The Curry Coastal Pilot

Where were you Lucie La Bontandeacute;


Just wanted to say, "Welcome back Lucie La Bontandeacute;."

Where were you when we needed you?

John Baker


A bit of humor in these days of doom


I thoroughly enjoyed Jake Westbrook's "Minor Details" column in the Wednesday, March 7, 2012, edition of the Pilot.

A bit of humor and irreverence in these days of doom, gloom and insane politics goes a long way toward bringing us all back to reality.

Having something to actually laugh about in the Pilot reminds me of the much better and brighter days of our past, when filling my gas tank DIDN'T require taking out a personal loan and politicians served us and not just themselves. Personally, I'd rather laugh than mope around and complain about the sorry state of our economy and the idiots running our country.

Now, thanks to Jake, I can instead read about his personal conspiracy theory and chuckle at a spike in the national crime rate being caused by math. I can relate to that math thing, by the way.

Thanks, Jake! I needed a laugh today and I look forward to your next column.

Al Stroh


We don't need three paid commissioners


There have been many letters recently regarding the proposal to put a countywide 3 percent tax on the next ballot. I feel this is the wrong way to solve Curry's financial crisis. As many writers have pointed out, Californians who shop here andndash; and there are many andndash; will start shopping on their own turf, particularly as gasoline costs continue to climb. A side comment: what's to keep this 5 percent from going to 8 percent or more?

Numerous writers have questioned the need for three county commissioners who are well-paid at $61,000 per annum each, a total of $183,000, plus perks. Yet, despite the financial problem, they are never requested or required to take a pay cut, while essential services, such as law enforcement, are reduced to where there are times only one officer, or maybe none at all, is supposed to cover the entire city/county. Then we wonder why many criminals are never apprehended. Oh, yes, sometimes they are, and I applaud the officers who often risk their lives to keep repeat drunks off the streets, try to reduce the number of drug deals, and simply work to make this county a safer place for law-abiding citizens.

Someone suggested hiring a full-time experienced county manager who could have two or three volunteer assistants. Good idea.

Other possibilities: just one full-time commissioner; or three half-time commissioners; or several private citizens serving as volunteers. The savings (from) any of these ideas would allow several more police officers work to protect Curry County citizens.

Doris Roepke


Sales tax will cripple local businesses


The proposed 3 percent sales tax for Curry County may save some county government jobs if passed, but it will be disastrous for most local private businesses, including mine.

A sales tax would cripple our motels and restaurants, and it may well cause irreparable harm to retail outlets like Fred Meyer and the new Bi-Mart. Why would anyone come up from California to shop at our stores when the main attraction in the first place is that our stores have NO SALES TAX.

I own Backwoods Home Magazine in Gold Beach. I employ 12 people, plus account for at least a couple of postal employees and a few other jobs in town due to our mail volume. Why would I stay in a county that forces me to become one of its tax collectors with all the added government paperwork and hassle involved. I might as well move to another county.

If this sales tax is the best "solution" our county government can come up with, then I think they should be allowed to go out of business on schedule.

Dave Duffy, publisher Backwoods Home Magazine

Gold Beach

Help in the most difficult time of life


This letter is dedicated to all the people who helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life.

I enjoy walking at Sporthaven beach and in the past my friends and I would walk from our homes down Benham Lane to the beach. Since my accident in 2000, when I was hit by a car while walking on the green light across Highway 101, I have not been comfortable walking across the highway. I now drive down to the beach for a walk.

About two weeks ago while I was walking, I noticed a car following closely behind me. I turned around and began a conversation with the man driving. He turned out to be the EMT who arrived in the ambulance right after my accident, and inserted a breathing tube down my throat. I was so surprised that he remembered me after so many years. He told me his name but unfortunately I can't remember it. I thanked him for all he did for me, and then I began remembering all the people who were responsible for my eventual recovery.

