The Curry Coastal Pilot

Time to increase our property taxes


I attended the town hall meeting in Gold Beach on Monday, Aug. 15.

One of my questions didn't get answered: Why is the property tax, which would make up for the whole deficit Curry County is facing a year from now, only $1.99 per $1000 of assessed value; while the property tax levy on the ballot 2010 (which got soundly defeated) andndash; that was just for the sheriff's department, the district attorney's department and the juvenile department andndash; for $2.27 per $1000 of assessed value? That's added to the tax we already pay, which makes the whole property tax burden $2.87, when it's added to the $0.60 we already pay.

The answer to the question of the discrepancy is, very obviously, the commissioners cut out all the dollars they could in between the time the tax levy appeared on the ballot and the present time. We pay base of only $0.60 property tax to the county; the counties that do not receive Federal Safety Net Funding pay well over $3 per $1000 of assessed value.

We've got to keep Curry County solvent and in existence, before the State of Oregon takes it over because of bankruptcy, because the State of Oregon will probably combine it with other counties after selling all the county owned property. I've never voted to increase taxes on myself before, but I probably would this time.

Duncan Lagoe


Can't wait to play music in Brookings


Wish to thank the community of Brookings for the invitation to return to your beautiful community and play Zydeco Cajun Music at Azalea Park on Aug. 28.

Brookings is special, and your hospitality is genuine, and we look forward to visiting, eating at your restaurants, taking a few photographs to share with the world. Buying gifts and seeing local artists makes for an enjoyable visit.

Let's hope for a sunny day. Grab your dancin' shoes, bring the kids and let's do some Zydeco.

Jimmy W. Hildreth, member of The Blues Box Bayou Band

Sonora, Calif.

Redshirts hosting 9/11 concert, vigil


The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts are hosting their Third Annual 9/11 Concert and Candle Light Vigil.

It is to honor the victims of 9/11, our fallen troops, our first responders, military, and veterans. We are looking for someone who would be willing to videotape our event. Our 9/11 event has always been awesome. This year it will be better than ever. We have added a first responders' ceremony and a bagpiper to play Amazing Grace during the vigil.

The schedule is as follows:

andbull;Spence Brothers Band opening program at 4 p.m.;

andbull;U.S. Coast Guard posting of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance, Pam Carrier singing national anthem followed by opening prayer. Speakers Dick Weber, Rep. Wayne Krieger. at 5 p.m.;

andbull;First Responders' Ceremony, Poem by Julie. Coast Guard Speaker, AmVet speaker, 5:25;

andbull;Songs by bagpiper Tom Shine, 5:45 p.m.;

andbull;Raffle for $2,000 cash prize and more prizes 6 p.m.;

andbull;Emblem Club flag folding 6:20;

andbull;More Spence Brothers Band 6:30 p.m.

andbull;The Marine Corps League firing and taps, Civil Air Patrol Flyover and the vigil with bagpiper Tom Shine playing Amazing Grace 7 p.m.

If anyone can help us with this video we would be very appreciative. As always thank you to everyone in Brookings and Harbor who continue to support The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts.

Sharon Hitzman, president, BHRS "Until They All Come Home" 541-412-8968

Commissioners and Tea Party meet today


Curry County has a serious financial problem, and the county commissioners know it.

But what are their plans for dealing with it?

The commissioners are expected to address that question in a series of town hall meetings this month. In addition, they will be on stage at the Brookings Harbor Tea Party event on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Azalea Middle School.

The financial issue has been with the county for the better part of the past four decades. Curry County, along with dozens of others in the Western U.S., has been held hostage by the federal government's ownership and misguided regulation of forest lands. As a result, county officials have been reduced to begging for money from the federal government.

In the meantime, our voters overwhelmingly defeated a law enforcement levy designed to help replace federal monies. And, the following February, the commissioners tried to take money from the county Road Fund by legislative action in Salem. That failed, as well.

This year, the commissioners cut back some county services and employees, but further cuts will be needed. Last July, the feds reduced scheduled "timber payments" to the county.

What's next? What financial policies and plans are in place?

The Brookings Harbor Tea Party thinks that you need to be informed. Attend one of the town hall meetings. And, for more answers to your questions, the event organizers ask you to attend its Aug. 20 meeting at Azalea Middle School.

Sue Gold,

for the Brookings Harbor Tea Party

Yankee Doodle ain't dandy


If it's hunky-dory with ASCAP, should K.L. Bates and F.S. Key do a postmortem rewrite?

The star-spangled America they immortalized now seems as bogus as the fabled island Atlantis which, oddly enough, sank into oblivion andndash; though not from crushing debt. Low-down dirges commemorating belly-up fruited plains would better epitomize our "Recovery Summer" funk.

