Political letters


Democrats may have overplayed their hand. Mobs attempting to storm the Supreme Court doors during the Kavanaugh proceedings, and caravans of immigrants marching to our border, have deflated the blue wave. Republicans are expected to gain seats in the Senate and are tied in most contested House seats.

The elite media does not understand most Americans perceive the illegal immigrant caravans as an invasion. During chaos people tend to gravitate to strong leaders like President Trump. Conservatives believe inalienable rights are from God. Progressives believe we evolved, and man determines right from wrong. Social conservatives believe God is pro-life. Progressives are pro-choice.

Kavanaugh accuser, Balsley Ford, was a director of biostatistics for Corcept Therapeutics, which sells one drug, Korlym. This is approved for Cushing’s syndrome, with 587 patients in U.S. Korlym is listed as an abortion pill (with misoprostol) on websites such as angel co. abortion pills online. Ford had two front doors to rent a room. Friends say she is not afraid to fly. Public speaking is Ford’s vocation. She does not use a baby voice as a professor.

The Indivisible Project is a left-of-center super pac. It is aligned with democratic socialists, the ACLU, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood and the Tides Foundation. It is designed to counter the Tea Party and to resist Trump. Local supporters of Indivisible want to stop the oceans from rising and make Brookings a sanctuary city. Teresa Lawson and Jerri Lynn Thompson, are open border progressives.

In contrast, social conservatives believe God sets the boundary of the seas (Proverbs 8:29) and nature causes the weather, not man. Conservatives believe immigrants must follow our laws. After the voting, Democrats may be disappointed.

Steve Johnston


Refuses to follow law?

After doing a google search on Oregon Campaign Finance, I have some serious concerns about Jeri Thompson who is running for county commissioner.

On her campaign financial page on sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/campaigncommittee.aspx it shows four late filings in April and May from the primaries. She is to receive a fine from those and one could assume it was not understanding the process required that caused her tardiness.

From Aug. 11 to Oct. 15, it shows 12 transactions filed, 11 of them were late. Now, knowing the law she still failed to follow it.

In an article published in the Oct. 20 Curry Coastal Pilot, Thompson admitted she had filed late “once,” however, if you look it up and check out each transaction separately, you will find a total of 15 transactions that were filed after the due date.

Even more troubling, is that she still appears to disregard the law again as there are no current filings for her campaign advertisements in the Pilot over the last two weeks and are now again knowingly in violation of law.

The law reads, “For committees active in an election, transactions that occur between the 42nd day before the election through election day, are due not later than 7 calendar days after the date of the transaction. It is the responsibility of the candidate to know the law and report all transactions.”

According to the regulations, each violation can carry a fine of 10 percent of each transaction that was filed late and possibly more if it is deemed intentional.

Thompson’s repeated blatant disregard for election laws makes me question, how can she run our entire county when she can’t even manage her own campaign filings page?

My vote is for Christopher Paasch.

Michele Martin

Gold Beach

Political bias

Is it just me or has anyone else wondered why a candidate for city council would run ads on television for an unpaid position? Triglia’s ads are paid for by a group called Friends of Dennis Triglia. Who are these people and what is their agenda? Do they seek to make Brookings a sanctuary city as well as a butterfly sanctuary? Are they also backing Teresa Lawson for mayor?

What bothers me is that these candidates qualifications are being touted by a group, or groups, with definite political bias and alignment. Traditionally the Brookings City Council has always been a political free zone. Candidates are elected to do the city’s business, unfettered by politics, with only the city’s best interest in mind. Personal and political agendas have no place on the council.

Please vote for Ron Hedenskog, city council Position 4, John McKinney, city council Position 3, and Jake Pieper for mayor. Let’s all help keep our city moving forward to solve any issue with an experienced and civil council.

Bill Dundom


Passion for town

I asked Teresa Lawson why she would want to be mayor, don’t you just want to enjoy living here? She said she feels lucky to have found Brookings and realizes how uniquely wonderful this community is. Her passion for this community led her to want to understand how a small community can offer so much more than the one she grew up in, Independence, Kansas.

The towns are similar size, yet the only restaurants in her hometown are diners or fast food. There are no art galleries, or concert series (Friends of Music, Concerts in the Park) and they have only two festivals a year. Lawson had more than 20 years of experience as a financial auditor, following the money. Her curiosity led her to serve on the city budget committee.

