Letters to the Editor Sept. 25, 2013
Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot   
September 25, 2013 11:31 am

MEMORY OF LUCY DICK

Eventually, there will be a statue of Lucy Dick, an aged Chetco Indian woman, placed at the Port of Brookings Harbor. 

The port has designated a small area for this. 

This goes back to some of the oldest history of this area when the Chetco Indian Tribe lived and built their lodges near the mouth of the Chetco River. 

The People roamed the area and lived freely. They subsisted on the land, with plentiful game, shellfish from the ocean and bountiful runs of salmon up the clear waters of the Chetco River. 

The area in Southern Curry County has a mild climate, providing many edible foods the People harvested from their lands. 

The People lived according to their own conventions, living a good life among family and community. 

In the early 1840s, or there about, white settlers came to settle in this nice area on the Southern Oregon coast, replacing the Chetco Indian People. The Chetco Indian People were taken to the Siletz Indian Reservation near Newport on the mid-Oregon coast. 

Lucy Dick was the daughter of Willie Tyee, a chief of the Chetco Indian Tribe. Lucy was born in the Indian village near the mouth of the Chetco River. As a young girl, Lucy was taken with her people to the Siletz Indian Reservation. In later years, in more peaceful times, Lucy was given permission to return to live near her original girlhood home at Chetco. 

Lucy Dick’s life had spanned more than a hundred years. In the year of 1940, Lucy was lovingly laid to rest, not far from the mouth of the Chetco River where she was born. Finally, coming to rest at last, in the Chetco homeland of her People and family. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jeannette Giddings,

great-granddaughter

Siletz

the end of bullying ...

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. I will be at the grocery entrance of Fred Meyer this Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to connect with any parent who (1) has a child who has been bullied in the local school system or (2) has taken a child out of the system partially or mainly due to bullying or (3) wants to do something to reduce the level of bullying in our schools AND community.

This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people experience. The 2012 Oregon Student Wellness Survey reported that over half of Brookings sixth, eighth and 11th graders were bullied sometime during the 30 days before the survey. Over 28 percent actually admitted to bullying someone physically or verbally during that period and 69 percent to 77 percent were bystanders when another student was being hit, kicked, punched or hurt by another student.

We want to learn more about your child’s experience. (1) If they have been bullied at school, or on the way to or from school, ask them to take the anonymous survey at http://bit.ly/16OxGoq. (2) If they have been a bystander watching someone else being bullied, fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/QlSviU. If appropriate, fill out both surveys. This information will help us better understand the impact bullying has in our community.

Finally, at the free First Friday Salon on October 4 at 6 p.m., I will be showing the movie “Bully” at the Chetco Public Library followed by a discussion on the topic. Handouts will be available on “How to report bullying,” “How to be an Upstander, not just a Bystander,” and a resource list. 

Join us! The end of bullying begins with you.

Gordon Clay

TheCitizensWhoCare.org

Brookings

Looking for answers

We are looking, without success, for someone to speak in favor of our current capitalistic way of paying for health care in the USA.

We also are looking for people from Canada who will talk about medical care in the Canadian nationalized system.

A DVD documentary describing the social, economic and political strife in Canada at the time the Canadian national health insurance took effect, will be shown at the Senior Activity Center tonight, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. This topic is timely as our country begins its medical care distribution changes. 

We thank you for any help your paper could give in this matter. 

Please attend. 

Thomas Brand, 

moderator 

Brookings

DRLs equal safety

Many people have opinions about daytime running lights (DRLs) but it can’t be argued, a point in space is more visible when lighted … check out the stars at night. 

If visibility means safety, then DRLs work, maybe less effective on level, straight roads during clear weather; however, when passing I appreciate oncoming traffic that’s lighted.

Mountain roads are a different story. With sharp curves, overhanging trees and steep banks they tend to be shaded. Here DRLs give you an advantage that could prevent an accident.

If you disagree here’s a question. …If you saw your child board a school bus headed somewhere on mountain roads and the bus had no lights on … would you be concerned? How about if police and emergency responders didn’t bother to turn on their lights?

It alarms me when driving in the mountains and a 40,000-pound logging truck bears down without any lights. In a collision with another auto, you’re on equal ground but if a log truck runs into you, you’re probably not going to survive. It’s not just logging trucks; most UPS, FED EX, post office, police, Curry Transit and most heavy trucks don’t use their lights on either.

I questioned UPS and our local timber company. Their response was, “It might be an issue of safety but it isn’t the law so, no DRLs.” 

I think this is indefensible, when over half of us go the extra mile to make our roads safer, you would think these companies would be more concerned about public safety on our roads.

Bill Vogel

Brookings

no care for care act

We all know, by looking around and watching our pocketbooks, that there is no real economic recovery occurring in our country despite what the government, mass media and stock market touts. 

Now, our nation, our people and our entire medical industry are threatened by a misguided program known as Obamacare. Yet another government program which tramples our Constitutional rights, not to mention even more government expenditure that cannot be afforded. 

The Obama administration has even granted waivers of the unworkable requirements of the “Affordable Care Act” to their political cronies, including many large corporations, leaving most hardworking Americans out in the cold. How hypocritical. 

Recent polling shows that Americans disapprove of this government takeover of your health by a 2-1 margin. Recent polling shows our citizens approve of defunding Obamacare, even if it means a partial shutdown of the federal government. Sadly, even if a shutdown occurs, Obamacare will not affect the medical care of those trying to cram this down our throats — the political elite. 

Once again, the federal government has overstepped their Constitutional authority, forcing us all to purchase something most of us do not want. Our enlightened Supreme Court justices have the arrogance to call a fine, (for not submitting to governmental takeover of your health care), a “tax.” Translation: The justices actually believe that none of us are intelligent enough to see through this dog and pony show. 

The primary responsibility of our elected state and federal officials is to uphold our Constitution, and to listen to the will of their constituents. 

Once again, We the People must stand to defend our Constitution and prevent our Washington elite from controlling our private medical affairs. 

Contact your representatives at the state and federal level so your voice is heard. 

Jeffrey Tribble 

Brookings

alcohol and weed

Just read two columns in the Sept. 21 Pilot. One involved the discovery of a marijuana farm on private property and one an article re: the council considering letting alcohol be available at local venues, eg: the Capella and the festivals in Azalea Park. 

Those of us who see the irony in these two stories don’t need to read any further. Those who don’t read on. ... Those of us in the know are aware that alcohol kills far more people than any instance of marijuana use. Yet the government is still wasting our tax dollar in the unending battle against marijuana use and growing enterprises of, on private land no less. If they would just legalize it we could be reading an article in the Pilot: “Council considers loosening rules on marijuana,” and oh, what a happy wedding that would be without the uncle or brother-in-law who has had one too many busting up their new relations over who is gonna foot the bill for this wedding. ... 

Just saying.

Pamela J. Vanvliet 

Harbor