Memorial Day is a sacred day for all war veterans. None need to be reminded of the reason why Memorial Day must be recognized.

Far too often our country as a whole takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Those freedoms were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew. The white crosses in the military cemeteries and our local cemeteries represent freedom bought and paid for.

Memorial Day is for honoring those who have died serving in uniform during wartime. As Vietnam veterans, our journey has been long, our bonds remain strong. We who remain will remember our brothers and sisters who have been called to their final home. The memory of our own will live on in us. This is what we do — it’s called remembrance; it’s called honor; it’s called family. I am sure that veterans of other wars feel the same way.

Gold Beach VFW Post 4439 will be conducting a ceremony at the Curry County Veterans Memorial at the Memorial site on Shirley Lane noon May 28, rain or shine. There will also be a flyover and everyone is invited. If you have any questions, you can call me at 541-469-6443.

God Bless America — home of the brave and land of the free.

Sam Vitale


Stepping aside

My apologies to all those that have followed my letters for the last few years. I will step aside as my political mindset is opposite of the Pilot’s new editor so consequently I must say goodbye.

As years go by, times will change and many of our beliefs will seem very different and wrong to others.

Take care you all in Curry County, your voting result totals have been superb for federal candidates.

Clayton Dalrymple

Hunter Creek


Watching Angi (Christian) and Jan (Barbas) move forward with your port business even as a recall is in full swing tells you a lot about their commitment to the community.

The decision to terminate a manager would’ve been a painful one to make. They supported management publicly, until it was time to end the agreement.

This is exactly what a board should do.

I personally am serving my third term as a port commissioner, and like them, volunteer hundreds of hours per year and often must make unpopular decisions. It hurts at times but I stay on course, just like they have.

You’re lucky they have had the bravery to make the decisions they’ve made.

That’s what you elected them to do.

If trust in management was lost as they claim, then they acted in your best interest. This is nothing less than a fact.

There is simply no way to know what they know. Even the language in the recall uses the term “appears.”


This is also a sign of their integrity. They have put the port ahead of their own natural desire to defend themselves.

It’s OK to disagree with the decisions of a governing board, but in my view , the recall is petty at best and only impedes progress.

A punishment by those who disagree.

Again, without knowing the whole story, recallers operate on a belief system, rather than a system based in fact.

Brett Webb

Port Orford

Money well spent

Whoever it was at the city who thought of putting up signs that say “Street Repairs Funded by Fuel Tax.” It was a stroke of brilliance.

Although I already support the fuel tax I can’t help but be even more appreciative every time I drive down a repaired street, enjoying the lack of patches and potholes. Money well spent.

I am happy to vote for renewal of the fuel tax, and so should you.

Joyce Hannum


Dropping from race

When I initially filed for the position of Curry County commissioner, I had not done my research on those I chose to run against. I honestly felt at the time I had filed, I would be the person most genuinely vested in representing the people of Curry County, without having any political or personal agendas.

Given that it’s been a few months and I’ve been able to learn more about those I’m running against, I have found that it’s in the best interest of the citizens of Curry County that I rescind my run in this election. I no longer feel that I am the best candidate to represent “We the People.”

I spent a lot of time analyzing, studying and paying attention to what one candidate in particular represents. It’s with no hesitancy that I have decided to step down and support Chris Paasch.

I concede to another leader who is ready to take the reigns, because that’s what true leaders do. I believe he is the candidate who comes best prepared to lead as a commissioner. Paasch has my vote and I hope he has yours too.

Andre Bay


Change obsession

The fake media is obsessed with the issue of whether President Trump will be indicted for obstruction of justice or violation of any federal election laws? However, this obsession is a nonstarter. The long-held policy of the Department of Justice is that a sitting president of the U.S. cannot be indicted, according to official DOJ memoranda.

Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states in cases of impeachment, judgment shall not extend further than removal from office. Once a president has been removed from office by impeachment, he may be prosecuted for violation of any federal laws.

Impeachment is analogous to indictment in regular court proceedings. Impeachment proceedings may be commenced by a member of the House of Representatives and only requires a simple majority to impeach. Only two presidents have been impeached, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson.

Impeachment proceedings unfold in the form of a trial and the Senate enters judgment on its decision. The U. S. Constitution requires a majority of two-thirds of the Senate to convict. And this has never happened, and is unlikely to happen in the future. Democrats would serve themselves by obsessing less on impeachment and more on making America great.

Steve Johnston


Help is available

Be forewarned that season two of Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” starts May 18.

There has been a lot of concern, rightly so, with the impact the first series had on many kids. Thousands binge watched the series and, without adult support, had a very difficult time. Some ending up in the ER, many more didn’t make it because of contagion to the film.

With that in mind, encourage your friends and clients who have children to:

(1) Talk with their kids, hopefully before May 18, about series one.

(2) Learn and watch for suicide warning signs (see and what to do so you can feel confident to take action.

(3) If you notice one or more warning signs, ask “R U OK?” If there is great concern be blunt and ask “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” or “Are you thinking about suicide?”

(4) Consider taking Mental Health First Aid May 25 and/or the 2-day ASIST training May 29-30 at SWOCC’s Brookings Campus.

(5) Be with your kids, if possible, when they watch each episode for the first time.

(6) Talk with your kid’s friend’s parents about having a pizza party as a group to watch each episode and discuss them. Listen carefully to what kids have to say.

To find out a lot of information about Series One, go to class="Apple-converted-space">

If you get triggered, call the national suicide helpline at 800-273-8255 or text the National Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Gordon Clay