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Letters to the Editor Aug. 18, 2011

Appreciate beautification efforts done by local workers recently

I have appreciated the wonderful beautification efforts being done by all of the local workers during the past few months.

The downtown area, parking lots being repainted, weeding, trimming and clean-up projects along Pebble Beach and many others in progress.

Good job to all who are working on these projects. I appreciate these efforts daily and would like to acknowledge the hard work of all involved.

Charlene Blackburn

Crescent City

People in orange vests standing around could do more work

A couple of years ago we were able to drive around Howe Drive until the sewer project removed the thoroughfare.

I know from my father and brother, who were both civil engineers, that when a utility messes up a roadway, they are required to restore it to its original condition. At the very least, it would be nice to have a paved cul-de-sac for large vehicles to turn around.

I see all those people in their bright orange vests standing around who could be working on such a project. And while they are at it, maybe some of them could take on the painting of the sewer plant, saving us ratepayers some money.

I like Crescent City, but this city government sometimes makes me happy I live in the county.

Floyd Burgess

Crescent City

 

Thankful for RHS-funded work by ‘orange-vested workers’

Regarding the “orange-vested workers” (“Make-work project in town a complete waste of tax money,” Aug. 12), these men are working and being paid by an employment grant received by Rural Human Services.

I am very thankful to have them working on the exterior of the county library. They have totally rebuilt our small shed, have replaced the rotten wood siding on the building and will be repairing the stucco and completing the exterior painting.

These men are very skilled at what they are doing and the library could never have afforded to pay for their many hours of labor.

I am very happy that the grant is paying for people to work around our community.

Linda Kaufmann

Crescent City

 

Pleas over BID, Tsunami Landing fall on deaf ears in City Council

Now that the news of Tsunami Landing’s destruction is becoming more public, people will cry to the City Council that they care about it and want to keep it. But their pleas will fall on deaf ears, as usual.

In case people are unaware, our mayor has a website with designs for the entire city, and Tsunami Landing is one of them. Since the reasoning for tearing down the landing instead of repairing it is rather thin — because it's not up to code — one can only assume an alternative agenda at play.

This is reminiscent of the Business Improvement District debacle that had Mayor Charles Slert and Councilwoman Kelly Schellong opposing the will of the majority for reasons unknown. I hope this doesn’t turn into a trend.

Meanwhile, if we want to keep our historical landing and protect it from special interests, we will have to fight for it.

 Katherine Kelly

Crescent City

 

Deceased whale finally rid of harassment by humans

Now that the whale under the Klamath Bridge has died, she is finally rid of the ignorant humans who have been aggressively trying to make contact with her and her long-gone calf.

When the news came out that the whale and her baby were under the bridge I was heartbroken and angry that the circus would begin. Last week I had to go to Eureka and dreaded seeing the people, cars, cops, and “investigators” struggling to get a peek at a great dying mammal.

There was only one CHP officer near the bridge. Cars were parked on the bridge and there wasn’t a spot open on the walkway. I could see some canoes in the water. This scene absolutely sickened me. She might have been sick but the constant harassment and stress did her in.

Now she is dead and the biologists can pick her apart. Why do you people do this? Can’t you leave anything alone? You have no respect for animals and their privacy. This is there land. Their water. Stay home, watch TV, and collect welfare.

Terri Levezow

Smith River

 

Tsunami funding for workers in orange vests got a lot done

Jim Wisbauer is wrong when he says tsunami funds are being wasted (“Make-work project in town a complete waste of tax money,” Aug. 12).

It’s not a fiasco, Mr. Wisbauer. Look at what the Rural Human Services orange-jacketed people have done recently. Start in Peterson Park, go to Beachfront Park, then visit the city’s parking lots, then visit the city forest on Cooper next to the cemetery. Maybe Jim Wisbauer should ask why a local environmental group is opposing the work there.

Go to B Street Pier. Visit our county parks, see what they did around the county planning building. They are working at the harbor; soon they’ll be painting the library.

This funding creates local jobs and the money is being spent locally. Things are getting done that would cost the city, harbor and county funds they do not have.

Richard Miles

Crescent City

 

Without scientific backing, why is tribe trying to ban lead ammo?

In the Aug. 11 article “Yuroks aim to get the lead out,” a senior wildlife biologist for the Yurok tribe, Chis West, was quoted saying “we are not looking to legislate, we are trying to educate the hunting community.”

The problem is California already has legislation banning the use of lead ammunition in “condor areas.” If condors are brought here it’s certain there will be groups that will want those areas expanded.

When legislation was passed in California banning the use of lead ammunition in condor areas, it was done so based on the “Church Study.”€This study tried to link lead levels in condors to lead ammunition.

This study was thoroughly debunked by the “Randich Report,”€”Saba Report” and “Canales Report.” These reports were submitted to the California Fish and Game Commission and are likely the reason it rejected the plan to expand regulations to include .22  ammo and small game.

With no scientific proof that lead ammo is causing elevated lead levels in condors, why is the Yurok tribe trying to convince people to give up lead bullets?

The article also quoted West as saying “A switch from lead ammunition would not only benefit condors, but the hunters who are eating their kill.” That is debatable at best. People have been eating game shot with lead bullets for hundreds of years and there has never been a case of lead poisoning linked to eating game meat. Non-lead bullets may preform okay, but they are more expensive and not available for every cartridge.

Also, guns were designed to shoot lead. Since lead is heavier then the alternatives, to use the same weight in a non-lead bullet the bullet would have to be longer. This can cause problems, especially when the rounds must be short enough to fit in a magazine.

I just hope people realize when they buy the expensive “green” bullets there is no science proving they are any better for them or the condors.

Troy Messal

Crescent City

 

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