Helping the Homeless

The Curry Homeless Coalition sponsored an energetic and successful workshop May 25, at Pistol River Friendship Hall.

Wild Rivers Connect supported the event, providing outreach services, food and support throughout the day. Participants were provided an overview of the updated Curry Homeless Coalition’s plan including goals and objectives.

Presentations covering County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin, Point in Time count methods and data, and myths and facts about homelessness were provided to inform and engage participants in meaningful dialogue around the needs of people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and support for homeless prevention programs in our community.

During the afternoon session, community stakeholders from diverse backgrounds such as public transit, property managers, faith-based organizations, schools, food pantries, local government and healthcare providers participated in breakout sessions to develop work groups focused on three goals outlined in the Curry Homeless Coalition’s plan: homeless youth, housing and homeless portals/drop-in centers.

The coalition has been awarded a grant by a program called the Roadmaps Action Acceleration Support, Active Living By Design/Third Sector New England. The funds from this grant will provide support for future work groups in their efforts to develop and implement projects and programs designed to serve people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. In addition, funds will be utilized for community engagement, education and outreach.

We’d like to say thank you to Wild River’s Connect for supporting this event by providing outreach, food and support throughout the workshop. We also thank Kevin Buffington and Behind The Red Door for a wonderful lunch.

To follow our progress, join a work group, donate and learn more about what the Curry Homeless Coalition is up to, visit our website at Stop by our Facebook page at www.curryhomelesscoalitioncares.

Beth Barker-Hidalgo

Gold Beach

Home rule

On May 20, 2014, the voters of Curry County soundly defeated Measure 8-76, the Home Rule Measure calling for a county administrator/manager position to oversee management of Curry County.

The June 3 public forum submitted by George Rhodes makes several good points. I personally thought his point on the voters electing commissioners to serve full-time jobs was particularly good. And that is exactly what we did.

His “legality” point is also well taken. Why should a budget committee attempt an end-run around the voters of Curry County by changing our form of government? One commissioner agrees to remain and serve at his full-time position that he campaigned on. If the other two wish to have “part-time” employment, let them resign and seek part-time jobs in the private sector.

Personally I wish they not seek employment at Dutch Brothers, whose employees are always polite and friendly and smiling, and my favorite and daily respite.

Richard Laskey


Climate change truth

Steve Johnston’s letter to the editor (“Global Warming Hoax” June 7) was little more than a regurgitation of shopworn climate-denier talking points.

Take, for example, his egregiously false claim that “Human activity contributes only 3.4 percent to CO2 levels.”

Human activity has thus far raised atmospheric CO2 levels from pre-industrial levels of 280 parts per million to roughly 405 parts per million. That’s a nearly 50 percent increase, and is responsible for the more than 1C warming the planet has seen since the mid-19th century.

Mr. Johnston also makes demonstrably false statements about my own scientific work reconstructing temperature changes over the past 1,000 years (not 1,500 years as Mr. Johnston erroneously states).

This work resulted in the well-known “Hockey Stick” curve, which demonstrates the unprecedented nature of recent warming over the past millennium. The Hockey Stick has been attacked by climate change deniers owing to the simple, undeniable message it conveys about the dramatic impact human activity is having on Earth’s climate.

The highest scientific body in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences, affirmed my research findings in an exhaustive independent review published in June 2006 (see e.g. “Science Panel Backs Study on Warming Climate,” New York Times, June 22, 2006).

The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that recent warmth is likely unprecedented over an even longer time frame (at least the past 1,300 years).

Readers interested in the truth behind the science should consult scientist-run websites like, or books on the topic like my own “Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change.”

Let’s get past the fake debate about whether climate change is real, and onto the worthy debate about what to do about it.

Michael E. Mann

Distinguished Professor, Department of Meteorology,

Penn State University

Cannabis Compassion

The science is in.

Cannabis saves lives.

Not only that, but no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose. Ever.

Unfortunately, laws in this nation have been taking their time catching up to what the facts and reality are, but are still listening to false propaganda against cannabis. The changes are too slow, but at least they are occurring, so there is that.

I am a 100-percent service-connected disabled veteran with PTSD. Unfortunately, in Oklahoma, the medicine that helps my condition is illegal, so in 2014, I made the decision to move to a more “cannabis friendly” state, in essence, becoming a ‘weed refugee.”

I knew no one in the state when I got here and was having a very hard time and struggling, since it was before it was made recreational. I did make it to this state in time to vote to make it so.

It was in April of 2015 that I met (Brookings resident) Karen Clark, who helped me more than I can say by donating some cannabis to me out of the goodness of her heart since I had no other way of obtaining it at the time.

It was through her I also was introduced to the wonderful people of Compassionate Cannabuds, whom I cannot thank enough for befriending me and supporting me in numerous ways.

I have moved to Coos Bay after buying a home there, but I will never forget how people reached out to me and helped me, and how much of a true community spirit is exhibited by Compassionate Cannabuds.

If anyone is interested in being educated about cannabis, the next meeting is June 18 at the Harbor Fire Hall at 1 p.m., and anyone is welcome to drop in.

Amy Pike

Coos Bay