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Letters to the Editor Oct. 04, 2011

Shame on DA for not letting a jury decide on punishing Dillard

In response to the Sept. 30 article, “No charges to be filed in Dillard case,” this is a true breakdown of our justice system. District Attorney Jon Alexander states that Paul Dillard “did what most parents would have done.”

Right, every parent would go to great lengths, as Mr. Dillard was accused of doing, to help their adult child who is accused of having sexual relations with minors hide from the police.

Mr. Dillard, being a former law enforcement officer, should have turned his son in from the start. He shouldn’t have hidden him in a corner and talked him into turning himself in, like Mr. Alexander states.

Shame on you, Mr. Alexander, for not letting a jury decide if Mr. Dillard should be punished. You stated that you would be tough on crime. I guess that didn’t include crimes against children.

Jeremy Frisk

Crescent City

 

CFCU example of importance of choosing good board members

Compliments to the after-the-fact coverage provided by our local newspapers regarding the recent National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) placing the Chetco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) into conservatorship. However, the general public needs to understand some basic facts as to how and why this occurred.

The “feds” didn’t take over the credit union. NCUA took over operations of CFCU on behalf of the members. Credit unions pay NCUA insurance on behalf of members as required by law to be a credit union.

NCUA placed CFCU into conservatorship because its members were at risk. Insurance entities public or private don’t like risk. It’s bad for business.

CFCU members elected a board of directors. On the board was the CEO until resigning last May. Out of seven board members, in my opinion, four showed up wondering what they would be doing at the board meetings.

And here is the point of this comment. Members of any organization need to regard elections of their board members with utmost attention. Board members must regard their term as a fiduciary responsibility regardless of how flattering or prestigious it seems to appear in the community and with a consideration of the people who potentially may suffer from its decisions.

Many I know express sympathies to CFCU employees and CFCU members as a community. Hopefully, this hardship will encourage all to participate.

 Victoria Nuss

Brookings, Ore.

 

Problems with careless attitude toward crashing satellites

I am appalled at the Sept. 28 Associated Press article regarding the fallen satellite (“Satellite fell in the south Pacific, not in Canada”). It exhibited the worst of the “not in my back yard” philosophy.

Quotes include: “relatively uninhabited portion of the world” (Mark Matney, NASA scientist) and “I think that’s perfect. It’s just as good as it gets” (Bill Ailor, director of the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies at the Aerospace Corp.).

There are certain fish, marine mammals, coral, plankton, etc. that would disagree with the “uninhabited” designation. And it is not as good as it gets. That is a homo-centric view of our environment that we can no longer afford.

According to NOAA, the oceans represent 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. Six tons of debris scattered over a 500-mile span will cause a chain reaction, partly due to the known toxicity of some metals to marine life.

On a much broader subject, there is sure to be future “debris” falling due to aging satellites and such.

We can no longer consider our oceans as a dump. The future is now!

Pamela Obuchon

Crescent City

 

Thompson paints an incomplete picture of Social Security stability

Congressman Mike Thompson wrote a Sept. 28 Coastal Voices piece, “Social Security is not broken.” This article is only partly true.

News reports indicate that Social Security will effectively run a $45 billion deficit in 2011 and will continue to run deficits totaling $547 billion over the coming decade. The Washington Times on May 13 stated that “Social Security will run a permanent yearly deficit when looking at the program’s tax revenues compared to what must be paid out in benefits.”

 According to the U.S. Social Security Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Vol. 70 No. 3, 2010, “Currently, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects programs costs to rise by 2035 so that taxes will be enough to pay for only 75 percent of scheduled benefits.” This same report also states, “changes equivalent to an immediate reduction in benefits of about 13 percent, or an immediate increase in the combined payroll tax rate from 12.4 percent to 14.4 percent, or some combination of these changes, would be sufficient to allow full payment of the scheduled benefits for the next 75 years.”

Congressman Thompson, as usual, is giving us his biased liberal view that seems to prohibit an honest, complete address of any issue. Social Security is going bankrupt and he asserts that nothing is wrong. If it were in good shape, why does he say it is good until 2036?

If Congressman Thompson would come to Crescent City he could explain what he means but he refuses to come here and hold a town hall meeting and answer questions — why?

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City


Hope that many organizations willing to keep Sea Cruise afloat

How extremely disheartened I was to read that this was the last year the Crescent City Car Club was putting on the Sea Cruise.

Our club, The Cruisin’ Rebels, has been attending this event for 19 years and as secretary for our car club, I have always promoted this show as “the best of the best” because of the wonderful weekend of memories this event has given us over the years.

I’ve done an article for CruZin’ magazine on this show since 1994 because Sea Cruise is a one-of-a-kind show — the area is gorgeous, the array of cars outstanding, Everett Young and his members appreciative, the dance always fantastic, and the people of Crescent City the friendliest and kindest anywhere.

I sincerely hope the Chamber of Commerce is bombarded with many, many local organizations willing to keep this event afloat.

We’ll be there this weekend and hopefully many weekends in the future. Many thanks to Everett and his members for all their hard work and I hope now they’ll all be able to just “enjoy” the future Sea Cruise.

Marsha Watson

Klamath Falls, Ore.

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