The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brush with Kindness

On behalf of the Curry County Habitat for Humanity, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who supported the Holiday Home Tour.

The weather was perfect, the homes and South Coast Inn delightfully decorated, and the home views of the coastline fantastic. Spirits were high as Tony La Torre, from Crescent Sound and Entertainment, livened up the event with holiday music, and visitors enjoyed the many treats baked by Habitat volunteers.

Special thanks to Michael and Cheryl Clines at the South Coast Inn, Kim and Kenny Jones, the many Habitat volunteers and local businesses for their support, contributions and donations. Those contributing to the event included: Sea View Senior Community and their driver Don; Curry Transit and their drivers Tom and Frank; Wright's Custom Framing; Chetco Activity Center; Harbrook Jewelers; Barron's Home Furnishings; Wild Bird and Backyard; Best Western Beachfront Inn; Chetco Seafood; Les Schwab; Rancho Viejo; Onion Grill; Brookings Harbor Community Theater; Joe Donahue; Khun Thai Restaurant; Fred Meyer; Mattie's; Wild River Pizza; Pancho's; Salmon Run; Bryan Tillung; Karen Nelson; Dollar Tree; Vista Pub; Feather Your Nest; Dottie's Corner; and Super Fly.

Proceeds from the event will be returned to the community through our "Brush With Kindness" program which provides minor exterior maintenance repairs to homeowners on limited incomes. Without the support of businesses and donations from the community, Curry County Habitat would be unable to remain a viable force in Curry County. Thanks to all.

Janis Barr


Fight for my Rights

I traveled from Gold Beach to attend the meeting concerning the closure of the Chetco River to vehicle traffic. As I understand it this crossing has been used for several decades without a problem. Now we have some self appointed people that wants to close the river because they fear the water may become polluted from vehicles driving through the river. While there may be a minute amount of pollution from a vehicle we should look at the big picture. The Forest Service made it a practice to spray the roads with used oil to keep down the dust. Fire fighters use suppressent chemicals to put out fires. The county sprays to kills weeds along the roads. It's all going to make it's way into the river through our rainfall. How about the TOXIC lead that is deposited in the river? If we put a restriction on the river now, what's next? Word has it that motorized equipment will be next. As a miner I'm concerned that my motorized dredge could be banned. I'm fighting for my rights to dredge the Rogue River and I'll fight for my rights on the Chetco too.

Randy Waters

Gold Beach

Government Subsidies

In the Dec. 19 Pilot, a letter appeared "Good News Bad News regarding the Medicare deduction on Social Security checks.

That amount is only a quarter of the real cost each month. The government subsidizes the remaining 75 percent. This started after 1965, and represents a fairly cheap premium for health insurance.

Amazingly, in 1984 a bill appeared on the president's desk that only government employees hired between 1964 and 1983 would have 40 to 60 percent of their Social Security, from minimum wage part-time or second full-time jobs, withheld from their checks because they received government pensions. It didn't matter that they worked 12-to-16-hour days for over 30 years, even 6-day weeks at the United States Postal Service. Thanks goes to your friend Ronnie for signing that bill.

From 1963 to 2000, I worked at five part-time minimum wage jobs and a full time postal job from 1967 to 2002. I'm eligible for a whopping $300 in the Social Security system, but after deductions the check is all of $2! Yes, a $2 bill is mine every month! The only reason I get that is because I spent a stint in the heat and humidity of southeast Asia in 1969 and 1970, due to the other jobs being too lowly paid.

I sure hope those receiving government subsidies for their Medicare premiums and a monthly check of more than $2 enjoy them. FYI, postal employees in the 60s and 70s were eligible for food stamps due to low wages. But that's a story for next month. Hope you all have a Happy New Year.

Ken Smith

Hartford, Wis

Cut the fluff

Surely everyone is aware of the financial mess we're starting the new year with and, if I were of a suspicious nature, I might think because the year ends in 13 is part of the problem.

But the fact that Congress hasn't passed a budget in more than three years (illegal, by the way) but still bulls its way forward, spending more and more money it really hasn't got, is much, much more the cause.

Seems to this LOGHL (Little 0l' Grey-Haired Lady) that the way these elected officials act is much like someone who has maxed out one credit card, then applies for, and gets, another, which also is used to its limit. What to do? Ah, get another credit card, with never a thought about about cutting spending. And so it goes on and on through even more credit cards, until there's no choice but to file bankruptcy. Where in the name of God is there any sense of responsibility? Does anyone consider reducing or eliminating the fluff, the unnecessary stuff?

But then, these Congressional types think there's no such thing as unnecessary. Baloney! Those of us who are or have been in the trenches have to cut back on food, clothing, shelter and medical care because our taxes keep going up.

