Letters to the Editor published Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Can't say enough about SCHS director
The South Coast Humane Society will soon be saying so-long to our Executive Director, Audrey Morris-Bartreau. Enough can't be said about Audrey's leadership and dedication to our Organization.
She took over as shelter director three years ago and worked to take us into the future. Always a dream of ours, she found away to hire a part time in-house veterinarian to care for our animals, saving us thousands in vet bills. Soon once-monthly Wellness Clinics were established to assist pet owners in our community in providing low-cost medical care. The need was evident. SCHS now conducts in-house low cost spay/neuter clinics.
Audrey's persistence, hard work, and hours of research built our basic medical room into a state of the art surgical clinic. Audrey's outreach to the community is inspiring.
With the cooperation of our board of directors, Audrey was able, early on, to bring us out of debt by finding ways of doing the necessary tasks of the animal shelter in a more efficient and cost-effective way. She set the protocol and trained our staff and volunteers. The animals that come to us have never been healthier or happier.
Her lead on rescue missions helped saved the lives of animals in the homes of hoarders, animals in the homes of abusers, and animals with nowhere to go but on the streets. Over 500 pets in the past year have found safety and love because Audrey and her Shelter staff found ways to open our doors to them. Our adoption rates have never been higher.
There are so many ways that Audrey has helped SCHS grow andndash; too many to mention. She will be greatly missed. It's time, however, for her to continue her life journey with her family, Ellis and Troi, both of whom gave their time generously to the work of SCHS.
We wish her the best of luck and much happiness. And I, personally, want to say a sincere thank you.
The work continues in good hands. However, I often wonder where we'd be today without Audrey's guidance.
Jan Henault, past board member and current volunteer
Time that sheriff calls out the militia
In the wake of the Batman shooting, with letters being printed about the lack of police patrols, it is high time for Sheriff Bishop to call out the militia to solve the problem.
The militia, under our Constitution, consists of every able-bodied man. We need to restrict that, slightly, in this case, to every able-bodied man of good character, over the age of 18, who has a concealed-carry permit, and, perhaps, expand the definition to include women. We need patrols to answer 911 calls and we need volunteers to man the call center.
It's clear that we won't find the votes to raise taxes here to fund law enforcement, and we surely don't want federal troops on our streets.
William O. West
Gun control isnot the answer
If you own a gun, no matter what it is, please call or write (email) Senators Wyden and Merkley and ask them to vote no on any change of our Second Amendment.
This country has been around for over 200 years and if we lose our guns we will be a third world country. The only reason we have the freedom we have is because we CAN defend each other.
I can't believe someone in Colorado did not know what this jerk was up to before he killed all these people. I don't feel we need to spend the money for a trial. This is most of our problems: Everybody is afraid they might fail to give these animals their rights. As far as I care they don't have any when this sort of thing happens.
These people who want to do away with this and that need to take a look and see how many people die each year due to alcohol related deaths, or better yet drug related deaths. When this nation wakes up and puts a stop to drugs and alcohol you are going to see a sharp decline in the murder rate. Also compare auto deaths to gun related deaths. You will be amazed (I think).
Please don't get me wrong, people who kill people out of pure meanness need to pay the ultimate price andndash; no more and no less. Gun control is NOT the answer. If it were, the United States attorney general would be under arrest for the deaths of two law enforcement officers on the border of Mexico. Now he is being protected by our president Obama. Why? These officers were killed by AK-47s; where are they made? If this had not been uncovered by Sheriff Joe in Phoenix, Arizona, we would not have heard of it. Now you know why Washington D.C. doesn't like Sheriff Joe.
I hope I haven't upset anyone, but until we start making these people pay for their crimes this will never stop even if all the guns were chopped up.
Carl C. Roten
Crime fromout of town
I liked your piece on Pelican Bay.
I find something terribly wrong with our system that they not only allow these people to live, but that we have to spend thousands of dollars each year taking care of them.
