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Letters to the Editor May 04, 2011

Disheartened and ashamed by decision not to retry Bradshaw

In regards to the Bradshaw trial and the Coastal Voices piece article by District Attorney Jon Alexander (“The Bradshaw decision,” April 16), I’m disheartened and ashamed. Alexander never once showed up to the trial, yet this was the biggest case at the time of the trial. He stated that his best trial attorney tried the case, yet Katherine Micks never seemed to object to anything and fumbled over her words

Another trial would not improve her performance? Nothing would change with a new trial? That is hard to believe. If the case is so hard to prove then why was taxpayer money wasted to go to trial to begin with? In regards to memories fading due to the fact of the defense attorney's illness, was it real,? Was proof even offered or the delay objected to?

Why was Gregory’s family in the newspaper quoted saying that they were not informed about court proceedings? Many witnesses were under the influence on the night of the crime so they were indeed “unequivocal at best.” That’s to be expected but the bouncer was sober and testified to Gregory wanting to go back home, while Bradshaw was not calming down and was seen a few minutes later jogging in the direction of where Gregory left from just minutes before.

In addition, does one’s being intoxicated make it inadmissible? It was a bar altercation after all. If somebody came in to a bar and shot somebody would they still deem witnesses unreliable? And if so, are not these witnesses then guilty of public intoxication? I am also curious about how two years’ probation make the community safer.

I don’t think Alexander cared or took into account that on the last day of testimony in the trial one defense witness didn’t show up and the other testified to two calls earlier that day of being offered a bribe to not testify. Does Alexander not care about corruption in the justice system?

We should have all known better then to elect a district attorney  who has acknowledged abuse of a drug that is known to have long-term mental effects.

Austin Uhlmansiek

Crescent City

School Board’s clinic decision pushes agenda on community

Are the good people of this community going to let this newly elected School Board push their agenda on our young people with such arrogance toward the electorate? This Open Door Clinic is a group of people over whom we have no control or even knowledge of what they will advise, without any parental input, without any parental knowledge or approval. It seems like putting our kids in easier reach of the wolves’ den and assuming that the wolves are only concerned with the well-being of the kids!

The Wellness Clinic on Washington went in over the objection of many in this community based on the “mandate of state law.” Now, the newly elected on this board push to put this monstrosity in the school yard! It is a given that youngsters from 12 years old (from the grade school across the street) to our young teenagers (at the high school), will be encouraged to avail themselves of birth control and abortion advice secretly, no matter what the parents may wish, from people whose credentials we will never see. Is this really a function of the School Board?

Those who did not read Rev. Dr. Russell Green’s letter (“Health clinic approval damages trust with local faith community, March 31) or Calie Martin’s (“Why was clinic approved?”April 19) should go back and read the very clearly written response to this board’s egregious action regarding this teen clinic. My prayer is that there are enough caring, dedicated parents and community members out there to pack that board room every week until  they come to their senses and realize that the majority of this community is against this action and they need to rescind the agreement with Open Door Clinic. Lets see this board tackle our fiscal problems and leave the social engineering to the likes of Hitler and Stalin.

Lilyan Wood

Crescent City

Letter missed point: We want to vote on state budget issue

 Virginia Walworth’s April 28 Coastal Voices piece (“Taxing is not the answer" (April 28) unfortunately missed the central point of Jackie Cochran’s April 22 letter and my April 26 Coastal Voices piece that we should be able to vote on how best to resolve the current state budget crisis.

Neither letter proposed raising taxes, so Ms. Walworth’s piece answered an unasked question. She chose, instead, to completely ignore our plea for more democracy to end the stalemated, political wrangling in Sacramento. Repeating the common Republican “No new taxes; just cut spending" mantra, Ms.Walworth rejected any chance of a reasonable dialogue to solve the budget deficit.

Reality is, Gov. Jerry Brown has already proposed some $12.5 billion in spending cuts (no cheers, Ms. Walworth?) He now wants California voters to decide how best to close the remaining $14 billion budget gap.

Do we want more (and all) spending cuts or the extension of some taxes to get us through these recessionary times? Neither Ms. Cochran nor I advocated a position here,–only that we want to be able to vote on this hugely critical matter.

In my April 26 Coastal Voices article, I asked Senator LaMalfa for his comprehensive plan to address the budget deficit. So far, no response. And Ms. Walworth offered nothing comprehensive as well.

Both agree on one thing: block democracy. I find this very sad and unfortunate.

If we could only get beyond the right-left, red-blue, conservative-liberal, my-way-or-the-highway thinking, we might even be able to have an intelligent discussion. And then put the top two proposals before the California voters. And thereby resolve the state’s budget crisis via democracy. Wouldn’t that be novel? A very radical idea, huh? Let’s try it.

Glenn Brunner

Crescent City

Thanks to community, sponsors for help with movie night events

Del Norte Reads would like to thank the community for their support of Meaningful Movie Night at the Del Norte County Library.

Many people have helped make this event a success, including the Smith River Rancheria Community and Family Services; Ocean Air Farms; CAN Community Gardens; The Daily Triplicate; the Del Norte County Library District and all who have attended and donated to our program.

Your participation and support makes this event possible. We will see you all again in June for another great movie.

Karen Rath

 Del Norte Reads

Crescent City

Maybe the old adage is still true: There is no law north of Klamath

When I read the Del Norte County news each evening, it takes me back to the days I was in high school (1943-1947) there and always heard that “there is no law north of the Klamath.”

Sounds like things aren’t much better now.

Darrel Dixon

Albany, Ore.

 

 

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