Doris Roepke


New Year, New Tack

Our government is looking for answers to this violence that has sprung up so viciously among us. I will present four thoughts for consideration:

andbull;Stop the unnecessary ultrasounds on unborn babies. When they first experimented using rats, it was discovered that up to the following 10 generations, the offspring were mutated.

andbull;Feed your children food prepared in your kitchen. Stop the fast-food garbage that has been treated with chemicals in foreign countries.

andbull;Give parents back the right to teach their children right from wrong. A child who is disciplined feels cared for and loved. Love and care about your children enough to not put up with unacceptable behavior and language.

andbull;Sitting in a chair staring at a screen, or thumbing a computer, does not provide the brain with necessary blood or oxygen to develop good thinking abilities. Go exercise outside. Sweep the porch. Weed the yard. Play catch with friends. Move yourself.

Improving the health of our children may decrease the autism, which is more prevalent in recent years, and thus may keep us all safer.

Chris Malik


Send money, trust me

Politicians and other opportunistic thieves think older citizens are trusting, wealthy targets for their schemes! Just look at the past election and also last Wednesday I answered the phone and was told by the heavily accented caller that he represented "the PCH department" and they had declared me the 2nd place winner of $2.5 million and a 2013 Mercedes Benz, plus free auto insurance and gas for two years! My only obligations were to "tell no one" of my good fortune and I was instructed to go immediately to a nearby store and purchase a $299 "Green Dot Money Pac 14-digit scratch card" and the TV news crew would be at my home at 9 a.m. the next day for the presentation! Oh, and I was to call 707-256-8007 to confirm my purchase of the "Money Pac."

Needless to say no one showed up on Thursday. Similarly, Congress' "solution" to the fiscal cliff was to just raise everyone's taxes -- cuts in spending to come later - maybe!

In other words, just like the telephone thief, the politicians say "send me the money now and trust me take care of you........sometime!"

Martin Sullivan


Thanks due

Christmas Toys and stocking stuffers for more than 2,000 children from Port Orford to Klamath were distributed this year due to the generosity of many to the Toys For Tots program.

Notable thanks are particularly due to Bernie Bishop Mazda, Fred Meyer, Wild Rivers Foundation, Lucky 7 Casino, and Cal Murphy Detachment 578, Marine Corps League. They provided the funds to purchase the additional toys needed as the collection boxes were woefully lacking.

Thanks also to the students of Kristy Kleespies' Brookings-Harbor High School Leadership Class that turned out at 7 a.m. twice to assist by gift wrapping a mountain of toys.

Thanks to Teresa Heath of Port Orford who singularly took care of the children in Port Orford and Langlois, Pattie Slagle in Gold Beach and Millie Ratzloff of the Light House Community Church in Crescent City for their care of the needs in their communities.

A very special thanks are also due to Donna Van Nest and Delma Olsen in Brookings for nearly three months of constant work attending to all the details of receiving shipments, filling requests, wrapping gifts and generally making the program work.

To the community at large for their contribution of toys and dollars. You are all great.

Thank you.

Bill Cochran

Coordinator Toys For Tots for Curry and Del Norte Counties

Making It Happen

How can a foundation in an area the size of Curry County provide more than $33,400 to support local healthcare in one year? The miracle can happen because people who know the importance of quality care open their hearts and pocket books to donate. They know that the gift they give is a very important "investment" for their neighbors, their families and themselves. Curry Health Foundation combines current donations with the interest from endowments (built by its investments) and gives grants to nonprofit organizations to meet local medically-related needs.

Grants given in 2012 totaled $33,419. Funds were given to support digital mammography, children's dental exams and care, surgical equipment, cardio/respiratory monitors, an infection control device, assistance for prescription and lab costs for the needy, required technical software, Shore Pines and more.

Information about the grants is detailed on the website, Donors who gave a gift between Oct. 1, 2011 and September 2012 are also listed. The Patron Board, displayed on the site and in the lobby of Curry General Hospital, honors those who have given an accumulation of more than $1000 since 1995. While you are "surfing" the Internet, check out the pictures from the fundraiser events. You'll see people you know - maybe yourself! Our next fundraiser will be the annual High on Health dinner on April 6, 2013.

THANK YOU, DONORS. The Board of Directors recognizes that your contributions are vital. Every donation, large and small, is used to make a difference throughout Curry County.

The website offers you an opportunity to donate online or you can mail donations to CHF; PO Box 1274, Gold Beach, OR 97444. Because Curry Health Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), donations are tax-deductible. Contact us at (541)247-3189 or foundation@

Leone Sharp

Foundation Treasurer