Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Part-time county worker won't cut it
The Pistol River Fire Department has serious concerns about the Curry County Commissioners' decision to cut the assistant treasurer's hours by 75 percent.
The level of responsibility of an office handling $51,000,000 requires at least two qualified employees. An individual with the background, level of competence, and skills matched to this position wouldn't be interested in a quarter-time paycheck. This employee is to assist the treasurer and, as important, be able to "fill in" if the treasurer is unavailable.
Do our commissioners think a part-time employee could take over if Ms. Brock is incapacitated? We do not.
Gary Sorensen, chairman, and the
Board of Directors,
Pistol River Fire Department
Keep your animals safe during July 4
We humans are about to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Our Independence, our Freedom.
We do it with parades, parties and fireworks. Since I have been employed at the Curry County Animal Shelter I spend the Fourth with the dogs. The fireworks terrify them; they do not understand why the sky in on fire and what those loud shots are. They shake in their kennels and I gently sing to them to try and calm them down.
Our shelter dogs are safe in their kennels, unable to run and hide from the loud booms and the lights in the sky. Is your dog safe? Does your dog have identification on it? So that when I arrive at the shelter, in the morning after the fireworks, and listen to the "missing" dog reports or "found" dogs they will have a Curry County license on them and I can get your dog back to you safely?
Please protect your best friend and put a Curry County Animal Shelter license on your dog. Please help me keep your dog safe should it get lost on the Fourth of July. You can get a license at your local veterinarian, City Hall in Brookings and Port Orford, Woof's Dog Bakery, BandB in Langlois, Pam Paw, Pampered Pooches, South Coast Humane Society and the shelter.
Thank you, and have a wonderful, fun-filled Fourth.
Curry County Animal Shelter
Check your bills for erroneous charges
Everyone needs to check their credit card statements, thoroughly, each month for unwarranted changes.
We always check our receipts against the statement and this month found a "American Roaming Network" charge of $15. We called and advised them we had not authorized this charge and don't even have a mobile phone. They said this was a "roaming service charge for mobile phones." Evidently companies are adding charges wherever they can and get away with it, as many people don't bother to even look at their statements.
A friend told me that she had magazine subscription charges added to her bill and when she called she was told this is "presumptive selling" ... actually it is robbery!
Hopefully, this letter will help others to avoid being scammed!
Carolyn and Bob Brown Brookings
I am so proud of my community
As a fifth generation Curry County resident, I am so proud.
After 17 years working in Portland as an executive director of a non-profit, I returned home. The last two years working in our public schools, and as an organizational development consultant for our most vital non-profits andndash; Curry County Human Services, the Curry Health District, the Outreach Gospel Mission, Stagelights Musical Arts (stepping up to fill the music void in Kalmiopsis); and Riverside Charter Academy andndash; have been astounding.
The generosity, intelligence and commitment of the public sector volunteers and employees who lead and deliver services locally is commendable. The grey sky of budget cuts and politics frequently clouds the light derived from the powerful and selfless work of the public sector.
I'm proud to see my community evolve toward integrated healthcare, educational innovation, musical arts and philanthropy.
To all of you who provide time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of Curry County, thank you!
This is truly paradise.
Organizational Development specialist
Royality checks make a difference
I have a comment about your well written article regarding ASCAP, published on June 15:
My royalty checks from ASCAP have enabled me to make mortgage payments and pay college tuitions, as well as my property, local, state and federal taxes.
When a copyrighted song is voluntarily played in a public place, those who have endeavored to make that song available are entitled to whatever they can get for it. The standardized license agreement fee of $309 that ASCAP is asking the city of Brookings to pay is a small way the city can help promote the arts in the community, and is a small percentage of what ASCAP could actually be asking for by federal law.
Where would the world be if all our songwriters had to quit composing and find work elsewhere? If the city in which I live imposes a business tax for me to write songs at home, then my city should compensate me if those songs are played in their public places. ASCAP is how I get that money. Now, back to songwriting. ...
Simi Valley, Calif.
Many Curryites fall in mordant category
Webster's defines the word "mordant" as sharply caustic or sarcastic. Recent articles taken from Curry County papers should place 58.9 percent of all Curryites in the "mordant" category andndash; to wit:
Trash fees are going up. County employees get perked $1,160 monthly for health insurance. County wants $10 extra to look up septic tank info. Coos Curry Electric (For the people and by the people) raising rates again. What happened to the $200,000 they claimed to have saved buying those non-American-made, steel power towers they got from our drug-cartel southern neighbors?