In analyzing the city’s operations and business economy, she saw that Brookings has a very solid foundation in most areas, but was not addressing the lack of housing. Ideas were sometimes mentioned in workshops, committee meetings or during city council meetings, but no one pursued them to spur housing that someone making $10, $15 or $20 an hour could afford.

Her short answer to why she is running for mayor, she didn’t see anyone currently concerned or engaged in this critical area of our economy, and she knows that Brookings can not sustain what we have, with our housing crisis. The recent Curry Housing Action Study confirmed what Lawson found following the money.

Lawson loved Brookings from day one, and her passion for this community has continued to grow. She isn’t the kind to say someone needs to do something. She rolls up her sleeves and says let’s do it. She felt lucky to find Brookings, likewise Brookings is lucky to have such a great candidate for mayor.

Vicky Ohara


Housing shortage

Earlier this year the city council renewed the permit for the Lone Ranch development. There was virtually no debate about it except from council member Dennis Triglia. He had important questions to ask that the rest of the council blew off. A 10-year old plan that uses up about 90 percent of the undeveloped land inside the city limits.

I have viewed the plan and considered the plan. It is designed by planners that want the lots and development to be for second and third homes and upper-middle class people. That is where the money is. Is that what we want?

The Brookings-Harbor area has been expanding its population at a significant rate, most recently 15 to 20 percent per decade. We are all aware that there is a housing shortage right now for workers and their families. The shortage is almost a crisis and housing must be provided.

If Brookings uses its available land for the top tier people, the ordinary people will be living in high density trailer parks and mobile home parks in Harbor. In these developments the land is owned by corporations and most of the dwellings are in private ownership. This works so long as the corporations don’t increase their rental rates faster than the tenants can bear. Trust your corporation?

I would rather trust Triglia and Teresa Lawson to re-evaluate the proposed Lone Ranch development.

David Paoli


Triglia for council

I am writing to express my support for Dennis Triglia for city council.

Triglia has always supported and participated in area organizations and activities that are good for Brookings. From the state park First Day Hikes to Azalea Park, to the schools, community gardens and most recently the first Monarch Butterfly Festival that brought out hundreds of people and children to celebrate the science and ecology of monarchs.

He is a grassroots guy who knows Brookings because he interacts with the people of Brookings. He interacts with the elders, the work-force, the school teachers, the gardeners of all ages, the well off and the poor, the healthy and the sick. Triglia knows and understands the people of Brookings. He is one of the most empathetic people I have known.

His background in the medical sciences leads him to think and act carefully with long term consequences in mind. He is fiscally conservative and responsible. That is what we need in Brookings. We have limited resources and we need to use them carefully.

Vote for Triglia.

BR Matteson


Lives changed

My name is Amanda Zamora. I am 14 years old and I’m writing this about Christopher Paasch and his ranch and what people are saying about his ranch.

I’ve been going out to Cornerstone Ranch, aka Dreams, Hope and Faith (or DHF), for six or seven years now. The ranch means so much to me and I know other people care about it just as much as I do. Dreams, Hope and Faith has not only taught me how to ride horses, but it has taught me that there are people who love me and that there is hope in life.

Yes, I know that sounds depressing but without Dreams, Hope and Faith I would probably be a mess. I wouldn’t know how to be a friend or how to trust others.

This ranch has done nothing but help me and teach me things. So, they saved me, just like the Lord did so that I can live happily. Dreams, Hope and Faith hasn’t only worked with kids. I think it was in 2014 or 2015 that Bonnie (Paasch) saved four horses, and then she went back to the same place and rescued three more horses.

The people out at Dreams, Hope and Faith do change lives. They care so much about kids and animals. Dreams, Hope and Faith deserves nothing but the best, and same with Christopher Paasch and Bonnie Paasch.

Amanda Zamora

Gold Beach

Untruths told

Well, it’s time for our great process of voting again and of course, a season of mud-slinging. What ever happened to politics being about what good a candidate can do instead of what kind of bad can be created against the other guy?

It has come to my attention that some untruths have risen about a friend of mine because he is running for an political office. I can personally vouch for the Dreams, Hope and Faith Foundation and it’s integrity as I have had my little girl going there for about seven years. She started out feeling angry and confused and lost, like a lot of children that come from broken families.

