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Letters to the Editor Oct. 17, 2009

Multiple reasons why S-curve is best spot for vet monument


This is in response to the Oct. 13 Coastal Voices piece (“Rethink vet monument location”).

The members of the Veterans Monument Committee agree wholeheartedly with Wendy Bertrand in her opinion that “Crescent City needs to use every bit of civic display it has in ways that complement, enhance and help create order and character unique to Crescent City’s heart.”

We think the S-curve location is a great spot for the monument and embodies that character. It will be in a place that has access and is highly visible and not stuck in some obscure location. Those who view it will know that we are a community that has civic respect for our veterans.

This project has been over three years in the planning and the committee, with the help of a lot of veterans and citizens working in conjunction with the city planning department, has looked at and evaluated numerous proposed sites for the monument. Ms. Bertrand suggests that Front Street would be an “ideal location.”

All well and good, however, we found that Beachfront Park is state grant land and as such, a monument is not one of the uses permitted there. This is an important piece of information if you are thinking of putting that type of structure there. Like Beachfront Park and for a myriad of other reasons, all other sites were eliminated and it became obvious that the S-curve site would be the best location for the monument. The S-curve is outside the boundaries of Beachfront Park grant land and as such, the monument can be constructed there.

Not everyone will agree that there is a “perfect” location for this monument, but we believe that the proposed site is as good as you will find in this community. We anticipate there may well be some changes to the finished project, but after three years we feel that the S-curve is the best site for honoring our veterans.

With over 5,000 Del Norte County veterans, it is important that we as a community honor those who have served and sacrificed. This monument is a way for our community to say “thank you” to all our veterans, past present and future, for that service and sacrifice and for insuring the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy.

Harlan Ziegler

President

Veterans Monument Committee


We’d rather hear sirens

than catch a nasty germ


In response to Marilynn Landendorff’s letter (“Lets do something about sirens in Crescent City before it’s too late,” Oct. 13), we live two blocks from the beach and also don’t hear the tsunami sirens when we are in the house. When we do hear them faintly we don’t know what to do.

Now, flashback to Bandon, Ore. I was in the house vacuuming; we heard this otherworldly loud “bo weep, bo weep, bo weep.” So we ran outside only to hear the big trees in our downtown park telling us, “This is a test. If this were an actual tsunami, you would be required to flee to higher ground.”

There are speakers in the trees. Now that is a first-rate warning device that’s worthy of copying.

And on the subject of preventive measures, isn’t it time our Sutter Coast Hospital pulls out all that indoor-outdoor carpet that’s down its halls? With resistant diseases like merca staph, don’t we need floors in our hospitals that can be bleached and sanitized?

                                 V. Rinehart

Crescent City

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