Learning experience

A recent two-and-a-half day CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) free, basic training for volunteers was a win/win for both the participants and our Brookings-Harbor community. The training goal is to provide disaster survival and rescue skills for personal survival as well as to help others until additional assistance arrives. It is one step in community-based preparedness.

A variety of experienced presenters gave PowerPoint presentations followed by opportunities for hands-on application of this material with partners and in teams. Topics included disaster preparation, fire safety, disaster medical procedures and light search and rescue procedures, among others. My learning curve was huge.

On a not-your-typical Mother’s Day, our final exam to receive CERT certification was held. A site outside of town was secured in advance for the protocol teams and partners to respond to a convincingly staged emergency situation at a collapsed building with trapped, injured victims. This was not exactly trial under fire, but close enough. Providing support and rescue to these victims, though staged, was still involving and satisfying.

Thanks to Jeremy Dumire, Emergency Services Coordinator, and co-worker LeeAnn Spring Sheffel for organizing this effective training, as well as to all the other dedicated presenters. Please consider taking advantage of this informative, essential training when offered again soon in the Brookings-Harbor area. Better yet, call Jeremy at 541-247-3208 and let him know you’re ready to learn and contribute.

Sandy Cady


Don’t let it happen

In today’s world, the philosophy of Communism is alive and well in the Russian Federation. Communism’s ultimate goal is world domination and the destruction of capitalism. Two precepts of Communism are one step backwards, two steps forward and the end justifies the means.

Russia was caught interfering in the U.S. 2016 elections (one step backwards). Now the federation is making plans to disrupt the 2018 elections here (two steps forward). Russia is attempting to promote social unrest and revolution in our country so they can divide and conquer our great country (the means to the end).

Are Americans going to do nothing and let this happen?

Joe Willett



I am deeply frustrated and hurt by the letters concerning low-income people within our community. I was born and raised in this amazing, beautiful community and have made some very specific life choices in order to continue to live here vs. some overpopulated, dirty urban area.

However, according to the authors, I don’t deserve to and am a blight on the community because I am in the low-income bracket. Despite having held a full-time job since I was 13, my household does not earn enough to afford to rent a house let alone buy one in this area. Because of this we live in an RV.

My husband and I contribute to this community and its economy. To lay blame for all the (by your standards) negative changes, erroneously at the feet of low income folks is not only insulting but short-sighted and ignorant.

I don’t normally say things like this but: Having been born here I believe I have more right then you to stay, so since you chose to move here you can choose to go elsewhere if you no longer like it. I would add that perhaps insulting your potential clientele isn’t the best business plan.

T. Sylvester


Huge success

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach and the Curry Health Foundation recently joined forces once again for the annual High on Health event. It was a huge success. The list of contributors includes sponsors, donors and those who purchased tickets and attended the event, and endless hours by local residents to plan and organize the fundraiser.

Gold Beach Rotary Club will use our portion of the profits to fund health related activities and programs for youth and families, and to give scholarships to deserving Gold Beach High School graduates. Curry Health Foundation plans to use their portion to support the upcoming labor and delivery accessibility at Curry General Hospital.

To all who opened their wallets, donated goods and services, and those who gave hours of service,

kudos. We look forward to working together to plan High on Health 2019, and hope that we will have your continued support. See you next April.

Marna Williams

Gold Beach Rotary Club

Recall both

I don’t know either port commissioner up for recall. I am new to Brookings, been here one and a half years, built a home, plan to stay until I die.

I believe public servants are sworn to uphold the law when they take office. I have read a lot about the recall from many different sources. The two commissioners being recalled have friends/relatives who have written to say they are both nice, honest, hard-working people.

The law states the port manager must be disciplined and/or fired under due process. He must be told what he did wrong and given the chance to defend his actions.

The two port commissioners under recall broke the law they swore to follow. Apparently they did not even follow legal advice regarding the termination. (I am not even going to consider the apparently favorable business rental contract one commissioner got, arranged by her previous personal partner, also a previous commissioner.)

To this unbiased mind, the decision is a no brainer. They broke the law.

Recall both.

Marian Kron


Food fears

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill this Memorial Day face a nasty choice. If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature.

But our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.

Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even offer cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our neighborhood supermarket, along with nut-based milks, ice creams and other dairy-free desserts.

This Memorial Day, let’s stay safe on the roads, but let’s extend the safety net to our family barbecue grill.

Carlton Caswell


Finish the fight

I would like to say thank you to all the people in Curry County who trusted me with their vote. There are also many people in Harbor, Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford who worked hard to help in our cause.

I am amazed and humbled to see the people here in Curry who genuinely love it here and offer their help freely.

The county is facing some serious decisions. We need commissioners willing to work full time to solve the problems we face and we need commissioners willing to finish the fight not just kick the can down the road. If elected I will work hard to finish that fight.

Christopher Paasch

Gold Beach