The Curry Coastal Pilot

center at city hall

I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but is it really a good time economically to start remodeling the city hall.

Since the function of promoting Brookings Harbor has always been the Chamber of Commerce, I suggest you find a way to cooperate with each other. The visitors center is not the first thing I think about when wanting to find out anything about a destination before I go there; in general visitor centers are along highways because they mostly cater to walk-in and drive-by traffic.

If you just can't get along, then compromise. Rebuilding a city hall, especially an old one, can be expensive. Instead, just add a kiosk, with all the pamphlets that you would normally hand out, in the lobby. Expand the coverage on the city hall website; there is already a "visiting" section on the home page. You might put a bulletin board at both ends of the town to notify this tech savvy world about it. Anyone who wants to be notified of upcoming events or alerted can do so by text or email on the website.

If I were the major I would certainly not be undertaking expensive projects at this time; rather, I would be asking for where we can cut costs by sharing with Harbor or privatizing some of the government responsibilities in the effort to get more income rather then less.

Mel Pama

frequent Brookings visitor



On Sunday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day, there will be a free breakfast for veterans at the Brookings Elks Lodge from 8 a.m. until noon. The public will be charged $6. All money raised will benefit the Veterans Memorial.

We would like to thank Fred Meyer, Ray's Foods, Grocery Outlet and Bi-Mart for their food donations for this event. Also, thanks to the Brookings Elks Lodge and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 757 for sponsoring this breakfast.

We are continuing to sell tiles for your loved ones who have served (or for yourself), and tile applications will be available at the breakfast.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the State has delayed our grant process. The grant will be submitted this month and we should know by early next year the results.

If you have any questions, you may call me at 541 469--6443. Hope to see you Sunday!!

"Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction"

Sam Vitale

chair and CCVMA Board of Directors

coach's true legacy

As another season of Bruin football comes to an end we would like to take this opportunity to thank Coach Morin and the BHHS coaching staff for the opportunity our kids have to work with them.

Our boys will not always be playing football, but the lessons they have learned this year will stick with them as they mature into young men. Lessons like hard work, dedication, cooperation, teamwork, respect and accountability will be there for the rest of their lives.

The true legacy of a coach is not their win/loss record, but the caliber of young men that participated in the program.

Thank you again, Coach Morin and the coaching staff. Our boys will greatly benefit from your hard work.

John Hawthorne,

Paulie Boynton


support support

Our community has many opportunities for volunteering our time and talents in schools, churches, businesses and community centers. All of these are so helpful to the common goal involved and kindle some good friendships.

My letter is one of concern for those who have little or no support system. Some people have hardly any family or friends to talk to or laugh with, or even go have a cup of coffee with. It can really make for a long day!

Oftentimes when patients see the doctor for something troubling them, the physician may offer "reassurance," and it relieves their anxiety and lifts their spirits. I am not a pro and I don't have a degree, I just have a heart and a would like to help brighten someone's day, including mine!

Sherri King


remember with tile

Special notice: The Curry County Veterans Memorial Association, CCVMA, is announcing the continuing sale of personalized memorial tiles for your family members, loved ones, children, even for yourself.

These tiles will be permanently affixed to the front wall at the Curry County Veterans Memorial being built in Gold Beach.

Each tile is 4 inches by 8 inches and is laser engraved with up to three lines and up to 20 letters and spaces per line.

Remember your family's contribution to our country's military, no matter where the served or when.

Each tile is just $100, and will last for hundreds of years in a fitting location where thousands of visitors will pay their respects to our military.

For an application or information on the project, contact Rick Mahanay, secretary, CCVMA, at 19026 Pacific Crest Dr., Brookings, OR, 97414, or email to .

Rick Mahanay,

secretary, CCVMA


great success

I would like to thank John Kleespies of the Knights of Columbus and Sam Vitale of the Vietnam Veterans and all the volunteers that helped at the Octoberfest Dinner last month, Saturday night Oct. 6.

Thank you to everyone who came for the fantastic homemade German food. Also for all the donations that were made for the Curry County Veterans Memorial. Because of your outstanding response we will have an Octoberfest every year!

Please come show your support again for our Veteran's Memorial Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Brookings Elk's Club for breakfast.

God Bless You!

Lee Burch

Knights of Columbus,

Vietnam Veteran Chapter 757,


GOP and Abortion

October 31 marked the last day of Domestic Violence Prevention Month (Watch this

However, it is important to remember throughout the year that in the U.S., over 200,000 people are sexually assaulted each year, nine out of 10 rapes happen to women and that someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes of every day. According to some politicians, this is God's intention?

Paul Ryan and 215 other Republicans cosponsored HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," which would prohibit federal funding of abortions. The only rapes excluded were acts of "forcible rape," or of a minor, or of incest.

Of the 33 Republicans running for U.S. Senate, 30 are anti-abortion plus their vice-presidential candidate. And at least 10, including Mourdock and Akin, oppose any exceptions in cases of pregnancy by rape or incest. They really believe that an 11-year-old girl should be required to bear her father's child?

If it was your mother or girlfriend or sister or daughter that was raped in any other way (i.e. induced by alcohol or benzodiazepines ((roofies)) or any of the other kinds of rape that don't count as "forcible rape" under this bill), would you want to force them to experience that alien growing to term in their body and then force them to look at the rapist's face for the rest of their life?

Isn't the rape bad enough? No one chooses to be a victim of rape. Do you really believe Jesus would vote for HB 3? Apparently many Republicans do. It's the position they took in the GOP platform adopted at the Republican National Convention.

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Gordon Clay