The Curry Coastal Pilot

Gunfire doesn't solve everything


In response to Mr. John F. Antinello's letter of July 18 concerning the vast differences between Brookings and the idyllic community of Mayberry RFD, let me just begin by saying that, since Mr. Antinello felt so familiar with me to address me as "honey," I'll use "sweetheart" in my response to him. Fair enough.

Sweetheart, if I did in fact have a purse, I can guarantee you that it would in fact contain a 357 cal, 44 mag, or one of the many others in my possession. I'm a 75-year-old man who has never needed protection from the sheriff in my life.

The reason I called the sheriff's office at 4:30 a.m. was to try and get someone of authority out our way to try and convince the dozen or so very drunk teenagers in front of our house not to leave in their cars after their all night (almost) party. I was very concerned for their safety, as well as that of the general public. I was in no jeopardy whatsoever, and didn't feel a need to go to the "special needs yard" or have a sheriff come "hold my hand."

Apparently, some people believe that gunfire solves everything, and I feel that occasionally it's necessary, but personally I feel that shooting a bunch of teens for drinking a few too many beers is just a tad bit of overkill. I have enough firearms to shoot each of them with a different weapon, but it just didn't enter my mind that was a viable solution to the problem.

Mr. Antinello, you suggested I go to the library to learn how to protect myself. I suggest you go to the library and research the penal code on "assault with a deadly weapon."

Larry E. Thomas


Free dental care here, let's make it happen


Only $800, I said. Didn't sound much to me.

One whole day of free dental care at St. Timothy's. Only $800.

That's $100 apiece for eight people, or $50 apiece for 16 people andndash; you get the picture.

If we can divide this once-a-month fee to get the dental van down from Roseburg, between a few people with money who love to donate, Wow!

Help us please! Such a worthy cause.

Call St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 541-469-3314, for information or to donate.

Pam Van Vliet


Please beware!This is a scam


We have received two phone calls in the last week from someone saying they were from "Microsoft Technical Support" and that we "may have downloaded some harmful things on our computer" and they "want to help us fix the problem." They then ask you to turn your computer on and give you step-by-step directions to "fix your computer."

Please beware! This is a scam!

I contacted Microsoft directly and they said they NEVER send unsolicited emails or make unsolicited phone calls and this is a scam.

Delete the email or hang up immediately.

Nancy Schultz


Thanks for supporting FBHAC events


For those of you who spent the Fourth of July with us at our BBQ and Field Day in Azalea Park, we hope you had a wonderful time with your family, friends and neighbors. We did!

We would like to thank our event sponsors, Precision EyeCare and Town and Country Animal Clinic, our barbecue sponsor, Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, as well as Hastings Natural Beef, the City of Brookings, Fred Meyer and our other many supporting retailers, merchants, crafters, private donors, organizations and countless volunteers who donated money, goods, services and personal time to ensure we had a successful community event and fundraiser.

We appreciate the U.S. Coast Guard for providing the presentation of colors and to Charlotte Heatherly for performing the national anthem at our opening ceremony. Thanks to Les Cohen for returning as our emcee and to Steve Braun for returning as our pie auctioneer. Thanks to Bob Cristee, our DJ, and Kala Johnson and The Heart of Dance students for providing our lunchtime entertainment.

We served 150 barbecue lunches and raised close to $4K toward the development of a sustainable indoor community aquatic center in Brookings-Harbor.

Our next event, the 2012 Swim for FBHAC, is August 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brookings Municipal Pool. Set your swim goals! Swim! Earn prizes! For all ages! Details about FBHAC and our upcoming event are available at

Juliane Leighton, M.D., on behalf of FBHAC


Many make Day of Drums a success


On behalf of the Stagelights Musical Arts Community Board of Directors, I would like to express deep gratitude to everyone who made our July 14 Day of Drumming a rousing success.

More than 50 people, including instructors, participants and volunteers, shared a magical experience learning about and playing different types of percussion and drums.

In particular we would like to thank master percussionists Mombo Hernandez and Michael Penney (and their talented families) for sharing their immense gifts as musicians and teachers, and for touching the lives of so many people. After three terrific hands-on drum sessions, everyone enjoyed a communal lunch made possible by a generous donation of food and drinks from Ray's Food Place.

A special thank you goes to Jacque Graves for her behind-the-scenes organization of the event, and especially the drum-making workshop that allowed participants to create beautifully decorated bongos.

This Day of Drumming (along with the upcoming similar event in Crescent City on Aug. 11) was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation.

Finally, we would like to thank Harris Beach State Park Ranger Deane Roppe and his staff for being so welcoming as we joyously occupied the rest area and filled it with the sound of drums.

Beverly Bacak,

Stagelights board member