The Curry Coastal Pilot

Better to fix the old

Having read the measure to adopt Home Rule Charter as replacement for our general-law county governmental structure, I recommend fixing the old as a better answer than starting new.

A goal toward less-government, lowered-tax, encouraging entrepreneur development, for a broadened tax base, and spending that includes "how to fund it," making the county solvent.

This county has an enormous pool of sage economic talent. Solicit them to present sound ideas to a non-partisan commission. There are rational, moral folks out there who will seek no kudos. Find them!

Community organizers without business experience aren't qualified to be Curry County commissioners.

Tom Holden


Treating vets well

I just want to say thank you for your article concerning our veterans (Pilot, March 22).

My second husband, who was also my daughter's father, was a Vietnam vet who did two tours in Vietnam, and when he came home he was treated very well. Because we lived in a very small town where everybody knew each other. What may have happened before he got home I don't know; he never spoke much about that time in his life.

Before him, I had three other friends, one whom I was engaged to, and he was so messed up that he broke off our engagement, and the last time I spoke with his parents, he was living in a little shack way out in the woods and didn't want to be around anyone.

Of the other two friends, one was spit on as he walked through an airport, and the other one got into a taxi when he got home, and he was hooting and hollering because he was so happy and excited to be home, but the taxi driver asked him, in a hostile tone, why he was so happy and he told him he just got home from a tour in Vietnam. The taxi driver said, so what?

All I can say is these people should be very happy that I never knew who they were, or they would have thought they had been through more than a war.

Anyway, thank you to you, Mr. Vitale, for the good things you do for all of our veterans.

Carolyn Cross


We have lost a lot


I have searched for some compromise, "silver lining" or any middle ground in this painful process and finally had to simply conclude that:

No matter what the vote tally, we have all lost a lot of: time, money, momentum, progress, sense of community, good will, and decency.

And for what? None of the allegations against (Port Orford) Mayor Jim (Auburn) begin to rise to the level of a "recallable" offense. Those who have never made a mistake can vote yes, the rest of us should vote NO.

This "exercise in democracy" has turned into an attempt to bludgeon good people into silence and submission.

If they don't get it the first time, yell louder with misinformation.

Accordingly, the recall process is frivolous, unnecessary and needlessly painful. Why try to put a dedicated, caring person out of office early when the next election is all about supporting your best candidates? That's real democracy.

P.O. now means "Polarized Opponents" like the Hatfields and McCoys who in the end only succeeded in killing each other and destroying their own future. Sound familiar?

We are the only city in Curry County much smaller than we were in 1974. We used to be much bigger than Brookings, now about one fifth. Other communities had big setbacks but still worked together to thrive.

Our turn is long overdue. Could it all be a matter of attitude?

Our small town is not so mighty when it is in nasty mode. Can't we all just get along? Live and let live?

We can't blame it all on the Shaman; please think things all the way through or at least be much more careful what you ask for??

For our future, please vote NO.

David Bassett

Port Orford

No ban thanks

I would like to thank the entire Curry County Commission for showing the compassion it takes to help the sick in their choice to vote for no moratorium or bans in Curry County.

Now over 700 registered patients and their families no longer have to endure the stress of lack of safe access. I am sure those waiting their MMF permits the same as the Banana Belt Safe Access Center breathes a co-sigh of relief for those using medicinal cannabis for its unique properties.

Jim Klahr


Good idea then, now

About two years ago, the Curry County Board of Commissioners found there was a more cost-effective way to provide county public health services. They created a non-profit organization, Curry Public Health, and established a volunteer board of directors to provide policy oversight. This volunteer board hired a director to run the day-to-day affairs of the agency. This approach has proven to be successful.

The same approach was taken when the county contracted with the non-profit Pennies for Pooches to assume operation of the county animal shelter: a volunteer board with a paid executive director. It works.

But now, the county commissioners say that the same model can't work for the county itself. This doesn't make sense! Why do we need to retain three, full time, paid commissioners to manage county affairs?

We had three, full-time, paid commissioners when a part of their responsibility was management oversight of services like public health and animal control. Those services are now performed by non-profits. The employees are no longer on the county payroll. The commissioners no longer have oversight responsibilities.

So, why do we need to continue to pay our full-time commissioners to manage a much smaller county organization? Why can't we use the same model that the commissioners feel has worked for providing services like public health and our animal shelter ... a volunteer board and professional administrator ... for the rest of the county? We need to cut costs at the county.

We can. That's what Measure 8-76 and the Home Rule Charter is all about. Vote yes for Measure 8-76 on May 20.

Skip Hunter


Out of reach for us

Mr. Smyth, I found your letter of a few weeks ago (Pilot, March 14) to defy logic.

You talked about how much fun you, and your friends, have playing Salmon Run golf course. I played golf for many years and found it fun as well.

However, in the city of Brookings play is out of reach for all but a handful of citizens. The costs to play are too high for "locals," and the course is poorly designed for the average golfer. You mentioned you get exercise, but it is required to rent a power golf cart. You mentioned that 80- and 90-year-olds play. Could you provide actual numbers by age?

Now then, a scenario: You said you go fishing for $50/trip. Let us imagine that the engine in the charter boat suffered a broken crankshaft. The owner cannot afford to have it repaired. Should the citizens spend tax money to repair the engine, so you and your friends can continue to fish? I think not.

Salmon Run has proven that it cannot sustain itself. It is a "money pit." By the way, Brookings is not a golf destination. Bandon Dunes, yes. The city and the developer screwed up (it's called water). Again, was a matter of champagne taste on a beer budget.

Throwing $400,000 of good money after bad money is irresponsible. Solution: You and your friends raise the money for a water pump and pipe from the Chetco to the course.

M. Schrum


Keep the roots

Washington is a good example when you clear cut,which is all we seem to do in Oregon.

Remove the root system and the soil comes down. You should always leave the growth trees and thin.

That would of not happen if it was under good forestry management.

Ranse Fife