The Curry Coastal Pilot

Dogs and disabilities

My name is CiCi.

I'm 42, a wife, mother and child and parent educator here in Brookings.

I am also hearing impaired. Due to my disability, I require the use of a hearing alert service animal. He is a valuable asset to me. His name is Duffy and he is a Yorkshire terrier.

While shopping in Fred Meyer with Duffy recently, a lady approached me and challenged the validity of Duffy and the vest he was wearing. I explained to her that he was a registered service animal for me. She refused to believe me and called me a LIAR. I was extremely disheartened at the treatment I received from this lady.

The ADA defines a service animal as ANY guide dog, signal dog, or other animal trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals perform some of the functions that the individual with a disability cannot perform for himself.

Disabilities come in all forms. Some are very obvious while others are not. Harassment such as the kind I received, is not only illegal, but one of the lowest forms of cowardice that I can think of.

For those out there that misrepresent their pet as a service animal, please stop! Your actions make it very difficult for us who truly need assistance from a legitimate service animal.

So if you should happen to see me at Fred Meyer with Duffy, please wave hello to us and know that we appreciate your kindness.

CiCi Dofflemyer


Big dogs and rifles

From that May 21 letter (Pilot editorial) that was published in the Oregonian about Curry taxpayers, "When reading about the lack of basic services in our rural counties, let's not forget that voters in those districts have refused to pay for their own services. Their property tax rates are incredibly low. Instead, they want the people of the entire state, who already pay dearly for local services, to pay for rural services as well."

Now hear this!

We do not need no stinking services. Paid for by us or any other. Big dogs and hunting rifles take care of us just fine out in the unincorporated areas.

Keep your money. And No New Taxes

Melissa Bishop

Elk River

An opposing view

The nation is polarized about many different things and are hardened with half on either side. I propose a challenge to all those with heads buried in the sand.

From first-grade through college, classes would include a "The Other Side" program, where students would state a view they are adamant about, then some time later, give an opposing view in a convincing way. Grading may be a problem, though.

When a child asks permission for an action, a parent may ask, "Give me the negative side of your request."

True: A man came from a heated meeting and was asked, "What was the other side?" He reacted, "There is no other side!"

Fortunately, all MY views are correct ones.

Tom Holden


Day to remember all

What we now call "Memorial Day" used to be called "Decoration Day." This is a date set aside for people to place flowers and memorial items on the graves of loved ones.

It has now been taken over by those who want to remind the nation that we have lost thousands of young people to war. We are constantly reminded of the horrors of those returning from these wars, unable to return to any semblance of a normal life.

We already have "Veterans Day," "Armed Forces Day," "Independence Day." Please, let's give back "Memorial Day" to remembering all loved ones, not just allowing it to slip off into another reminder of the foolishness of killing and maiming our young people.

S.J. Hyatt


Rosenblum blew it

Imagine that you paid a lawyer to represent you in a court case, but she later decided not to defend you.

That is what Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum did when she decided not to defend Oregon's voter approved definition of marriage.

The honorable Ms. Rosenblum was elected to represent Oregonians and to enforce our laws, even those she disagrees with.

I wonder what other laws she will deem unworthy.

James Brock


Thanks to Broderick

On May 18, local non-profit Friends Of Music brought pianist Jeffrey Brown to Brookings, performing pieces by Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. Dr. Brown has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and here he was at the beautiful Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brookings.

This was the sixth concert of the season produced by Friends Of Music. A similar series of world class concerts has been held annually for many years. Earlier this year concertgoers were delighted by the remarkable performance of the internationally renown Poulenc Trio. A few years ago, The Cypress Quartet performed in Brookings playing with near perfection on extraordinarily valuable instruments including a Stradivarius violin.

While it takes a group effort to provide these concerts, it should be pointed out that one person has been uniquely instrumental in preserving this cultural treasure of classical music for Brookings. Tom Broderick, who retired as a widely respected hospital administrator, is a talented pianist in his own right. For the Friends Of Music he has donated a fine concert piano, given significant amounts of money, and has worked untold hours guiding the selection of performers and negotiating fees with agencies in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. (Ticket sales only cover a small portion of the cost. Donations make up the balance.)

Here in Brookings we have not only natural beauty but a rich source of culture, too. We owe a debt of gratitude for the ongoing, selfless hard work provided by Tom Broderick.

Marshall Thompson


Take health in hand

To the residents of Curry and Del Norte counties:

We are retired and, in my case disabled, living on the Oregon south coast, only 4 miles from the Or/Cal border, This letter will address ONLY the issues regarding Sutter Coast Hospital ("SCH") in Del Norte County, California. This letter will not address the independent Oregon hospital issues yet to be decided in Curry County.

From what we have seen, Sutter Health ("SH"), the management arm of the hospital group of Sutter, seems to think that it controls all of the activities of SCH and other Sutter Health regional hospitals. In that regard, Sutter Health has essentially tried to transfer any and all ownership and control of SCH to Sutter Health's San Francisco controlling entity. Sutter Health has made numerous attempts to modify the SCH Board of directors so as to then fully control 100 percent of the votes of the SCH Board. Dr. Greg Duncan leads, and many others have jointly fought, the local battles with corporate Sutter Heath ("SH") to retain at least some local voice for our local hospitals' operations.

We personally have used SCH for many of our medical needs since it opened. We, along with many other Oregonians recognize SCH as our source for immediate medical care. Now is the time for all Del Norte and Curry counties' residents to stand and be counted! Please let your healthcare providers(s) know what you think about true "resident" input for our local care. SH is planning, among other things, to dramatically reduce the number of beds, and consequently reduce care, of local patients. They, SH, can do this by controlling 100 percent of SCH board. You should voice your opinion and thoughts about these and other issues whenever and whereever possible.

Curry County residents, like ourselves, will be seriously affected if Sutter Health restricts the current level of care by limiting the number of beds, These changes presumably will enhance the profitability of SCH with a corresponding SH corporate benefit.

Dr. Duncan has an editorial newsletter by Crescent City resident Dale Bohling that lays out clearly the issues only briefly addressed above. If you are concerned about your health care, email Dr. Duncan ( for a three-page copy of Mr. Bohling's newsletter.

Chuck Benz


museum musings

I have a suggestion for what to do with the empty building at the harbor: Move the museum from where it is now, hidden in obscurity among foliage and tall trees on the hillside above Highway 101, four miles south of Brooking, to the unused building down at the harbor.

I think the benefits would be outstanding. Number 1, the unfinished building would become useful and valuable with the museum in it; number 2, The museum would be where the public could visit it easily, which would increase attendance hugely as it would no longer be hidden in obscurity.

Art Moore