The parks system could raise
a few million by allowing dogs
Let dog owners walk their dogs in the state parks. Charge a license fee for the privilege, say $40 or $50 a year.
Tourists who travel with their family pet, an increasing segment of the population, would no doubt be happy to share the redwoods with their canine friends.
Both events were great musical treats put on by our high school students, and I could not help but reflect on how lucky our community is to have a strong music program in our district. Music is fading from many (if not most) public school districts across our state. How very sad for those areas; those children and young adults are losing out on experiences that will not be found anywhere else.
Here in Del Norte County we have an administration and staff that support musical programs. Bands and choirs, like sports, give students a place to be, to fit in, to excel and to participate as a team. Music teaches kids math; they have to work together even if they are playing with someone they may not care for; aids physical coordination and is a form of physical exercise. So many good things rolled into art!
That said, I’d like to say thank you to the Del Norte Unified School District administrators and school board for supporting music at all grade levels, and to Dan Sedgwick for joining our high school faculty and teaching our kids. Thank you Dan for the spring music tour where the kids performed for the public in Disneyland, the great music your students played this year and all the early mornings and late nights you spent working with our kids, putting up with all those teens and smiling the whole time.
talent, dedication of LRT members
More important was that the audience recognized the amazing talent and dedication of the members of the LRT. For such a small community, we are blessed with an incredible group of people willing to give of their time and gifts to grace us with the culture of music and theatre.
Do your part and give a small gift to the Lighthouse Repertory Theatre and help them complete the renovation of the old Red’s Theatre.
Instead of closing parks, state should cut welfare system costs
The welfare system does not help the state. It makes California as a whole weaker. People on welfare should only be allowed to collect long enough to find a job, and that’s it. There should not be third, fourth, and fifth generation of welfare recipients.
They should also have to do community service before they collect any money that us hard-working taxpayers work for. They should also have to pass a mandatory drug test before they get a check. That would crack down on all this unnecessarily spent money.
It is a shame that a lot, not all, of the community of welfare recipients use drugs, but there is a large group that do. With the money that we would save on paying welfare, we could help out our country and not hurt us. There would be enough money to keep our parks open, and with the community service being done we can beautify California and draw more tourists.
It would help our budget, and get our country out of this big mess that we are in. Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to get his priorities in order, and go back to making movies.
We as geocachers find that many caches are in these parks on the trails. Question, would you park-friendly rangers leave your kids in the car while you cache?
More and more tourists are traveling with their pets and not able to enjoy all the park services our tax dollars are paying for. We stopped at a beautiful little park just south of Brookings, Ore. (Crissey Field State Park), to cache the other day and guess what, our dog was welcomed to come along and helped us find them.
Agree there should be some laws regarding walking dogs on the trails, such as on a leash and carry a poop bag with you, but to deny us the pleasure of walking our pets in the park leaves us not caring one bit if they close the whole system down till California finances get back in shape and there is no more ban on pets.
We need to change our government leaders. They are not representing the voice of the people. That is why the people voted for no raises until they balance the budget.