The Curry Coastal Pilot

welcome home vets

The flags are flying on the bridge today because March 30 has been designated as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" by a resolution of Congress.

Thanks in no small measure go to the efforts of Senator Richard Burr, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and Representative Linda Sanchez in the House.

However belated, the recognition of the service and sacrifice of those of us who served in Southeast Asia during the years of what was then America's longest war, it is appreciated. For far too long citizens of all political persuasions blamed those who served for the failures of those who led, those officials whose military as well as political policies failed.

Returning veterans were not welcomed by a grateful nation; instead, many were ignored at best, scorned at worst. The psychological issues faced by many Vietnam vets can be traced not simply to what they experienced in Vietnam but to their experience on their return home.

Perhaps America has grown up. Today, Americans embrace those who have volunteered for military service and have placed themselves in harm's way whether they agree or disagree with the mission in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Chapter 757 Vietnam Veterans of America, Brookings-Harbor, would like to say, "Welcome Home - Thank you for your service" to all veterans. Our National slogan is: "Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another".

Sam Vitale


bankruptcy option

Without asking for input from cities within the county or the general public, our commissioners are asking us to vote for a tax levy that will increase every property owner's taxes by approximately 25 percent, and the levy will only benefit law enforcement.

Some people will see an increase greater than 25 percent.

Commissioners continue to tell us how vital this levy is to the future of our county and yet they have not scheduled even one town hall meeting or public forum where citizens can listen to the three commissioners and then voice their concerns.

David Brock Smith can write newspaper articles and the sheriff can continue his discussions, but until our elected leaders have open meetings at times working people can attend, they are doing a poor job of convincing voters of the need for this enormous tax increase.

Thousands of county employee man-hours are currently being wasted on weeklong budget presentations that have little to do with the proposed levy. Why are commissioners not convening evening public meetings so all citizens can voice their opinion?

Less than two months from now we will vote for or against the levy and what are our leaders doing to advance this plan? We still have not heard one word from commissioners regarding promised cuts to their salaries, or any meaningful savings from current labor negotiations with the two unions representing county employees. PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) and insurance benefits have still not been addressed.

State Representative Bruce Hanna's bill HB 2924 would allow a county to declare bankruptcy. This path appears to be the only viable option for our county. A state takeover could not possibly be worse than the local leadership we are currently experiencing.

Greg Empson

Gold Beach

print problem away

Hi, Chuck Grove here.

I hereby announce my candidacy for president of the United States.

And this is my platform:

Our worst problem right now seems to be mostly financial (forget about morality); so what I propose to do is really quite simple: I will issue every American an approved printing press. Just hook it up to your computer, and, voila! You're printing your own money! For whatever you need, in whatever amount necessary - just print away!

This is a tried and proven method of raising money, which the old and venerable Federal Reserve has used non-stop for many, many years.

Just imagine! No more worries about a job, or that iffy Social Security check, or bank closures, none of that stuff. Just print away! Make sure you don't run out of paper, and you will never want for anything again!

Just be sure you vote for me in the next election - if there is one.

C.L. Grove


services summit

Calling all service and non-profit organization leaders!

The Friends of the Chetco Community Public Library will host the annual Service Organization Summit Friday April 19, at 8 a.m. in the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Public Library.

The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other and to identify service resources available to meet needs in our community. Goals include developing and updating a contact and resource list to be available at the library as well as on the library web site, an events calendar, and partnering. Exchanging information about our missions and goals could lead to other possible goals.

We invite you or a representative of your organization to attend and participate. This meeting will be informal and simply to get acquainted. Plan to give a brief presentation of your organization's service work, goals, and future events. Coffee will be ready at 7:30 a.m. Meeting starts at 8 a.m., ends at 9 a.m. RSVP at 469-0551 or

Tony Parrish,


Friends of the



this citizen cares

A great big thanks to the Curry Coastal Pilot for the excellent editorial support rendered to our No Name-Calling efforts and the movie showing of "Bully." Also special thanks to the Redwood Cinema, Fred Meyer, Dairy Queen, Wayne Tailor Insurance, Brookings Sign, KHSU, KURY, U.S. Bank, Kerr Ace Hardware, Judge Beaman, Chetco Public Library, District 17C School Board, and Written in Stone in Crescent City.