Oh woe is me. Can't you see, by the dawn, QE 3? I can definitely see purple mountain's majesty usurped by upstart whirligigs and amber waves of grain harvested as grist for ethanol shysters.

Will Congress' next mandate our spacious skies chock-full? We're bombarded not by cannonballs but with Obama bombast which so gallingly streams o'er the media.

Broads of a certain stripe, not so bright stars, and malcontents from sea to shining sea demand a complete makeover of America the beautiful.

Do we twiddle our thumbs o'er the ramparts while thuggish wusses eviscerate our corpus juris or do we perilously kick some Democrat butt?

Richard Laskey


New clothes for kids who can't afford it


It is that time of year againandndash; BACK TO SCHOOL!

While there might be a little groaning about the return of homework and math tests, most kids can't help getting excited about the return to school. New teachers, new classes, and for lots of kids, new clothes; however, for some kids, the return to school is cause for worry and embarrassment.

There are children in Curry County's foster care system that won't have any new clothes for school and who barely have clothes at all. There are children with a single set of clothing, to be worn to school every day. There are kids wearing shoes that are sizes too small, and jeans that have been long outgrown. Some children don't have clothes to protect them from the wind or rain. Budgets are tight for everyone, but despite tough economic times we don't want to ignore kids going without.

There are organizations that take clothes and shoes to third world countries, a very worthy cause, but what about our kids here in Curry County?

We are asking for all new clothes for these kids, and school supplies. This is a problem that we want to help solve and we are asking for your help!

If you would like to donate without purchasing clothing please contact Mona Chandler at 541-698-8086 or Karlie Wright at 541-373-0274.

"Attire to Inspire," a donation program similar to Christmas-time giving trees, will begin Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Chetco Federal Credit Union Branches in Brookings, Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford, At that time, specific ages and sizes will be available at each Chetco Federal Branch listed above. Chetco Federal will also be operating as a drop-off site. We appreciate any and all donations to this cause!

By Mona Chandler, CASA director

Karlie Wright, Commission on Children and Families

Questions regarding Rhodes' proposals


Mr. Rhodes,

1. The county budget may be short $3,000,000 for 2013-2014.

What are the commissioners actively doing, other than the golf course development, to increase revenue for next four years? How likely are these projects to bring enough money when needed?

2. Estimated revenue from the golf course (when it starts) is 1/3 or less of the expected future budget shortfall. What is your backup plan if income from the golf course development is less than planned?

3. Where will the money come from to pay for legal fees to pursue the project if there are legal objections to the project?

4. The airport acquisition and property swap need to be completed before a contract is signed with the development company. What happens if the company doesn't follow through on providing funds? Will the county be able to give the airport back to the state? Will the development company take all the financial risk and the county no financial risk?

5. A required budget and financial plan were not in the application to the airport board as required. A feasibility study has not been done. Why not?

Below is the following information for those readers who cannot attend a town meeting. Local support or lack of support is strongly considered when Parks Board makes decisions.

Mr. Mitch Swecker, Oregon Department of Aviation, 3040 25th St., SE Salem, OR 97302-1125

Vanessa Demoe, Oregon Parks and Recreation, State Parks, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301

Bea Nash

Gold Beach

My family can do it, so can yours


In 1948 my parents and my four siblings were homeless and living in a tent on the Kern River outside of Bakersfield, Calif. When my mother found out that she was once again pregnant, she moved to Bakersfield to stay with relatives. In June she gave birth, gave me up for adoption and moved back to the tent on the river. My parents had always been smart, hard working Americans. Because of the war, their family business failed and they lost their home and livelihood.

Around that time the government put in place a stimulus program that hired unemployed Americans to build bridges, dams and highways. We are still using many of those improvements today. My father got a job and got back on his feet. He was able to provide a home, food and loving environment for his family. Five years after my birth, my parents had their sixth child.

From that homeless family, six children grew up to be hard working, tax paying, responsible adults. My oldest brother was given the choice of going to jail or joining the Navy. He chose the Navy and became an underwater welder. Today, at age 75, he is the wealthiest of my siblings and is still working as a welding supervisor for $5,000 a WEEK. My next brother got his doctorate in chemical engineering and worked for Chevron for 30 years. Brother number three became an industrial engineer and worked in Saudi Arabia most of his life and is now retired in Australia. My older sister got her master's in marine biology and landed her first job out of college with Jacques Cousteau. I got my degree in finance from Cal Poly, SLO. My younger sister got her master's degree in education and is still teaching in Texas.

More than ever we need infrastructure repair and development. More than ever we need to help our unemployed Americans. More than ever we need to bring our jobs back from over seas. Being homeless or unemployed should no longer be a death sentence for Americans.

The time to build and invest is when labor and supplies are plentiful and cheap. Yes, we must spend to get better, but as my family shows, IT PAYS OFF!

Pamela Billington