With all due respect, this issue keeps coming up, repeatedly — Curry Coastal Pilot’s mistakes, misquotes, and the choice to not print corrections or retractions when requested.

Readers of the Pilot, please keep insisting on fact checking and that the correct context is included in news articles.

Filtering out context is spin. Providing the wrong context or superficial reporting is spin. Not fact-checking stories and in letters to the editor allows for thinly veiled cheap shots to rise to the equivalent of truth.

One Pilot reporter rises above the rest for quality writing. Jane Stebbins’ experience and understanding of the community provides layered contexts that reduce spin.

With all that is going on in Curry County, accuracy in reporting needs to remain a priority. When there are inaccuracies, issue a retraction or correction.

In my opinion, stories need to be looked at more closely by the editor before becoming front page news. Misleading headlines are also a problem. Correcting misinformation might help curb the poison pen editorials that these mistakes invoke.

Skip Hunter



Thanksgiving will always be special to me. I was inducted/drafted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 23, 1965, the day before Thanksgiving. I was flown from LAX to an Air Force Base in Louisiana and then bussed to Fort Polk, Louisiana.

My Thanksgiving dinner that year was at the reception station. While many thousand miles from home in Los Angeles, it was delicious. Of course, I missed my family and home but we all have to adapt to our surroundings.

Ended up spending my tour of duty in Louisiana and was discharged from active duty on Nov. 22, 1967, the day before Thanksgiving and while I didn’t make it home for the traditional turkey dinner with family, I did make it home. Don’t even remember where I spent the night but I was free and thankful.

Let us all be thankful for what we have and be thankful for the opportunities we have to unite instead of divide.

May everyone have a united state of unity and then we can have something to be thankful for.

Allan W. Stewart



The Pilot published a letter on Nov. 11 from a woman who apparently makes a great many assumptions. Perhaps she should increase her awareness with knowledge and facts, including how “assume” is perceived by many.

She states she has “seen no shortage of people completely willing to speak up,” but makes no correlation to the most recent actions of retribution taken by the Brookings mayor and two city councilors against two dedicated volunteers who did speak up.

Regarding her three “questions,” which actually appeared to be more accusatory than legitimate inquiries:

• The “thorough explanation, with back-up documents” can be found on the Curry County website, Board of Commissioner meeting video, Oct. 18, 2017. The actual documents can be obtained via a public records request. Since the Pilot has had complete information regarding these issues going back to 2016, she’ll need to ask them why nothing was published.

• The differences between slander/libel/defamation versus freedom of speech can be ascertained by facts and presenting the truth.

• Since the information was provided, it is not reasonable to assume retribution, or any taxpayer expense. The County’s liability company does not defend elected officials or employees when their actions are outside of their job duties. The county could have been sued for providing personal information prohibited by Oregon Revised Statutes related to public records. However, responsible county employees promptly dealt with those particular issues, implemented revised policies, and extended a public apology (BOC video 11/17). Those who conspired, presented and/or published defamatory (as in false) information did not.

Perhaps this same woman should check herself, and realize that all the trees cut down in Azalea Park were not diseased or “rotten” or (essentially) contagious, as she claimed in a prior letter…any more than a victim of defamation should be further maligned by insinuations and assumptions.

Catherine Wiley


Bad policy

Some people are accusing the Pilgrims of stealing the Indian’s land. The truth is that the Indians just had a weak immigration policy.

Alan Jensen


Thanks for memories

Well, Panther football season is over for the year and Randy Robbin’s sportscasting career comes to a close as he retires. I and a lot of other people will really miss Randy’s special way of relaying all the games to us at home and all the people that could never make it to a game. He brought it right into their homes. Thanks, Randy. Very sad to see you go.

After, Randy’s halftime horror stories on the last game, I doubt that Dale St. Marie will ever get another announcer as good as him for 10 years. I remember the Cave Junction deal. I went over Bear Camp to Galice to fish upriver to Merlin, where the game was that night. My wife, Peg, called me to tell me that Randy had blown a head gasket in Cave Junction; his car that is. So, I took off to find him. We made it back in time for the second quarter. After a week without a car his wife, Marla, drove him back to Cave Junction to pick up his car. When he got the bill, he actually blew a head gasket (kidding).

I like the way Randy would describe some players like, “that boy snatched the ball out of the rain like a raccoon snatching a trout out of Hunter Creek”.

I would like to thank Dale and crew at KGBR at 92.7, all the great sponsors, the coaches and of course the Panthers; as Randy called them “the men in black.” Randy came up with that one, too.

Randy also wrote for the paper, interesting stories like why Ron Adams put a cross on the hill above the highway at Myers Creek, and why the old gentleman, Ira Tozer, use to stand by the highway at the rest area in Brookings to wave at the cars until it looked like his arm would fall off. Did Randy write this for news or is he just an old fashioned busy body (kidding)?

Anyway, Randy, as Bob Hope would say “thanks for the memories.”

By the way, I’m not saying it was smokey a couple of weeks ago, but I caught a mess of half pounders

at Agness, threw them in the back of my rig, and by the time I reached Gold Beach, they were smoked

and ready to eat. So, thanks to the fire fighters that had to work in those conditions.

Ben Adams

Gold Beach

Food for holidays

The Community Kitchens is seeking turkeys and hams to be used during the holiday season. Our community has always been supportive of providing food for those in need and we are grateful.

Donations may be delivered to Brookings Presbyterian Church at the corner of Pacific and Oak streets during office hours (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Telephone 541-469-3725, or donate to any of the other community kitchens.

Thank you for your continued support.

Roger Gilbert