and yet the state of Oregon
sells millions of licenses to kill fish. Again I sense that I'm being
It's time to question the actions of your governor, senators and
congressmen. Are they looking out for you or are they further
restricting you from using and enjoying our out-of-doors. Did you know
that you own the national forests, state parks, and state lands, not the
Thank you Azalea for a wonderful event
I had the pleasure of attending the Azalea Middle School's fundraiser for the wind ensemble and the Sound Wave Choir.
The lunch was delicious and the entertainment by the two groups was inspiring.
Hats off to the two chefs andndash; Roger Gilbert and Ernie Madden andndash; for preparing and donating the meal.
Good luck students for your trip to Anaheim, Calif. Perform well and have fun.
vice chair, Brookings Harbor School District
Board of Trustees