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Letters to the Editor May 05, 2011

Lack of justice suggests that money talks in this small town

Yes, I have a question: Do these cops think that they are above the law?

One gets paid for being a crook! Then there was the Bradshaw case, where he gets a slap on the hand.

Yes, money talks in this small town!

Tony Jacomella

Crescent City

Parents don’t get that we can’t fund extracurricalur activities

Recently I have read articles in our Letters to the Editor praising President Obama and letters about continuing extracurricular school activities.

Parents of school-age children don’t seem to understand that every level of government is broke. That means we do not have the money to teach basic education and the fun classes that our children want.

Our founding fathers did not have these “optional” classes, what they had according to Memoria Press, was a firm foundation of biblical principles and a deep study of Latin and Greek grammar starting at age 8. Later they learned about Latin historians Tacitus and Levy, they continued their studies learning about the Greed historians Herodotus and Thucydides. They had to learn to read, write and translate the Latin poetry of Virgil and Horace. They had to study logic and rhetoric as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.

Part of the college requirement was to translate chapters one through 10 of The Gospel of John. John Adams said, “A native of American that cannot read or write is as rare an appearance as a comet or an earthquake.” We cannot make that statement today!

What are we teaching our kids? High school kids throw trash anywhere they like and no one can legally make them pick it up. This is disrespectful to others in the area. We teach sex education and now may have to include teaching about various forms of sexual preferences, subjects our liberal legislators deem important. These subjects have no place in our education system and should not be promoted as “normal.” We teach them “Christmas” is wrong, it is a “winter holiday.” Religion is denigrated but modern perversities are praised.

It is past time to teach more of what made this country great, starting at the lowest grades and continuing through high school. Someday, if we can remove liberalism, we may become the state again that gave California the great name in education it had 50 years ago.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

Glad we got Osama, disturbed it was a deliberate assassination


I am glad and relieved that the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden has ended, but I am a little disturbed that it took the form of a deliberate assassination.

 I am proud of the small American military unit which carried out a perfectly planned and executed mission, but I am disturbed by the specific nature and goal of that mission, an attack on a private home and the murder of its occupants.

This mission may have been necessary under the circumstances, but is this the proud and righteous American way? This was revenge, pure and simple, which may give us all a warm feeling of personal satisfaction but is certainly not the traditional American concept of justice under law, to be proudly displayed to the world.

The American celebrations of Osama bin Laden’s death now are no different in principle from the celebrations in some Muslim circles following the 9/11 terrorist attack, which we condemned as barbaric.

Is there no way of expressing our relief and satisfaction that Osama bin Laden is gone now, without turning it into what is essentially a celebration of revenge and murder?

 John Cupp

Smith River

Event planners, Triplicate should draw tourists with online info


Local and area events require some level of attendance and participation to be successful. On-site message boards, fliers, local websites and newspaper coverage must be used fully to bring local and visitor interest in local events and things to do.

So far, little if anything is obvious to the Internet user. If event planners and the Triplicate continue to fail to post information online, attendance will continue to be poor. Out-of-area tourists see nothing online and keep on traveling to other stops and destinations.

One Internet page, frequently updated, clearly showing local events, weather, local motels and camping, fishing ocean, river and lake reports, could work wonders. Just do it!

Bob Douglas

Smith River

Local gov’ts have equal footing with state, feds in negotiations


Attorney Fred Kelly Grant spoke to the Del Norte Tea Party April 26 about a matter of great significance to our local community. In reaction against the over-reaching federal government (see the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution), Congress has directed the federal agencies to coordinate with local government.

Although few communities know about it, almost all federal environmental and many state laws require federal or state agencies to work with local government on a government-to-government basis. In other words, local governments have equal footing in the negotiating process.

 For instance, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires every federal agency to comply with this law whenever they take any major federal action. Local communities have not recognized they could play a major role in the process to protect themselves. Instead, they have become victims. And environmentalists can manipulate NEPA only as long as local governments remain in ignorance. NEPA gives local governments far more power than it does to environmentalists or other advocacy groups. NEPA requires that the agencies coordinate with local governments.

Grant is one of the few people who discovered and developed this process into a highly successful strategy outlined by American Stewards of Liberty. Landowners and local governments are beginning to realize NEPA gives them a powerful tool to protect themselves from the federal assault on property rights and the economy of the local town or county. American Stewards of Liberty reported in April 2010 that it was directly involved in the coordination process of nearly 50 local governments throughout the Western United States.

 Perhaps the most powerful illustration of how the coordination approach can work to protect local communities happened in Texas. The NAFTA superhighway was to be an extremely limited access highway, four football fields wide, extending from the southwestern Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, entering the United States at Laredo, Texas, and extending into Canada. The only customs stop would be in Kansas City. Construction was to have begun in 2007. The mammoth process was kept super-quiet, until 2006 when citizens of Texas began to hear about it. Led by Grant, the American Land Foundation, and Stewards of the Range (now American Stewards of Liberty) used the NEPA process and a little-used provision of Texas law to stop the process in its tracks.

All this information is covered in the book, Rescuing a Broken America, by Michael Coffman, Ph.D.

Joan Miles

Crescent City


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