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This is the fourth year I have had the pleasure of writing this letter in support of the Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation. Once again, they are funding awards for first-, second-, and third-place winners in our Oregon Battle of the Books competition. 

Due to building damage which happen last month, there will not be any services on Veterans Day. There will be no off site service sponsored by VFW Post #996.

I want to thank Julie Schmelzer and our three commissioners for their support in establishing the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council, to see what is possible to reduce the number of suicides and attempts in Curry County.

When I heard that a 16-year-old Scandinavian girl was crossing the ocean in a sailboat to speak at the United Nations Climate Summit, my first thought was, “Who is this girl?” My second thought: “It must be Greta Thunberg!”

You buckle up when you get in your vehicle. Make sure your pet is just as safe.

The Daughters of the American Revolution has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.

When we purchased the Del Norte Triplicate and the Curry Coastal Pilot on July 1, I hit the decks running. Making decisions like crazy, many of which had been long delayed.

Many people are “gearing up” for Halloween, finding costumes and masks to use for the big day, Oct. 31. Those masks and outfits will be taken off at the end of the day, but how often do we think of the many masks and costumes we may wear on a regular basis? Some examples may be personalities…

Oregon’s commercial crabbing industry prides itself on sustainability. Though Dungeness crab has been harvested commercially since the late 1800s, this population is considered to be stable to increasing along the West Coast—thanks to commercial and recreational regulations that protect the …

The extent of the homeless issue in Brookings is appalling. I just moved back from Tacoma, Washington, where there is a homeless issue of the same magnitude. Tacoma is significantly larger, yet I can draw many parallels between the two communities. That is sad.

Time magazine devoted their entire September 23, 2019 double issue to climate change, only the fifth time in their publishing history to devote an entire issue to a single topic. Interestingly, 30 years ago, they also broke with tradition and named “Endangered Earth” as the Planet of the Yea…

In the Fall of 2006 Harve Timeus, a recent retiree observed that the the roads and streams of the Siskiyou National Forest were littered with trash dump sites and abandoned vehicles.

I love driving by various churches on Sunday and seeing full parking lots. It seems that in recent years many people have moved away from attending, or being members of, church – no matter the denomination. There’s talk of “spirituality” vs. “religiosity.” The two definitely don’t have to be…

Low interest rates and quantitative easing should extend the stock market bubble and keep the debt-ridden U.S. consumer afloat until after the election. If President Trump obtains an interim trade deal with China until after the election, this should seal his re-election chances in 2020.

Dear Editor: A year ago, I wrote a letter to the editor predicting the nervous breakdown Trump is currently having. If you’ve heard him babble lately, you know I was right. Sad.

Dear Editor: Regarding the recent article in The Pilot about hikers who have intentionally left the park trails.  I suggest the following signage be installed at all parks that have some element of danger to them:

Dear Editor: I was impressed with Christopher Paasch’s guest column in the Sept. 25 edition of The Pilot. The idea of redistributing special-district funds makes a lot of sense.

Dear Editor: At last week’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Port Orford voted to approve Resolution 2020-05 supporting Curry County’s declaration of a countywide housing emergency.  

Dear Editor: First, the county commissioners have been looting money from the county’s Road Fund for use on non-road purposes, with no plan to ever repay it. Now, they’re attempting to raid the other Curry County taxing districts. 

Dear Editor: A “short-term $1.2-million line of credit,” according to a story in The Pilot’s Oct. 2 issue, is another creative attempt to open the long-awaited South County Emergency Center, with its reported “projected annual operating cost of $4,929,000.”

Having played piano for over 60 years, I often wake up with a song going through my head. I really paid attention, though, when it was the wonderful song by Jill Jackson-Miller, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

When you, the voter, elected me to this office, I promised to look at every facet of the county to try to find long-term fixes that will ensure the citizens are protected, and the county will be able to sustain itself financially and securely.

Our recently-hired reporters in Crescent City and Brookings are now hitting their stride, providing increasingly relevant coverage of the activities and residents in Country Media’s two new communities. Your ongoing positive feedback underscores that.

Dear Editor: I would like to thank our local veterans for yet more of their generous giving. Between the two Rogue River jet boat trips this summer, the vets onboard raised $538 for our Curry County Kids!

Dear Editor: If you attended Congressman DeFazio’s September townhall meeting, you are aware that my comments to him about solving problems we are facing were upsetting to him.

Dear Editor: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that suicide was the leading cause of death for 15- to 54-year-old Oregonians in 2017. Suicide was the eighth-leading cause for all ages, and an Oregonian dies by suicide every 11 hours.

Dear Editor: I was born and raised in Brookings, growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. It was a time when artist Norman Rockwell captured the “Spirit of America” on every cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Dear Editor: Last week, strong veteran supporter, Curry County commissioner and jet boat pilot Court Boice took many of us up the Rogue River for a fine day of sights, wildlife, history and a well-prepared dinner at Cougar Lane Lodge.

Sources of good news can be hard to find these days. Reading the headlines might make us think that polarization, divisiveness and devastation are all around us.  

Overwhelmed? Confused? Equipment breakdowns? Way too much going on? Decisions? Stuff everywhere? Too complicated?  

Dear Editor: “Climate change certainly isn’t ‘false news’” (Aug 17) offers plenty of science-based proof of that. I’d like to focus on the economics of our situation. Polls consistently show Americans overwhelmingly support our government doing something big about climate change. They just d…

… Time for us all to be more watchful as we drive through town, because there will be lots of kids present in the streets with the new school year. Excited at seeing friends they may have not seen for those weeks of summer vacation, they could well not be paying attention to traffic like the…

How is it possible that the mornings already are beginning to feel like fall, the trees are turning colors and school is about to start?