Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Chief should obey laws of the land
If Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace believes he did the right thing when he violated Oregon's election laws in 2010, as reported in the last issue of the Pilot (Sept. 3) in a story by Steve Kadel, then I think the chief needs to find a new line of work.
IF it is Chief Wallace's job to enforce our laws, then he needs to obey them just like the rest of us. According to the story, the chief said he disobeyed the election law regarding a medical marijuana measure because "I felt it was my job as chief to supply information to citizens" and he added, "I hope people respect that and expect that from me."
Does that mean he intends to continue violating election laws in the future? What other laws does he feel he does not have to obey in order to do his job the way he thinks it should be done? Maybe rough up a few teenage pot smokers in the back room of the police station to make them behave properly?
No, I'm not a medical marijuana user nor am I an activist of any kind. I'm simply a citizen concerned that our public servants obey the laws of the land just like I have to. The chief paid a $75 fine for his violation. That's not much of a deterrent to breaking the law. I would rather he be required to apologize to the citizens he serves and promise that he will not break any laws in the future.
Many help clinic's BBQ to be a success
The First Annual BBQ Albacore Bash, a fundraiser for the St. Timothy's Outreach Clinic, was a success beyond our dreams.
About 250 people attended the joyous feast. This outpouring of support from the community of Brookings-Harbor is truly gratifying and confirms our conviction that the all-volunteer free medical clinic is a valued and crucial community service.
We thank all who attended for making this evening so memorable. We are grateful to the Pilot for terrific coverage, and we thank KURY Radio for helping spread the word. Particular thanks go to Rev. David Hunter and the Brookings Presbyterian Church for allowing the use of their kitchen and Social Hall and for the hard work of congregants Wes and Carol King. We thank D'Allen for welcoming our guests with his beautiful guitar playing, and Shirley Hyatt and John Boye "Giraffes on a Raft" for providing the perfect musical accompaniment for the evening, and local treasure Bud Halliday, for performing his wonderful Magic Show.
Special thanks also go to the many local businesses and community members who contributed time, money and items for our raffle. The Bash could not have happened without our amazing corps of devoted volunteers who organized for weeks. Your tireless efforts helped raise almost $3000, which will go directly toward providing ongoing free medical care for the local uninsured.
Clinic services literally could not happen without our outstanding medical staff, Nancy Erb, G.N.P. and Trace Kather, F.N.P. Finally, we reserve the most special thanks to Fr. Bernie Lindley, vicar of St. Timothy's. His vision, leadership and devotion to community service are critical reasons that the Outreach Clinic exists and thrives.
Kathy Horel and
Patti Appleby, co-chairs,
St. Timothy's Outreach Clinic Fundraising Committee
Crew works tirelessly on forest projects
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Curry County Juvenile Department and their Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) youth crews that worked tirelessly on the Gold Beach Ranger District over the last eight weeks.
Nine young adults and two crew leaders from Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings worked on a wide variety of Forest Service projects.
One crew focused their efforts at local recreation sites. The crew's accomplishments include splitting and stacking a significant amount of firewood for visitors at Quosatana Campground and Ludlum House and routinely clearing trash and debris from the Chetco River gravel bars.
The second crew dedicated their time to natural resource management projects at numerous locations from Elk River south to the Winchuck. Projects included removing invasive plants, meadow restoration, and Sudden Oak Death treatments in the Redwood Nature Trail area.
The crews worked in hot, uncomfortable conditions yet they safely completed every project on schedule or ahead of time. Hard working, polite, and reliable were words often used when district employees described the crews. In our mind, Curry County residents (parents, teachers, crew leaders, coaches andhellip;) should take a great deal of credit for the work ethic that the youth crew members displayed, we continue to be so impressed!
As in previous years, the crews' success highlights the value of field based programs that provide youth with job skills while caring for their public lands. The summer crew program also highlights the value of our long-standing partnership with Curry County.
Thanks again to Curry County and the OYCC crews for a safe, successful, and productive summer.
Alan Vandiver, district ranger
U.S. Forest Service
Gold Beach Ranger District
Thanks for giving us back our corner
On behalf of us and our neighbors we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people who gave us back the corner of Highway 101 and South Bank Chetco River Road.
Now we can keep our windows open and smell fresh air. We and the children can now walk into town and walk down to the port by just going to the corner and crossing over the highway. We no longer are concerned about what we will see and hear.
The Outreach Mission is always ready to help and the churches provide free meals at various days of the week.
God bless all of you who took the time and worked so hard for all of us on the south bank.
With gratitude and so much appreciation:
Chief has courage to speak candidly
Oregon's Elections Division has ruled the Brookings police chief violated a state election law in 2010. Apparently he spoke candidly, as a public official, regarding a ballot measure.
