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Letters to the Editor Jan. 28, 2012

Council’s choice for empty seat defies understanding

It is a commonplace that five observers of an intersection collision will report five different observations. Even with that in mind, it seems a near impossibility that an attendee of last Monday’s so-called interviews of candidates for appointment to replace Charles Slert could come away with any conviction other than that the cookie-cutter had already been used.

The fast-forwarding of candidates was little more than a charade with cameo snippets of a candidate’s view. How might it be possible to gain insight into a person’s potential for the position applied for with the use of a stop watch? Would America be better off using that criteria for a Republican presidential candidate, one wonders?

Logic would seem to dictate that handling the potential replacement for a departing office holder would be to match as closely as possible the current vision plan for continuity’s sake. The appointment of a personnel-focused manager, to the exclusion of available candidates with city planning experience, defies logic and calls into question the decision-making capabilities of the interviewing panel.

Dog and pony shows have long entertained children with their antics but they only perform as they were trained to do at the bidding of the hand that cracks the whip. In this case the important work of governing a city has serious ramifications that taxpayers need to pay attention to. Whose hand is it that cracks the whip?

Dale L. Bohling

Crescent City


Entrepreneur’s message at Women’s Club inspirational

Regarding the Jan. 24 article “DN native returns to offer advice to Women’s Club,” the message which entrepreneur Susan Elizabeth (Williams) Santsche brought to the Crescent City Women’s Club was, to me, inspirational.

Susan is the daughter of Al and Mylouine Williams (both born in Crescent City, both retired educators from the Del Norte County School District). Her grandmother was Maude Ellis, who was president of the Crescent City Women’s Club in 1959. Maude arrived in Crescent City in the early 1900s when she was 11.

Anyone wanting more information about Susan’s work can find her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Those of you who watch Oprah’s network (OWN) may have seen Susan’s “makeover” of a woman in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Eureka.

Maralou Ellis

Smith River


Screed against liberals ignores contradictions and exaggerates

I feel compelled to address Marlowe Thompson’s opinions expressed on Jan. 21 (“Liberals oppose Constitution, Declaration of Independence”).

I imagine it is all perception and opinion as to the “differences between conservatives and liberals.” Some feel that the equality our Constitution mentions is violated when two people can’t enter into a social contract and are unable to enjoy the same state-granted privileges as others.

I think people for energy alternatives have ideas, but the other side doesn’t listen (maybe it’s all that coal and oil showing up in super-PAC stockings). I am sure some of us would rather have wind catchers than leaky oil rigs. I don’t think anyone is suggesting we use no petroleum. The idea is we stop burning it. No one wants to “kill” their unborn child.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness go both ways. What if one’s pursuit of happiness is the same sex? What if one’s liberty is smoking the wrong plant?

I suppose you might let me live in freedom if I live like you. Do conservatives who want me to “be self-sufficient” endorse adults making an almost standard minimum wage and no benefits?

The most the writer could insinuate about the conservative leadership is that it is less likely to hurt America. Well go ahead and vote for the least evil of two leaders.

Marlowe, have you really seen any difference between the two? They fund their campaigns with the same money-shovelers. Don’t you think the money-shovelers expect a dividend? I don’t know why people desire to associate themselves with a jackass and some ancient mammoth, though the mascots themselves deserve more respect than those who assign their souls to the symbols.

Of course I testify there is no difference. We all scream for ice cream and some like vanilla more than chocolate but in the end we’re all lactose-intolerant. To respect those who would and have made such sacrifices for us and our liberty, let us never again vote for the better of two evils. Let us come together and abandon those who would and do sell our nation’s legislative powers.

We have a common cause if we cannot afford to buy a leader.

Robert DeRego

Crescent City


Library District has long suffered from a total lack of leadership

Is it time the Del Norte Library District goes away? I can’t count the number of times my library has started programs, then because of lack of funding causes it to throw them to the wind. Is it time that my city takes over the library? Should the special district go away?

Over the years, there has been a total lack of leadership on the Library Board. Currently, there are three seats up in November. I would hope people would enter their names to run for these offices. Del Norte Reads should not go away.

What happened to the support for the Klamath Library? If they are paying for books for Smith River, why aren’t they funding the library in Klamath by supplying books and support? We need a new idea because “same old same old” is not working.

Richard Miles

Crescent City


Despite our conservatism, we are dominated by liberals

I would like to make a few simple comments on a few complex issues if I may.

Paul Crandall’s Jan. 24 letter endorsing Newt Gingrich made some pretty good points. But I think any Republican would be a lot better than Obama.

As Marlowe Thompson pointed out in his Jan. 21 letter, there are several differences between liberals and conservatives. The most important difference at this time, I think, is their positions on spending. Liberal politicians seem to believe the best way out of debt is to borrow and spend more money, while conservatives think that way is the way to disaster. Can anyone really borrow and spend their way out of debt?

The different views are not limited to Washington, D.C. Our country may be more sharply divided now than at any time since the Civil War. We have local examples.

Our sheriff has taken some flak for his association with the local Tea Party. Well, shucks. What is wrong with belonging to the Tea Party? It is not a political party. It is mostly just a loosely organized group of people who think we are taxed enough already and that our Constitution (which every office holder swears to uphold) should be the law of the land. Everyone should belong to the Tea Party.

Our local government, Board of Supervisors, City Council, school board, etc. are “non-political.” But it is easy to see who the liberals and the conservatives are. For the most part the liberals outnumber the conservatives. And you can see the liberals working hard to maintain and increase their advantage.

An example might be the City Council filling the position left by Charles Slert. Mr. Slert is a conservative. His replacement appears to be a liberal. The selection process appears to have left some citizens and some of the applicants dissatisfied and suspicious that the selection was actually made prior to the meeting, possibly with some outside help and/or advice. Ultimately, of course, the citizens of the city will decide with their vote who sits on the Council.

So it seems that although the citizens of this county are predominantly conservative, we are governed by liberals, from the school board to Washington D.C. This coming election is a very important one.

Clif Shepard

Crescent City



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