The Curry Coastal Pilot

Battle of the Gods

It appears from a recent editorial letter we are entering the Battle of the gods! Yahweh, lord of all creation, or Dagda, god of the Celts.

Question: How many people did Dagda heal or resurrect? Do we have any records concerning His great exploits on planet Earth? Did Dagda predict the rise and fall of nations? If so where are they recorded?

Who was god before the history of Dagda?

Did Dagda inspire people to invent, create new farm implements or make the first telegraph?

Look at the history of nations and which ones were the most prosperous. Were the people worshipers of Dagda or the Creator God i.e.Yahweh (Jehovah)?

It is good that we can still write and discuss such issues. May the most powerful God win! And we can be sure that He will. Read the book of Revelation and find out.

Douglas Cross


Making City Sparkle

On behalf of the City of Brookings I would like to acknowledge all of those involved in making our downtown area sparkle during this holiday season.

For the first time in many years, Brookings enjoys a lighted downtown Christmas tree.

Curry County Homebuilders Association arranged and organized the project. South Coast Lumber Company donated the tree. Curry County Board of Realtors arranged for and installed many of the decorations. Coos Curry Electric Cooperative assisted with installing the high decorations. Brent Hodges and his crew from Rivers End Construction assisted with set up. Dr. Lance West is paying for the electricity. Fred Meyer donated $200 worth of lights.

The City of Brookings Public Works crew installed the base and assisted where needed.

The property upon which the tree is located is leased by the City of Brookings for $1.00 a year as a "pocket park."

The Brookings Merchants Association, in cooperation with the Brookings Outreach Gospel Mission, installed reflective garland on light and utility poles along Chetco Avenue.

Thank you and a Merry Christmas to all!

Ron Hedenskog

Brookings Mayor

Guns: Sport of Kings?

I agree with Marshall (Dec. 19 letter), when he said, "...Schools and areas around them should be secure zones..."

If my wild west yarns serve me well, folks entering a town had to turn their weapons in at the outskirts (maybe the Marshall's lockers), and get them back when they left the downtown area. Ancient standing armies of Rome were not allowed to enter that city.

The U.S. Constitution does not allow a "citizen militia" (and this probably means their vast automatic arsenals as well) to be camping in a residential property area. Perhaps we can establish a secure club organization (just outside the community andndash; modeled after golfing club areas), such facilities usable by the local law-enforcement agencies, as well as it's club's carded members, to gauge weapons traffic throughout a region (highway card check stations); To enjoy social gun club membership perks as a shooting range, approved lessons, gun repair and maintenance, and secure storage in one location... outside of town.

Regardless how silly the preceding thoughts may seem, loaded weapons in a school, around students, would imply certain safety procedures, which would slow the implemented use of such arms, where the intruder would still have the upper hand of surprise... and students put into the subsequent cross-fire.

One things seems a certainty andndash; the cost of weapons use, purchasing, securing, transporting, and the punishments garnered for illegal-use, will rise considerably. Shooting and hunting may yet return to be as the "sport of kings."

Keith Higgins

Gold Beach

THanks for Support

As the Outreach Gospel Mission prepares to open the doors of the Women's home, I want to personally recognize Tim Stadelman of Stadelman Electric and his family. Their investment of time, equipment and monetary resources to insure that the OGM Women's Home will be a safe place to stay. The electrical work that had to be done to make the required upgrades could not all fit in this letter.

As well, the continued support of the community such as the Emblem Club, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 757,Ron Edwards Roofing, Mattie's Pancake House, Fred Meyer, Ray's Food Place have stood fast with me this past year in preparing this shelter. Without their support and the support of many, many other individuals and families,this all would not be possible. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Michael J. Olsen Executive Director Outreach Gospel Mission

A Social Security win

A response to the letter from Gerry Kass regarding lower Social Security payments:

I went through this for many years until I became aware of, and I quote directly from, a letter received from Social Security Program Service Center,Box 2000, Richmond,CA 94802, "the law permits Social Security to reduce the Part B premium amount as necessary (but NOT Below the amount you paid in December of last year) IF the yearly change in the premium would cause the Social Security payments you receive this yeat to be LOWER than the payments you received last year."

To correct this error I would write a letter each and every year to the Social Security Program Service Center stating my issue. Eventually I would receive a correction of my payments and any monies due me.

It does take time but It just feel so good to know that you can win.

Dr. G. Batemon Brookings

Santa cares for all

I was very disappointed by the misuse of Santa Claus in your Obamacare editorial cartoon.

Remember Santa Claus is charity incarnated. And I have it on the best authority that Santa supports laws for Universal Healthcare in all the lands and believes that Obamacare is a step in the right direction regarding basic human health rights.

As far as the health concerns of his workers and their families go... Centuries ago, Santa founded the Polar Shields Health Insurance Co., LTD to handle all of the health cares of his elven workers from cradle to grave. Note that elves live a long, long time.

For the reindeer, Santa has, over the years, maintained a staff of veterinarian elves. Many of whom are graduates of the fine Veterinarian School in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Santa cares about everyone.

You know, I believe in Santa Claus. I do not believe in your cartoonist.

Scott Harker


Appreciate the help

This is a beautiful time of the year even though the weather has been very challenging to say the least.

Even so, the community had shown tremendous support of many project fund raisers, Brookings Soroptimist being one of them. Thank you seems meek compared to the wonderful folks who supported us during the Christmas Bazaar and the Charitree Festival,to name a few.

The funds collected will aid in our students for scholarships, many community service projects, to many to name. The best part of all are the funds raised, stay in our community.

The community has always come forward when needed, the wreath sales went very well and the wreaths and center pieces were beautiful.

Brookings Soroptimist thanks you and appreciates your support. We also thank the Pilot for their support as well.

Merry Christmas to one and all and Happy New year.

Marie Garcia


Floodplain projects

Several letters have referred to instream gravel mining as beneficial in reducing flooding. However, peak storm flows during high tides appear to be the dominant factors that cause flooding along the lower Chetco floodplain.

The US Geological Service's fluvial geomorphology study of the lower Chetco River identified the impacts of years of excessive gravel mining, and recommended periodic "rest years" to help restore natural sediment transport. Adverse impacts of gravel mining include increased bank erosion and scouring, increased fine sediment filling in deep pools (habitat for salmon), and poor water quality for aquatic life. Counter-intuitively, flooding is often exacerbated by excessive instream gravel mining. The current flood-prone state of the lower Chetco is more likely a result of excessive instream mining and construction in the floodplain.

A NOAA Fisheries study identified the remaining Chetco floodplain (a refuge for salmon and steelhead during flood events), and loss of estuary water quality and salmon rearing habitat, as the major factors limiting salmon production. Currently there are no fishery restoration or habitat reclamation projects on the lower Chetco.

Now housing developers are filling in more wetlands and floodplain areas that flooded twice this year, with little regard to eventual catastrophic residential losses. With predictions of increases in storm intensities and sea-level rise, "Smart Growth" should be constructed on higher ground and watershed management practices introduced to restore the natural hydrology, reduce silt runoff, and conserve the remaining floodplains.

Carl Page

fisheries biologist

Wild Rivers Coast Chapter Trout Unlimited