How fortunate we are in Curry County that some officials still possess the courage and dedication to their public that they speak candidly from their professional perspective in order to educate us voters.
Many officials today find themselves in the position of being damned if they do and damned if they don't. In this case, the punishment was given for doing the right thing.
I wish more public officials had this courage to relate candidly with their citizens.
Who's going to pay for another airport?
Does Curry County need another airport? One that was built in 1945 for B-29s going from Seattle to California for deployment to the Asian theatre of WW II?
We have a county commissioner who thinks we do, but he has not yet convinced the FAA and the State of Oregon. He wants it for the planes coming in to his "Golf course/Destination Resort/RV Park" in Floras Lake State Park Natural Area, which he also wants the state to turn over to Curry County.
This airstrip has been maintained by the State of Oregon for 66 years, and is currently in light use: It has seven, single-engine private planes based on space leased from the State of Oregon. The FAA states that in a 12-month period ending 22 March 2011, there were 75 operations per month: 67 percent transient general aviation; 17 percent military; 11 percent local general aviation; 6 percent air taxi.
The FAA calls the surface "fair," which means the runway would need resurfacing if private and charter jets were flying in to the golf course/destination resort. The runway is nearly 1 mile long andndash; 5100 ft. by 150 ft. Would the developers pay for resurfacing a mile of asphalt? And the yearly maintenance costs? It has no facilities andndash; fuel, oxygen, lights, control tower, etc. Would they install the expensive updates needed to make it an airport instead of a landing strip? And would they maintain it? Or would Curry County be saddled with it?
Whose money is going into this airport/destination resort, and whose profit would be the first to come out of it? And when?
We have a desperate financial shortfall right now, that needs immediate attention and focus from our county commissioners.
I have just as many rights as all others
In response to R.K. Armstrong's letter regarding Christians being involved in govt. process, laws, etc. (Pilot, Sept. 3), our Constitution says that our government can not and may not mandate my religion, may not interfere with my free practice of religion.
It does not prevent me from taking my world view, which is based on my faith just as another's world view may be based on one's faith in something or someone else, into our American governing process, the entire process. For one to say that, as a Christian, I don't have the same rights to do that as you, a non-Christian, is prejudicial, hypocritical, censorship, and discriminatory. Our Founding Fathers never intended such to be the case.
I do not support legalizing gay marriage, nor amnesty for illegal aliens. I do not want my tax dollars to support the murder of the unborn. I do support school vouchers. I want legal immigration laws corrected. I want our boarders protected. There are many things that I want and don't want. As an American, I have just as many rights as anyone else to work towards those goals as another has to work towards opposing goals.
For those who think differently from me to continually try to throw "separation of church and state" in my face falls as flat as saying that I will accept any other form of dictatorship. "Separation of church and state," as is being proclaimed today, was introduced by a small group of closed minded individuals to force their world view on the rest of us. Yes, I mean that particular group of Supreme Court justices.
Volunteers key to fish derby's success
As the organizer of this year's event, a BIG thank you to those volunteers who helped with this year's Slam'n Salmon Derby.
It was a huge success and can not be pulled off with out those who put in a tremendous amount of their time. I know I appreciated you stepping up.
Thanks to all those who participated. Without you there would be no Derby either. Thank to the sponsors, the vendors and the port employees for all your support and help, too. I just hope everyone had a great time.
Hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Now to rest up and move on to the next event. ...
I LOVE my job!!!
Port of Brookings Harbor
Many reasons to oppose golf course
I am writing this letter in opposition to the proposed acquisition of the Cape Blanco Airport by Curry County.
1. This project hasn't been sufficiently planned. At Gold Beach Town Hall meeting August 15, Rhodes stated a feasibility study hadn't been done. In an application submitted to the Oregon Aviation Board on April 28, 2011, he wrote: "A complete financial plan has yet to be completed. Existing airport revenues have yet to be confirmed and validated to be current. Proposed changes to the current rates will be evaluated subsequent to validation of current rate information.
1. 5-year forecast of airport revenues and expenditures
-To be developed, and will be provided, after confirming revenues availability.
2. Proposed changes to the current rates and charges structure.
-To be developed, and will be provided, after confirming current rates."
No budget was submitted.
2. The airport/parks must be acquired before Curry County and unnamed developer sign contract. Curry will be responsible for paying for maintenance until the contract is signed. In airport proposal, Rhodes wrote:
"1. Proposed airport improvements
andbull; Short-Term (1 to 5 years)
andndash; Priority Maintenance Projects.
-2011 PMP work on all airport asphalt pavements; including re-marking.
-Clear RSA's with focus on Gorse eradication.
-Complete maintenance to airport beacon, segmented circle and aircraft tie-downs.
-2014 PMP work on all airport asphalt pavements."
3. Curry County deficit starts before the Golf Course Project brings in income. The contract will need to be signed hastily to get funds.