Again, I thank you with all my heart for being there and administering the breathing tube. I also want to thank my family and friends for all their love and support. I even had a lot of prayers said for me in Germany, Canada, and the United States. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.

There were members of various churches in Brookings whom I didn't even know .... who prayed for me. Thank you all so very much. I am humbled by all the love, support, prayers, and good wishes that I received.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts.

Heide Heikkila


Fred Meyer helpsGirl Scout reach goal


Girl Scout Troop 30581 would like to thank Fred Meyer, Shop Smart and Grocery Outlet for allowing us to sell cookies at their establishments.

Your support along with the support of our community has allowed us to reach and exceed our goals. Thank you.

The girls of troop 30581

Angela Honeywell, troop leader


Girl Scout purchases help me go to camp


I would like to personally say thank you to Oil Can Henry, Chetco Activity Center and Kerr's Ace Hardware for allowing me to set up and sell Girl Scout Cookies at their businesses.

Without their help, along with everyone else who purchased from me, I would not be attending horse camp this summer.

Thank you very much.

Brandy Honeywell

Troop 30581


I'm standing with George Rhodes


Sometimes I wonder why people choose to expend so much energy on matters that seem almost trivial, considering everything going on around us.

Maybe I'm just not appreciative. After a good battle regarding the Floras Lake development, Beverly Bacak has a real need to "expose" the names of those would-be developers. Or is it more a vendetta to "expose" our Commissioner George Rhodes. Either way it's so important she needs to hire an attorney and take somebody to court. So productive. Do we all feel safer she's watching our back or does this seem like a little too petty?

I've known George long enough to know he's always seeking the best for our county. We will always disagree on something. But good jobs, more tax revenue and a better lifestyle here should be common ground. That's what George is always working toward.

Finally, I find it more than refreshing to find a representative who will stand on his principles and promises. How many leaders do you know that have that character? This is a time in our country when we need more leaders with that strength and conviction.

I'm standing with George.

Jeff Lane


Minimize taxes whenever possible


"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." andhellip; Benjamin Franklin.

You will note a bit of a fatalistic outlook in that familiar phrase. There is a good reason for it. Taxes are bad. Oh, do not get me wrong, taxes seem to be a necessary evil. However they should be minimized whenever possible. Why you ask? Let me see if I can explain this in simple terms even a county commissioner can understand. Taxes act as an economic deduction. I know that is a complex concept but hang on I will explain. Whenever a bank creates a new dollar (for instance to finance a new five times over. This is called an economic multiplier. Basically when the bank hands the homebuyer a dollar they pass it to the contractor, who passes it to the building supplies, employees, subcontractors and a whole host of people who supply the wherewithal to build a house. On the other hand if you tax the building supplies, gas, clothing and whatever (as well as all the items that those people would buy) you are removing five times as many dollars from the economy. So, instead of a modest 3 percent tax you are actually removing 15 percent of the economy. I know this is painted with broad strokes but it is the best I can do to explain economics to a liberal.

Kenneth Swanson


Venom dressed upin clever words


I know I'm not alone in determining that much of what passes for intelligent commentary in the letters to the editor is just venom dressed up in clever words.

I'm not interested in reading the continuing spew of hatred from several folks who just can't seem to find release from their ugly attacks on our duly-elected leaders. From now on, I will look to see who has written these letters and bypass reading them.

You know who you are. You are very lucky to live in a country that allows you to put into print your contemptible words.

S.J. Hyatt


Education is why more become pro-life


Gary Davis' claim (Pilot, March 7) that "Fact can be explained in our Constitution" overlooks the following facts: the Supreme Court issues "opinions" and its "decisions" are the majority "opinion" of the Court (in fact, a decision even states: "It is the opinion of the Court").

Unless specific words can be quoted, other "rights" are granted by the "opinion of the Court" (which can change over the years).

Any unbiased observer would agree with the statistical fact that Planned Parenthood's primary business is abortion ("baby death"), especially since PP continues to open facilities which primarily provide abortion "services" with very little "women's health" services and almost no adoption services.

