The Curry Coastal Pilot

Thank you SCHS volunteers


The Azalia parade was entertaining and fun.

We cheered when we saw the Harbor Fire Department Fire Chief John and his bride on that wonderful old fire truck. What a lasting memory; way to go Harbor Fire Department. We enjoyed all of the hard work from the many volunteers it took to put this parade together, Good job.

We were glued to our TV set waiting for the South Coast Humane Society, their furry friends and many dog- walking volunteers. Such a vital part of our Brookings- Harbor community. "Here they come," "Here they come," They passed by without even a comment, not one word andndash; shame, shame, shame. This omission was, and is, not acceptable.

For all S.C.H.S.' hard-working staff and many volunteers and supporters, we salute you. For all you do on a daily basis you deserved a big, "thank you" as you walked by. There are many residents here who really appreciate all the hard work and dedication to our furry friends, you do on a daily basis. These furry friends, give us unconditional love; now it's our turn. ...

Bob and Betty Mears


Sheriff's office should not be cut


I would like to comment on "Sheriff cut patrol deputy, dispatch" (Pilot, May 21).

I bought property in Gold Beach seven years ago and my wife and I will be permanently moving from L.A. to Gold Beach on June 20.

I have been following politics in Curry County via the Pilot for seven years. It does not matter where you're from, politicians (in these trying times of budget cuts) seem to go right to public safety. I know public safety usually has a large percentage of the budget. That is the number one priority of government, public safety, fire department and police. The sheriff's department should not be cut to the point it cannot operate.

That article makes the county officials look shameful and disgraceful. The county needs a police force that's totally functional. That should be the main priority of the county officials; everything else should come after that.

Andrew T Ragan

soon-to-be Gold Beach resident

Thanks from VVA Chapter 757


We would like to thank Grandpa Ray Bruce and Bruce Bros Construction. for decorating their truck for our use in the Azalea Festival parade.

Thanks also to Gold Beach Lumber and Fred Meyer for their donation of materials. Also, thank you to the City of Brookings for use of their chambers for Roll Call of the Vietnam Veterans from Oregon who died during the Vietnam War.

We'd also like thank the Marine Corps League for doing the firing detail and playing taps.

This Memorial Day we paid special tribute to Larry Smith, one of our VVA members, who served in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We also paid tribute to four of our Associate members: Chuck Heaney-WWII; Charlie Fuller-WWII; Carlo Pelaccio-Korea; and Ken Vogt-Korean War era.

It's an honor to have these gentlemen in our organization.

Sam Vitale, president

VVA Chapter 757


Why no interest in alternative energy?


We thought the Southwest Coast residents would be interested in knowing that Homer, Alaska, (Tom Bodett's "End of the Road") just received $10 million from the legislature and new governor for a natural gas pipeline extension. Payback will be in only 10 years.

They also received $6 million for one of their docks and facility improvements andndash; immediate payback. They even received $15 million for a hydroelectric boost project.

For some reason, Brookings and Harbor aren't interested in natural gas and to our knowledge haven't received dock and facility repair money yet. The same thing goes for a regional desalinization plant plus tidal, wave and wind generating power subsidies. Why is that?

Could it be that [Homer] really wants/needs visitors' help/money? Yes, they've managed to attract 15 cruise ships every summer in addition to the thousands who fly and drive there in RVs, cars and rentals from Anchorage.

Linda and Ken Smith

Hartford, Wis.

To the citizens of Curry County


I want to thank all of the volunteers, businesses, agency folks and residents who participated in the Tsunami Drill we had on May 19 in Port Orford and in Gold Beach.

There were also volunteers who came up from the Brookings area to help make these drills successful. I think we all learned a lot about how we can make future drills even more efficient and gain more turnout.

I feel like many folks learned where they need to evacuate to and how long it would take them to reach high ground. If you did not get to participate on May 19, you can do your own personal drill on another day when you have the time. Just go out and take a walk from your home or workplace to high ground!