Bonnie and Chris Paasch went out of their way to bring about an amazing change to not only my little girl but to many children from around the area. Selfless care and time were spent on behalf of these children and never giving up on them seems to have a positive effect on them.

I believe we need a change in political races and omit the mud-slinging. I wonder how short the process would be with nothing bad to say about the other guy. We just might be able to increase voter turnout.

Michael Bova

Gold Beach


This is your opportunity to make a difference in Brookings future by voting for Teresa Lawson for mayor. We are facing many important decisions with regards to the financial issues of the port, housing shortage crisis, health care, homeless issues, Lone Ranch subdivision, and infrastructure needs.

Lawson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting and 23 years of experience. She has proposals for affordable housing, health care, and a civic auditorium bringing culture and music to our community.

Lawson is currently president of the Azalea Park Foundation, she is on the Curry Homeless Coalition Team, she has experience working in the City of Brookings Budget Committee, and has attended every city council meeting this year. Lawson is present at nearly every community event, workshop, town meeting, and many community organizations. She listens to their concerns, is ready to offer her expertise and support and great organizational skills.

Isn’t it time that our mayor has the ability to listen to the concerns of the people and also have the education and experience to find the best solutions for our present needs, with a long view into the future? Do you really want someone making the decision about a $10 million loan without a strong financial background? It is our responsibility to invest in Brookings’ future by voting for someone who is qualified to keep us solvent and maintain the beauty of our community.

Marsha Thibodeaux


Support students

As a members of the Brookings-Harbor School Board, we have been encouraged to read in recent weeks how the candidates for governor have made investing in K-12 education in Oregon the pivotal points of their campaign. Our children deserve nothing less than a comprehensive overhaul of our revenue system to ensure that local districts can make the investments needed to position our students to succeed.

Please join me in showing your support at the ballot box for a candidate who will invest in the future of Oregon and our young people.

Bruce Raleigh


Pay attention

The people of Curry County really need to wake up and pay attention to this election. These two running for county commissioner are so different and their priorities for the county are quite alarming if you really listen to them, and there actions speak louder than words. You have a chance to elect a man who will work his tail off for all the people of Curry County not just the select few — some not even from this state. This county needs someone who will take action and get something done. That man is Chris Paasch.

L.J. Irons

Gold Beach

Stepped up to help

I’m sick of what’s being said about the good works of Christopher Paasch. People saying negative things about his helping the residents on Crestline Loop have no idea what they are talking about. Those of us who were affected by the terrible situation called and pleaded with authorities, being constantly told there was nothing they could do. We were scared and desperate. Some thought of selling their homes and moving. But who’d buy into our neighborhood?

The owner said he was afraid of all the people living there. That he couldn’t get them to move out. Paasch came to look at the situation and was appalled at what he saw. He spoke very respectfully with the residents and was concerned about their dangerous health environment and offered to help. But they said they had already been evicted and were moving out. Days later, Paasch was back helping neighbors clean up the area. He didn’t have to do this, just saw a need and helped.

A life threatening situation was quickly settled peacefully and respectfully. We were there. We saw and heard what was said. Who is making up all the horrible stories? Where are they getting their information?

The only people not happy are those who did nothing to help. And months later, the complaining trouble makers are still not helping. They haven’t offered to put tents and sleeping bags in their yards, or fill rooms in their homes with these people. What are they waiting for?

It’s a shame when someone sees a problem, tries to help, for no gain of their own, and are so unfairly criticized. Stop criticizing and start helping.

S. Hartwell


He has my vote

I learned about BOMA and Brookings as a Monarch City through social media while I was out of town last winter. I was particularly interested because I lived in the heart of the butterfly trees in Pacific Grove, California, in the 1970s. When I read about the decrease in the Monarch butterfly population since then, I was shocked.

I had a conversation with Dennis Triglia at the Welcome Back to School breakfast and that’s when I found out that he helped make Kalmiopsis and the high school the first

Monarch Schools in Oregon. Since I’ve always been a proponent of project-based learning and Handson

Science, I am very excited that a person like Triglia is a candidate for our city council. As I learned more about his background as a scientist, and that he makes every decision based on carefully researched evidence, I knew for sure that he has my vote.

