Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011 05:00 am

Where’s common sense during crisis

Editor:

First, I’d like to know where is the common sense with people?

The only death in our area was a Del Norte man who went down to photograph the tsunami and was swept out by waves. I live at the bottom of Del Norte and Memory. It looked more like a Fourth of July celebration than a tsunami warning. There were so many people parked on my street the traffic was bottlenecked down to one way in many areas. Gatherers and gore watchers beware, in order to evacuate my home and family, I will do what- ever is necessary to get my family out of the tsunami hazard zone. I will not be waiting for you idiots to get out of my way. Maybe our law enforcement can take a lesson from this mini tsunami and restrict tsunami hazard zones to residents only so that emergency personnel can do their jobs and I could evacuate my family to safety if necessary. Blocking my driveway and escape route does not work for me.

Just saying, a little common sense goes a long way.

Anthony Cuthbertson

Brookings


Bothered by nasty tone of letters

Editor:

I am a reader of the Curry Coastal Pilot with a particular interest in the letters to the editor.

I am becoming concerned with the tone and mean-spirited nature of the letters by some of your readers. Their comments concerning our country, our past presidents, and our political parties make me wonder if these habitual complainers have served their country, whether they are voters, or have they at any time experienced life under a foreign government’s controls.

I am a military veteran, a voter, a flag waver, and have had six years of foreign service. I don’t understand how someone can complain about our American freedoms or lack of. I do not always agree with other people’s political opinions or the direction in which the elected government is taking our country. However if you disagree with some person’s opinion or with the government, please do it in a civilized manner and be constructive in your criticism. You should not, in my opinion, have the right to treat others with sarcasm or a lack of respect. We are all Americans and we had better start acting together to improve our nation.

If you so disagree with the political direction of our country, try changing it with a vote. If you disagree with someone’s opinion you might try a little honey to change their mind. Then if you are still unsatisfied with our country, our government, and our political parties you might take a trip overseas and try living in Libya, North Korea, or Iran. Please see me on your return to the states as I would be very interested In your new opinions.

Gary Hartung

Brookings


Gutting the budget of warning center

Editor:

Thank you, tea party members everywhere, but most especially you wonderful folks in Brookings-Harbor.

Without your votes and support House Republicans would never have been able to gut the Budget of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. This of course is the very same center that issued the Tsunami warning that saved many of our commercial fisherman’s vessels. May you live in interesting times.

Dennis Raeny

Brookings


Why weren’t sirens sounded often?

Editor:

During the latest tsunami scare the siren was used twice – once at 4 a.m. and once around 11 a.m.

In Crescent City they used it every 15 minutes. Why didn’t we do that here? I know lots of people thought nothing would happen here – but it did. We should never think it can’t happen to us. The sirens should have been used like they were supposed to be. The county emergency people goofed, not the sirens.

All should have been set off. Everyone should have it where reverse 911 goes to their phones, if you are not where you can hear the sirens. So, in the future, don’t think it won’t happen here,  and use the sirens as they are supposed to be used.

Gwen Smith

Harbor


Thank you all in Brookings-Harbor

Editor:

I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the sponsors of the Brookings-Harbor High School boy’s basketball poster.

Thanks for a great season! I would personally like to thank my sponsors Hal and Lori at Grocery Outlet, Julie and Mike at Bever’s Floors and More, and Eric and Ming at the Dragon Palace. I would also like to thank Kevin Baine of KURY Radio for announcing all of the games. We really appreciate it! I would like to also thank Clay Vaughn for traveling to all of the games, taping them and posting them online.

Chandler Gotfried

Brookings


Thanks for buying Girl Scout cookies

Editor:

Girl Scout Troop 30581 would like to thank our community for their overwhelming support during our cookie sale.

Without your support we would not have been able to do it. You bought over 4,000 boxes of cookies – double last year’s sales. We want to thank Fred Meyer, Ray’s, Grocery Outlet and Shop Smart for letting us put up booths for our sales. We also want to thank the people of our community for their generous donation of 100 boxes of our cookies to the Red Shirts. We were only the collector of the cookies; all the credit goes to you. We know our troops will be excited to get a piece of home they could not get anywhere else. Each box carries a note thanking them for their service, from this community of Brookings-Harbor and our troop.

Debby Karlquist

Brookings


‘Tidal surge’ wrong term for tsunami

Editor:

Your coverage of the tsunami (Pilot March 19) was excellent.

However, as a science educator, I must point out your erroneous use of the term “tidal surge.” Referring to the series of waves that struck the Oregon and California coast, you used the term “tidal surge” numerous times.

Tidal refers to periodic waves caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon and the rotation of the earth. These are normal waves that wash up and recede twice a day on our coast. Tsunami refers to a wave caused by a geologic event, such as an underwater landslide or, as in Saturday’s case, an earthquake. These waves behave very differently and can be dangerous, as evidenced by your reporting in Saturday’s paper.

Please take the time to check your scientific facts and terms; it’s as important to your readers as it is to the students we are teaching!

Diane Cavaness

Brookings


Perhaps the fat cat companies can help

Editor:

Given the tone of the recent election, I am heartened to learn the commissioners of Curry County have softened their position on the issue of government handouts, at least sufficiently to make a request to John Kitzhaber, (our Democratic governor), for declaring Curry County a disaster area so that Barack Obama, (our Democratic president), can provide some money for relief.