I also want to let folks know about the NOAA weather radio/go-kit workshop that will happen on June 14 at 6 p.m. at the Gold Beach Fire Hall. At the workshop there will be examples of weather radios and go-kits of all sizes and shapes. There will also be information regarding how to build your own kit over a 26 week time-span and other tsunami-related handouts.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

For more information contact Dave Lacey at 541-373-0487 or

Dave Lacey

Gold Beach

BHHS students setting an example


Congratulations to the students at Brookings Harbor High School for your outstanding support of Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

A good friend, who lives in Brookings, shared the recent full-page article about your successful fundraiser with my husband and me and we were delighted to read about your event. As a volunteer for the hospital and a member of the Friends of Doernbecher board, it is heartwarming to see the grassroots efforts that yield these kinds of results.

The youth of Brookings and BHHS are to be commended for their positive outreach to the kids at Doernbecher. You are setting an example for upcoming students to emulate. Thank you.

Jerrie Johnson


Too much anger, hatred in the world


After the Azalea Parade, as I was walking through the vendors area,

my attention was drawn to a discussion taking place at one of the

political booths.

A man was talking in a rather heated fashion about politics. What

made me stop and pay attention was when he said, "Someone should shoot

that idiot who is president!" I hoped to hear someone counter with a

comment of how, in todays political climate, those kinds of comments are

very inappropriate, but no one said anything. Not knowing any of the

people in this booth or this gentleman's reaction if I said anything, I

chose to walk away. As I thought about this incident I decided that when

I walked by this booth again I would stop and ask about what I had

overheard. When I mentioned it to one of the people in the booth, and

asked why no one replied that a comment like that is not an appropriate

thing to say about anyone, much less the president of the United States,

I was told to "pay no attention to what he said, he's kind of 'out


Now, I understand that some people disagree with President Obama's

politics, and I have no problem with people expressing their feelings,

and this man may not have meant for his comment to be taken literally.

But the people who have shot and or killed our politicians over the

years and most recently in Arizona have all been "kind of out there."

There is too much anger and hatred in our society and, all too often,

it has led to senseless violence. Surely, we can discuss our

differences without threatening violence.

What has happened to our ability to have civil discussions with each other?

Joyce Rodgers


What happened to decency?


The word "integrity" should never have been used with Schmidt's letter, May 21, 2011, in regard to Jeff (Gowman).

Contrary to Schmidt's reasoning, clothes do not make the man.

Madoff comes to mind.

Jeff did not get the job as a "model," he was chosen for who he was.

He lettered in track, soccer, basketball, football and cross country.

He had excellent grades, and was a fine student all through school.

He also leaves for officer training in August after graduation.

Can you top that, for one of your great-grandkids?

Milt Gowman


Most founding fathers believed


A recent letter you published negatively states that Thomas Jefferson

and, I guess by association, the other Founding Fathers, did not

believe in God. Hogwash.

The good Tom Jefferson had fun speaking from both sides of his mouth,

depending on his mood. Because several countries in Europe allowed only

one national religion, our founding fathers guaranteed freedom of

religion ... not from religion.

Fifty-two of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were

deeply committed, practicing Christians. The other three believed in the

Bible as divine truth. In fact, after creating the Declaration of

Independence, the Continental Congress formed the American Bible Society

and voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of Scripture for the

people of this nation.

Each of our 50 states has its own constitution and each has a

Preamble as an introductory passage. All 50 mention their gratefulness

to "Almighty God," or their "Creator," or the "Supreme Ruler of the

Universe," or "Author of Existence."

I believe He listens and has blessed us over all countries ... so far.

James Madison, known as the "Father of our Constitution," and fourth

president, said, "We have staked the whole of all our political

institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the

capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control

ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of


Every session of Congress since 1777 begins with a prayer by an

ordained minister. I could go on with countless more examples. But I ask

everyone who visits Washington, D.C., to simply read the words printed

on them so long ago. Directly in the middle of the building housing the

Supreme Court is a full frontal view of Moses holding the Ten

Commandments. On the cap, atop the Washington Monument are two words:

Laus Deo. Very simply, those two little words mean "Praise be to God." I

can only say, Amen.

