The Curry Coastal Pilot

Drug users' ultimate score


It's ironic that the "Greatest Generation" produced the people who started the drug culture in the 1960s.

Movies, TV and music, since then, have promoted drug users as "cool" and "hip." Non-drug users are dull and boring; not to (be) included with the chic and sophisticated. Athletes, actors and musicians are given free passes on their drug use and outlandish behavior. Politicians and the media fawn over these prima donnas as if they were seeking blessings from royalty.

Two presidents have admitted to using drugs (Clinton and Obama). JFK didn't admit it, but his private doctor followed him around to make sure his drug use wasn't interrupted by his presidential duties. Dopers and protesters from the '60s and '70s changed tactics by purchasing suits. They have infiltrated government, schools and the media to perpetuate the doper's lifestyle. Teachers' arrest records are no longer hidden, for if it includes enough drug use and civil disobedience they are made department chairs.

Legislators have scored the doper's ultimate dream. Marijuana is not dope, but medicine! How cool is that? How can anyone preach against "medicine?" Doctors and Chong will gladly write your prescriptions. With all the above, it should be no surprise that drug use is rampant in our schools.

My question is, "How do the few kids who resist drugs, do so?" They should be praised as heroes in movies, TV and the media. ... Fat chance!

Bob Ford


Fortunate to have lived in Curry


We finally got our email hooked up so are taking this opportunity to write a long overdue thank you to all of the many friends who came to the farewell party or wrote notes or called us before we left beautiful Curry County and since.

Also to my fellow members of Gold Beach Rotary for the fine roast at my last meeting. And we cannot forget the many other wonderful people with whom we worked and met through the years in many organizations and activities. It was a joy and a privilege to associate with people who worked together to make Curry County the great place it is.

The 45 years we lived in Gold Beach and Curry County were the best years of our lives. So we were indeed fortunate to live where we raised three sons in good schools, lots of opportunities to fish, hunt, explore, among great friendly people, and all the things necessary for a good life. We will never forget those years.

Downsizing from a three- bedroom home, with a large orchard and garden, to a one-bedroom apartment is a challenge, to put it lightly.

People in this retirement campus are friendly and the meals are good and varied. Two other retired O.S.U. Extension Agents also live here, and two of our sons and their families live fairly close by (20 and 80 miles).

Our hearts were warmed beyond our wildest dreams when so many friends attended the farewell party and sent cards before and after.

Thank you all for being so important in our lives.

Walt and Sally Schroeder


Brookings always five steps behind


In response to Mr. Fuller (Pilot, June 6): Mr. Fuller, you are a great example of the right-wing conservatism that prevails here in Brookville.

I would have to somewhat agree with Ms. Schmidt's article (Pilot letters, May 30). Right wingers are too old, too grumpy, too angry and uneducated; why do they think this place is going to hell in a wicker handbasket?

People from near and far read the Pilot and about the ridiculous comments made by these tea partygoers. Brookings will always be five steps behind because of it, left without special medical services, law enforcement, jobs.

If this is what you want you've got it all right here. ...

Jim Keaton

Gold Beach

Want to know fate of loose dogs


Is it all about writing tickets?

On Sunday, June 3, at approximately 5 p.m., while driving down my street on Glenwood Drive, I saw two little dogs running frantically going south on Highway. 101. One of the little dogs was a black male pug and he turned back onto my street while the other little brown dog kept running south on Highway 101

I tried to get the pug to come to me but he was just too scared. So after going south on Highway 101 many cars had stopped to try and help the dogs. At this point a local law enforcement officer showed up on my street and I told him my concern of trying to rescue these dogs. The officer's answer was: We are busy and the dogs will probably be hit. I couldn't believe his lack of concern but figured he needed to finish writing his tickets and hiding out in his usual places.

My concern now is the dogs. I'm trying to find out if these animals were rescued and returned to their homes or not. These dogs had no collars or ID tags on them which is totally wrong.

I'm hoping that of the many people that had stopped could let the Pilot know if these dogs were found and if they are OK.

As a pet owner myself, I would be devastated if this happened to me. Please let the Pilot know if these little ones were found.

Robin Blue


Is there's a cat killer among us?


I recently lost another pet, a black cat named JoJo.

She disappeared a couple of months ago from my lovely quiet neighborhood in the Floral Hill Drive area in Harbor.

My first thought was that an animal got her. As it turns out, I have reason to believe that she fell prey to an animal all right andndash; one of the human species. I hope I am wrong; I pray that I am wrong. But if not, this letter is for you, and let your conscience be your guide.

Rumor has it in my neighborhood that there is a cat killer among us. I'm not naming names, nor will I accuse you of killing my cat, because I have no proof. I know that you have traps that you catch animals in. That you dispatch them ruthlessly once you trap them. I also know that other cats have disappeared in our neighborhood.

I want you to know that these were not random animals you killed. They were my pets and I loved them. They were fixed and they were healthy. They were hunters and helped keep the mouse population down.

There are many humane ways of training animals not to come in your yard to hunt or use your planters. Not expensive ways; natural methods that do not involve killing.

If you had come to me with this problem I would have gladly discussed ways to keep them out of your yard.

Do you know that it is illegal to kill domestic animals? That you are breaking the law?

I hope that you see the faces of the animals you have harmed and that you hear the agonizing sounds of their dying deep in the night as you try to sleep. And I hope that when karma finally catches up with you, you recognize just why it's there.

Kim Banfield


Make a difference in lives of U.S. troops


Brookings-Harbor Redshirts (BHRS) recognize the sacrifices that our brave troops make when they leave their families and deploy to Afghanistan.

