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Letters to the Editor May 20, 2009

Forcing school district to hire locally will cost it money

The School Board contemplating a directive to force local hiring is by its very nature contrary to the purpose of the board. It seems to me that if any directive is given with regard to the $25 million in bond money or any money, it should demand that the school district get the most goods, services, and construction efforts for the monies laid out; instead there is a misplaced concern about having local people do the job.

The idea of buying local is a noble idea with ignoble results when it is forced. When “buy local” is mandated it restricts one of the basic capitalistic principles of our society, choice. The School Board could mandate that all apples served to students be locally grown. This mandate would be a boon to those who grow local apples but a punishment to the students who would not have apples for six months of the year.

If the School Board chooses to create a “buy local” directive we can automatically expect that the cost of any school district improvements will be increased. When the competitive bid process, a function of capitalism, is toyed with, the purchaser gets skewed results. Keeping the bidding process for government works project open to all comers is the best way to ensure that local money is spent wisely; wisely means getting the most improvements possible for the money.

It is important to note that local contractors have natural advantages over those who are remote. A local contractor has the advantage of living here. He can more easily look at the job site before bidding; he does not have to travel far which is a savings to him. As a local one will not likely have to commute each day from Humboldt or anther county to get to the construction site; more savings.

When it comes time to bid on any particular job the local contractor does not have many of the costs which a remote contractor does; this is the natural advantage of locals’ location.

If the School Board decides that it is willing to pay an out of town price for a local contractor to perform the work it will be a boon to that local contractor, and a bust for the locals who get a small project for a big cost. I implore the School Board not to exchange goods for what is good. 

Joe Nathan Albertson
Crescent City


Second- and third-place medals, girls also deserve mention

Regarding “Warriors earn White Stars at Track Meet,” May 16, there were several girls who worked very hard for second- and third-place medals who were not mentioned.

White Stars are only awarded to first-place finishers, but second and third place are recognized with medals. Yes, my daughter, Zara won a White Star and I’m very proud of her, but I feel the coverage of the other girls’ performances was inadequate. The article made it sound like there weren’t any other girls competing or winning medals.

Nikki Fugate, Vanessa Alexandre, Kathryn Gustafson and Jenny Goucher all won second and/or third place medals at the meet. I apologize in advance if I missed any other girls. I found it interesting that some of the boys who won second place medals were mentioned, but not the girls.

I’m not discounting the boys’ performances. They deserve the recognition as well. I just would like to see equal coverage for all the girls. They work just as hard for their rewards.

Cerina Gastineau
Crescent City

Editor’s note: Information about most of the second-and third-place finishers was not available when the Saturday article was written. It was included in a Tuesday article.


How much does fluoride cost and can we trade it in for cherry flavor?


I just drank a glass of water from my kitchen tap. I decided to swish it around to get some fluoride on my teeth, (seems that if you don’t swish it around, you don’t really get much on your teeth).

I took my kids to the dentist to get some fluoride on their teeth too. The dentist said, “make sure you don’t swallow any, it will make you very sick.” They use fluoride in rat and bug poison as well (rats and bugs need strong teeth too you know!).

Now, I went and looked up fluoride on Webster’s and Wikipedia (wish I hadn’t done that). Apparently, some people have gotten very sick, and even died when their fluoride systems malfunctioned, and put too much into the water.

Okay, I’m confused. We’re spending a boatload of money to get all the yukky stuff out of our water. Is this new system going to take the fluoride out, too? How much are we spending to put the fluoride in? Did we vote to have the fluoride put in? If we could find another dopey city to buy our fluoride system, would we get enough to buy a cherry flavor system? I like cherry. All in favor of cherry, say aye.

Norman E. Williams
Crescent City
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