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Letters to the Editor Oct. 15, 2011

Isn’t it clear both parties colluding with industries at our expense?

In the Oct. 11 letter by Dale Bohling (“Attack on conservative ideology repeats tired arguments of past”), it struck me that the competing element of our political divide is evolving into a culture of its own.

It’s like political poetry. My mind is tickled just melting the vocabulary and analogies together.

Interestingly though, if past elections are any indicator, it would seem that any political leader, either a Dale Bohling or a Bruce Kerwood (“Panning conservative ideology,” Oct. 6), would have received funds from the same sources. Our Obamas and Rick Perrys and so on are bought and paid for before we vote and we couldn’t possibly compete with the money involved.

The industries supporting these “candidates”€have the dominating share of our GDP and it has been growing.

“Divide and Conquer” — you know, I’m not educated enough to know where that comes from (and I’ve used Google enough today), but isn’t it clear that this has happened to us? Each side too afraid to vote for someone of integrity, scared the “lesser of two evils”might lose. What principle.

Everybody feels nostalgic about a certain era. The ’50s seemed peaceful or “gentle”€to some after a depression and world war. And the 1950s saw a share of revolution as groups began to fight for civil rights. There was a lot of work to be done. There was a lot to make right. And today is no exception.

Robert C. Derego

Crescent City

 

Keep pressure on GOP to make jobs, not posturing, their priority

Almost a month ago, President Obama laid out his plan to create jobs and invest in our infrastructure. The bottom line: more people working and better roads, bridges, and schools.

As the president asked last week in his speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, since when are Republicans against building roads? And I’d add, since when are they against creating jobs?

Sadly, I think the answer has do with when political posturing became more important than actually getting things done. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the House Republicans have made their priorities clear.

Let’s keep the pressure on them to not let the same thing happen this time around.

Marsinah Murakami

Crescent City

 

Women’s indoor soccer a great time; come out, cheer them on

Thank you so very much for your coverage of the Del Norte Women’s Indoor Soccer League (“Sunday night soccer for women draws a crowd in town,” Oct. 11).

We are all very passionate about playing soccer and hope that more people come out to watch the action. As your article indicates, it is full of full-body contact plays, amazing goal saves, swift solid kicks on the goal — and screaming fans!

Come on out everyone, it promises to be a roaring good time! Cheer for your favorites!

Robin Patch

Black Widows goalie

Crescent City

 

Soaring rates for garbage pickup have to be stopped somehow

Recent letters indicate the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority Board is doing a great job, it does not use taxpayer dollars, it is inexpensive and so forth. If it is so good at management and finance, getting taxpayer-funded grants and operating so well it is so inexpensive, etc., then why is the school district having to divert $80,000 more than last year to pay for garbage pickup? Aren’t those taxpayer dollars?

Why do businesses pay up to 300 percent more in one year? Aren’t those taxpayer dollars? Why did the transfer station raise rates 13.5 percent in April? Aren’t you a taxpayer?

The fact is the DNSWMA is raising the costs of operation, adding more programs and mandates that add to the costs of operation. Democrats love big government. Now we see garbage dumped all over the county.

Maybe we need to privatize like Curry County or elect a separate board directly accountable to the voters. The DNSWMA’s board members will not dissolve it when they get paid $375 a month stipend, adding to operating costs a total of $22,500 a year.

This has to stop or we will be paying $200 a ton or more by 2015 and many more businesses will close.

 Ron Plechaty

Crescent City

 

Who do we thank for hiking up recycling, trash pickup rates?

In case anyone is still wondering where the jobs are here in Del Norte, I’m following up my last letter to the editor by bringing your attention to just one more additional cost paid by local businesses. (Remember, escalating costs to a business mean inability to use that money to hire additional staff.)

Needless to say, I was shocked when I recently received my bill from Recology, increasing my cardboard Dumpster rate from $21 a month to $243 a month! Can you imagine paying almost $3,000 a year for service to pick up and recycle your cardboard?

Not only was there an increase to the recycling pickup fees, but the surprises kept coming. When my August bill showed up, my regular trash pickup and disposal rates for my business increased from $400 to $660 a month. Which meant the new rate for both was now $912 a month, compared to the former contract rate of $421 for the exact same service!

Interestingly, since 2003 the rates have progressively increased. In comparison, it is hard to imagine that over the last eight years annual pickup and disposal rates could skyrocket from $252 a year to $2,900 a year for a recycle bin, and from $3,330 to $7,950 for trash.

All in all, what once cost $3,500 in 2003, now costs $10,900! I hate to imagine what the rates will be in another eight years.

Who do we thank for this? Who negotiated this deal with the green mafia? I’d like to know.

Mary Wilson

Crescent City

 

Free help for seniors on Medicare considering changing insurance

For senior citizens and those on Medicare, this is the time of the year you can change your insurance provider.

You have been receiving those phonebook-sized packets and books in the mail from Medicare and your insurance company. Now you have to decide if you are receiving the most cost-effective service from your present company.

I highly recommend you make an appointment with the Area 1 service called HICAP. It will review your information and print out your best options. It is very helpful, located at the Senior Center on Northcrest Drive, and it’s a free service — a benefit of being a senior.

 Joe Lacey

Fort Dick

 

 

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