Carla Critz’ good ideas welcome at Del Norte Tea Party meetings
In response to Carla Critz’ well-written Jan. 20 Coastal Voices piece, “Tea Party co-opted, corrupted,” much could be added in response but since I agree with almost all of her statements and share her concerns there is little point in taking up space with my verbiage except to say:
You talk the talk well, Carla, but America needs more than talk. The Del Norte Tea Party Patriots meet the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the exhibit building of the fairgrounds. I’m sure you would be most welcome.
Dale L. Bohling
Voters didn’t choose Drossel, so why is he now a public defender?
Pardon my seeming ignorance of the election/selection system of the popular vote.
In the selection of our public advocates we each voted our choice in the Del Norte County district attorney. Mr. Alexander won the office. His opponent was also an ex-DA and, after a close election, was appointed to the office of public defender.
If the ex-DA was deemed unsuitable or unqualified by the electorate for the office of DA, how can he serve as a public defender?
The political daisy chain spins on.
Richard R. Olive
State employee proves point: They don’t appreciate problem
Regarding the Jan. 19 letter from Joanna Hawley-Jones (“As a telecommuter, I need my state-funded cell phone”), thank you for your reply to my Jan. 15 letter (“Additional things governor could do to save Calif. govt. money”).
This is my point exactly. Purchase your own unlimited phone for under $90 a month. I am sure you were aware of the logistics of your state job when you began employment with the state. Some of your monthly fees would be tax deductible as a business-related expenses.
We, the public, should not have to be responsible for your phone bill. I have personally seen state phones, cars and computers used for personal matters by state, county, city employees and officials. We all need to tighten our fiscal belts and public employees need to simply do their part.
Argument favoring health reform was not backed up with research
I am a little confused by Teri V. Markanson’s Jan. 18 letter (“Tea Party research lacking on issue of universal health care”).
She seems to be arguing in favor of universal, government-run health care, but backs that up with an implication that it would be free of “bureaucratic red tape.”
Teri, surely you understand that the one way to absolutely guarantee bureaucratic red tape is to involve the government.
You also ask, “How ... can anyone not want ... financial freedom?” Well, Teri, financial freedom is not free. Someone has to pay for it.
Since you criticize the Tea Party for lack of research, perhaps you would like to share the results of your own research and tell us who will be paying for this “financial freedom” you speak of.
I believe court allegations about Plack are true account of events
In response to the Jan. 21 letter by Crystal Jones (“All the accusations in court docs about Chief Plack are false”), I can only respond with, you have got to be kidding.
It is hard when someone you know, trust or even love has been accused of this type of abuse of authority. I for one of many believe the court documents are a true account of the actions that took place.