Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011 04:00 am

Today, I met my first mean person


My husband and I moved to Brookings six months ago. 

We love it. The people are so nice and friendly, the weather is great, and no traffic. We have found terrific retailers, beauticians, pharmacy, auto repair, shops, doctors, vets, and groomers for our two little dogs.

Today I met my first “mean person.” While visiting a local groomer a woman came in complaining about the cut her dog received.  They didn’t trim some part she thought should have been done. As the owner very nicely explained to her, this was the first visit for her, and if she didn’t specify what was to be done, they did the industry standard. She offered for her to have a seat and discuss it with the groomer when she returned in 5 to 10 minutes. Instead of accepting this, she stormed out and started telling people around the shop not to go there – including me. This was so unnecessary. 

I don’t understand why people think threatening reporting them to the Better Business Bureau is the right thing to do. Why not listen to the explanation, discuss a solution to the problem, and resolve it. I was absolutely shocked at this woman’s behavior; her tone was demeaning and her manners were poor. 

These ladies have a great shop, very clean and they are very caring about their clients.

Malynn Moorhead


Horel is best one for school board job


I am writing you in support of Bob Horel’s reelection campaign for the 17-C school board.

Bob Horel brings extensive financial and personnel management expertise from a background that makes him the most qualified school board candidate I have seen in my 19 years of teaching in the Brookings-Harbor School District.

 Economic times like these call for informed and decisive leadership at the board level.  In his varied and distinguished career with the State of California, Bob Horel has effectively managed budgets that were literally in the billions of dollars. He has first- hand experience of how to adjust to decreasing revenue and the burden of the same or even-more responsibility. His most recent position, prior to retiring and becoming a full-time professor at the College of the Redwoods, was as the warden of the Pelican Bay State Penitentiary.

 Bob Horel understands and believes in public schools, having been a school board member in Woodland, Calif., for years, and then choosing to spend one year  as a high- school math teacher while taking a leave of absence from his career with the State of California. 

 Locally, prior to serving on the 17-C board, he was a site council member, and was also a member of the budget committee. Bob Horel has had three kids graduate from Brookings-Harbor High School, with one more who will finish this year. 

 I believe the choice will be clear at election time, and would strongly urge you to cast your vote for Bob Horel for 17-C School Board.

 Robert Wilson, teacher

Brookings-Harbor School District 17-C

Story of good deed warmed our hearts


The article about Dave Pitts of Chetco Outdoor Store finding the money that Jayme and James Munroe had lost, warmed our hearts. 

Mr. Pitts showed integrity and honesty to this newly married couple; probably the most precious wedding gift this young couple received.  We feel confident that someday they will return this favor that Mr. Pitts gave them.

It is the random acts of kindness, the friendliness of the people, the wave of Ira as he walks and waves to everyone he passes, and the general caring of people that make us proud to live in this wonderful community of Brookings.

There is a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least unexpected time. If you never see the deed again, at least you will have made the world a better place and, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

Bob and Carolyn Brown


Hospice offers thanks for support


Dear community: All the volunteers at the Hospice Market Place want to thank you for your generous support. 

Without your interest and big-heartedness there would not be a Hospice Market Place to raise the much-needed funds to assist in the care of the dying in our communities.

Donations are now being accepted on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at all of our sites: North Curry building in Port Orford, Hospice Market Place in Gold Beach, and Brookings Home Health/Hospice office across from the post office on Wharf Street.

We now have an eBay store for the more exquisite and unusual items that need to be handled in a different venue, away from the Hospice Market Place. With this addition we can be good stewards of the treasures given to us. All donations to Hospice are tax deductible.

On the second Saturday of May and June, May 14 and June 11, we are having sales at the Hospice Market Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be new items and furniture will be available. The huge Annual Rummage Market Sale is scheduled for Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.

For those who may not have heard, the Friends of Curry County Home Health and Hospice was chosen as the 2011 Non-Profit of the Year by Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce. This was an honor we are humbled by and fully appreciate. 

If you have any questions about Hospice, donations, the Second Saturday Sales, or our eBay store please contact Curry County Home Health & Hospice offices, 541-469-0405, 541-247-7084 or 541-332-0273. Thank you

Patti Slagle and Hospice Market Place volunteers

Heartfelt thanks for concern about Japan


Isamu Furuichi wants me to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of his friends and customers who have expressed their concern and sympathy for the tragic events in Japan.

Members of his family and some friends have been contacted and are as well as can be expected. However, we have not been able to contact one couple in particular – very close friends who owned a Japanese restaurant in Denver.  Isamu’s heart is broken for them and for his country, and it is almost impossible for him to express the depth of his feelings. 

Again, please accept this public thank you from Isamu, knowing that he truly, very much appreciates your expressions of concern.

