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Letters to the Editor from May 4

Feds shouldn't have to OK

for Indian health care service

I simply am not capable of comprehending certain aspects of today's society.The first of many issues that upsets me right now is the way American Indian tribes treat each other in social service issues ( May 3).OK, I can understand why, if you are not a member of the local tribe, you're not able to get housing assistance on tribal land – but not none at all.A non-local can only get a certain amount of assistance, less than the locals, but some help is better than none ... right?

In addition, the medical assistance offered through tribal medical facilities that bothers me. I am registered, complete with Tribal roll number, in the United Lumbee Nation. The nation is not federally recognized. Therefore, I am not eligible for treatment at the United Indian Health Care facilities. If there is a tribe – and there is – and their members have roll numbers, which I do, then why not help me when I am sick?

Isn't the federal government the same one that committed genocide on the Indian, for the most part?Yes! Then why do I have to get their "stamp of approval" before medical services can be offered?

Teri V. Markanson

Crescent City

DA's Office doesn't have

history of dismissing charges

Both as a deputy district attorney and a private citizen, I understand that the aborted dismissal of W. John Quinlan's speeding ticket looks bad ( May 2).It should not have been done, period.District attorneys certainly are not immune from the laws we are employed to uphold.That said, I do take issue with the rumor that this office has a history of dismissing charges involving our colleagues. I have been a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office for nearly two years and cannot recall a single instance in which a co-worker was cited for a traffic infraction, let alone recall this office dismissing an infraction ticket issued to an employee.

Ben McLaughlin

Del Norte County District

Attorney's Office

Crescent City

Historical Society volunteer actually discovered story

The recent article on the visits made by the U.S.S. Constitution ( May 2 ) incorrectly credits me with having "sleuthed out" the remarkable coincidence between the presence of Old Ironsides almost 75 years to the day that the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain arrived in Crescent City.

The credit here actually belongs Sandy Nuss, a long time Society member and historian par excellence of Del Norte County. I may have undertaken the simple math calculation that yielded an approximate 75 year gap between the vessels' visits, but Nuss is responsible for the actual sleuthing here, not me.

The Del Norte County Historical Society is staffed almost entirely by volunteers who, like Sandy Nuss, give freely of their time and expertise to ensure the preservation of local history. It is vital, therefore, that proper credit be given when it is due.

Brian C. O'Callaghan

Executive Director

Del Norte County Historical Society

Crescent City


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