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Letters to the Editor July 02, 2011

Disappointed Memorial Day by state of Potter’s Field

I was very disappointed in our county on Memorial Day. The cemetery was nicely groomed, all but Potter’s Field.

Granted not many people visit their loved ones there, but a few of us do. The grass had not been mowed. The fence and entry was falling down. There were tree limbs that we had to move to visit and pay our respects to my husband’s family.

What happened to the prison crew that used to keep it so nice? I was very glad that the rest of my family did not show up, it was very embarrassing.

I hope this condition can be remedied for future visits by out-of-town relatives.

Connie Fletcher

Crescent City

 

Sad to see no one speak up for workers losing jobs

 

I listened to the Board of Supervisors meeting that was held on Tuesday, June 28, regarding the approval of the county budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 and was surprised by the number of union members who were lined up to speak about the pay cuts that were being proposed, but not about standing up for the four individuals who had their jobs being proposed for layoff.

I wish there would have been a little bit more compassion for those who lost their jobs by the approval of that budget than the outrage over the proposed cuts. I don’t believe that county administration or supervisors are ever looking or hoping for pay cuts.

I believe that they work as hard as they can to do everything possible to leave cuts to employees as a last resort. Employees were furious that they might have to accept a 5 percent reduction in pay which I’m sure the four employees who were given their layoff notice that day would have gladly taken over losing all their pay, health benefits, retirement and paid leave.

I would just like to take this opportunity to say to those four individuals (one at Bar-O Boys Ranch, two at Probation and one from the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for your service to the county. I wish you all the best and hope that you are able to move on to bigger and better things.

Jo Lynn McCorkle

Crescent City

 

No sympathy for well-fed inmates at Pelican Bay

 

Regarding the June 30 article, “Pelican Bay hunger strike in the offing,” quick, somebody call the inmates at Pelican Bay a Waaaambulance. Or how about giving them some cheese with that wine — oh, that's right, they get cheese. In fact, they get better food served to them then the public school systems serve our kids. In fact, they get better food served to them than a lot of underprivileged children in our county.

Last time I remember working in the dining rooms at Pelican Bay, the inmates received 2,500 calories of nutritionally sound food a day, three servings of fruit a day, two hot meals a day and a bag lunch consisting of a nice sandwich, cookie, chips and whatever else was thrown in there.

The inmates at Pelican Bay are ungrateful, but then, that is why they are there, right? Because they don’t respect or appreciate society as a whole. So inmates, if you don’t like the food, then don’t eat it. The only negative about this is the fact we as taxpayers still have to cook the food that will be tossed out, and that in itself should be a crime.

If I could have my way, you all would eat beans and rice everyday, for every meal. They consist of all your amino acids you need in a day.

Linda Sutter

Crescent City

 

Don’t accuse county worker of unfair, inaccurate things

 

Regarding the June 29 letter, “County employees should take a lesson from entrepreneurs,” first of all, I'd like to set something straight. I am not looking for a handout or a bailout, and I am not copping out to anything.

I am sorry to hear that the letter-writer’s husband’s business suffered at all due to the economy. Please note that part of the drop in construction may have been directly related to the fact that so, so many people had wage cuts last fiscal year, too.

Don’t say I am not a hard worker, because I am. Self-employed individuals not paying into unemployment are making a choice.

As for turning down work, I don’t have that luxury. No matter what, I still need to complete the same amount of work as always, even when my hours are cut.

I don’t rely on others for my lot in life and for anybody to say that I do, just tells me that they didn’t do their homework.

 Cheryle Vlachopoulos

Crescent City

 

County worker not looking for ‘handout’ or ‘cop-out’

 

Regarding the June 29 letter, “County employees should take a lesson from entrepreneurs,” when I was hired by the county I left two wonderful jobs so I could have the security of a pension, and the other benefits the job offered (otherwise I would have stayed with my former jobs).

I have never looked for a “handout” or a “cop-out.” I take personal responsibility for myself, that is one way I obtained the job I have now at the county that made certain promises that in the end I thought were best for my family and I.

Not everyone can be an entrepreneur, nor does everyone want to be. I for one have no desire to own my own business ever again, and not because I do not work hard. I would not be able to make the difference for the population I now serve if I did not have the job I have.

I also have some knowledge of “beating the pavement and looking for work.” It is how I have always found work, including the position I currently hold.

I am not asking for higher taxes, my pay stub shows I pay plenty of those, I am asking that we all share in the misery together. I am not asking the county to “give” me anything. I earn my pay. I only ask that the elected officials and top paid people in the county pay the same as I do. No more, no less.

I rely on only myself and not anyone else to make my lot in life.

Lenora Wallace

Crescent City

 

Entrepreneur gripes about downside, ignores advantages

 

I have nothing against entrepreneurs who take risks and make profits except during poor times of economy like now! I do have negative thoughts against those who have taken risks with their entrepreneurship and are jealous of public employees, whether they are county, state or federal.

While people in private enterprise were enjoying lucrative salaries or profits quickly, the people working in public service received fewer, slower salary increases but with more stability. I realize this may not have been the situation for all in either category, though.

Now that the economy is not so good, due much in part to the “big money” taking illegal or questionable risks, the general trend is to take away the benefits from public employees who have benefits, pensions and not-so-rising salaries.

Entrepreneurs have taken the risks and received the benefits, but now suffer the consequences of that option. The economy will recover and the “tables” will be reversed once again. If public employee benefits, pensions, etc., are reduced we will be behind again while others gain quickly. Once our slow gains are gone they will not come back quickly like the private sector.

Once again, I am not against entrepreneurship, but quit whining and crying when the risks fall short of expectations and public employees’ blood is sought!

Richard Wendt

Klamath

 

Having perverted Constitution, we are now paying the price

 

The Declaration of Independence was written to tell the world that the King of England was not listening to the complaints of the American colonies. Twenty-seven complaints are listed, complaints that developed over years of abuse and neglect.

Americans are a long-suffering people, but we must act when no relief from abuses is forthcoming. Only about half of the people were willing to enter into a war with the most powerful country in the world. We only had local militia that were not trained and had no experience in combat.

The federal government had no power to make the colonies pay for the war. Clothing, food and equipment had to be purchased, yet the colonies were very tardy in giving help.

Our founding fathers knew that America was very special and would be protected by God in this endeavor. Reading some of their writings indicates they were generally in agreement that religion must play an important part of this country-to-be, not a particular denomination as was the case in England.

There has never been a group of men with such a depth of knowledge and experience to lead a country into a new uncharted form of government. The American experiment was unique because the government would be responsible to the people as a whole. The idea was to elect persons from small areas who would serve two years if they were “representatives,” and two “senators” per state would serve six year terms.

George Washington, our first president set the example that should have been followed, serving one term and returning to private life. We need to return to our constitutional framework. What we now have are two parties, each maintaining their power in most districts and states with few incumbents being defeated, giving us a hierarchy that feels entitled to special treatment.

The founding fathers were correct in forming a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” We have perverted this simple doctrine and are now paying the price for our neglect of our own Constitution.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

 

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