Bette Moore


Under seige

I’m writing to express my dismay at lies and innuendo directed at Christopher Paasch. The citizens living on Crestline Loop were under siege for more than three years with homeless people camping out in tents and sleeping bags on the lawn, threatening the neighbors. Saving feces in a cardboard box and generally creating a third world country. No longer could we take a walk or invite friends over without harassment or actual threats.

About 15 neighbors attended a commissioners meeting in Gold Beach. We were told that there were more than 100 houses in Curry County, not unlike ours. Later we learned that they could handle only two houses a year. It would take 50 years to address our situation.

Within four days, Paasch met with the owner and some of the people living in that house. There were no threats of violence or laws broken. Paasch stood with us to regain our neighborhood.

Paasch has no evil agenda. No authority should exist if it is not responsible to the people. He is a principled, courageous man who stands like a rock amid all the lies and worse directed toward him.

It’s said “All it takes to bring a country down is for good men to stand and do nothing when attacked from without.”

Not electing Paasch is just that — good men (and women) standing and doing nothing. Curry County needs a man exactly like Paasch. It’s now or never.

L. D. Hartwell


Amazing leadership

I have recently read so many lies about my son-in-law Christopher Paasch. This really upsets me because these people don’t even know him.

I have grown to respect and admire the man who married my daughter and I love him like my own sons. In 2008 while I was living in Arizona, my wife died unexpectedly. Chris paid for a U-Haul and moved me into his own home.

I have personally witnessed Chris dive into several business ventures. The thought and research he puts into each one is amazing. His hard work and tenacity to complete the project exceeds that of anyone I have ever known.

In 2005 Chris purchased the 505 Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He asked for my building advice and I offered my services. He rallied investors, performed extensive research necessary for such a large project, acquired permits and purchased equipment and building supplies. Within weeks, 17 semi-trailer loads of lumber arrived and the construction phase began. The training center included four barns, each with 48 stalls plus 10 tack rooms, a large machine shop, 100 feet by 300 feet indoor arena and a three-quarter mile race track.

By late summer of 2006, the pristine Victory Haven was officially opened to enthusiastic race horse trainers. The long awaited showcase farm was later featured in Blood Horse Magazine and used in filming scenes of the movie “Dreamers.”

The well designed barns would later withstand a powerful F-4 tornado sustaining only minor damage. Not one horse was lost. When offers for the training center started coming in, Chris sold Victory Haven for a tidy profit which largely funded the purchase of what is now Cornerstone Ranch.

I know first-hand of Chris’ amazing leadership skills, business sense, work ethics and honesty. I know he will work hard for Curry County.

Norman Lord

Gold Beach

Religion, Politics

Because I grew up in an evangelical household, I’m increasingly concerned over the religious right’s involvement in Republican politics on both a national and local level. Particularly disappointing was Pat Robertson’s recent failure to condemn the sadistic torture, dismemberment and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post. While the exact sequence of those events remains questionable, the murder does not, and Robertson’s failure to condemn such horror is a tacit defense of the perpetrators.

Murder is an abomination that flies in the face of Christianity. For a potential arms deal as acknowledged by both the president and Robertson. Abominable if not outright blasphemy, and everyone should acknowledge it.

Locally, I’ve also noticed an increase in the defense of Republican candidates in the Curry Coastal Pilot based on religious convictions of the writer and the candidate’s conversion. This is not a reason for a vote, anymore than a jailhouse conversion is a reason for parole. I’m happy for anyone leading an honest and moral life, who also has good qualifications for the position they’re seeking. But recent implications of editing documents in an attempt to smear your opponent has me questioning the motivation and the morality of the perpetrator.

Was this done by a member of the clergy, the candidate himself, or a political trickster on the candidate’s behalf? Answer: It doesn’t matter. Christopher Paasch was made aware of this, and he should have condemned it immediately, but has failed to do so.

I’m supporting Jeri Lynn Thompson for county commissioner, and I encourage others to do the same. She is the only candidate having both the qualifications and the integrity for this important position on the Curry County Board of Commissioners.

Gary Blanchard

Gold Beach


As a dedicated and concerned citizen, Carla Gottlieb has shown that she has the qualifications to be a superb city councilor for Brookings. For many years she has committed her time and energy to serving people in the community on a volunteer basis. She has shown that she can confront the challenges that face our community and deal with them in a respectful and mindful manner.