Far different are Pregnancy Resource Centers, which provide free pregnancy testing, free counseling for baby and maternal health (both pre-natal and post-natal) as well as adoption counseling, if the mother should so choose, while some PRCs are also able to offer free ultrasound exams. Yet PP has allied with politicians who tried to close PRCs.

Any unbiased observer would also agree that dismemberment of a living creature is definitely "cruel" (although since abortion has been "legal" for so long, it is no longer "unusual").

Education is why more and more Americans, primarily women, have become pro-life and oppose killing unborn babies.

Some pro-abortionists are now even advocating that there should be no difference between killing babies after birth as well as before birth. That's how abortion promotes violence against the defenseless.

Theodore Allwardt


It's all happeningat the Grange


Great Mardi Gras Party. If you did not attend you missed out on the great food and lots of fun. Women were asking for the recipes from the Grange ladies if that tells you how good the food was. This might spark a future grange cookbook!

We would like to thank all the kitchen help for the great food and especially those that did all the cleanup, so that the we could move on to the music and auction. Chuck and Pat Case, Paul Speaks, and Cheryl Seaton, need to have a very big thank you for all their hard work getting the Grange building cleaned up, then painting and cleaning the kitchen and dining areas.

This event would not have been such a success without the all the effort of the Grange members and the support of the community for all their donations of auction items. This auction brought in a grand total of $1,005. We also have a few specialty items which we will be selling raffle tickets for and the winner will be announce at our next event, Ophir Days, to take place in August. Look for details about our coming events in our weekly news.

We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals (too many to name) who donated auction items.

Come out and see all the new changes. Call 541-247-9103 or 541-425-1961 for information on coming events and if you would like to rent the hall.

Sandra Gilkey

Gold Beach

When will Brookings get dialysis center?


My husband and I moved up here about eight months ago in good health, thinking we found Paradise.

Then in December, the bottom fell out. My husband came down with kidney failure. Now we have to go to Coos Bay every other day for dialysis treatments; what a pain!

We have heard that Brookings was going to put in a Dialysis Center, When? It sure would be nice, since the majority of our wonderful town are only getting older. Thank-you for listening.

Marcia Weldon


Learning more than quantitative data ...


There's been a lot of talk lately about the sorry state of our educational system in Oregon (and the rest of the nation, of course) and not a little bit of concern about the budgets for that most important (besides "Mazlo") of our resources andndash; our children and a heap of bilingual, bureaucratic baffle-gab by our politicians who have furthered the following smoke and mirror scenario:

Simplistic criticism of education continues (dollars equals performance) from the media and some legislators.

"Utilitarians" (numbers people) conjure statistics andndash; test scores, expenditures, enrollment andndash; attacking educators.

Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Their perspective is simplistic, seeing students as numbers to be victimized by standardized curricula, delivery and assessment. They must meet students behind their numbers.

"Utilitarians" see a simple, quantitative world andndash; everything fits a standardized matrix. Unfortunately, meaningful learning is qualitative. Numbers tell who, what, where, when, and how (familiar?).

Learning requires the why.

For instance, why a test failed? Low reading skills? (leading causative according to "Utilitarian educators")

Why an assignment missed? Fleeing domestic violence? Why sleeping in school? Effects of alcohol or drugs? ... and the Utilitarian's "causative" list rambles ever on blithely oblivious to the ever growing concern of our educators. You remember them? The ones in the proverbial trenches with our little darlings, giving so much of themselves and their craft for so little to educate our future citizens and leaders.

These qualitative "whys" lie behind numbers. Amazing, is it not? Quantitative data ignores students' fears, frustrations and struggles.

Analyzing expenditures neglects impact of federal and state mandates.

Standardized tests disregard differing learning styles.

Sorry, "Utilitarians," education is not that simple.

Pay attention, folks andndash; school is in session.

Michael Pierce