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Letters to the Editor June 9, 2009

Put people on welfare to work or cut off their welfare

The letter of June 3 from Lisa Camarena (“Instead of closing parks, state should cut welfare system costs”) hit it on the head, put these welfare people to work or cut off their welfare.

From visiting your city once a year it is hard for me to understand all of the people on welfare. If nothing else the city and county could put them to work picking up junk, garbage and litter along your roads in the area.

You do not see that in our state, we have groups and families that select a mile or two of road with their names on it and keep it policed. Your county is a dumping ground.

Earl Kommer
Lake Park, Minn.


Lend support to effort to keep state parks open

Many of my relatives lived in Crescent City so we enjoy many of the state parks there.

Jedediah Smith and Del Norte Coast are two favorites. My husband grew up very close to Tolowa Dunes State Park. We even were married in a state park ... and enjoy going there each year. The Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Sonoma, Mendocino state parks — all gone under the governor’s budget proposal.

The state parks make money. In fact for every $1 spent they bring in over $2.35. This does not include money spent in the local communities.

There is a petition to the governor to save the parks. Find it by searching the Internet for “Save California state parks from closure! The petition site.”

Just wanted to let you know so you can lend your support to this important issue. Enjoy a state park today. Hope to be up there again soon.

Suzanne Kaier
Milpitas, Calif.


Wanting to help everyone is the cause of our problems

Reading a complaint that the disabled and children will suffer is hard for many to take, and I am one that is sad.

To take back California means that we do what? California has driven every U.S.-based company out. Here in Crescent City, most of the people that give the most are state workers and they are the sacrificial lambs.

Why are we in such a state as a country? Because we want to help everyone, whether they could help themselves or not. Who will not be hurt by this mess? Those that have always wanted a hand up and not a hand out!

Things are going to get worse because some feel that they would rather house those that will only suck more out of the system. This country cannot help themselves because we always want to pick a side and refuse to meet in the middle.

I would not be the person I am if not for a boss that taught me how to run equipment. Would it have been better if he would have just told me where the welfare line was?

No one ever addresses the problems with the state or the nation. Those that are forced to work do, and those that can have the handouts get them. Every last one I know would love a job with an American corporation but the others would rather pay high dollars for creations from here and sold to corporations that will pay a person $3 a day to make that $300 product in another country.

It is sad, but until all that want to work have a job and those that don’t have to figure it out for themselves the state and country will just keep cutting those that really need. When we are done we will have the state and federal governments run everything. Want to read a paper ... the government will employ people to publish it. Want to see a TV channel? The government will tell you what you can and cannot watch.

There will be a time where the people have given everything over to the government and all will be left wanting.

The first step is to cut those that cannot take care of themselves and those that are mandated services that the state says everyone has to give! That time is here.

Brenda Johnston
Crescent City


Proposed changes to flight schedule would be mistakes

While I think that an early morning flight out of Crescent City is a good idea, I think that it would be a mistake to give up a third flight as a compromise.

The Triplicate quoted Airport Authority Chairman David Finigan as saying, “If the demand is there, we can put the third flight back.” That’s akin to saying that the implementation of a federal income tax would only be temporary.  Once that third flight is gone, it’s gone for good.  The Airport Authority has no ability to add or change flights.  That’s determined by a contract between Skywest and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

I strongly urge the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority to continue to work with Skywest toward simply swapping the Crescent City to Sacramento flight from the current evening departure to an early morning departure. This would be optimum because it would allow San Francisco-bound passengers to connect out of Arcata while still allowing Sacramento-bound passengers to arrive in the morning.

Rather than considering adding back a flight as Finigan stated, the Airport Authority should propose that Skywest first try keeping three flights with a morning Sacramento flight before making any decisions about accommodating passenger loads.

One last thought for those of us who fly primarily for pleasure, do you really want to have to start your vacation by having to awaken at 3 or 4 in the morning so that you can be at the airport by 5 a.m?  That might be tolerable for a business traveler, but I say push to keep the direct mid-morning and early afternoon San Francisco flights.

Rich Gruden
Crescent City


Let us know how you think new bus line will be used

Our advertising agency was fortunate to have been awarded the contract to help name, create an image and publicize the new bus service between Klamath Falls and Crescent City. In the process, I set up press conferences in a variety of places and spent a couple of days on what seemed like the travels of the Iliad. It’s beautiful country with the redwoods, Douglas fir forests, Port Orford cedar stands and just plain incredible scenery.

As I was driving through the route from Klamath Falls to Smith River, Crescent City and Brookings, I was struck by how fortunate people are to be able to live in that environment.  The service the bus provides is intended to be a method of transporting people from these coastal communities to the medical, entertainment and business services available in Grants Pass and Medford, to say nothing of the ability to connect with Amtrak and Greyhound in Grants Pass/Medford and Klamath Falls.

