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Letters to the Editor May 10, 2012

Thanks to City Council for passing noise ordinance

I, for one, would like to thank the City Council for passing an ordinance in helping the local authorities put a half nelson on the over-amplified automobile music — in time a full nelson. Thank you.

If anybody feels the same, please thank the City of Crescent City or the City Council in any way you choose, or just put a happy face on your next 12 or more water bills.

Robert Eilert

Crescent City


Del Norte 50 years ago was better place than it is now

Regarding the May 3 letter by Michael W. Tompkins, “Candidate’s out-of-touch view of county ignores its progress,” the Del Norte County of 50 years ago that he describes is, to put it nicely, fictional; to put it bluntly, it is totally created from the perspective of someone who was not here then.

I did live here then, and my husband was a logger, as were his father and his grandfather. When our sons graduated from high school, they also became loggers until the environmentalists totally killed this industry.

I can tell you that loggers and fishermen were hard-working men in very dangerous jobs for which they were paid so-so wages. I did not know any of them who had “money to burn.” My husband and I raised a family of four children and it was often a struggle financially to make ends meet.

As far as being a “wide-open town,” I’m not sure what Mr. Tompkins means, but I can tell you from someone who lived here then, people were mostly law abiding. Unemployment and welfare were practically non-existent, the town was prospering and to my knowledge, there was no drug problem. Some of the men were alcohol drinkers, but it didn’t stop them from going to work every day. They had a real work ethic, something that has taken a big u-turn along the way.

In closing I would like to say that I totally agree with Mr. Gitlin, although I don’t know him at all. He is correct in his statement that Del Norte County is broken; however, I think it can still be fixed with the right people in office. We need people who are interested in creating jobs, not saving every bug, plant, tree, etc., in the county.

Johnnie Fugate

Crescent City


Fringe elements of Tea Party no better than those of OWS

In his May 8 letter (“I expect more decorous code of conduct than OWS follows”) responding to my response to him, Dale. L. Bohling quotes his own missive as though saying the same thing over and over makes it true.

If he chose to, he could find any number of clips on the Internet of Occupy gatherings not acting as he portrays them, but I realize he will likely never seek those out, because they do not fall within the parameters of his beliefs.

It is ridiculous to paint the Tea Party as the good to the evil of Occupy. Both groups have elements that could be deemed less than decorous, if we were judging social movements by such a term. Judging Occupy merely by the actions of the Black Bloc anarchists is like judging the Tea Party merely by the proudly displayed signs of the racists in their ranks or by the corporate funders of nationwide bus tours.

Bill Gray is said to be decisive in his “No” to supporting an Occupy movement locally. Martha McClure says, “Yes.” She supports free speech. Oh my, what a liberal idea, downright revolutionary, small “d” democratic!  

I’ll always choose democracy over decorum.

Pat Gargaetas

Creccent City


Gitlin’s vision for Del Norte has earned him my support

Finally, there is a candidate for supervisor I can get excited about — Roger Gitlin is going to get my vote.

He knocked on my door last week and told me he was running for the Board of Supervisors in District 1. Then he wanted to hear what I had to say. I told him I was fed up with self-serving politicians who say everything and do nothing except get paid. Roger told me his vision for Del Norte County, including taking a bite out of blight, hiring more deputies, fighting to get some of our county from federal and state public lands back into private hands and bringing a trade school to Crescent City.

He appears ready to work with the Board of Supervisors, not fight with them. He spoke from his heart and I could see he’s not your typical guy looking to get elected. I am going to vote for him.

Bruce Robinson

Crescent City


Dr. Martello not guilty unless proven so, is still a great vet

This is in response to the April 26 letter of Wendy Beeson regarding, in her opinion, the inappropriate use of yellow ribbons placed around the entrance of Crescent Animal Medicine.

Firstly, yellow ribbons are not only used to show our hopes and prayers for the safe return of our brave military personnel, but also displayed for lost children and adults. There was even a news report some time ago where employees of a factory hung ribbons on the fence of their recently closed factory.

Yellow ribbons have become a symbol of any loss with the hopes of a quick and safe return.

I, for one, am happy about the return of Dr. Martello to his practice.

Let us also remember that in this wonderful country, everyone is innocent until proven otherwise. All the facts are not in and the entire truth has yet to be determined.

I did not place the ribbons at the hospital nor do I know who did; however, I commend them for this act and am proud there are members of the community who are willing to wait and see the legal results.

If Dr. Martello is found guilty of the charges, I believe he should and will take the punishment, but then come back to work. He is a wonderful vet! I know what I’m talking about as I’ve dealt with vets for over 57 years, all kinds of vets, and Dr. Martello is extraordinary in both knowledge and empathy.

Dr. Martello, we need you.

Carol Root

Crescent City


McNamer only choice for District 1 supervisor

There is only one choice for the District 1 seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors — Leslie McNamer.

In her time on the Board of Supervisors, Del Norte County has moved forward. The board has made progress on the airport, on improving Highway 199 and on health care in our community. The board has worked with the harbor district to help it recover from the tsunami.

She can’t take complete credit for all those accomplishments, of course, but she was there, working hard and working with others to help our county during the worst economic times our nation has seen since the 1930s.

One of her opponents, Roger Gitlin, has been in the community a short time, yet he has managed to anger a great number of people. That is not what we need. Leslie McNamer’s other opponent, Donna Westfall, has been on the City Council where she has launched failed recall attempt after failed recall attempt. She also sued her other Council members and the city. She lost, but in the process cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. We certainly do not need that.

Vote Leslie McNamer for District 1 supervisor. Our future depends on it.

Sarah Sampels

Crescent City


Residents outside city should have say on water supply

A couple days ago, a woman came up to me in the bank and asked where I lived — whether it was in the city limits. I told her that while I did live “in town,” it was not within the borderline of city limits.

 “Oh,” she replied, “then you can't vote.”

“Vote?” I asked.

“On the fluoride in the water,” she said.

That made me think. I use and pay for city water — but because of my address, I have no say in whether there is fluoride in my water?

That doesn’t seem right to me — especially since I disagree with fluoridation. Also, it seems to me I read sometime in the past that we have an excessive amount of it added to our water.

If you use and pay for city water, when there is a vote on it, you should not be excluded.

So I call on our local politicians to make this situation one of fairness — a great number of folks are forced to use the water with no voice.  That should be changed.                                                    

Martha Williams

 Crescent City



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