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Letters to the Editor August 19, 2009

Best Salmon Festival in years

As an attendee of this year’s 47th annual Klamath Salmon Festival, hosted by the Yurok Tribe, this was by far the best festival in many years. The event was rich in tradition and a celebration of the important heritage the salmon has come to mean to the cultural existence of the Yurok Tribe and local businesses.

Attendance at the festival ran into the thousands of locals and visitors eager to feast on the various entertainment events, the wide variety of educational displays, arts and crafts booths, and the many unique foods including the traditional Native American open fire pit salmon dinner and barbecue. The festival had everything. Great weather, excellent variety of foods, live music, a parade, entertainment for the kids and sporting events for the spectator and participant alike.

There is no doubt that the Yurok Tribe put its best foot forward with the combined efforts and hard work of its organizers. 

Paul Crandall
Klamath


A needed word of encouragement


This letter is a response to some of the more pessimistic and critical letters written in these past few months. In these difficult times, I want to show appreciation, and to offer a word of encouragement to some local business, service agencies, and organizations.

As director of Reach Out Ministries, a Christian grass-roots organization helping those discouraged and unemployed with prayer, and practical assistance with temporary work, employment assistance and emergency help (food, essential supplies), I want to thank Chetco Federal Credit Union for providing excellent local banking service and assistance with our Fourth of July fireworks fundraiser.

I also want to thank Ron and Lori Rooney of Rona’s Hauling, a longtime business here in Del Norte County. For many years Ron has consistently been a good example of a real Christian dealing with honesty, integrity and real Christian love.

Our public agencies are also working hard. On July 4, our local fire and police were vigilant all hours, day and night, to keep our streets and homes safe. I observed Mr. Wakefield and our fire departments work heroically to save a burning home and our city bowling alley. Despite reduced funding, I also see our city public works employees working efficiently and diligently to keep our streets and parks in good working order.

Some local churches like Cornerstone Assembly of God and Lighthouse Community Church are meeting daily to pray for our city and are increasing their efforts to provide real hope and help for our communities through drug and alcohol recovery ministries, children’s programs, and other services. Many genuinely concerned pastors and leaders of DNEMA (Del Norte Evangelical Ministerial Association) meet regularly at a restaurant and the Nazarene Church praying for the health, safety and for the transformation of our communities from drugs, alcohol, poverty and other serious problems.

Are you discouraged or in trouble out there? Know this: Somebody cares. Do you want real lasting change locally ? Start by following the lead of those on the ground already praying and working.

Tom Pawloski
Reach Out Ministries
Crescent City
 

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