But, as I was driving … and driving and driving … I wondered if the people who live in these beautiful but remote towns would find the service as useful as those of us who did the planning for it thought it would be?   Ridership is higher than forecast, but it is still a mystery as to why people are electing to use the service? Do students want to use it to travel from Medford to the coast? Do retirees want to use it to access the medical services in Medford and Grants Pass?  Are people conscious of the monetary and environmental savings it represents?   We just don’t know, but would very much like to know.

After all, the service is designed to help specific sub-groups. Is that what is happening?

As you read this, if the message applies to your own situation, why don’t you drop a letter or email to let me know how you think it will be used?

Since Greyhound stopped serving the coastal area going east and west, have people found other ways to satisfy their need? We don’t know. We think we know, but only you really know.  Drop me a line. I’m truly interested. Reach me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail at 2950 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97124

Cliff Engel
Portland, Ore.


Closing state parks would be devastating to community

Regarding Wednesday’s paper (June 3), it would be extremely devastating to close our state parks.

For one, that’s pretty much all Del Norte County is. Secondly, it would cause so much destruction to the one thing we have worked so hard to preserve. People live in and move to Del Norte County for our surroundings.

Also, it’s going to end up wasting more time and money, with our law enforcement, not park rangers, spending time watching our parks instead of our city. Plus, when our misinformed “governator” pulls us out of this downfall and we go back to reopening our trashed/destroyed parks, it’s going to end up costing more time and money that could be spent on our schools or fixing up more of the eyesores in our little community.

Most people hate the tourism in Crescent City, but that’s our town’s moneymaker. We’ve been doing a pretty good job bringing our community up. Let’s not start pulling it down by cutting out not only one of the most beautiful sights ever, but one of our biggest tourist attractions.

Let’s focus on getting rid of “Del Norte County’s Finest ... Trash,” not the treasures of this paradise we live in.

Christine Jemima Russell
Crescent City


Let us proudly display our nation’s flag on June 14

When we think of June 14, Flag Day, we think of thankfulness, pride of country, and all this nation has given us. A truly blessed nation.

Remember, our flag is not a table cloth, article of clothing or fashion statement.

Let us proudly display our flag on June 14.

Mona Cooper
Fort Dick


Crescent Ace donates tools, materials for worthy projects

Some of you may have seen a guy on a jackhammer on the corner of Washington and Northcrest. That is me, Randy Hall. I am replacing asphalt with retaining walls and flower beds at the Pregnancy Care Center.

I was compelled to write this letter because I think that Crescent Ace should be commended for its generous donations in the past years for some of the beautification projects that I was involved with. I am sure that there are many other projects that Crescent Ace has championed.

Several years ago when I volunteered to landscape the fire station on Washington, Crescent Ace gave me a break on materials. Several years later when I was asked to install a sprinkler system at the Masonic temple on 9th Street, Crescent Ace donated the trencher and all materials for that project.

A week ago I asked Crescent Ace if it would donate the rental of a jackhammer for my newest project at the Pregnancy Care center, and so you see me out there with that donated rental jackhammer. I would like to thank Barney at Crescent Ace for his generosity without which these projects may not have been completed. For my part, I am not doing anything special; I am just paying it back. My volunteer work landscaping the fire station was nothing compared to the hours our volunteer firefighters and EMTs give to protect our community.

My volunteer work installing a sprinkler system at the Masonic temple was nothing when I think of the thousands of dollars of hospital bills they paid when my little girl had leukemia. My volunteer work at the pregnancy care center is nothing compared to the work they do to educate and prepare young people to be parents.

I am proud to be a spoke in the wheel in our community’s volunteerism. I know that there are hundreds of volunteers in our community who do everything from coaching baseball to being court appointed special advocates. I take my hat off to you all.

So how do I pay it back to people like Barney? I shop at Crescent Ace. If anyone would like to donate money for this beautification project at the Pregnancy Care Center you can bring it into their office from 12:30 to 4 p.m., specifying that it is for the landscape project. In turn, you will be given a tax receipt. When you drive by, honk your horn at me if believe in volunteerism.

 Randy Hall
Smith River


Park volunteers’ letters about running parks were disturbing

I found the letters from volunteers very disturbing thinking they can “run” the parks.

They have a very isolated, naive view of the entire picture of park operations. It is difficult to believe they have volunteered in parks and have this idealistic, simplistic view about the parks. Talk about only knowing  tip-of-the-iceberg knowledge, they don’t have any more idea than a speck of sand on the tip of the iceberg.

It is nice to know they have been sheltered from the real stress and short-staffing problems. I don’t minimize their efforts in being volunteers and helping out in the parks, but they apparently have a very pollyanna attitude.

I can’t write without exceeding the word limit about the many jobs, duties and planning required of the permanent staff who are specialists and do their work without fanfare nor recognition in park operations alone. I speak with some understanding as a retired state park ranger of 20 years service in southern, central and northern California.

Richard Wendt
Klamath
 

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