Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, November 21, 2012

By The Curry Coastal Pilot November 21, 2012 11:14 am

Light up a Life

Coastal Home Health & Hospice is excited to announce the kickoff of our annual Light up a Life ceremony and fundraiser. 

Light up a Life is a unique event. Participants honor a loved one’s memory by purchasing a commemorative ornament to be placed on one of our holiday trees in our local libraries. Each year the ornament changes and some families have made it an annual tradition to collect the ornaments. The ornaments hang on the tree until after the holidays and are then mailed to the families of the honoree for their enjoyment. You too can be apart of this tradition.

Coastal has several different fundraisers during the year but none are as meaningful as Light up a Life. Along with the sales of ornaments, we also hold a candlelighting ceremony in honor of those we have lost. It is a time for the community to come together, in one location, to pay tribute to their loved ones during this special time of year. This year we will be hosting the ceremony on Tuesday Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Chetco Activity Center in Brookings. The candlelighting ceremony will include a memorial slide presentation along with the reading of the names, music, and a reception to follow. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Light up a Life is a long standing tradition not only here in Curry County but across this nation. All proceeds of this event go directly towards patient care so that no one is turned away for hospice services based on their ability to pay. 

For more information call Christine Chaney in our Community Outreach Department at 541-512-5040. 

Christine Chaney

Community Outreach

CHH&H

help the hero helpers 

We often think of firefighters running toward danger, while others run away from it. 

It’s what they are trained to do. Their goal is to save lives and property. Have you ever thought about what happens when danger includes their families and homes? Well, Super Sandy has provided a clear example. The firefighters went to serve while their families and homes were at risk. Many of the firefighters lost their homes and all their worldly possessions. 

This provides us an opportunity to help the helpers. We don’t know how many families we can help, but we want to do what we can to extend a thank you. The Brookings  Firefighters Association wants to be a vehicle that provides assistance. For those of you who have wanted to help our distant neighbors, here is your opportunity. 

Make your checks out to Brookings Firefighters Association and mail to 898 Elk Drive, Brookings OR 97415, Attention Jim Watson.  They  will make sure that all money goes to the families of firefighters that got hit by “Frankenstorm Sandy.” You can drop off your donations at the fire department, mail them,  or send them by carrier pigeon. They will be collecting funds until Christmas. Perhaps this is just one way we can be celebrate the holiday.

If anyone in our community would like to become a part of the Brookings Firefighters Association please contact Operations Fire Chief Jim Watson at the fire hall, 541-469-1142. Our own corps of volunteers is getting low. Here are your opportunities to be a part of the solution. 

Dennis Knauert 

Brookings

Four Chaplains note       

Thank you for the excellent coverage of the Marine Corps League celebration of the 237th birthday of the Marine Corps. 

I feel one important item was omitted. That was the awarding of the Four Chaplains Award to Frank Muller and Richard Mahany. 

The story of the Four Chaplains is moving and is symbolic of the goodness and giving nature of our community and humanity. For those who are not familiar with the story of the Four Chaplains, check it out. 

Semper Fi. 

Allan W. Stewart 

Department of Oregon Paymaster Marine Corps League 

Brookings

boc communications

This letter is regarding the Pilot 11/10/2012 article “County may spin off properties to nonprofits”.

In typical fashion, the article reflects the slant and agenda commissioner’s chose to have the Pilot present to the public.  The source for the article was the board of commissioner (BOC) meeting 10/31/2012.

 Other than an administrative action, only one item (Resolution to transfer real property to CCH) was listed on the BOC agenda under Proclamations/Resolutions.        

After nearly one hour (county audio of meeting) commissioner Itzen states “Really this meeting today was set up to hear folks and get their opinions on it (proposed divestiture of CCH).” 

Who would know that from the agenda?

Commissioner Rhodes follows with “We have had a number of discussions on this matter.  They’ve been open public meetings.  People have failed to be there.”

Rhodes continues with “Frankly one of my biggest disappointments over the last four years was the fact that we’ve held a number of meetings on very, very important topics and very few people showed up to ask questions.” 

The Facts:

1) Commissioners scheduled town hall meetings for June, August and October 2011 to “hear” from citizens.  They didn’t like what they heard.  The Oct. meetings were never held.    

2) Until Oct. 2011 citizens requesting email notification of BOC meetings received notice along with the media.  Nov. 2011 commissioners and county counsel had citizens removed from that notice list.

3) Dec. 2011 county officials were provided 14 questions by a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to assist them in making recommendations.  Officials refused to answer one single question.

4) Oct 17, 2012 two major items NOT on the BOC agenda were discussed including a PowerPoint presentation on “Restructuring county government.”  

 Thomas Huxley

Harbor

Spend money on Port

 Down in Crescent City, thanks to $40 million taxpayer dollars from the government, their harbor has finally been reconstructed after eight foot waves from the Japanese tsunami destroyed it in 2011. This to keep fishermen fishing, tourists touring, the local economy going, etc. Yet Port Orford can’t get $450,000 to dredge its harbor to help overcome the same problems. 

 President Obama has spent 1.4 billion taxpayer dollars on staff, vacations and family so far this year. Four million of these dollars have been spent on family trips to Hawaii, Vail (Colorado), Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts) and Spain.

The  Coast Guard has spent $26.5 million taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race car this year, claiming it is for recruiting purposes when there is no proof whatsoever that anyone ever joined the Coast Guard after watching a NASCAR race. 

I watched the Chargers-Chiefs football game a week or so ago. There was a military flyover to honor veterans. According to information on the Internet these flyovers cost an average of $109,000 per event. The 2012 Super Bowl flyover alone cost American taxpayers $450,000, but no dollars for something truly worthwhile, such as dredging a harbor  so people can work and make an honest living.   

Honestly, Colonel Eisenhauer (Army Corps of Engineers), you say that there is not enough funding to dredge the harbor in Port Orford? Better that the government spend the $450,000 needed to clear our harbor on Presidential vacations, sporting events, flyovers, etc.? The list goes on. 

By your inaction, and those you answer to, you are closing down an estimated five million dollar a year fishing industry because you can’t find any funding?  

What is wrong with this picture? 

Gary Carter

Port Orford

A way to honor vets

As a disabled vet I admire the desire of Bryan Tillung and Jan Ramelli to honor our comrades.  I personally, however, do not favor the giant flag proposal for the park at the north end of the Chetco River bridge. Not only would it block a view of the sea, it would also, I believe, be a poor use of resources. 

I feel it would be much better to direct resources to assist our vets who are unemployed and living on the streets. No, not all of the homeless on our streets are vets but the ones who do live on the streets are often out there because their demons make them un-employable. 

I’m one of the lucky ones. I may thrash and moan in my sleep and break down in tears when something triggers the memories: of comrades that did not come back, of incoming 122mm rockets, or of having to maneuver the streets carefully to avoid the bodies lining the side of the road. Many are not so fortunate and face demons that can only be quieted by alcohol and such. 

The best way to honor our vets isn’t so much about flags, plaques and parades, but of helping them  access resources and once again lead productive lives.

PS: I also get distressed seeing a bumper sticker that declares that “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another” when that is just what we are doing!

Rich Hill

Brookings