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Letters to the Editor March 18, 2014

Mann case a great miscarriage of justice

Being a Del Norte county resident for 30 plus years, I for the first time am ashamed to let anyone know where I live. I usually brag about what a beautiful place this is, having the beautiful redwoods, rivers full of fish and nice clean air to breathe. But we have to put up with one of the most foul-smelling judicial systems I have ever seen, or heard of. 

We have just witnessed one of the biggest miscarriages of justice and disregard for human life (“Mann case is under review: Judge changes his mind, and may reduce the sentence,” March 8).

How anyone can feel that a person driving under the influence of alcohol and using a cell phone that caused the death of another human being should not be prosecuted to the fullest and not be held responsible for their deeds is unthinkable.

My heart goes out to the Jones family. They not only lost a loved one, but nobody is being held responsible for it.

This is not the only rotten thing that has come out of our court system, but it certainly is one of the stinkiest.

Juanita Henson,

Smith River

School Board was unfair to students

I attended the School Board meeting March 12 to support a proposal for the district to allow students from Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (KRECR) to participate in the district’s school meals program. I am not writing about its non-decision, but about procedural issues that severely limited public comment on the issue.

By the time KRECR’s agenda item was reached, the meeting had lasted almost two hours — considerably more time than the agenda suggested it should. Three elementary students from KRECR had waited all that time to talk about their school’s need for meals, along with their parents.

The Board members listened to the proposal presented by KRECR Director Lenora Hall, discussed the matter with her and among themselves, made their non-decision, and started to move to the next agenda item without asking for public comment. When I objected, they very reluctantly allowed three minutes — in total — for public comments and cut off a 6-year-old student who was preparing to speak at the end of that time.

The Brown Act requires that local governmental bodies such as the School Board allow public comment on any item within their jurisdiction. This issue was on their agenda and it was far from the only agenda item that ran over its allotted time.

At the beginning of this meeting, there was a lovely presentation by four high school students who recently traveled to Japan. When the 10 minutes allotted to them was reached, members of the Board did not cut them off, but continued to ask questions about the foods they tried and their favorite moments of the trip.

I enjoyed hearing from these students and I wonder why our students were not treated with equal respect and given their chance to comment on an issue close to their hearts, as required by law.

Angela Glore,

 Crescent City 


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