For those who missed the "Bully" movie, it is available at the Chetco Public Library, as a rental at Brookings' video stores, and for sale at Fred Meyer. If there's enough interest, we'll hold another public screening. Let us know at

Let's ensure that everything that can be done is being done to make school a safer experience for all students - in the cafeteria and halls, going to and from school - so that no child fears going to school because of bullying. To this end we've provided a copy of "Bully" to each school building principal with the hope that they will hold a staff showing and discussion of the movie.

And parents, at your next teacher's conference, ask them what they thought of the movie and how they think it applies to the students' experience in their school.

Finally, Alcohol Awareness Month starts April 1. Eighty-eight BHHS seniors submitted an essay for the annual "Through My Eyes" essay contest on how alcohol has impacted their lives. The top 25 essays can be found at and the top eight essays will appear in an edition of the Pilot during the month of April. Check out what our senior have to say.

Gordon Clay



happy with the noise

We've been getting the Curry Pilot, especially the letters section from different people from the surrounding area.

We usually agree with most; however, some time ago, one was from a lady in Brookings complaining about the lumber mill making too much noise, and just recently we saw another. This time, about a another person complaining about vehicles honking horns in response to greetings to each and everyone he - Mr. Ira Tozer - met along the highway, where he took his daily walks.

I for one, would like to know what is wrong with folks like those.

I've met Mr. Tozer, who is a very kind and decent individual who should have been welcomed in return as maybe an ambassador of goodwill, representative of the area, instead of complained about.

Now, as to the lumber mill's noise, we live with one-half mile of it, and have for a few years. Its noise doesn't bother us, nor any neighbors, that we know of. Everyone should be happy that other folks are working and making a living.

I'm sorry for those folks who think differently. They are to be pitied.

Thank you, Ira Tozer and thank you, Mr. Editor.

Fred Hunt


this is our world

Friday dawned clear and cold. Stars faded into yellow and red clouds.

Daffodils, crocuses and a fat robin announced spring. Thrush was overdosing on pill-bugs under the leaves. The next-door gardener pounded a pan with a wooden spoon to chase the deer away. A calm ocean meant clear sightings of the lighthouse, fishing boats, and whale spouts.

A gray whale was at the far marker, another just outside the kelp beds. The red buoy hosted the seal lions for a game of tag. Gulls massed over clouds of anchovies. Chevrons of geese were off to Alaska. Two decided to investigate the osprey nest as a possible summer retreat. Saturday was again clear and calm. The gulls, sea lions, and whales were in their spots.

Now, Sunday is a repeat. Middle son has been fishing, gave his steelhead to a friend. Golfers had to wait while deer cleared the greens. My cousin still remembers being amused by "real" river otters. We all remember watching from the safety of the truck as the bear made a meal out of a garbage can.

These are the reasons that we live here. This is our world, and we should share it with others. Invite them over from the Valley, or SFO or POX or MCI.

It is not right that we scare our visitors with car-eating mud slides or hospital threatening takeovers.

It is unwise to risk losing our awesome coast to the forces of lawlessness and chaos.

Dr. Lawrence Witt


not old and crusty

I am writing because I am apparently one of the "upper crust" golfers at Salmon Run.

Perhaps the public that feels we are such individuals meant we are old and crusty. The individuals I golf with are those who have worked hard for a living and are doing what they want to do in their retirement years.

Salmon Run does in no way have a country-club atmosphere. As far as I know there are no doctors, and very few attorneys who play golf there.

We, as members of this fine facility, can only hope that in the end the golf course remains open. It is a great asset to the community.

For those of you who have never seen the course, I invite you to come out and look it over and then decide whether it should remain open or not. I would be willing to bet most of you would say "Wow," and perhaps take up this very fun sport.

Also you could then be one of the "upper crust."

Don Stiles


Not a County Road

Mr. McGahey's accusation that Curry County is responsible for repairs to Sundown Drive as stated in his letter to the editor, published on March 27, 2013 is not accurate.

Sundown Drive is not now nor has it ever been a county road for which Curry County has responsibility for maintenance or improvement. Oregon Revised Statute 368.016 tells us that a public road is made a county road by resolution or order. No such resolution or order was ever done for Sundown Drive.

Sundown Drive is a public road established by deed. Public roads that are not maintained by a county, state or federal agency are defined in Oregon Revised Statutes as local access roads. The state statutes further stipulate that a county and its officers, employees or agents are not liable for failure to improve the local access road or keep it in repair. Hence Curry County has no liability for maintaining or repairing Sundown Drive.

Creation of a Special Road District in order to provide long term funds for road maintenance is probably the best option for the residents of Sundown Drive.

Daniel P. Crumley

Curry County roadmaster