Her involvement in various community affairs has proven that as a city councilor she will not shirk her responsibilities to her electorate. Her calm and reasoned voice will be welcomed at city council meetings. I urge voters to consider and support her for Position 3 on the Brookings City Council.

John Babin


Move forward

If you had the opportunity to meet with a local candidate one on one to discuss with them their beliefs, ask them questions about your concerns and what their intentions are to better serve our community, and this person was willing to listen with an open mind, would you choose to meet with them? This was an offer made by Christopher Paasch to anyone who wanted to meet. Did you accept this offer?

Based on the amount of misinformation that has been spread about him it appears that few, if any, took the time to meet with Paasch, let alone make the effort to investigate what he stands for.

Many have judged Paasch by hearsay and innuendos, and this is a massive injustice. Did you know that Paasch offered a struggling homeless person help from him and his family with a safe place to stay? I don’t imagine you were told or read about that.

This is a man who has the integrity, courage, honesty, and know-how to help us in this community. This is our chance to bring in a very respectable man with creative ideas, to make our community a better place. This is the time to move forward with Paasch.

S.J. Richards


Does his research

When I first met Dennis Triglia, I was struck by his intelligence, his ability to research solutions and his integrity. These impressions of Triglia’s virtues have stayed true throughout these last couple of years.

He is a research scientist, who weighs all perspectives and data before making up his mind. He prides himself on thoroughly reading all documents pertaining to resolutions and issues brought before the council.

He has been maligned for bringing a resolution to the council for wanting to name Brookings an Inclusive City. For that resolution, he researched similar small cities in Oregon to make sure that the language he was bringing forth would highlight Brookings as welcoming, and would be in keeping with both Oregon statutes and federal law.

The motion to approve this resolution died for lack of a second. Triglia was successful in getting Brookings declared a Monarch City USA, the first city in Oregon to receive this designation. This proclamation was passed unanimously by the city council.

Both were intended to highlight Brookings in a positive light and help tourism promotion. The latter was recently celebrated by the first Monarch Festival held in Brookings, which was a free family event well appreciated and well attended by over 500 people, many from out-of-town. Scientist Triglia was there, providing information about Monarchs as he does throughout our county.

Throughout this campaign season, Triglia has remained mindful and respectful. He has continued his work. He has been attending meetings on homelessness, which we all can agree is a pressing issue. We know he is researching solutions as I write this, also for the affordable housing crisis.

He has also been participating in ongoing work to solve the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) epidemic facing the county. A vote for Triglia is a vote for a solution finder with integrity and compassion. Vote for Triglia.

Maria Sudduth


Keep Triglia

Dennis Triglia wants to keep his seat on the Brookings City Council, and if you don’t know Triglia personally, here are some things you might want know to about him.

I’ve known Triglia for about three years and I’ve observed him to be one of those people who is exactly what he appears to be; a smart, funny, caring person. Triglia is a retired scientist, a lifelong environmentalist and one of the most generous people you’ll ever meet. He regularly and quietly gives to causes, people and projects, and was instrumental in making Brookings the first Monarch City in Oregon. That designation led to this year’s incredibly successful Monarch Festival in Azalea Park. It was a great event, super kid friendly, educational and a lot of fun. And it started because Councilor Dennis Triglia sponsored a proclamation naming Brookings a Monarch City.

Triglia is one of those people who genuinely cares about our community. His campaign signs say “Standing up because of you for you” and I believe that is a perfect way to describe him as a city councilor. He understands his decisions affect people, so he does his homework and he listens to all the viewpoints. He’s sometimes the only yes or no vote on an issue, but he always has well researched reasons as to why he is voting for or against an issue.

I like that he is transparent, accessible and that he bases his decisions and votes on what he believes is best for all.

So, now you know a little bit about the guy and I hope you’ll join me and vote Triglia.

Tony Stoddard


Year-round pool

A dozen mermaids near Brookings enjoy swimming all year round at a private pool. The mermaid’s wish more Curryites could have an all-weather protected pool; it has been in the city plan for decades.

