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Letters to the Editor April 15, 2011

Why is Deputy Garcia still being paid when he has pleaded guilty?

In response to the April 9 article, “Garcia gets year in plea deal; sheriff’s deputy still being paid while on leave,” I have one question. Is everyone else in this county asking, what the hell?

I have a very good understanding of the Police Officer Bill of Rights, Fair Employment Act and other protections afforded to the employed peace officer, but give me a break. I wonder how the man or woman feels who lost a job due to budget problems, the economy, etc., after reading that. Or the guy that’s working two jobs just to put food on the table for his family.

What’s next? Are they going to give him his job back when he gets out of jail? Maybe the county Board of Supervisors will have a meeting on that too. Hopefully, they're not paying him while they think about it.

Rick Barry

Crescent City

 

Local media outlets should do a better job showing A’s games

Why do the local media outlets have it in for the Oakland A’s? Charter Cable doesn’t even carry the Oakland A’s anymore in Del Norte County, and KPOD doesn’t always have the games live.

KPOD would rather run a repeat of Glenn Beck than have the Oakland A’s on live. Everybody knows that Glenn Beck has been ripping off Alex Jones for a long time now. Rolling Stone magazine even did an article on that recently.

KPOD even advertises the fact that they have the Oakland A’s games on live. They might have the games on live about 50 percent of the time if that.

People can actually listen to the Oakland A’s games live on 1340 AM KATA. They can watch the Oakland A’s on the Major League Baseball website and they can also listen to the Oakland A’s on satellite radio.

KPOD should have Glenn Beck on 24 hours a day and it should change its name and call itself the Glenn Beck Radio Network. This would make all the sense in the world because people can already listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on KINS.

Joe Thomas

Brookings

Financial crisis exists due to U.S. trying to maintain a world empire

 

It appears that just about all our leaders from the president to the Republicans to corporate Democrats like Diane Feinstein are telling us that the only way to bring government spending into line with revenue is to drastically cut services to the poor and working class. Not just Medicare but also Social Security are targeted for deep cuts; that means more of the cost of health care and retirement placed on the backs of working people and retirees.

The corporate media parrots these claims, creating a drumbeat for placing the burden for balancing the budget on the poor, working folks and retirees.

These politicians and corporate shills don’t want the American people to realize that the financial crisis exists because the U.S. is struggling to maintain a world empire even as our economic and financial dominance are waning worldwide. As President Obama admits in his war and budget speeches, military spending is basically off the table. Symbolic cuts — to be achieved by cutting waste — are all the President is willing to give from the military budget; House Republicans don’t cut military spending at all.

The U.S. now spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined, but the empire we are paying to protect is not an American empire. We protect a world economic order that serves the interests not of the American people and our defense, but rather of global corporations. The European Union, India, Brazil and even China benefit from U.S. worldwide military dominance and we, American taxpayers, foot the bill. We pay in order to keep Wall Street the dominant player in the global economy.

The American people — and especially the poor, working people and retirees — are bearing the cost of various wars while Congress and the Obama administration support maintaining corporate tax breaks and subsidies.

In other words, It is not Social Security, Medicare or the safety net that is bankrupting this country. it’s the empire, stupid!

The global corporate elite and those who serve them in our government are counting on the American People to grin, bear it and return to their electronic gadgets.  They believe we do not have the appetite for revolt, so they keep squeezing.

How much are you willing to take?   

Felice Pace

Klamath

 

Thanks to a wonderful community for always being so generous

 

Sometimes we get so busy with life that we put our thank-yous on the back burner.

There are a number of people I’d like to recognize for their kindness and generosity. Thanks to Dr Martello, my Finley boy is still able to get our newspaper every morning. Thank you for giving us extra time with him.

Tatia and her staff at the Klamath River Café found and returned my brand-new cell phone, thank you!

Crivelli’s Bar, the Methodist Church, and the Yurok Housing Authority here in Klamath opened their doors early morning the day of the tsunami for people in need.

At Crivelli’s a kind-hearted neighbor made pancakes. The Methodist Church served a healthy pasta dish. The Red Cross supplied breakfast at the Housing Authority, and I and a neighbor with the help of her kids helped cook bacon, potatoes, and eggs.

Chuck Hartwick was there in spirit, (he had been on so many previous disasters with the Red Cross and helped KFPD on numerous occasions). He will always be remembered for his outstanding service, his loyalty to family and friends, and his wealth of knowledge in first aid.

Lunch was brought by this nice lady (Mama Bear) and her family.

My thank-you is to a wonderful community for opening its doors and being so generous.

Linda Witvoet

Klamath

Children are our future and they should be considered, respected

 

John Adams, one of the founding fathers, said, “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

So I would ask Clif Shepard, writer of the April 6 letter, “School extracurricular programs should not be our highest priority,” is John Adams wrong to want to educate our children with the extras?

The government makes our children go to school, so it should just be the basics? We are all in this together and the more negative you write about our children, the more resentful they feel. Do you have any idea how difficult it is for some of those kids to get up and share the pain it would cause to not have music, or drama, FFA, auto shop, wood shop, all the extras?

For the people who did not attend the budget meeting, some of our children stood up and shed tears. The old saying “children should be seen and not heard” is wrong. They are our future and they have voices, and it took a lot to stand up and say what they are feeling.

Maybe, we all should be angry at companies that make billions of dollars and pay no taxes, but received a refund from our government. Mr. Shepard, attack these companies. Our kids are already becoming heart-hardened.

Anna Porter

Crescent City

 

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