We try to make a difference by paying attention to their needs. We send phone cards so they may keep in contact with home. We send hygiene items so they can stay healthy and comfortable. We send food to eat so they do not have to leave the safety of their vehicle. We send snacks so they can relax when they get back to their base.

We support three hospitals in Afghanistan with clothing, food, magazines and DVDs. We send DVD players so the bedridden can watch movies. We work hard to get the donations to do these things. It's worth it! We know this because the troops tell us what a difference we make.

You can make a difference, too. Join us ... we need you! Our membership is in decline because of sickness, death, and relocations. Come to our meetings and see what we're about. Our meetings are held at the Wisner Room, located downstairs at the Elks Club on the first Friday of every month at 6 p.m. We have packing for the troops on the third Thursday at 10 a.m. of every month at the Sea View Senior Living; it is upstairs in the Activity Loft. If you have questions about our organization and want to make a difference to the troops in harm's way, please call Paula, 541-412-0455.

Paula Wiltse vice president,

BHRS "Until They All Come Home,"


Examples of current madness


Thank you, Bob Ford, (Pilot, May 16) you saved me 52 words; humans are endangered not owls.

I hope Joe Thomas has a signed affidavit stating, "The War on Terror is Over"; maybe he can sue the author (Pilot, May 16).

Dear citizens, Gwen Smith has a question: Do Men in Black have anything to do with the price of gas in Brookings (Pilot, May 16)? Well Gwen, I moved to Brookings in July of 1992 and I have been searching for answers ever since. I actually drove to Gold Beach to shop and buy gas, but you use 2 gallons of gas to come and go, so it was only worth it when our medical people were also in Gold Beach.

This is an example of madness: May 15, 2012, 1 p.m., unleaded gas at Fred Meyer $4.21 per gallon, 12 cents increase in one day. May 15, 2012, 2 p.m., oil $93.08 per barrel, gas $2.94.40 average. There have always been more questions than answers in Curry.

I am truly sorry the golf course has financial problems, and I'm sorry there are others with money problems, but I'm glad we are not building sand traps in Pistol River.

I did not ask how much I was being paid when I joined the Navy, I did not expect to be paid when I volunteered at the senior center, so please explain why the pay and benefits of elected officials and public employees cannot be reduced voluntarily or by a public vote.

More nonsense.

Cliff Siemens


Love visitors, send them home happy


I feel no shame in stating my opinion clearly and politely.

I enjoy the visitors that flood our area yearly andndash; most of them. The ones that visit and see only the beauty, and have no intention of moving here and begin the process they feel needs to happen to "fix" our problems.

Curry County residents have been right where we want to be for generations and generations. I see nothing wrong with encouraging visits that don't end up in a permanent move.

If having a larger population led to improved everything, we'd already be better. I love the small town charm, the unspoiled beauty around us.

My opinion is that we love our visitors and send them home happy with great photos and even better memories.

Wendy Riddle


Logging history made me think


A reply to Irene Schmidt of Mt. Horeb, Wis. (Pilot, May 30): Mrs. Schmidt wrote, "And your legislator Hanna actually states the way out of your financial problems is to cut your forests?! That's the most ignorant thing I've ever heard."

The tone of her letter made me call my 74-year-old Neanderthal Republican friend Fran, up in Shawano County, Wis. Here's what he said about where she lives: "It's what you would expect from Mt. Horeb, Wis. It's a suburb of Madison, which is the center of Communist Wisconsin. That's home of the U of W., one of the most liberal colleges in the US of A."

Fran is a diehard Scott Walker supporter, so I thought he may have been overstating things a bit so I decided to look into logging history in Wisconsin myself. (He also worked for the Packers for 25 plus years so he may have been having a Vince Lombardi moment!)

It turns out that logging made Wisconsin.(I'm getting my information from The Wisconsin Historical Society). The W.H.S. says: "Entire cities such as Stevens Point and Wausau grew up around these mills as general stores, banks, grocers, and other businesses opened to support growing populations of loggers and mill workers. Most of the major cities in central and northern Wisconsin were consequently built on rivers."

"Lumbering had a permanent effect on Wisconsin's economy. The location of mills led to the growth of cities and towns and influenced the routes followed by railroads. Thousands of workers were employed in cutting trees, hauling and transporting logs, cutting logs into lumber, and shipping boards to markets."

The more I read about Wisconsin's logging history made me think that Legislator Hanna might be on to something. Heaven knows we need jobs and we can't all live in environmentally-friendly shipping containers!

Reg Pettinger


Salute donations for parade flags


I am writing to thank the many businesses who gave donations for the small American flags given out during the Azalea Festival Parade.

They include Bakery by the Sea, Bi-Mart, Colvin Oil, Bauer Auto, Brookings-Harbor Real Estate, Dan's Auto Car Quest, Les Schwab, Mufflers and More, Worlton Auto Body, Napa Auto, Quality Fast Lube, Suiters Paint and Body, Ribbons and More, Town and Country Animal Clinic and Sears.

In addition, a big thank you to all the individuals who made donations to help us purchase these flags for the Vietnam vets to give out to the children lining the parade route. More thank yous go out to the people who stood up along the parade route when our American flag passed and also to the young people who helped pass out the flags.

And we cannot forget to give our deepest thanks to the Coast Guard Color Guard and the Vietnam Vets Color Guard and all the vets who stood and saluted our nation's flag. What a good feeling.

I wish there had been pictures of the Vietnam Vets Color Guard and the most patriotically decorated vehicle in the parade! Maybe next year.

Respectfully submitted,

Ray (Grampa) Bruce,

Korean vet