Blessings and prayers to Our dear Brookings.

Billie Ruth and Isamu Furuichi


A job well done by health care services


Recently, my family and I have had several opportunities to utilize the health care services in our community.

I would like to take this chance to say a very big thank you, and job well done to the staff of the Urgent Care Clinic, the staff of Cal-Ore ambulance, and the ER staff of Sutter Coast Hospital. My 10-month-old son nearly died two weeks ago after going into diabetic ketoacidosis, and having a blood infection start to shut down his liver. Staff at the Urgent Care Clinic were able to diagnose him and get him stabilized, so that he could be flown to Doernbecher’s Childrens Hospital in Portland from Sutter Coast.

This week, I went to the clinic for what I thought would be antibiotics, and ended up in surgery at Rogue Valley for something much more severe than I thought it would be. In each case, my family was well taken care of and we were treated with great consideration. Another big thank you to the professional medical providers that we had available to us, here in Brookings. And a very big thank you to those whose help and prayers we could not have done without. I am so grateful to live in this community.

Jeremy Marks


County self insurance doesn’t make sense


Please help me out: I’m having a little difficulty with the logic used by the Curry County Commissioners and Curry County Sheriff’s Department.

I understand that, because the county can’t afford it, the county carries no insurance on its vehicles and is self insured.

So in other words, if I couldn’t afford car insurance and got pulled over by a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy, he could ask me for proof of insurance on my car while he is driving an uninsured vehicle, and if I couldn’t produce proof of insurance, this deputy, that is driving an uninsured vehicle, could cite me for driving while uninsured. Makes perfect sense to me.

Carroll Norris


Donations help feed the needy in Oregon


I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the employees of the State of Oregon for their tremendous service to the public, and for their support helping feed their neighbors through Governor’s State Employee Food Drive activities.

This year we received a generous donation from the Gold Beach Patrol Office, and a total of $7,749.94 in cash donations, 1,364 pounds of food and 21 pounds of hygiene products from across the state. Despite the challenges that state and federal employees face in these uncertain times, we are impressed by the continued commitment of state employees to help give families a chance to thrive, and donate time and time again.

To find out how to help feed hungry children and families on the South Coast visit www.orcca.us. We greatly appreciate our volunteers and donors’ support of the South Coast Food Share, and you can make online donations through our virtual food drive.

Mary Schoen-Clark

CEO, Oregon Coast Community Action

Health care change you can believe in


In response to Mr. Allwardt (Pilot, April 9): The jibba jabber of cherry picking his bullet points, and firing a random shot at the overwhelming support of the Affordable Health Care Act is wasted energy.

Here are some facts in response: In 2007, the average cost in Britain per person $2,992 per year. U.S.A. capitalistic system $7,290 cost per person. We rank 36 in the world, proudly tied with Cuba. America is learning the truth, in favoring health care reform. President Obama’s bold new law opens the door for change, challenging one of the most powerful industries in the free world. We are one step closer to a public health care program without insurance companies’ control.

The campaign to discredit Health care reform is enormous, much of the insurance companies’ profit, is being spent in spreading fear of creating death panels and government control. The use of the words “Government control” is typical of the insurance companies’ campaign attempts to dissect the health care law. “We The People” are the government. I cannot believe that anyone would still be drinking the insurance industry’s cool aid. I can only hope people can learn to look past the propaganda. Maybe Mr. Allwardt is secretly a major stock holder or CEO in the health insurance industry. President Obama has orchestrated a great opportunity in opening the door to health care reform. I stand with our administration in supporting change.

Gary Davis


Letters section never fails to amuse me


When I was a small boy, I always looked forward to the comics or funny papers in the newspaper.

Since moving to Brookings, I’ve found they are now called “Letters to the Editor.” They always feature some of my favorite comics and never fail to amuse me.

The April 6 edition was no exception. The following is offered as a reply to the “If you’re a Republican you oppose ...” letter.

If you’re a Democrat you oppose: the Constitution; legal immigration; personal responsibility; talk radio; Fox News; spending cuts; balanced budgets; profits; private enterprise; insurance companies; drilling for oil; personal choices; low unemployment and military trials for war criminals.

We too can become “progressive” like much of Europe and be bankrupt. The only road we are going down is the 101 South, to California and we don’t want to go there!

Allan W. Stewart


Trash Dogs calling all litter hounds


This Saturday morning, April 16,  the Trash Dogs will be in action. 

We will meet at the Fred Meyer Garden Center at 9 a.m.  Pickup will be along the roads of the Winchuck River or Chetco River. All volunteers are welcome. Wear work clothes and boots.  Water, gloves, and safety gear provided. Pickups for hauling are invited and will be paid mileage. The cookie lady will be on scene with tasty cookies. We look forward to see you Saturday.....Cheers, 

Ed Gross, for the Trash Dogs


State extension office a wonderful service


What a great service of advice and information we have available!