I think such a request is a splendid idea, and I know that Curry County needs the help. I only hope their request is decided upon before the (Republican) House of Representatives shuts the government down, in their, (as usual), entirely misplaced effort to score political bonus points and embarrass our aforementioned president. Since the focus of the election and of our Congress is to reduce government spending, and extend tax breaks for wealthy and powerful corporations at the expense of Social Security, education, public radio, and transfer payments to counties, (remember timber payments?); in the event the request for disaster relief is not acted upon in time, perhaps the primary recipients of Republican largesse, including those powerful companies, could kick in a little money for disaster relief themselves.

Since the top 100 corporations alone managed to increase their cash reserves from 500 billion dollars to 2 to 3 trillion dollars since the beginning of the recession in 2008, they could probably afford to kick in a little extra.

Eldon Rollins

Coquille


A salute to the Lion’s Whelp

Editor:

The tallest mast gone – I was so saddened when I went down to the boat dock and saw the tallest mast gone, now under water with just the tip in view.

The Lion’s Whelp, a World War II veteran lost her battle and now is at the bottom of the sea after the March 11 tsunami. When I first discovered the Lion’s Whelp it was many years ago in an article Marjorie Woodfin wrote about her coming into port with a beautiful picture of her in the paper. I sent this home to my father in Boston and he told me my mother sailed on her in the late 1930s off of Prouts Neck, Maine, and the Lion’s Whelp was owned by the Spragues from whom they rented a summer home which included the Lion’s Whelp. I didn’t believe it could be the same one being on this side of the globe, but lo and behold Mrs. Woodfin confirmed it was true.

I had just lost my dear mom to pancreatic cancer and I felt this was a sign she was still with me. I would go down and visit the Lion’s Whelp often and picture my mom, at the age of 17, sunning on the grand decks she offered. I even found some of the old photos of her, and she was majestic in all her splender especially when in full sail. During World War II the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted her to guard our watery borders. She is now gone.

I know my mom is still here with me but our meeting place will have to change. The Lion’s Whelp will be remembered. I salute you, you gracious vessel of the sea. I dream about your days gone by and with but a watery grave you lay, I salute you.

Holly Beyer

Brookings


Calling all tennis fans to the court

Editor:

Tennis is a lifelong recreation that can be enjoyed by players of any age.

Spring is coming. It is time  (to) get out and play. Come join the fun.

We are looking for people who would like to play tennis and help to develop tennis in the Brookings-Harbor area. All levels of ability, experience and interest are welcome to respond. If there is an interest in lessons, we will develop some classes.

If you are interested in developing and/or organizing tennis activities like player lists, lessons, social play and competition, please call Rich Hayashi, 541-412-8771, or come to our drop-in tennis on Saturday’s at 10 a.m., at Bud Cross Park. Drop-in tennis is an informal program where interested players just show up. Doubles, singles, hitting partners or lessons can be set up depending on who shows up.

 Rich Hayashi

 Cape Ferrelo

 

Treasured assets in our community

Editor:

I recently engaged the services of two of our most treasured assets in this community: Redwood Memorial Chapel and the Friends of Curry County Home Health and Hospice.

I am sorry that I had to meet them under the circumstances of my husband's passing, but if they were not available to me during this heart-wrenching time in my life, I don't know what I would have done.

Travis Sandusky, Redwood Memorial Chapel, has been the most wonderful, kind and sensitive person one could have in a time of need. He has been remarkable, handling all the details and the more delicate aspects of his work, with dignity and respect for my husband and the friends and family left behind. The support staff at the front desk, Marion and Mary, are the most compassionate, capable individuals one could hope for in this situation. I applaud them all for their professionalism, support and kindness.

Friends of Home Health and Hospice nurses are saints, in my book. I personally want to thank Nurse Sally for all of her love and support during my husband's darkest hours. The services and expertise the entire Hospice family provides in the most professional and caring way is astounding, and I had no idea of all that they deliver to the families in need of their services. From social workers, to a wonderful Hospice chaplain, to trained volunteers in assisting the caregivers and patients, to bereavement counseling, to the nursing staff available 24/7, and much more, these folks are at the ready to do whatever it is a family member may need on behalf of their loved one.

We, as a community, are the lucky recipients of these two remarkable “jewels of Brookings,” who serve our citizens with the deepest respect imaginable. Thank you, thank you, to Redwood Memorial Chapel and Friends of Home Health and Hospice.

Paula Edwards and

family and friends of

Bob Edwards


Emblem Club helps Humane Society

Editor:

South Coast Humane Society wishes to extend our thanks to the Emblem Club for their generous donation to the shelter.

 The money received from the Emblem Club will be used to provide necessary medical treatment to animals awaiting adoption. Lots of wagging tails and kitty smiles to the generous ladies who work all year to raise funds for the non-profit groups in the area. The Emblem Club truly makes a difference.

Audrey Morris, director

South Coast Humane Society


Thanks to BHHS class of 2011

Editor:

I would like to thank the Brookings-Harbor High School for inviting the public to help evaluate the senior projects for the graduating class of 2011.

It was good to see the support of our community and the armed forces join together and listen to the students’ project plans for their future. This being my third year I have seen the many benefits the senior project offers our graduates, thanks to the community support and the commendable efforts of: Ms. Dingle, Ms. Fulton and all the BHHS staff.

I wish the Class of 2011 all the best, you did a great job.

Monty Moncrief

Brookings