Church-state separation and natural law mischaracterized
The Feb. 1 Triplicate contained a Costal Voices piece by Sybil Saxelby (“Look closer at the National Center for Constitutional Studies”) concerning conservative persons and organizations. She begins by a personal attack on Glenn Beck (“chubby, pink jowls”). She also derides books by Cleon Skousen.
Ms. Saxelby, “natural law” has more than one meaning. The founders of this country believed the Natural Law came from God. Separation of church and state, which I am sure you know, is not in the Constitution but the Constitution did mean to keep the government out of religion because of the interference by the government in England through the Church of England. It was never meant to keep religion out of government.
The constitution prohibits the establishment of religion by the state. The constitution is not a “living breathing document” as liberals (progressives) like to think, but a set of principles based on moral considerations as best prescribed by God.
As for twisting the Constitution, I only see this as occurring through progressives who want to change the Constitution through judicial activism instead of the procedure prescribed in the Constitution itself (amendment).
Inez Castor missed; please reprint columns in absence
Two weeks without a Gopher Gulch and no word from Inez. The situation seems to be more serious than The Triplicate lets on. I think what the paper described as “a run-in with a horse” was actually a run-over by a horse.
No matter what the gory details (and I hope Inez will share them with us when she heals), I wish her a speedy recovery.
You are missed, Inez.
And may I include a request for The Triplicate? In Inez’s absence, can the paper reprint some of her previous columns (any of her favorites will keep us going until she returns to active duty).
Cutting First 5 would harm small communities such as Del Norte
I wrote the following to Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and state Sen. Doug LaMalfa:
Del Norte First Five provides an excellent service to the community. I deeply believe if Gov. Brown would visit rural counties with First Five sites he would understand why his idea of cutting any funds from this program would harm small communities.
Here in Del Norte, First Five is working with other community partners to bring needed services to children. I deeply believe every child is the future of California. I would like to tell you of my involvement with my local First Five offices. For a few years I served on the Del Norte County Library District. I voted to purchase the Wonder Bus from through state library funding. Because of the loss of timber funds and other funding cuts, the library could no longer support this service in the community. First Five stepping in and taking over the operation of the Wonder Bus with early childhood literacy programs makes it possible to give children a head’s-up to enter kindergarten and first grade.
I have witnessed the interaction of staff here with children coming to the Family Resource Center. One program the center has is “Play and Learn.” Recently, I saw the joy in the face of a little boy with autism. He was working with a teacher from the Pacific Child Family Association (PCFA). For the first time, this little boy was saying, “hi,” “goodbye,” and learning how to wave goodbye. If the two of you could have seen this simple human interaction you would know to keep the funding for rural First Fives.
I suggested to First Five to create a children’s garden. Children are growing food and learning how to eat better because of this program. Programs like this would be impossible if the funding for statewide First Five was cut.
Richard M. Miles
Numerous reasons to support moving Teen Clinic to Two Trees
I think the Del Norte Community Health Center is right on with its idea to move the Teen Clinic to Two Trees. I agree that more teens can be offered services with a more private location than the Health Center itself.
I worked with abused kids and teens for 14 years and I can tell you many of them have no safe adult to go to in a crisis. Being physically or sexually abused leaves teen girls up to six times more likely to become pregnant and two times as likely to report a sexually transmitted disease, according to breakthecycle.org.
Some parents think that the clinic would offer too much information to teens about sexual health. I liken that to not teaching children to cross the street safely because then they will cross the street. Of course they are going to cross the street at some point. Not teaching safety around it could be very dangerous to them.
The same holds true for teens. If they are not taught safety around their sexual health then how can we expect them to make healthy choices when the option is presented to them? Too many teens don’t have a role model for healthy relationships. They deserve to have this vital information.
I don’t promote teens having sex but I know that many of them are. Some before they reach high school. The clinic will provide the exact same information that is available at the Community Health Center. The difference is that so many more of our young adults can access the information and learn about how to choose healthy decision-making rather than carelessly putting themselves at risk.
Many of the teens who will use these services are already patients of the clinic. Waiting for an appointment at the current Teen Clinic is not safe for all teens. Those who are being abused could be put in harm’s way if someone saw them waiting for an appointment and reported this information to an abusive partner or parent.
The School Board will hear from Beth Chaton, Humboldt Office of Education, about what the state of California requires that schools teach teens about sexual health. She will speak at the Feb. 10 School Board meeting around 7 p.m.
Then board members will hear from community members how they feel about the move. Please come out and voice your thoughts.