Curry Hospice is $350,000 in the red. The new hospital in Brookings offers a six week wait to visit a "real" doctor. The Curry School District thinks I'm going to applaud a tax increase on my property by forking over hundreds of dollars to help finance some munchkin's on the job training at minimum wage in this area of high-roller store owners.
If you are not yet in a mordant mood, check.this out: Gold Beach High School doesn't want to eliminate wrestling in the coming years so a scholarship can be given to some deserving young wrestler. I guess there is no need to be smart anymore. You only need to be able to throw your opponent to the floor and the college of your dreams will open their doors to your gladiator skills.
Frankly I'm backing a Palin-Bachman ticket. That'll quickly put an end to all this nonsense.
Consider quote from John Adams
Everyone should consider the implication of the following quote from President John Adams: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Hands Across the Sand on Saturday
This Saturday, June 25 at Sporthaven Beach, here in Brookings-Harbor, we will be celebrating the second annual Hands Across the Sand. We'll begin gathering at 11:30 Saturday morning and at noon people on beaches all over the world, all up and down the Pacific Coast, will line up and join hands for 15 minutes, literally drawing a line in the sand to say YES to clean energy solutions for a truly sustainable planet and NO to off-shore drilling.
This annual global gathering is a non-partisan, multigenerational celebration that includes people from all walks of life and crosses all borders and political affiliations. Joining hands sends a powerful visual message of human solidarity, a message about protecting our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries from the threats of expanded offshore drilling and the accidents associated with such practices.
Coastal communities like Brookings-Harbor are economically dependent on commercial and sport-fishing and coastal tourism, which statewide bring 1.2 billion dollars into the Oregon economy. One offshore drilling accident, one oil spill could devastate the economies of coastal towns for hundreds of miles.
So, come and join me on Saturday at Sporthaven Beach, just south of the mouth of the Chetco. At noon we'll all join hands in a gesture of unity. I think of it as a form of performance art, our way of demonstrating a commitment to protect and preserve our magnificent coastal legacy for future generations.
Oppose transfer of airport property
The (Curry) County commissioners came to Port Orford Monday, June 13, for a "town meeting."
They wanted us to be all warm and fuzzy because our Internet was going to get better. Wonderful. Everybody else wanted to talk about the airport. Not so wonderful.
Talk about a dog and pony show. The precision choreography shown in the handing of the microphone back and forth between the commissioners was indeed worthy of tutus and ballet shoes. One even referred to himself as "an old cowboy," but he didn't say "aw shucks." Straight answers? I guess they missed this meeting!
And what about all of those bore-holes that were drilled around the airport? What bore-holes?
Anyway, our Port Orford City Council, as our Council, is going to notify the State that we are opposed to the transfer of the facility.
This is just the beginning, folks.
The true meaning of 'community'
To All It Concerns: Recently my cousin Phillip Gregory Reynolds passed away.
Phil graduated Brookings-Harbor High School, and was a volunteer firefighter with the Brookings Fire Department as well as an officer at Pelican Bay State Prison.
He was a good son, a good friend, a good husband, and to some, he was even a hero. To me he was just a sweet, curly-haired little boy who liked turkey meat and tickle fights.
When my family flew in from Southern California for Phil's service, we were absolutely astounded by the community of people in Brookings. The love and support that everyone gave was just overwhelming.
People came out of nowhere and dropped off enough food for the whole family every single day, spent many long hours with my Aunt Debbie just being with her and comforting her, vacation hours and money was donated, and people donated their time putting together the service at the church, to serve food and clean up after. Flowers and cards and phone calls came constantly.
Everywhere we went in town, someone was hugging us. We even had lunch the little burger joint on the beach, and the owner refused to let us pay.
As my plane back to L.A. sped down the runway the following day, I thanked God for the wonderful people in Brookings who really demonstrated the true meaning of "community." You have all made a such a wonderful difference in our lives.
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Students' respect for flag touching
Editor: We attended Kalmiopsis Elementary School for the flag lowering ceremony on the last day of school.
It meant so much to see over 700 students showing respect for our flag. With their hands over their hearts, they said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem. They showed, by applause, appreciation for all of the veterans attending the ceremony.
Thank you to the Kalmiopsis staff and all of the students for such a meaningful service.
Jim and Annie Phelps