The Curry Coastal Pilot

happy birthday, Lwv

February 14 is not only Valentine's Day and the birthday of the State of Oregon, but also the birthday of the League of Women Voters.

After getting the right to vote in 1920, League members wanted to become informed voters and help educate other voters, as well. The League at all three levels - national, state, and local - studies issues from all perspectives and arrives at positions. These positions are used in working with government bodies.

The League works to ensure voting rights for all Americans, registers voters, researches ballot measures thoroughly and publishes the results, and holds candidate forums or debates before elections. Most of our work is done by volunteers.

"The League of Women Voters of Curry County is one of more than 800 local Leagues in all 50 states," according to Al Wilson of Brookings, local president. "We welcome men and women of all ages and political persuasions. We are political but nonpartisan; we never support or oppose candidates or political parties."

For more information go to or call 541-332-9002.

Milton and Shirley Nelson



Why is it that whenever someone stands up to defend a thing of beauty, the Neanderthals in the audience accuse them of being extremists and having a secret agenda? The number of such people is apparently quite large on the city council.

Everything in this world can't be boiled down to being "my rights" or a "socialist plot." The intermediate subtlety seems lost on many people.

For anyone paying attention, Curry County exists only because of tourism. When some yahoo in an old mud truck rolls over in the river at summer flows and creates a nice slick on the river, I hope everyone enjoys it. I understand you can get some spectacular reflections.

Jim Gurley


all do our part

We pay some of the lowest taxes in the state and while there are some who are fixed income a lot are holiday homeowners from out of state, folks who can well afford to pay a bit more.

The county does not want to starve anyone. What they want to be able to do is keep this county safe, well maintained and well run for all who live and come to visit. If people hear that our jail is letting people out early or that we have no one to respond to calls, how much tourism do you think we will get?

As for protecting ourselves, just because one owns a gun does not always mean it will protect you. If the state or other counties take over for our shortcomings we will still be taxed. No one is going to give the services for free!

The jail, the roads and health care are not easy fixes nor are they cheap! We must all do our part if we want to keep this county a great place to live in and visit.

Heather and Angela McSwain


council shortsighted

Flowing cold, clear, uniquely undammed, the Chetco River is still blessed with prolific native fish runs. A national treasure, it is owned upstream by the people of America and downstream by the people of Oregon. It does not belong to the present few, but to the many, and their future generations.

While working on a large timber cruise (I'm a forester and a property-owning Republican honorably discharged from the U.S. Army) we were camped at the South Fork bar. We watched a jacked-up truck try to cross the river, get floundered midstream up to the windows, then spew an oil and fuel slick for two days until being towed out.

It's the duty of democratic government, whether a congress or city council, to care for the greater good of the greater majority. The Brookings City Council, in claiming that "Banning vehicles in the Chetco would do nothing to enhance the scenic river," is self deceived. Vehicular play in the Chetco could, indeed, be detrimental to water quality and valuable fisheries. Fisheries that provide enjoyment and economic good to all of us, especially the people of Brookings.

Vehemently against banning vehicles in the Chetco, Brookings' City Council appears to selfishly favor the rights of a few over the democratic rights and well-being of the many.

Shamefully shortsighted!

Roy Keene


top heavy, no help

I never thought the day would come when I would agree with Mike Schrum but, my friends, that day is now.

He writes that the administration of Curry County is top heavy. Do we really need three commissioners? We elect community-minded men and women, but do we know their backgrounds, their salaries? Have any of them run or managed a fairly large business? Have they ever prepared a budget for a city or town?

His suggestions about taxes and cutting more services makes sense. Do any of you read the Sheriff's Log or the Police Log? Harbor and Brookings are fair game for vandalism (tires slashed, mail stolen), theft and burglary. Calling for help takes time because the police force is in Gold Beach. ... Am I wrong?

Stores are empty. Restaurants have gone out of business. Why not ask the remaining retailers and shoppers how they feel about a sales tax. I have no objection to raising my property tax fairly, to keep Curry County from disappearing.

Do we have to enlarge the bike path? Do we need another visitor's center? Why was the building down at the Port allowed to stand empty and rotting for such a long time? The town planner and the commissioners certainly could have come up with some suggestions. Perhaps a youth center, a small YMCA, a shelter, a skating rink.

The Brookings I knew when we moved here 15 years ago has certainly changed. Because a builder persuaded the commissioners more houses would bring in a lot of revenue, he was allowed to destroy the beauty of Harbor by tearing down the hill of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Has this brought in more revenue?

I love my house, my friends and my church. Please keep Brookings and Harbor places to still look at with pride.

Gerry Kass


can you fill a need?

In a few more months I will officially an "old woman."

I will get a big $600 a month Social Security (check), dropping to $500 a month when I turn 65. Thankfully I have children who will help take care of me, if needed, so I won't have to keep vacuuming floors until I drop dead. But not everyone is privileged with children who are willing or even able to help.

I've had several friends who have had health problems which have limited them from working hard, yet they aren't sick enough to get disability, which seems to pay better.

I asked a friend the other day, who lives on $700 a month, if anyone had ever asked how she's doing financially. "No" was her simple answer.

I've had other elderly women tell me they might not make it to their next Social Security check. These are not bag ladies. Many of them are your neighbors, your friends and often sit with you at church.

I just read the book "Radical" by David Platt. The message was not new to me - nor radical. It's simply just the way followers of Christ are supposed to act. But it would transform our lives and communities if we lived it out.

I've often wondered what is this "hard ground" in Brookings. Is it some evil entity? Do we not pray hard enough? Why no revival? The answer that keeps coming back to me is we are just too materialistic.

How about next weekend for us churchgoers - instead of asking the usual "How are you?" why not ask "Do you have a need I can meet?" (not necessarily financial). And let's continue asking and doing until we begin to see this "hard ground" move.

Nancy Myer