The Curry Coastal Pilot

Killebrew was a great role model


I really hadn't thought about Harmon Killebrew for years until reading Joe Thomas' letter last week.

I had no idea that Harmon Killebrew had once had a baseball bat factory in the Brookings area.

On a summer's day years ago in Ontario, Oregon, I heard a knock on the front door. I opened it, immediately recognized him, and was struck speechless. He introduced himself and then asked me my name.

He lived in Ontario during the off season, and I had seen him play on television, and like everyone in Ontario was a fan. I am not sure how long the pause was, but I finally managed to get my name out.

He told me that my dad thought I might like an autographed baseball, then shook my hand, wished me good luck, smiled and left. I didn't even think to invite him in, or better yet to toss a baseball around for a bit in the backyard. Instead, I just stood there and watched him walk back to his car and drive off.

When my dad had asked him if I could meet him and get an autographed baseball, he had offered to give him something for his effort. He smiled at my dad and told him not to worry about it, and that he would personally stop by to meet me.

It was the early 1970s, and times were different. Sport heroes, while maybe not perfect, didn't use performance enhancing drugs and visibly engage in regrettable behavior for the whole world to see. They had a connection to their fans that was, and is, much different than the artificial, commercial, and staged events of today. I never forgot his gesture, and still have the baseball.

Harmon Killebrew was one of the most decent guys that ever played professional sports. In addition to his outstanding character, his accomplishments on the field were equally as remarkable, putting him in the upper echelon of the game.

He was an outstanding role model, and given his connection to the Brookings area deserves consideration of having a street named after him.

Robert Wilson


No American bootson Libyan soil?


My memory must be failing. I thought the president said there would be no American boots on the ground in Libya.

I heard on day 81 of his Libyan conflict that there were American boots on the ground. He still has not gone through Congress to approve his war.

Are we spending enough money on his war with no American purpose and no American approval?

Mike Birks


Final days for Curry County department


This is the final communication update from the existing Curry County Economic and Community Development Department, as we are sad to report that our department is scheduled to close on June 15, 2011, due to the elimination of our positions by the County commissioners.

We would like to thank all the committees and board members we've had the pleasure to work with, especially: Curry County Promotional Alliance, Curry County Information Technology Advisory Committee, Curry County Home Health and Hospice, Coastal Home Health and Hospice Board, Curry County Homeless Coalition, South Coast Watershed, Port Orford Ocean Resources Team, the Small Scale Meat Processing Team, Curry County Clean Energy Advisory Committee, and the Chambers of Commerce in Gold Beach, Port Orford and Brookings, to name a few.

In addition, we would like to thank all of the businesses who participated in our Business Retention and Expansion Survey, all of the medical professionals who participated in our Electronic Health Records Survey and EHR Forum, all of the volunteers who conducted our South Coast Visitor Survey, and all Curry County citizens who've supported and appreciated our efforts over the years; it has been wonderful working with all of you and we hope to continue your friendships in our next business endeavors.

The remaining duties of our department will be transferred to the County commissioner's office effective June 16, 2011. For more information, please contact the director of administration for the board of commissioners at 541-247-3296.

We send the citizens of Curry County a fond farewell.

Susan Brown and Janice Willetts

Curry County Economic and Community Development

Gold Beach

Thank you, BHEF, for funding trip


Thank you, thank you, thank you ... to the Brookings Harbor Educational Foundation!

Soundwave and the Advanced Band at Azalea Middle School spent eight months preparing for a trip to compete in a Music Festival. With just weeks before we were to leave, promised funds for our transportation fell through.

BHEF came through and assisted us with $1,500 on top of the $1,000 they had already given us.

The trip was filled with many moments of once in a lifetime learning experiences. One that stands out is our tour of the The San Francisco Conservatory, a prestigious music college. The new campus was a beauty to experience with the architecture and modern equipment geared towards music. The young man who gave us the tour gave hope to students by sharing that he also came from a small town and you did not need to be wealthy to attend the college.

We then got to hear Soundwave sing in the Conservatory's modern, yet 100-year-old preserved theater. It was a priceless moment.

I also want to thank The Two Chefs, Grocery Outlet and the many businesses that helped us. I promised all your efforts were worth it.

Lastly, a thank-you to Mr. McCutchenne for his dedication to his students; we are very blessed to have teaching our Middle School students music!

I am already excited for next year's trip!

Katherine Johnson


Free virtual men's health summit


The Ultimate Men's Summit will run through June 19 as part of Men's Health Month.

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Go to to sign up for this free virtual event andndash; the largest men's summit ever.

Gordon Clay Brookings

A way for the cityto make money


Here's a way to make money for the city.

How about nailing some of those people who are talking on their cell phones while driving. Isn't there a law about that very issue? And that includes so-called business people; you are just as dangerous as the rest.

Then maybe I won't have to worry about getting hit while a person is making a left andndash; in front of a person walking 10 dogs andndash; while talking on their cell phones.

I applaud those who pull to the side to talk.

I know the city could make a lot of money, in no time, by actually ticketing those who are not being careful.

Ede Viale


The largest Azalea quilt show ever!