Ardell Wieczorek


County not looking for funding sources


Re: County 2011/2012 budget hearings, associated Pilot articles and

continued county commissioner refusal to answer electorate budget

related questions.

According to county finance supervisory staff early last month:

andbull;The proposed budget should be online by May 18, 2011.

andbull;2010/2011 "General Fund" appropriations totaled approximately $10.1 million.

Commissioners, now that you have unanimously approved the 2011-2012 budget, when may the public see it?

5/14/11 Pilot: "Committee hopes to cut $600,000 from county budget"

andbull;Commissioner Waddle: "The County General Fund budget is $4.6 million

for 2010-11. andhellip;My goal is to get to $4 million or a little bit under."

Commissioners, is the total general fund $4, $6 or $10 million?

5/18/11 Pilot: "Group OK's salary cut for county's top officials"

andbull;"The Budget Committee will hold budget hearings through Thursday,

expecting to cut the general fund by 12.2 percent to a total of

$5,765,685. That budget for this year was $6,063,275."

Commissioners, how do you reduce $6,063,275 by 12.2 percent and end up with $5,765,685?

5/21/11 Pilot: "Group cuts $300K from county's general fund"

andbull;Commissioner Waddle was reported saying he was "cautiously

optimistic" that the Secure Rural Schools Act funds (SRS) would be

renewed and, if they were approved for at least five years, it would

give a chance for the economy to improve and for Curry County to find

other sources of funds.

Commissioner Waddle, why would you expect taxpayers to believe that

should SRS funds be renewed for five years, Curry County officials would

find other sources of funds when officials have known for the last

10-plus years and done nothing?

Commissioners, why has there been little to no discussion or media

coverage about how the remainder and major portion of the 2011/2012

budget will be used, including proposals to significantly reduce or

eliminate some of that spending?

Thomas Huxley


In honor of the late Harmon Killebrew


Brookings should name a street or two after the late Harmon Killebrew.

Harmon Killebrew was a Hall of Fame baseball player who hits 573 home runs in his career.

Harmon Killebrew actually had a baseball bat factory right here in

the Brookings area. I should know. My dad gave me one of those bats when

I was in high school.

Nobody ever has anything bad to say about Harmon Killebrew. He was a

really nice guy and he is a true American hero, in my opinion.

He didn't use steroids and he did not have tattoos from head to toe

like you see with so many of these social rejects who are professional

athletes these days.

Did you know that Harmon Killebrew is actually on the major league baseball logo?

Harmon Killebrew was a great man and a great baseball player. Brookings should do the right thing and name a street after him.

Joe Thomas


U.S. is heading over the cliff


Election time close? It must be.

When Democrats can't support their own Obamacare with truisms it's

time to lie about the Paul Ryan's answer to a miserable, worthless

healthcare scheme which Obama himself supports, removing $500 million

straight out of Medicare. Ryan's plan doesn't do that but the Democrats'

plan does.

Libs spend more on lies than truths because they look ridiculous

trying to support their ideas. How much did it cost them to cut a

commercial showing a Paul Ryan look-alike tossing an old lady from a

wheelchair over a cliff? What's more troubling than telling lies is the

amount of educated people who believe them.

If you, as a voter, let the Democrats think that Ryan's plan will

kill Medicare and not fix it, then we are all in trouble. Healthcare is

in financial ruin now! I'm sorry for those of you who feel otherwise.

Social Security is next, so hitch up your belt a notch and realize

your entire government got you into a $14 trillion dollar deficit and we

are all headed over the cliff unless we stop it.

Paul Ryan said on Thursday, May 26, to Lars Larson, "If I'm voted out

or my plan is voted down I don't care either way because I'm that sure

that my plan is right for the country."

Teri Dalrymple

Gold Beach