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Letters to the Editor May 13, 2011

McArthur doesn’t understand role of being a representative

When I first read Donald McArthur’s Coastal Voices piece I thought, “Another self-important, small-town politician who is minimizing the problems actually to be faced, lives in an idealogical fantasy world and has no real answers.”

Mr. McArthur begins his piece with a combination of hand-wringing platitudes about how wonderful things would be if only Californians, meaning Republican lawmakers, would truly appreciate the importance of a good public school education and therefore fund it. In the process he supports his argument with a flurry of GDP numbers all the while minimizing the true nature of the problem. Currently California doesn’t have $29 billion to cover the deficit and must by law find a way of doing something about it.

Mr. McArthur clearly does not understand the role of being a representative. It is his job as one of our school board members to solve the current financial crisis that the Del Norte County schools are facing. He should not be looking for the easy out of encouraging young students to carry his water. State-level representatives in the same vein should not be asking voters to give them similar cover.

Education in California currently spends 40 percent of the state’s annual budget. Consequently, in lean times education is going to take the biggest financial hit. There should be no surprise in this. Recent polls confirm that Californians think education is important. The problem being that those same polls show that they also do not wish to continue with the three shortly to expire revenue sources.

Instead of looking for workable and resourceful solutions to this imminent financial loss, Mr. McArthur is fomenting youthful rebellion and federal funding of education in the form of crop subsidies, like that will ever happen. All the while he is name-dropping and sprinkling tired, worn-out clichés that have taken over the debate in hopes of intimidating our representatives at the state level into doing what he wants to see happen.

Maybe our state representatives will succeed in finding that elusive additional revenue, but I for one would like to see an end to all the name-calling, hand-wringing and fantasy proposals. California has a $29 billion hole to fill and Mr. McArthur’s ramblings have done nothing to fill that hole. I see no real ideas and no resourcefulness. It might be time for Mr. McArthur to reexamine his role as a school board member.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City


Thanks to Mormon Church group for cleaning cemetery


I would like to thank the Mormon Church group that came out to the cemetery to help clean up and mow and weed-eat the area.

They donated their time, gas and equipment and did an excellent job, and the cemetery looks great. Again I cannot thank each and every one enough.

Rick Sherman

I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Crescent City


Thanks to those who’ve shown support for Nuss family, shop


Don and I would like to thank all of you who have supported us in word and deed while Don was going through his trial and incarceration at SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle for the last 14 months, and during the years before. Thanks to his friend Spud who went to San Francisco many times as support; Spud’s wife Liz, who called me every week; to our boys Don and Clark for keeping the house and yard going; and to Scott Norris for keeping the shop open.

Thank you for all the letters in Don’s behalf before the trial and those who wrote to him and sent him pictures and other things while he was there, and thank you to those who called me and helped me get to the store and invited me to things and left me cookies and fruit on my doorstep.  Thanks to my close neighbors and friends Marilynn and Bob Ladendorff and Bev Wier for checking on me and seeing I was OK, going to the store when needed, taking me to lunch every day at the Senior Center with you and inviting me to birthdays and other occasions. I will never forget your kindness to both Don and myself during this time.

You never think something like this will happen to you at this time of your life, but we have survived it with your help and we thank you for not forgetting us and for coming back into the shop to get work done or to just say hello. You all know who you are and thank you so much.

Sandy and Don Nuss and family

Redwood Welding

Crescent City


McArthur offers simplistic view of education funding problems


I do agree with Donald McArthur on the importance of education for our children. Isn’t it ironic that we spend $50,000 a year to keep a person in prison, but only $700 in our district to educate a student? However, what a disappointment to have one of our new school board members express such a simplistic political statement about the cause of the lack of funding. No political party, or candidate, is all perfect, or all blameful. For the record, our Legislature has not been controlled by the Republicans for years; they have been in the minority.

Funding comes from taxation; taxation comes from the people. Only about 40% of our people pay taxes, so they bear the brunt. Due to excessive regulations and taxes, businesses continue to leave the state, causing a loss of revenue and employment. Please look to the tremendous bureaucracy we have! Look online for State of California. What about the many entitlements that obliterate the encouragement to work and improve oneself? I recently thought of this when I observed a family that has easily cost welfare millions: the parents were leaving the casino.

I was present at the Town Hall Meeting of our state senator, Doug La Malfa. Anyone could ask questions, first by writing the questions on a card and giving it to the reader. At the end, questions were taken from the floor. Why didn’t Mr. McArthur ask a question?

Why make personal attacks on the senator when most of us do not have the personal business information on the man during the last 15 years? A half truth is worse than a lie.

To involve students in political party accusations is irresponsible and unprofessional. We do not want to “rechristen” our students since many/most of our students have not been “christened” (baptized) and religious preference is personal and should not be imposed on anyone.

So disappointed,

Calie Martin

Crescent City


Killing bin Laden wasn’t murder; it sent a powerful message


I was wondering how long it would be before someone said, “we must be fair.” There should be no “revenge” and the word “murder” to be bandied about.

After spending several years in two different Muslim countries, I know most Muslims to be decent people who just want to live their lives and go about their business. However, the Islamic radicals want us dead along with all other non-Muslim people. The only thing the radical element respects is force. You cannot negotiate with terrorists. While killing Osama bin Laden doesn’t bring the dead (and still dying) back, it sent a powerful message that our country will not stand idly by wringing our hands if we are attacked.

Osama was no different than a rabid dog except he committed his crimes while being aware of the havoc, pain and suffering he caused.

God bless the SEAL team who rose to heroic levels during a complex and dangerous mission. May we always honor those citizen soldiers who step into the breach to do what is necessary.

Shirley Borrego

Crescent City


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