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Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.

Mr. Finigan, you were hired to be a spokesperson for the folks in your district, not the main teller of how the whole county should be run. Shame upon you, sir. Please, do the right thing, step back to being a regular supervisor. Put someone else in the chairperson’s spot. Put someone in your spot that will do the job correctly.

Randy Christoffersen,

Crescent City

Warrior icon a tribute to Native Americans

I certainly wouldn’t want to offend the delicate sensibilities of any of the proud Native American tribes in Del Norte, but I must comment on the story, “Resighini:  Return to Indian mascot” in the Triplicate (Aug. 9).

I congratulate Rick Dowd of the Resighini Rancheria for standing up and defending the proud Indian Warrior icon. 

I won’t bother to comment on the alleged “Spartan” helmet and shield which has replaced the old Indian head Warrior icon. I am sure all the ancient Spartans living among us are bursting with pride.

The words of School Board President Don McArthur reported in the Triplicate story are a prime example of the kind of bureaucratic liberal absurdity that has destroyed the American public school system over the past decades and reduced American educational achievement to rank among the lowest in the developed world. 

Heaven forbid that we should damage the self esteem of any of our students by expecting them to learn anything or to think for themselves. 

John Cupp,

Smith River

Visit county meetings to see local positives

The main reason I attend the Board of Supervisors meetings is to hear the progress that is being made in our county and to see the interaction between the residents and their board. Each member reports on the travel and meetings they attend on our behalf. 

At the July 22 meeting, our young farmers told about their animal projects and invited the board members to the Junior Livestock Auction at the fair. 

An amazing presentation was made by two students from Castle Rock School that was informative and inspiring. As their True-North PICO project, they created cooperation with the manager of Safeway to prevent young people from obtaining alcohol. The manager attended the meeting and spoke about the changes at the store. It is an example of progress that comes from working together. 

Also, there were congratulations on the successful completion of the harbor project. A Russian film company and a French magazine are interested in our harbor innovations. 

Lots of good things are happening in our county.

Sharon McKinney, 

Crescent City

Crescent City offered  little help with flat tire

Just letting you know, don’t break down in Crescent City. You won’t get any service to fix a tire after 1 p.m. on Saturday or any time on Sunday. 

I live in Medford now but used to live in Crescent City. 

I sat in a hot car for four hours in Hiouchi. Do you think one Californian offered to help me? No, only one couple from Grants Pass. They gave me a sandwich and water. They even offered to follow me home to make sure I made it home safe. It’s lucky these people gave me food and water because I’m borderline diabetic. Thank you so very much. 

Then finally a tow truck showed up for a tow. I didn’t have any cell phone service either, only OnStar in my car. One tow truck driver was called; then it was canceled for some reason, but he decided to check on me anyway. Well, I was still sitting there waiting. He had another call but said he would be back for me and he was. The young man worked for Robertson’s Towing. He was glad to take me all the way to Medford, no problem. Thank you so very much. 

My family was very worried about me but had no way to contact me. Leaving there at 8:30 and getting home at 4:30 should have taken only two hours. I’m ashamed that there was not one person in that town to fit a tire. You better hope none of your family members ever get stranded somewhere with no help. 

Thank you again, Robertson’s Towing, for caring and thanks again to the young couple from Grants Pass.

Jackie Wardlow, 

 

Medford

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