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Letters to the Editor Feb. 24, 2011

I witness a pattern of kindness and generosity in our town

Last week, for the umpteenth time, Marty returned my previously ailing Hyundai.  It is now full of energy and good health again.  I discovered Crescent City 18 years ago and Marty’s Auto Repair & Muffler a little later. After “iffy” auto services in Southern California, it was an unbelievable relief to find a service that was, still is, dependable, trustworthy, courteous, and even goes the extra mile.

All that I witness in our town seem to reflect this pattern of kindness, generosity, and good spirit.  The schools, organizations, businesses, professionals and the newspaper where I read about them, we see them making life the best they can for we the people.

Mary Mills

Crescent City

 

I can see how easily elders here can be taken advantage of

 

In April of 2010, my 76-year-old grandmother’s 2002 Ford Explorer was stolen. My grandmother and I were in the home at the time and the burglar snuck in through the back door sometime between 1 and 5 a.m. while we were sleeping. The burglar took the keys from her purse and then took the vehicle from the garage. The title was in the vehicle when it was stolen and the thief forged my grandmother’s name and sold the vehicle to a local man.

Since then, we have done everything we can to try to get it back. I have gone to the Highway Patrol, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, the DMV and Elder Protective Services and no one will even investigate it. I even went directly to the District Attorney’s Office when Mike Riese was in office and his office also failed to take action on it.

I went to the man who purchased the car and told him that he had received a stolen vehicle with a forged title, to no avail.

My grandmother is not wealthy. She lives on a limited fixed income and relies on family to care for her. She paid approximately $18,000 off the lot, which represented a lot of money to her. She is one of the vulnerable dependents in the community who needs to be protected.

No matter what Del Norte weather is like now, my grandmother walks everywhere. I don’t even have a vehicle of my own and I do my best to arrange transportation for her, but this isn’t right. My grandmother had a career in nursing and cared for others and now it’s time for others to help her. I am so disappointed that something like this could happen to her.

I love my grandmother, but I can see how easily the elders in our community can be taken advantage of and why they are afraid to try and get help. They deserve better than to be left at the side of the road at the mercy of the unscrupulous. I have not given up trying to get justice for her and I hope now that we have Jon Alexander as the new district attorney, crimes like this will get more attention.

Misty Reaves

Crescent City

 

Wis. unions, president colluding to keep all of teachers’ benefits

 

Everyone should now be able to see who lies and is selfish. After the shooting of Rep. Giffords in Arizona, the liberals blamed the Tea Party for creating the environment for that shooting by showing cross-hairs of a telescope. Now they use that same image showing the Wisconsin governor in the cross-hairs.

The unions in Wisconsin and our president are in collusion to keep overpaid teachers and other public employees from losing any benefits. Candidate Obama received millions of dollars from unions for his presidential election. Where do you think his loyalty is? Why is this president butting into Wisconsin state business when he is bankrupting America? Wisconsin will have a $3.6 billion shortfall by 2013. Wisconsin teachers earn about 1.5 times the average household salary, including benefits.

The fundamental question, in my opinion, is, who will run the state and set priorities? Will the duly elected officials or unions make the decisions?’ As Andy Stern said several years ago as president of the SEIU, “We use the power of persuasion first. If it doesn’t work, we try the persuasion of power.” According to the American Institute for Economic Research in 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions with $68.3 million going to Democrats. Unions, when they step beyond their proper use, become dictatorial and demanding.

President Obama has again stepped beyond his role of protector of every state and staying out of disputes within a state. He has been bought and paid for by unions and his participation in Wisconsin’s affairs show how biased he is.

The teachers lied about being sick and attending the sit-in. What great examples of honesty they are. The teachers should lose their pay and benefits for the days they missed and the ringleader should be fired. The liberal legislators who ran away should have to pay their own bill for not being in session. Liberals cannot stand up to the truth or the legal rights of all citizens.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

 

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