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Letters to the Editor February 24, 2009

Supervisors’ sudden interest in waste authority is puzzling

Regarding the Feb. 18 Triplicate article, “Skepticism over study of waste authority,” what’s the real agenda here?

The Solid Waste Management Authority provides a necessary, valuable and quality service to the residents and businesses of this county. We are fortunate to have a garbage and recycling center of this caliber in Del Norte County.

My understanding is that this facility virtually pays for itself through grants and fees. If any additional tax revenue is needed, it is money well spent in my opinion.

It is puzzling why some county supervisors want an ad hoc committee to scrutinize the waste authority’s budget when an auditor could accomplish the same thing. It appears someone is trying to create a problem where there isn’t any.

Dory Bruce
Gasquet


Glen’s Bakery will be missed from as far away as Australia

I’m going to miss my daily maple bar fix from Glen’s Bakery when I am in Crescent City.

Every visit I’d see my mum, Lucille Ralston, drive around Pebble Beach Drive, and get a maple bar from Glen’s.

Thanks to Ray Young for making me a pumpkin pie in the middle of summer even when he thought he wouldn’t be able to sell the rest of the batch.

Crickey, I can't remember a time when Glen’s wasn't a part of Crescent City. Well done and cheers!

Deborah Schlack
Melbourne, Australia


Cigarette butts a scourge on community’s health, beauty

When our community cleans up, it really cleans up.

A sixth grade Crescent Elk teacher took her students armed with rubber gloves and raincoats to the fairgrounds to pick up cigarette butts. From what I understand they didn’t go into the grass area, but stayed on the pathways. I can hardly believe they picked up over 3,000 butts!

I am a former smoker of 22 years and I quit 11 years ago. I know in my time of being a smoker I didn’t always abide by the rules of smoking. I always tried to be courteous to others as far as smoke, but the butts were a different story.

Our community is too beautiful to deface it with small poison pellets. I hope no kids ate any of the ones that were in Kid Town Park. I was amazed to find that there were well over 1,000 in and around Kid Town Play Area. It is a shame that there aren’t posted signs on all sides of the park. I think smoke-free areas and events are important for our young people.

Every year the Poison Control Centers receive 8,000 reports of nicotine poison in children 6 years old and under. This issue affects animals as well. It takes up to 25 years for a cigarette butt to decompose. Imagine how many animals ingest these butts as well.

Cigarette butts are the No. 1 litter item. If people young and old see butts on the ground, then why not throw their gum wrapper down too? It is important that we all take some part in our community to make it a better place to live and raise our children and pets.

I am very proud of the 6th grade class, the teacher and those at the tobacco use prevention program that organized it. Thank you!

Benita Cabrera
Crescent City


Bravo for LRT production


I went to the Lighthouse Repertory Theatre play, “Proof,” on Sunday.

I would like to say that the acting was excellent. Everyone did a great job in his or her part.

Ellen Dalbec
Crescent City

 

 

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