The Azalea Quilt Guild quilt show was one of our largest ever and was enjoyed by all.

Setting up such a show is labor intensive andndash; from putting up the frames and hanging the background material on them, covering the flooring in the gym, etc. After the close of the show, the takedown involves doing everything in reverse.

We want to highlight and thank the 35 students from grades nine through 12 who eagerly assisted in these tasks. They were very polite and good humored as they saw the job through to the end.

The many hands of the students made this endeavor much smoother and faster andndash; also safer for the older guild members who participate in the setup and takedown.

The students accepted this activity for community service, offered and encouraged by their teachers, and represented the school very well.

This is just one example of the types of service in which the students participate andhellip; Brookings Harbor High School students are very community minded and do a number of projects for community service.

We are both proud and appreciative of those special students who helped make our show such a success.

Judy Kaplan,

Azalea Quilt Guild


Port should contract with local workers


Let's hope the Port of Brookings Harbor will award the work for dock replacement to local contractors and they, in turn, will hire unemployed people from our area.

Let's put some money back into our hometown economy.

Joe Willett


Return U.S. goodsto our store shelves


Most of the items in every household are stamped, "Made in China."

Everyone has an opinion andndash; pro or con andndash; regarding these imports. Here are a few of my comments about these Chinese-made products.

I bought a circular saw. After a few uses the trigger operated intermittently, then not at all. I bought an angle grinder. In less than a year the pinion gears wore out and it wouldn't work. I bought an automotive hydraulic jack. It soon developed an internal leak, and now I have to block the car after I have raised it before it settles back to the ground. I bought a set of socket wrenches. The inside splines soon wore down, and the sockets will no longer grip a bolt head. I bought a pipe wrench. The handle bent and the teeth wore down so that it would no longer grip a pipe. I bought a hand saw. The teeth broke off. I bought a set of files. With the first use of each file, the wooden handle came off and wouldn't stay re-attached. I bought a sledge hammer. The handle came loose and new wedges wouldn't hold it tight. I bought a halogen floodlight. The transformer burned out before the bulb did. I could go on but space does not permit.

But this last item is an electric mixer I bought in 1972. It is stamped, "Made in USA." It is still in daily use and has never had a problem.

We have many presidential candidates currently promising prosperity, lower taxes, and affordable health care. But the candidate who will get my vote is the one who will promise to return, "Made in USA" to all of our store shelves.

Alan Jensen


Look at 'Justice the Guardian of Liberty'


I found some information about the frieze on the U.S. Supreme Court Building that I would like to share, since it has been a contended topic (Pilot, June 11).

The sculpture is entitled "Justice the Guardian of Liberty," by Hermon A. McNeil. It appears on the eastern pediment of the building (the eastern pediment is the back side of the building, so this sculpture is not something one would see walking up the front steps. The front is the western side.) The sculpture is intended to be a symbolic representation of three of the eastern civilizations from which our laws were derived, personified by the figures of three great lawgivers: Moses, Confucius, and Solon (surrounded by several allegorical figures representing a variety of legal themes).

McNeil (the sculptor) described the symbolism of his work as follows: "Law as an element of civilization was normally and naturally derived or inherited in this country from former civilizations. The 'Eastern Pediment' of the Supreme Court Building suggests therefore the treatment of such fundamental laws and precepts as are derived from the East. Moses, Confucius and Solon are chosen as representing three great civilization and form the central group of this pediment."

All three figures are depicted in full frontal views, facing forward. The allegorical figures who flank the three lawgivers face toward the middle, looking in the direction of all three men. The two tablets that Moses holds are blank, without inscription.

Shane Stephens


Had a great time at safe and sober party


As a participating graduate of the Brookings-Harbor High School 2011 safe and sober party, I would like to thank all the parents and sponsors of this event, as well as Becky and Darryl Miller of Wild River Pizza for letting us have the event there, and let's not forget the amazing pizza that they provided throughout the night.

I, as well as my peers that participated in this, were all very satisfied with the outcome and had a great time. Thank you.

Derek Chavez

Class of 2011


Ask questions and turn up the heat



Sincere questions and clear truthful answers. They are integral parts of the foundations of a true democracy.

We elect people to office because they tell us what they think we want to hear. They dress to impress their audience of the moment (suits/boots and bibs, etc). They speak to impress but use the slang of the locale. When we vote we choose some over others. But, what do we get when they take office?

Having visited the Curry Coast for many years and lived in Port Orford for five, we have had the opportunity to observe Curry County government. While past administrations may not have been "award winning," the current group of commissioners appears to be running amok.

Using the excuse that extreme circumstances require extreme measures, they seem to be embarking on a course of action known to them and only them. Meetings are held and questions asked, but the answers are couched in terms of the vaguest generalities.

Let's turn the heat up, folks. Go to the meetings, ask the questions and yes, letters to the editors. Good topics such as the Port Orford Airport, the Brookings Airport, raiding the road fund reserves for the sheriff's department, Tidewater's gravel permits, Crook Point Golf Course, etc.

Questions! Remember, we elected men, not the Holy Trinity, to run the county.

Jim Hajek

Port Orford