The Curry Coastal Pilot

Embezzlement story made my blood boil


Your article on the front page, "Brookings woman suspected of embezzlement" (Pilot, Sept. 22), made my blood boil, as it did many other Harbor residents.

Not too long ago, we, as residents of Harbor, were paying $35 per month to Harbor Sanitary District (HSD) for sewer, then HSD said we need more money. Our bills went up to $45 per month. As of late, HSD said they needed even more money and our residents' sewer bill rose another $13 per month, making a total of $58 per month.

The alleged thief said "she did so because she was, and still is, having financial difficulties."

Where does this put those of us who try to live within our means on a fixed income?

Ken Chilson


Brock can get Curry through tough times


I was disturbed by a recent radio ad from Ms. Labontandeacute; telling the people of Curry County, "Don't believe what you read in the papers, trust Lucy Labontandeacute;."

In my opinion this statement is a knee jerk reaction to the recent article and photos of Senator Ron Wyden and his recent visit to Curry County. I can't really blame Ms. Labontandeacute; for being concerned. Senator Wyden's first stop was in Port Orford. Council President David Brock Smith hosted the senator during his tour around town and they spoke on various issues facing the county, such as fishing and port conditions, biomass opportunities for fuel, overall forest health and the need for timber harvest and the jobs that could be created to boost our county's economy.

No, I'm not surprised Ms. Labontandeacute; was taken aback at the article and photos. Mr. Smith has worked tirelessly in his position as city councilman for Port Orford. He has gained the friendship of several important politicians during his service. He is sincere and dedicated in his efforts to become a commissioner of Curry County.

One of the many qualities I respect about Mr. Smith is his professional demeanor. He has proven time and time again that he can deal with hot-button issues without resorting to immature public tantrums and door slamming.

We need someone who can focus on the important issues facing us. We need someone who has a do-able vision for bringing Curry County through these tough economic times.

Wendy Thomas

Port Orford

Keeping the public from knowing truth


The conservative icicles are like the drunken embezzlers back for more; it's strange how any worker or middle-class person would find any comfort in the shadows of the rich, waiting for the trickle down the leg of the 1 percent.

The stark difference between the pennies and dollars is the noise that drags down the people abandoned by the realities of the social dysfunction of a system based upon caveat emptor (buyer beware). The rich live on the shady side of making a buck; there is no way other than luck or a crooked rich relative dying and leaving their unjust rewards, to be truly rich. If you make $250,000 a year and don't pay at least 28 percent in taxes, you are a thief. If you avoid taxes with offshore accounts or proxy corporate offices, you need to be in jail, not in public office.

Self justification is not the same as self knowledge, which also has nothing to do with ideological fanaticism of religions, especially cults, which is a conservative stronghold; just look to the Taliban, Al Qaida, or the tea party, and especially the extreme conservative Green movement (or non-movement). It is the closed mind; traditionalist or prejudice and obsessive biases and the elitism of wealth at all costs which haunts the world now andndash; it is the problem. The scare tactics and inflammatory language of the typical anal-retentive conservative is directed to divide and conquer to keep the public from noticing the truth of the matter at hand andndash; making money. That's why it is so easy to forget about others, or the journey from hard work to luxury class, or the infrastructures surrounding everything. Public money built most things only a fool takes for granted; police, firefighters, armies, navies, etc., etc., are socialistic, and common necessities, we all built. Duh.

Corporations are truly dictatorships.

G.G. Thompson


Extra magnesium might ease pain


About 20 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which came as no surprise as I had pain and muscle problems from age 10.

Because doctors finally put a name to it, and no, I wasn't after all a hypochondriac, as I had been told many times, it came as a relief. I tried many cures; some that gave a little relief from the pain.

Whenever one has an illness, I think you should do all of the research possible to help yourself and so I added magnesium to my list of vitamins and minerals over a year ago.

Today, I wake up in the mornings with no aches, pains, stiffness, and soreness. This may not be a cure-all for everyone, but the only side effect is perhaps over-regularity. Milk of Magnesia is derived from magnesium. It is very reasonable and can also be used topically in gel or liquid form. We are all lacking in magnesium because it is not found in our water here as it is on the East Coast.

I hope this information can help others as it has me.

Barbara J. Parrett-Eary


The extra mile gets my extra bucks


Sad but true, Karen Hansen of Brookings; I so much agree.

I have lived here for 16 years and I only shop here in town at a few choice places, and that is because of the customer service. I too just want to be treated like a customer with a pocket full of gold or a coin for the taking, so to speak.