Authorities know the benefits of year-round access for all to promote physical fitness and recreation for all ages, physical therapy for the mobility impaired, better cardio-pulmonary health and longevity for elders, drug abuse prevention and pain relief for all kinds of illnesses.

Teresa Lawson for Mayor agrees. Watch her engage with community partners and with her neighbors to see who her collaborators might be.

I have witnessed Lawson’s excitement on a number of issues as she talks with voters. She believes we can improve communication, collaboration, and Brookings’ infrastructure. An indoor aquatic facility is the one issue she has heard from more people. Whether it is for physical therapy benefits or somewhere for all ages to enjoy during the long rainy season, almost everyone wants this for Brookings, not just our local mermaids.

Lawson has the personality and experience to motivate people to make this happen, she will find a way, seeking community partners and creative resources, so all Curryites can have what the mermaids have. Bliss!

Shannon Stansberry


Nonpolitical letters

Applaud effort

I attended the candidate forum put on by KCIW radio. It was well organized and a great opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stood on the issues.

It soon became clear that there were those who had been in office a long time and those who were new and eager. The candidates with experience talked about the realities of funding to deal with the issues. The new eyes just wanted to solve them. So, the question became: Do you want to give new blood a chance or go on with the tried and true?

Since I prefer enthusiasm, I’m prone to try something new. Perhaps their energy will bring about change? Perhaps they can get more funding and, as Teresa Lawson hopes, recruit more new blood to the empty committee seats.

I applaud KCIW’s effort to put together this informative debate and I hope these forums will continue in the future.

Terri Hagstrom


Extremely pleased

I’ve been a resident of Curry County just seven years since retiring and moving here in 2011. I never had the opportunity to visit the former hospital in Gold Beach, but I’ve heard the care there left something to be desired.

On Oct. 4, I was an outpatient at the new Curry General Hospital. I and my wife were extremely pleased with the attention and care the surgical staff provided.

I am a patient of Dr. Mark Davis, who performed a routine medical procedure on me that day. He and his nurse, Jennifer Baker, were very pleasant and thorough.

Dee Kroning, the registered nurse who prepped me for the procedure, was extremely professional and explained what I should expect before, during and after my short visit to the operating room. She handed me off to Laura Trovati, who administered a spinal injection to numb me for the procedure and used intravenous anesthetic, putting me to sleep for the duration.

Nurses Lori Fallon and Jeannie Goforth kept an eye on me in the recovery room, checking my progress as my mind and body awakened afterward. They checked periodically to make sure the numbness was wearing off and feeling was returning to my feet and legs before helping me to stand and walk.

This modern hospital is well-equipped and the staff well-trained. I would not hesitate to return there, if necessary, for future medical needs.

Dean Brickey


Not Tolowa land

I would like to comment on the Oct. 26 Pilot article about the homeless issues. It appears that Tolowa tribal member Skylar Windham decided to involve himself in this controversy. He was so desperate to evict a homeless man from the port that he decided to misrepresent the truth by telling people that port property is Tolowa (California) tribe’s historic territory. On an Oct. 20 video that was filmed near the Chetco Indian Memorial, and then put on YouTube, you can hear him screaming “This land is the historical heritage of my people. The Tolowa people will not be happy to hear about this. Tribal courts are going to be involved.”

It is shameful behavior for the Tolowa people to try to claim the Chetco peoples’ ancestral homeland as their own. I am a Chetco native who was born here, am enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, and my ancestors lived on the Chetco River forever. The Chetco Indians established their village sites on this river and lived in plank houses for thousands of years. The Tolowa territory is located in California and extends as far north as the Oregon border.

Back in the 1990s, Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa leader) helped his wife Lena create a coloring book for youth. It was used in local schools to teach children about native culture. The book’s title is “Indian Coloring Book — Northern Californian Native American Culture.” Inside the front cover is a map of the Tolowa ancestral land. Surprise! Their ancestral territory is entirely in California.

It seems they can’t make up their minds as to where they want their borders to be because, it keeps changing.

Karen Crump



In response to Milo Mann’s letter entitled “Chetco not Tolowa”:

It would have be nice to get a heads up before you flippantly called out my claims as unfounded. I know you’re well aware of tribal history in this area, though you didn’t actually cite any of your facts. With regard to this, I’ll be brief.

