Get over selves

I’m so disappointed in the article about law enforcement in Harbor (April 18) calling us the unincorporated area. When I grew up here we were known as Brookings-Harbor not Brookings and then Harbor.

We all lived as though we were one town with a river running through the middle. Everybody cared for each other. Some had family living in the Brookings part of town and they had family in the Harbor part of town.

Some people don’t want other people to have guns, yet they want us to live with no police protection.

My uncle, Clarence “Bud” Cross, was chief of police for 25 years in Brookings-Harbor and he was a wonderful man. He did many wonderful things for Brookings-Harbor and he never complained about not having enough money. People loved him so much they even named a park after him, Bud Cross Park.

Some of you people need to get over your high and mighty selves.

Carolyn Cross



A group of veterans and veteran supporters attended the May 7 Brookings City Council workshop regarding affordable housing. I was one of that group.

What struck me was that our city councilors seemed to be hesitant to ask that the South Coast Development Council Housing study be looked at closely and a planning grant applied for to find the right mix between buildable land and housing needs.

I’m wondering if they were really listening to what City Manager Gary Milliman was sharing about a planned community in which multiple kinds of housing were mixed and coexist. Please, City Manager Milliman, share that information far and wide. I’d like to see the Pilot do a series on this.

We hope that our pleas are being heard. We are not going anywhere. We are coming together as a group to do our advocacy according to wise and reasonable expectations of citizens in the city. Please write to these local elected officials with a letter in support of affordable housing.

Beyond that, let’s think about community resilience as the bottom line safety net that will only happen when issues are addressed. Community resilience starts with housing first and access to healthy foods.

Perhaps a solution is to call stakeholders’ meetings, one for housing and one for building the food system that needs to be built. I’m envisioning two similar processes much like the Aquatic Center’s development efforts, nonprofit efforts coupled with the city staff’s.

Ray Hunter


Need more racks

I was happy to read that the Brookings Tourism Committee is recommending building bicycle repair facilities in the city. What about installing more bicycle racks? Bike tourists need a space to park and secure their cycles so they can shop local businesses and restaurants. Just take a look on the internet and see their creative and economical designs that could enhance the city’s appearance.

Joe Willett


Double Billing

Time flies and election day is this Tuesday. So, I hope I’m not too late in expressing my support for Jeri Lynn Thompson as the only qualified candidate for Curry County Commissioner position 1. Also, remember to vote by May 29 to recall Jan Barbas and Angi Christian as port commissioners.

I’m not quite sure why Andre Bay got double billing for his withdrawal from the race and expressing support for another candidate. Essentially, his entire letter to the editor was reprinted on page one giving, what amounts to, a double endorsement to the candidate of his choice. So, I will just repeat my endorsement here by asking everyone to vote for Thompson for Curry County Commissioner.

Marty Grodin


Not bike friendly

I think it is great that the Brookings Tourism Promotion Advisory Committee is going to spend $5,286 to build bike repair and storage facilities in our town. Bicycle tourism is an economy driver that produces more than $400 million in state and local tax revenue.

However, I disagree with the city being bike friendly. I have been a cyclist for more than 40 years. I rode my bike from San Francisco to Washington D.C. for the prevention of child abuse.

Brookings is not a bike friendly town in comparison. I have seen cyclists hit by cars that come too close in front of the theater and even seen a logging truck driver stop a cyclist and tell him to get off the road because he does not pay taxes to use the road. I have been hit myself on Highway 101 by a driver who was not paying attention. I was in the bike lane and following safety rules.

It is important for drivers to realize that cyclists also have a right to the roads. For everyone’s safety and well being it is necessary to be aware that cyclists are going to be on our roads more and more. In order to truly be a bike friendly town it is paramount to drive cautiously, and above all be respectful and courteous to all cyclists that choose to travel by bike instead of car.

Ron Griswold


Port drama

I have nothing to do with the Port of Brookings-Harbor. I just know that since I’ve lived here, the port has been an ongoing drama that never ends. The last port manager was practically run out of town on a rail amidst rumors and lies about mismanagement and secret deals but now he has risen above all that history and is beloved by many. All has been forgiven and forgotten.

There is a rush to vomit hateful vitriol on the two new commissioners. Why? The port has always been a mess. Can the two newbies be that responsible for a long history of mismanagement and bad decisions?

Over the past couple of weeks the Pilot has printed damning headlines and articles about the two port commissioners left standing. Well, there is the obvious diatribe against them but I can’t help to wonder why. Why are the old time port place holders so vehemently angry with the two new commissioners who have been in their positions for less than a year.

I had a brief exchange with a port manager from another community. He told me that Brookings port is always embroiled in ongoing drama. No one understands it.

Maybe it is just time to get everyone involved in port history into some kind of self help group and try to figure out why this organization remains so dysfunctional. Maybe all the old guard need to step aside and let some new people untangle the mess. The port soap opera is wearing thin.

BR Matteson


Think of the cow

As I look forward to Mother’s Day and its cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows, worldwide symbols of motherhood, who never get to see or nurture their own babies.

Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk designed for them. The grief-stricken mothers bellow for days, hoping in vain for their return.

Most dairy cows spend their lives chained on a concrete floor, with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially, to maintain production, and milked by machines twice a day. When production drops, around four years of age, they are ground into hamburgers.

Dairy products are laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones, pathogens, and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Most adults even lack the enzyme for digesting dairy products. Humans are the only creatures drinking milk of another species.

This Mother’s Day, let’s honor motherhood and our natural compassion for animals by rejecting dairy industry’s cruelty and disease. Let’s replace cow’s milk and its products with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free plant-based milk, cheese, and ice cream products offered by our supermarket.

Cody Cook