Recently I contacted the Oregon State Extension Office, located adjacent to the fairgrounds with a soil and planting concern on our property. Thank you to Shelley Palmer, who analyzed the problem, found several excellent options and information, and put us in contact with the Master Gardener volunteers. This wonderful group clearly understood the many questions concerning fruit tree choices, including pollination compatibility, appropriate varieties, and plant care. They were extremely helpful at gathering pertinent information and advice and making it so easily available. We're very grateful and appreciative for the wonderful service they provide.

Clayton and Sheryl Johnson Gold Beach

Curry County needs a better plan or captain


If I were the captain (commissioners) of a ship (Curry County) and my ship was in a state of disrepair and sinking, I would not replace the experienced, hard-working crew (employees) and mechanic (economic development) with new and inexperienced applicants.

I definitely would not reduce the crew and combine their duties and expect the newer, fewer, and inexperienced crew members to be able to fix the ship and get it sailing again. And unlike the current captain (commissioners), I would not be the last one to report for duty and the first one to retire each day, seldom completing even a regular eight-hour shift. If I did the above I would expect a mutiny where the owners of the ship (the Curry County citizens) remove me (recall) from my command. Instead – if I were the captain – I would ask everyone on board, including myself, to take a reduction in pay in order to keep the maximum amount of capable hands on deck to keep the ship afloat while assisting the mechanic (economic development) in her efforts to get the ship sailing again. In addition, I’d lead by example, putting in extra effort and hours to get things back on track. Being one of the owners myself.

I’m extremely concerned about the state of the ship under its current command. It’s time to come up with a better plan or a better captain before we all go down with the ship.

Gary Cook

Gold Beach

Donations sought to support local artists


Pelican Bay Arts Association is the sponsor of the popular Azalea Festival Art Show. 

This event gives all the artists in the Brokings-Harbor area an opportunity to exhibit their work. Adults and children are all included. This is a judged show and ribbons are presented. In the recent past we have given money awards to only two of the categories. This year we plan to give more money awards to both adult and youth and are requesting community donations to cover this cost.

If you would like to donate to our cash awards, a check can be mailed to Manley Art Center, P.O. Box 2568, Brookings OR 97415, or you can also stop by the art center at 433 Oak St. Call 541-469-1807 with any questions. Donors will be given public thanks for tax-deductible contributions.

The center is an artist owned non-profit organization. The mission is to provide the community with a supportive environment for the advancement of art, while embracing the principles of the founders of Pelican Bay Arts Association. Many members use the building for weekly classes and various workshops are held throughout the year. We sponsor the childrens’ art classes taught by one of our members. Each year art scholarships are awarded to high school graduating seniors. The art center is a vital part of the Brookings-Harbor community and we appreciate your contributions.

Mary McMinn,

past president, Pelican Bay Arts Association


Prospectors: Are you breaking the law?


The Department of State Lands had created the Wild And Scenic Waterways in 1970. This area started at Graves Creek and proceeded downstream to Watson Creek. The Wild and Scenic Corridor extends one mile on each side of the river making that two-mile strip a Wild and Scenic Corridor. I am unable to use any motorized equipment to prospect in the Wild and Scenic Corridor.

On Jan. 1, 2006, this corridor was extended upstream to the confluence of the Applegate River and downstream to Lobster Creek. This added over 50 miles to the Wild and Scenic Corridor. Now, if you live in this corridor you can’t use any motorized equipment. Maybe they are just discriminating against me as a prospector.

While dredging in the river I remove toxic mercury, lead from fishing and hunting, steel, iron, brass, plastic, glass and other materials used to make fishing lures. I create deep cold pools for the fish to rest in. I loosen the hard packed gravel that will be used by salmon to lay their eggs and I bring nutrients up from the river bottom for the fish and other insects and creatures to feed off of. I am restricted in my prospecting because I might hurt a fish and yet the state of Oregon sells millions of licenses to kill fish. Again I sense that I’m being discriminated against.

It’s time to question the actions of your governor, senators and congressmen. Are they looking out for you or are they further restricting you from using and enjoying our out-of-doors. Did you know that you own the national forests, state parks, and state lands, not the government?

Randy Waters

Gold Beach

Thank you Azalea for a wonderful event


I had the pleasure of attending the Azalea Middle School’s fundraiser for the wind ensemble and the Sound Wave Choir.

The lunch was delicious and the entertainment by the two groups was inspiring.

Hats off to the two chefs – Roger Gilbert and Ernie Madden – for preparing and donating the meal.

Good luck students for your trip to Anaheim, Calif.  Perform well and have fun.

 Carol Slewing

vice chair, Brookings Harbor School District

Board of Trustees