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I read your article "KCIW goes dark after lease with City Ends." A three week extension cannot be granted?

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Evonne lives in a fire lookout in Oregon, and since I meet with these graduate students on Zoom, we’ve all seen snippets of her life, including the dizzying moments when she leaps up to scan for fires while holding her tablet.

America’s infrastructure and its shortcomings have been an unavoidable topic recently. While the American public is widely in support of improving our nation’s infrastructure, which hasn’t been updated since the Eisenhower Administration (1961), debates about the price tag of such an endeavo…

In the most recent report on mortality rates in Oregon counties (January-September 2021) Curry County came out on top and leads all 36 county's by a substantial margin. (See https://bit.ly/3kkmiMS) In second place is Josephine County.

Some people may not be aware of the history behind the recent failed measure to create a parks and rec district in Brookings-Harbor. This journey began as a humble vision in 2010 by Dr. Juliane Leighton, who dared to dream that our area would be greatly served by a year-round aquatics and re…

As you might already be aware, the bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed through the House and has now been signed into law by President Biden. This historic bill means many priorities that are essential to Oregon families will get the attention they deserve.

The definition of a veteran is not someone currently serving in the military. He or she is called a veteran when they have finished their active-duty commitment. Thank you for your service … from young and old is a very humbling surprise, whether it be a student letter, a stranger voicing th…

While I agree you are entitled to your opinion, you are not entitled to create your own facts. I never said half the people or all Democrats are not worthy to fly the flag. Senator Joe Manchin is an example of a fine Christian man who is a Democrat but opposes many of the views of the hard l…

It is a relief that the most recent ballot measure was resoundingly defeated. It is a shame that city and county elected officials do not prioritize support for what our communities want. Could we have had an aquatic center, benefitting us all, if tax money had not been spent on political pr…

I am disturbed by the editor allowing personal attacks on people who have expressed their opinions in this paper. This is not Facebook or any other social media platform where this kind of behavior is tolerated and even encouraged.

In our neighborhoods, communities, county and country we like to have our poor, mentally ill and drug-addicted members hidden away. Is it because it evokes guilt in us because we feel we should do something, or fear that it could be us if situations were changed, or do we feel discomfort exp…

During a cold snap two years ago, the ‘warming’ shelters in Salem would not open because the temperature did not drop below 28F for two consecutive nights. I and many others couldn’t believe it. So, if you were one of the unfortunate folks walking around in wet clothing, and the shelters wer…

Rick McNamer, in your rant about my editorial you mentioned a bizarre rape story. Fact check: the boy was convicted of sodomy. You mentioned Trump. Since you mentioned him, I believe he is a choir boy compared to Clinton, Epstein, Cuomo and Biden. In addition, Trump refused pay as president,…

This is in reply to Steve Johnston's letter to the Pilot dated 10 - 22 - 21, in which he asks why Democrats fly the American flag.

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Re: Steve Johnston's jingoistic rant & misinformation in the Pilot. The flag I fly and stand for as a veteran is not the one your dear leader Trump liked to hug and grope like the many women he "allegedly" assaulted over the years.

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What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

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I just have to thank Father Bernie and St Timothy’s for a very well run COVID testing and vaccination program. I express my appreciation, not as a member of his congregation, but as a recipient of the program’s services and a member of this community.

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Father Bernie Lindley...per Jesus' sermon on the mount..."Blessed are those that have been persecuted for righteousness sake, for their's is the kingdom of heaven (the Beatitudes-Matthew 5-1-2). The majority of the city is behind you Father! God's will be done.

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I am a 100% disabled veteran. I recently read an opinion/complaint letter to the editor about our local VA Clinic, about the check-in procedures in place during the pandemic. Please be aware the VA procedure is no different than our hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care facilities.

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In his letter to Governor Brown, Representative Smith asks for vaccine mandates to be reversed. To bolster this request, he uses several quotes from numerous studies. I appreciate efforts to research facts and to cite the sources of those facts. However, when a line is quoted out of context …

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Democrats in Brookings seem to be a little hypercritical when they fly the American flag in front of their headquarters when they seem to hate America so much. When Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, he swore to enforce the laws of the country and yet he knowingly allows tens of thousan…

It’s important that we understand what’s being peddled to our children as consciousness raising or wokeness as they now call it. Critical Race Theory as now being taught in our schools is nothing more than self-loathing with roots in Maoist doctrine using subterfuge to mobilize, polarize, di…

In response to Representative Brock Smith's recent meandering letter to our governor imploring her to rescind any vaccination mandates, your recent experience with COVID involved a most relevant fact that you failed to mention. You likely did not experience hospitalization nor death simply a…

Good news from the Langlois Lions Club: Sandie's World Famous Chicken Pot Pies are back for your winter enjoyment. This will be a long overdue fundraiser event as the annual Holiday Craft Fair has again been canceled due to the COVID-19 logistics and restrictions. 

Hello Brookings Harbor Community. We have an opportunity to vote for a way to improve our quality of life by voting yes for Ballot Measure 8-102. By voting yes, we will establish a district called the South Coast Parks and Recreation District. The SCPRD would be an organization that assumes …

Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional? I lean towards unintentional but they have become deeply ingrained.

In a letter to the editor on September 17, Howard Glasser addressed the value that local community radio brings to our area. He applauded community radio as some of the finest ever aired, and correctly termed it the “voice of the people, not beholden to commercial interests.”

Fear can cloud people's judgement. Often, in an abundance of caution, irrational policies and procedures are applied to a perceived threat. For example: Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Brookings Veteran's Clinic has been locking the veterans out of the building. I'm not oppose…

Soon after my move to Curry County, I realized that I made the correct choice, for it is truly a wonderful place to live.  And soon after that, I learned that in addition to the natural beauty, good beer and friendly people, we have in Curry County the 21st Century version of Tweedledee and …

I have had a lot time reflecting these last few days especially with all the drama happening in Salem over the redistricting. The reflection has brought me to a question that I kept coming back to, over and over again; Am I the only one that thinks we just are not doing it right here in Salem? 

This coming January, it will be two years since we received the bad news of the World-wide Pandemic. I continue to work to make certain that I learn all I can, do my part to assist our county and help our citizens understand what we are up against. These last two years as commissioner have b…

Hello there, my name is Teri Goodwin. I had the privilege of taking the water aerobics class at the Brookings Pool all summer. It was a great way to build up my muscles and endurance. I feel it helped me maintain a high level of fitness.

We are at a moment in the nation – and in Oregon – when a paradigm shift is in reach to update ineffective, top-down systems to be more responsive, effective and equitable for all families. Today, the American Rescue Plan provides unprecedented resources to improve the lives of families who …

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.

For those of you who feel like America’s just jumped off a cliff and left you there scratching your head and asking yourself, what happened to your country, have hope. For those of you who feel it’s hopeless, have faith.

I would like to thank David Rupkalvis for his article with an update on COVID-19 in the September 24 edition, which included information about how we can beat this virus. Last week, David wrote about how Curry County was faring compared with Del Norte County and Coos County, but did not incl…

If you’re one of those people who composts everything you can think of because you want to build up your garden soil, you might — like me this summer — learn to love the maggots of black soldier flies. They put composting on speed dial.

It was 1952 when the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs first started gobbling up water rights in a remote, high mountain valley on the state’s Western Slope. The valley is called Homestake, and now, those same cities want even more of its pure water.

Last week, when we drove through the station back to California, we were greeted by a gentleman, one of two working at the time, who asked us ‘the’ question both in English and in ASL. I think that should earn a kudos.