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Letters to the Editor December 3, 2009

Homeless shouldn’t loiter at shopping center bus stop 

Out of the 30-plus years around here, I have been homeless at least two years of it. I didn’t hold up signs begging, didn’t panhandle, etc.

Riding the bus is great except for one stop, at the Highway 101 shopping center. Homeless people find this to be a great hangout. I see that nice weather or bad, it doesn’t matter, 99.9 percent of the time this stop is occupied by homeless people.

While I’m not scared, some people get off the bus and walk away because it is occupied by homeless people. I realize Crescent City Police and County Sheriff are more occupied elsewhere. Most homeless people are just trying to survive. I realize this. But a bus stop is just that, a bus stop!

Signs should be put up: No loitering! They might possibly help.

John L. Scoggin
Crescent City

Killing seals a crime public, employers should report

This weekend I saw a horrific scene at the floating dock at the Anchor Way marina. There on the dock was a badly bleeding harbor seal that had been recently shot and apparently left to die, with some members of the marine mammal center trying in vain to rescue it.

I have heard similar stories from others many times before, but this was the first and hopefully the last one I have witnessed. Furious, I went home and checked online to research what could be done about it and found the following information I thought might be helpful in deterring some future offenders if they knew what the cost of such an act was.

Harbor seals, like all marine mammals, are federally protected. Disturbing them in any way is a felony, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and/or one year in jail per count. The fines can even be higher for an endangered species, which we do have here in our waters, so that bullet may have well ended up in one of them, edging them closer yet to extinction.

Employers can also be held criminally responsible for the acts of their employees. For a company or fishing vessel, that responsibility includes a fine of up to $200,000.

People need to realize that this is not acceptable behavior for any reason and should not be tolerated! Anyone who witnesses any such occurrence should call the authorities right away and give them as much information about the location and the suspect as possible. In Crescent City you can call the police, Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries or the Marine Mammal Center — all are there and willing to help. 

With help from the public, more and more of these inhumane perpetrators will be arrested and made to suffer the consequences for their actions.

I know from now on I will be watching what is going on around me a lot more carefully and I will have no problem reporting anything I might see.

 A. Pierson
Crescent City

‘Withdrawing in disgust is not the same thing as apathy’

“Withdrawing in disgust is not the same thing as apathy.” Pretty much says it for me.

My solution: Register to vote. Then we know what to do. To-da-loo, Mr. Riese and all your ilk.

James Snow
Crescent City

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