On top of that, a good portion of the people that live in Crescent City are family members of these prisoners and live on welfare.
Another problem I'd like to point out is how the crimes we have in Brookings and the surrounding areas, for the most part, are committed by the people coming up from Crescent City.
I moved up to Brookings because of the peacefulness and beauty. We're not without our share of problems but we do get them taken care of.
Be a positive ripple in our small pond
This story began in early April, when BHSD superintendent Brian Hodge asked if I (as art instructor at BHHS) would be willing to put together a brief presentation on the BHHS visual arts program for the April school board meeting.
I agreed. I found that taking time to reflect upon what students learn, create, share and do while part of an art class, was rewarding. After my presentation, I felt proud of my students and their accomplishments, and sat down to listen to the community forum section of the meeting.
Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation representative Patrick Chew gave an impassioned plea for community members to continue to help support local student an community endeavors, most specifically, the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater production of Taming of the Shrew that following evening. All proceeds from the evening's performance were to be donated to BHEF, to then be passed on to educators via grants, in turn becoming educational opportunities for students.
He was so persuasive, that I bought two tickets to attend. We had a wonderful time. The thespians, both seasoned and novice, were wonderful!
Being informed that my art program had received a grant was simply over the top. Had I not been asked by my superintendent to make a presentation, I would not have been at the school board meeting to hear Mr. Chew, and would not have felt compelled to purchase tickets to the fundraiser, which I would not have attended, and not been chosen as the lucky recipient of the BHEF $500 grant from Dutch Bros., and would have missed out on wonderful evening of theater.
What a small, interconnected world we live in! How much richer we are when we open our hearts, minds and souls to the multitude of opportunities that are available if only we choose. Remember that our actions, or lack thereof, have a ripple effect. In a small community the likes of Brookings-Harbor, a simple request, response, or action can be amplified.
Be sure to be a positive ripple in our lovely, small pond. Thank you Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation and Dutch Bros., for your generous $500 grant. The visual arts program at the high school plan to make some lovely ripples!
Sheryl A. Tuttle
Brookings-Harbor High School visual arts and ceramics instructor
3.8 percent tax is huge for local folks
The writer on Obamacare from the July 18 paper did mention a couple truths. He neglected however to mention that a tax of 3.8 percent starting Jan 1 2013, will be added to houses, condos, rental income, etc.
As Pelosi once said "We need to pass it to see whats in it." It's only 2750 to 3000 pages, room to hide plenty.
The National Association of Realtors is against it and should be.
So add 6 percent for selling commission plus 3.8 percent on your home. Your price less 9.8 percent = ?
A small town like Brookings full of retired folks buying and selling real estate, this is huge.
Paul E Milazzo
Swimming lessons at Brookings pool
I would like to thank the City of Brookings for their support and continuation of public, and in particular, private swimming lessons at the Brookings City Pool.
In this rural area we are surrounded by beauty, and summer entertainment is best outdoors. But with every adventure into nature, rural America is responsible for preparing our youth for summer activities. I am fortunate enough to prepare children for a specific adventure. I get to teach them how to swim.
According to the CDC, an average of 9,480 Americans are victims of unintentional drownings annually. Of these victims, an average of 3,880 do not survive. Thankfully, these numbers are falling, but the risk of drowning is always present in and around bodies of water.
The CDC recommends that parents and children learn safety swimming skills to prevent drowning. This must be a priority here on the Wild Rivers Coast. For children with specific needs, a one-on-one option for learning to swim can make a big difference. During the month of July, however, private swim lessons were threatened, several individual lessons cancelled, and the city made necessary adjustments to pool policy. I am proud to say that private lessons will continue at the Brookings City pool.
Although private rates may change, these lessons are now offered better adhering to government regulations. I have appreciated the efficiency and dedication of Ron Hedenskog, Gary Milliman, Lu Ehlers, Janell Howard and Tony Baron and their gracious consideration of each lifeguard's opinion during this transition.