Thank you tamale lady, Shop Smart, Kathy's Corner, New 2 U, and a few other choice places that make my day brighter for just coming in.

The extra mile get the extra buck.

Elizabeth McDonough


Shelter, thrift shop need volunteers


First of all, a huge thank you to all our wonderful patrons for shopping and donating to the South Coast Humane Society (SCHS) Shelter and Thrift Store.

Both locations are in need of volunteers. Most positions can be completed in one hour a week.

The thrift store needs volunteers in the areas of: apparel, shoes/purses, kitchen and housewares, media, tools, janitorial, frames, stationery, pet, books, pricing, office/medical, store maintenance, linens, computer research, landscape maintenance, etc.

The shelter's needs include dog walking, kennel maintenance, janitorial, socializing animals, laundry, and landscape maintenance.

For more information, please come by or call.

The SCHS Thrift Store, at 620 Hemlock St. in Brookings, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Starting on Oct. 7, the store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The phone number is 541-469-5694.

The SCHS Shelter, at 828 Railroad St. in Brookings is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 541-412-0325.

Shelley Concannon, Julie Raiter, managers, SCHS Thrift Store

Tanya Collins, manager, SCHS Shelter

Shedding light on

a forgotten place


Re: I thank you for the very detailed featured article; "Nursing In War-Torn Sudan" (Pilot, Sept. 19). I know Lorna Rodriguez put so much time and detail in this.

It is special that our local media can shed some positive light on this area of the world that time and national media has forgotten about. This was shared over there, at the home front, with much Thank you's andndash; "shukran" in their language.

Mark St. James


No wonder bullying

is so prevalent


Thank you for your fine editorial regarding the Internet/free speech (Pilot Sept. 15); may we substitute "small-town gossip" for a moment? You have described the situation perfectly, i.e.: (with just a bit of paraphrasing.):

"Freedom of speech" reigns supreme in the arena of small-town gossip andndash; so much so that anything goes: libel, defamation, revenge, meanness. This newspaper still adheres to standards of decency, thereby preventing a knock down free-for-all of insults, innuendo, and mean-spiritedness.

Not so much with small-town gossip, where ill-informed people use social bonding and half truths to take down a target andndash; the allegations, and the nasty tone, are often shocking. These folks seem unaware (?) of the potential harm they are doing to the targeted individual or business andndash; worse yet they wash their hands of any actual responsibility andhellip; (and) with the insular, circuitous nature of co-dependency and cliquishness adding fuel to the fire, it is truly disheartening to watch, and likely terrifying, most certainly frustrating, for those caught in the crosshairs."

We still believe in getting all the facts andndash; it is better than joining a mindless, vindictive mob, hell-bent on destroying people's lives and livelihood."

And we wonder why the problem of bullying is so prevalent among our children.

Melissa Latelle


This message

is about life


I believe abortion is wrong, but I also believe women have the right to make individual choices, and each case is different. When it comes to partial-birth abortion though, a large majority of the U.S. population strongly believes it is wrong.

Partial birth abortion in H.R. 1833 is "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery."

RN Brenda Pratt Shafer witnessed several partial-birth abortions while working for an Ohio abortionist. She described one abortion as being horrific in a letter to Congressman Tony Hall.

According to, Pro lifers need to expose President Obama's extremist abortion record: When fully developed babies were being left to die in hospitals after failed abortion attempts, Obama voted against the legislation that would protect them with life-saving care.

In the Illinois legislature, Obama voted four times against the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act." The bill recognized babies born after attempted abortions as persons and required doctors to give them care. The federal version of the bill that Obama opposed in Illinois passed the U.S. Senate unanimously.

A word that come to mind regarding partial birth abortion is, barbaric. How did we get to this point? Before voting for Mr. Obama, please consider that he votes for murdering fully developed babies and leaving them to die if they live through a partial birth abortion.

Bill Carrigan


Thanks to those who came to our rescue


On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22, our car died on North Bank Chetco River Road, just after the stop from Old County Road.

Leaving my husband to guard the car, I started up the hill to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church to get some help. As I puffed and panted up the hill, a very nice young woman stopped and asked me if I needed a ride. After rearranging her children she took me up to the church.

I was so upset about the car that I forgot to ask for her name and address so I could write her a thank you. I hope she reads this and realizes how grateful I was for her help. An older couple coming up the road asked if they could help. It is really wonderful to live in a community where folks are willing to offer help.

We eventually had the car towed (and it was) running again Monday morning.

Many thanks to all involved, including those who gave us a jump-start at church.

Patricia Graves