The Curry Coastal Pilot

Offer time to animal shelter


After reading about how county funds are being spent, or better said "lost," on extended sick leaves, potential lawsuits, etc., one has to sympathize with the departments that are paying the brunt of this loss.

With limited budgets, many county departments have reduced payroll to the point where the employees are working way beyond their paid hours because of the massive understaffing and burdening workloads.

The Curry County Animal Shelter is a prime example. The very few staff, and few volunteers, are doing a tremendous job of serving the county, in what should be at least twice the allocated budget. The job requires constant phone answering coverage, constant neighbor versus neighbor complaints, constant abuse and neglect calls, constant feeding, loving and caring, not to mention, constant surprises, all handled by, in many cases, just one person.

Understanding well that the county funding probably won't improve, the next best thing is to hope that concerned citizens would offer their time and services to this very worthwhile cause, The Curry County Animal Shelter, located in Gold Beach.

Clayton Johnson

Gold Beach

Stop the anarchyat meetings


Regarding two meetings this past week:

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the county commissioners held an "airport acquisition justification meeting" (aka,"dog and pony show") in Port Orford. On Thursday, Aug. 18, occurred the monthly Port Orford City Council gathering. Two very different meetings and purposes. But, sadly, there was a common thread this week. Basic rudeness and discourtesy would be the most polite way to describe it.

People from all over the north county attended the commission meeting and, while most will agree that the whole proceedings appeared to be a sham and devoid of honesty and sincerity, that was no excuse for the abuse and invective shouted from a certain segment of the standing room only crowd. Our chief of police had to "suggest" forcible expulsion before a modicum of order was restored. The audience was allowed not only written but also oral questions.

And then there was the Port Orford City Council meeting. The "great planter war" at Triangle Square erupted again. A councilor seemed to lose all control over good judgment, adherence to Robert's Rules of Order, common sense and possibly bodily functions. Certain members of the audience contributed unnecessarily inflammatory remarks and were strongly verbally rebuked by other members. The mayor requested the police chief remove the abrasive councilor and then gavelled the meeting ended.

Folks, there are processes for expressing various degrees of discontent but they usually don't include anarchy.

Jim Hajek

Port Orford

Compassionfor animals


This is concerning the article in Saturday's Pilot the Aug. 20, that Catherine Powers had written.

Catherine, your article broke my heart and in words I can never tell you, just how grateful we all are to have such a compassionate and caring person to fight for all the animals.

You have helped so many with your hands of love in the past and those to come in the future. In my way of thinking, those who are heartless, selfish, and abuse, neglect animals ... hell is too good for them. They should be treated the same way they have treated the precious, loving animals that did not ask in any way to be treated like that. All they wanted to do is to please us humans, and may I say that can be impossible at times, even for other humans.

Thank you, Catherine, from my heart to yours, for all you have done, and believe me each and every one of those babies in your shelter is grateful and thankful they are in your care. My wish for this world and for each of us, is to love more and to respect and appreciate all of our furry friends, they will give you something that is priceless, they will open your heart if you allow it to happen. They will always be there to comfort and to dry your tears in bad times, don't throw them away they will be our life line to hope, peace and kindness. Thank you.

Beverly Duncan


Movie bringsback memories


I just saw an incredible movie, "The Help," about a time in Mississippi in the '60s.

I lived in Chicago during that time and knew several people who had helped register Southern voters. A time when black churches were blown up with children in them. And other church leaders who were trying to get a law passed that outlawed interracial marriage. (Sound familiar?)

It brought back some more recent memories in Curry County. The statewide vote to remove the references to "negro" and "mulatto" from the State Constitution where over a third of our county's voters wanted to keep those references in.

Holding a small meeting at the Salty Dog and listening to the locals talk about the "gorillas" playing in the NBA.

Listening to a new student at Gold Beach High School telling us that she was astonished that some of the students there believed that the Ku Klux Klan was a black organization.

The resurgence of the John Birch Society here in the county with their racist ideology.

The new restaurant in town, the Vista Pub, proudly displaying the Confederate Battle Flag on Memorial Day.

And just the other day I was in Fred Meyer checking out some buffalo steaks. A man in a motorized shopping cart said to me, totally out of the blue, "We should have left the buffalo alone and killed the Indians." Excuse me.

These have all been public displays. I'm sure we have instances of positive public displays. I just wonder which ones our kids and visitors to our county remember most?

Gordon Clay