On the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians’ website, under a tab entitled “Heritage,” the Tolowa are indeed included in an “inclusive list of all ‘our’ tribes.” On the Tolowa’s website, Loren Bommelyn provides a historical overview including, “Their Taa-laa-waa-dvn” (Tolowa-Ancestral-Land) lays along the Pacific Coast between the water sheds of; Wilson Creek and Smith River in California and the Winchuck, Chetco, Pistol, Rogue, Elk and Sixes Rivers, extending inland up the Rogue River throughout the Applegate Valley in Oregon. Their Taa-laa-waa-dvn roughly covers what are today Curry, Josephine and Del Norte Counties.”

There are countless factual sources that demonstrate many similarities between the Chetco and the Tolowa. I absolutely stand behind what I said; there was nothing reckless or dishonest about it. Whether people like it or not, the Chetco story cannot be told without also including the Tolowa (and other tribes).

But we get it, your point was that it is a Chetco site, and nothing else. If your only intention was to point out a very specific technicality, I suppose there is no harm; but how you said it, and especially considering the context of my original comment, was out of line. Perhaps we should invite all the vagrants to set up their tents all around that site, and if anyone has a problem with it, we’ll just send them your way.

Skylar Windham


Ugly attitude

There’s an ugliness growing in Brookings. I brought my RV to Brookings (Harris Beach) this month on vacation. In the morning, I walk my dogs in town, near the library, before my usual stop in at Fred Meyer. I see the homeless camped around the library and understand their tents and RVs are a blight on this nice town, but I also notice a disturbing trend.

Residents of this town are increasingly harassing the homeless by blasting their car and pickup horns as they pass. I see It two or three times a day. It even happened to me once when I parked on the street next to Ace Hardware (the parking lot is too steep for RVs), and a silver Honda crossover laid on its horn as I was returning to my vehicle, thinking I was camping there.

The ugliness I mentioned is not the homeless camps; it’s those vindictive, hateful people who live and work here, and choose to harass people who are down on their luck. You know who you are, and you’re no better than the people you harass.

J.C. Lockhart


Down a Steep slope

Here’s a thought, if Father Lindley of St. Timothy’s cares so much about the homeless, why isn’t he offering the church property as a place for them to live? Why doesn’t he open his doors and let them sleep on the pews?

Why? Because like most of the people supporting this insane problem, they want to help as to say look at me, don’t forget about me. I don’t hear or read about any of these enablers inviting the homeless into their homes, allowing them to camp in their backyards or use their restrooms. What a bunch of hypocrites.

And now they want rules for camping. Well, here’s a rule for you — how about no camping. Oh by the way, this is not camping, this is living. With the exception of the state parks, there is no camping left here.

My business is a prime example of what this trend is doing to our local economy. We have decided to close out RV Parts store because the RV parks are now filled with low income housing. I have had many of my customers whom travel to the area every year say they won’t be coming back because of what this area has become.

We’re heading down a steep treacherous slope that we made not recover from.

Harold Bailey


Where’s our rights?

There have been a lot of articles in the Pilot news about the homeless problem. One only needs to go to San Francisco, California, to see how it has ruined that city.

San Francisco hands out 400,000 syringes per month to the drug addicted homeless. With 92 percent of those syringes ending up on the sidewalks and streets.

Ontario, California, (37 miles east of LA) had a huge homeless problem a few years back. The city wanted desperately to help these people. The city had this acreage in the outskirts of town. They designated this land for the homeless.

It didn’t take long for mayhem to occur. There were more than 400 homeless people living there. The stench and foulness could be sensed all over the city. There were rapes, aggravated assaults, gun violations and stabbings happening on a weekly basic. Police and city officials had to shut down this debacle when there was a attempted murder of three homeless by a homeless person living at the camp.

There are many factors for the homeless; a few are down on their luck, some have mental problems, many have drug and alcohol addictions and some do not want to deal with society’s rules. There is no one answer. If I knew the answer, I would be on the city council.

However, there were a lot of statements in all the Pilot’s articles about “The Rights of the Homeless.” I used to help in the main mission in LA, feeding up to 1,500 a meal. So, I have been there.

However, what about the rights of the hard working citizens who pay taxes in Brookings? What about the hard working small business people of Brookings? Where are our rights?

Andrew T. Ragan