Letters to the Editor Sept. 7, 2013

By The Curry Coastal Pilot September 06, 2013 07:40 pm

cheat-shirt says sad

In a day of high divorce rates, questionable relationships and interesting actions, I found the statement on the back of a Brookings-Harbor volleyball player (Pilot, Aug. 31)alarming. 

Is this a statement that young people today find acceptable? If so, that is so sad.

Don Vilelle

Brookings

great loss for bhsd

An exemplary teacher, Diane Kinney has resigned.  

She was respected and loved by her students and admired by her peers. After 37 years-plus in our district, she is now moving on to a more peaceful and welcoming environment.

God Speed! You will be missed.  

Carol Slewing,

former member,

Brooking Harbor

School Board

Brookings

this is the real stuff!

The recent loss of my wife has left me confused, lonely and incompetent. 

It is difficult to accept that after near 60 years of “we,” it is “just me.” 

Looking through the paper that morning, I noticed a large add describing a grand opening of a new church in town on McVay Lane.

I thought that a group of all new folks meeting and greeting each other would be just right.

I went to church and was welcomed by Pastor Carl and Tom. As I walked further into the church, I was greeted by three different people who knew me from somewhere before. I seated myself and had friendly conversation with the people around me.

The worship service was great! The team is a beautiful, talented lady with a nice piano, a beautiful man with a mellow guitar, a strong Christian voice and a great big heart. During the worship, I noticed that the congregation were smiling and feeling good spirit. I couldn’t help but think of “Little House on the Prairie.”

The sermon was very good and well-received. After the service, lunch was waiting in the fellowship area. I enjoyed the food and new friends. 

I was comfortable and was glad to be in this place. This is the real stuff!

Please be assured that no one knows that I am writing this letter.

Tom Reed

Brookings

barbecue today!

In awareness of the serious fire conditions existing in the Western United States, the Upper Chetco Rural Fire Department (UCRFD) announces an Open House and Barbecue.

This will occur from 1 to 4 p.m., today (Saturday, Sept. 7.), at the Upper Chetco Fire Hall.

It is open to all the folks in the fire department’s district and bordering boundaries.

The Upper Chetco Fire Hall is 1/3 mile up Gardner Ridge Road. 

Gene Chickinell, 

Board of Directors UCRFD 

Brookings

help comes closer by

Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate — men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are susceptible to this devastating disease. 

Alzheimer’s also has no regard for geography. In rural areas, urban areas and everywhere in between, people are living with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter is committed to providing information and support to all Oregon residents affected by Alzheimer’s, regardless of their zip code. 

We also understand the importance of having a bigger presence in more regions. Indeed, at various town hall meetings across the state, people have asked us to be an Alzheimer’s resource within their local community. We recognized the need in your area, and we have expanded our presence in Southern Oregon. 

Our new regional office in Medford (at 711 E. Main St., Suite 17B) opened Aug. 27, and it will help the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter better serve the residents of Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Curry and Coos counties. We invite you to make an appointment — or call our toll-free Help Line (800-272-3900) — any time you or a loved one needs information or support. You are not alone, and we are here to help. 

Kathleen Cody, 

executive director, 

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter

Portland

Angels on the bridge

I’d like to publicly thank Jennye and Joyce for the Act of Kindness they showed to the woman on the bridge.

Angels do walk among us.

Rosalyn Murphy

Harbor

snack pack success

In August, the annual Ice Cream Social was held at the Cone Amor Ice Cream Shop at the Port of Gold Beach to benefit the Riley Creek Snack Pack Program. 

We were supported this year by Rogue Credit Union, which helped promote this event by selling tickets and pasting posters all over town. Gerry Kendall, owner of the shop, surprised us by donating all the afternoon’s income to Snack Pack. WOW!

Rogue Credit Union also “adopted” us offering help during the school year with fundraising activities. It takes about $1,400 a month to fund the weekly sacks of food for 180 to 200 low-income kids. We are an all-volunteer program.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offered to supplement our proceeds as well.

This program helps non-profits within our communities with some extra dollars.

We can’t ever thank our sponsors enough for supporting our efforts to feed hungry kids. Sponsors commit $150 a year to provide a pack a week for the school year.

To see those smiling faces every Friday as they get their pack is awesome. If you would like more information, call 541-247-4054. 

Joan Goodison, 

volunteer

Gold Beach

keep tradition going

As you stroll along the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor you’ll come to the end and here stands a large, cheap sign proclaiming this is the spot where the ancient Chetco Indians used to live before they were “forcibly removed,” and this is our tribute we made for them. 

Looking around, you might see through the chain link fence a trench dug out, filled with rotten fish guts and a couple of turkey vultures fighting for a carcass; well, that isn’t it. And no, it’s not the dilapidated boat in the distance, either. If you look down, you’re standing on  it: the slab of cement covered in seagull poop and dog pee.

You shake your head thinking, “What a pitiful tribute,” Anyway, sticking to tradition, Mr. Relaford and the board of commissioners passed a resolution to “exclude people from the port.” As Mr. Relaford eloquently calls them “bums, homeless and crooks.” In other words, lower class people, on whom he and the sheriff decide.

I think it would only be fitting to make a tribute to the homeless people who were forcibly removed from the port like the Chetco Indians. Maybe an upside-down trash can near the sewage pump station. Oh, but we don’t want to outdo the Indian tribute, although Mr. Relaford’s probably there washing the concrete slab and planting a flower after reading the paper today. 

I say, let’s all keep in tradition and vote “no” to raise taxes for Mr. Relaford’s port.

Richard Hebert

Harbor