Letters to the Editor Sept. 14, 2013

By The Curry Coastal Pilot September 13, 2013 07:11 pm

Clean one, and other

After reading Mr. Hebert’s letter I wondered if I was among the residents of Harbor and also Brookings who had no idea that there was a monument to the Chetco Indians down at the port. 

Do any of the Tolowa Native Americans in Smith River know of this? Certainly it should be cleaned up and treated with respect.

I thoroughly agree with Mr. Relaford’s attempts to clean up the Port area. The “transients” sit around drinking from paper bags, smoking and sometimes yelling out unwanted comments. They congregate in front of stores keeping customers away. 

Their favorite spot is the corner of South Bank Chetco River Road where their signs are on display. There are usually two or three young men and sometimes a young girl will be with them. 

One day I decided to see if they could help others who were in need. At that time Hospice was sending out pamphlets asking for volunteers who were badly needed. I stopped my car and opened my window. A young man came over expecting money, he took one look at the pamphlet, showed it to the others and tore it up. On another occasion when it was raining, I gave them one of my late husbands  umbrellas. They thanked me and when I looked back, I saw they had thrown it away. You would get sympathy if you looked wet.

My suggestion to Mr. Hebert, since he has honorable feelings for the downtrodden, is to see if he can get some form of a shelter made from that building near the port and perhaps some type of work which would provide some funds for food, etc.

I would gladly donate to this.

Geraldine Kass 

Harbor

In monuments mode

Last week’s letter from Richard Hebert was a real jewel. He said he was walking along to the end of the sidewalk in (the Port of Brookings) Harbor and came to “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.” He continues, “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.” “I say, let’s all keep in tradition and vote “no” to raise taxes for Mr. Relaford’s port.” Richard Hebert Harbor 

Yes, and how about a monument to the already struggling taxpayers of Curry County. Perhaps a large heaped arrangement of empty bean cans and peanut butter jars. 

Melissa Bishop 

Elk River

Constitution matter

Every member of the U.S. military since 1789 has sworn to the same oath of enlistment which states, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic and that I will obey the orders of the president and officers appointed over me.”  The president and all members of congress have taken the same oath to defend the Constitution. 

This sworn oath becomes ambiguous when you consider that the individual swears to defend the Constitution and also swears to obey the president when that president is violating the Constitution on a continuing basis.  

The president has violated the Constitution 38 times so far (ref: http//tisaboutfreedom.wordpress.com).

I am a veteran of two wars and the Constitution is very important to me.

Alan Jensen

Brookings

Need love and time

Earlier today I saw my Brother being offered, in handcuffs, the back seat of a sheriff’s car. 

He and my Brothers and Sisters live on the streets. ... You know who I mean, the shell of a human being flying a sign for a living for one more beer. My friends of Brookings and you church leaders and Christians in this town, I myself am a follower of Jesus to the best of my ability and, by the grace of God, getting out of the hell, so there is no offense nor preaching here. 

My Brother, when he is clean and sober, is a good and Godly man. A lot of those folks you see know some sort of spiritual path. 

Winter’s coming; drunks, losers, whatever you call them, they are human beings and don’t so much need money nor more flipping beer ... cautiously on our part, they have a different code than we do concerning survival. 

They need our Love and time. 

Terry D. Carothers 

Brookings

Great music at event

I wanted to thank the following bands for helping to make the sixth Annual Gold Beach Brew & Art Fest a success: The Ferguson Bros. Band, Pistol River Trio, charlie freak, Eddy McManus, ChordWood, The Other Guys and Robert Richter. 

We had a great mix of classic rock, Celtic, jazz, folk, blues and more!  

I would also like to thank Nathan DeLaney of Lionstaff Productions and his great crew: Dylan Vila, Gary Vila and Chad Luna, for providing sound system and engineering support.    

Tammy DeLaney

G.B.B.A.F.

Gold Beach

Volunteer here now

Volunteers have long helped America work. 

We have volunteers in hospitals, government offices, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools, senior centers, fire departments, Meals-on-Wheels and so very many other organizations. It gives people an opportunity to help a friend, a neighbor, a town or a city without costing an arm and a leg.

Brookings area is no different. Being a small town, volunteers are more important than ever. Look at the hard work done by the Trash Dogs, the VIPS, the Radio Club (helps direct our parade every year), senior center, Boy and Girl Scout leaders, fire fighters. ... and these are just a few. 

To me, volunteers on a fire department are some of the most important. We directly help our neighbors in their times of need. All of our departments in Curry County are staffed by dedicated volunteers and more are needed. Do you have any fire fighting experience, how about some medical background? Don’t have any experience? Join up and receive free training.

Cape Ferrelo Fire Department is looking for volunteers. We are a small, but active department. This is a hands-on way to help out your friends and neighbors. There are positions for almost everyone. Don’t want to fight a fire, volunteer for our annual fish fry, learn radio communications, learn basic medical, help clean up after a fire and more.

Cape Ferrelo monthly board meeting is being held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Please feel free to attend our meeting and meet your board members and get more information. Our board meeting is open to all Cape Ferrelo Fire District residents. Even if you rent your home in this district, you are welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Dianna Blazo, 

board member

Cape Ferrelo Fire Department