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Letters to the Editor October 18, 2012

Gitlin's intolerance will not work well in county

I would like to comment on the candidacy of Roger Gitlin for a seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

I want to thank Lorenza Lopez for her letter to the Triplicate (“More examples of Gitlin’s radicalism,” Oct. 11) and for doing the research I was too lazy to do. I have confirmed her web reference.

Have you ever had to apply for food stamps to help feed your family? Have you ever had to apply for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) so your family could receive necessary health care? Have you ever had to live on unemployment for an extended period because you could not find work?

Have you ever applied for a Pell Grant so you could afford to attend college? Do you receive veterans’ benefits because your military service left you with a physical or mental disability? Do you want these benefits to be available to family or friends in case they need them?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Mr. Gitlin may think of you are a moocher and a leech, as he describes today’s Democratic Party.

And if you lean toward the Democratic Party in your philosophy, consider that Mr. Gitlin considers it an “abomination” that is contributing to the destruction of the United States. He believes fervently in reducing the size of government.

These are apparently Mr. Gitlin’s deeply held beliefs written last year before he had to moderate his views in order to attract voters. They are typical anti-government Tea Party beliefs.

The Tea Party is notorious for being unwilling to compromise with people having viewpoints that differ from theirs. On the national level, they try to make the country ungovernable until such time as they gain enough power to do what they want. This is not a model we need to transplant to the local level.

I find Mr. Gitlin’s language to be intemperate and intolerant. I cannot imagine a man of his extreme beliefs being willing to compromise with anyone who did not share his viewpoint.

Mr. Gitlin is of course entitled to his point of view. But I do not believe someone with these radical views should be elected to any local government position.

This is especially true in Del Norte County where we have many state and local government employees, and more than our share of poor people who rely on government assistance.

Sam Allison, Crescent City

Whatever the amount, Gitlin disrespects many

Regarding the Oct. 16 Editor’s Note column, “Fact-checking ads before publication is paper’s objective,” which focused on an accused inaccuracy with an ad by District 1 Supervisor Leslie McNamer, I feel it is important to consider the bigger, more important, picture.

Supervisor McNamer’s ad featured a headline that read, “According to Roger Gitlin, 50 percent of Del Norte County are ‘Moochers, leeches and victims.’” From a technical standpoint, Editor Richard Wiens is correct. Perhaps a more accurate headline would have been, “Roger Gitlin believes approximately 35 percent of Del Norte’s registered voters are moochers, leeches and victims.” 

While I applaud the Del Norte Triplicate for taking a watchdog role, wouldn’t the community be better served to focus less on technicalities, and more on the candidate’s specific stances?

For example, Mr. Gitlin’s exact statement was “The Democrats have devolved to become the Party of moochers, leeches and victims.” 

With this belief, Mr. Gitlin must answer the question: Is he able and willing to work with individuals who consider themselves Democrats, either registered or not? 

Considering the intensity of Mr. Gitlins’ opinions, District 1 residents who are registered Democrats have the right to know: Will they receive the same level of service from a Supervisor Gitlin as would a member of the Republican Party?

Furthermore, does Mr. Gitlin believe — considering his contempt and disgust for those who disagree with him — he can successfully deal with other elected officials, both locally, regionally and in the federal government? Would he even try?

This seems to be a much more important question of this campaign, rather than mathematical semantics of a political ad’s headline.

Bob Berkowitz, Crescent City

Editor’s note: Bob Berkowitz is working on the Leslie McNamer campaign.

McNamer resorts 
to an untruthful ad

I rarely write letters to the editor, but this time is an exception. I am disappointed at the attack and the lies that you, Leslie McNamer, have leveled at my husband via your ad that has been published in the Triplicate.

Your ad states my husband has called 50% of Del Norte County “Moochers, leeches, and victims”? And then you go on and say that  Roger does not hide the fact that  if you do not believe in his  brand of politics you are “pretty much scum.”

My husband has never said that, nor does he feel that way.  I hear from many people that you are a “nice lady.” Well, I don’t think that is nice at all.  I assume based on your ad that you, Leslie, believe the ends justify the means, and blatantly  lying is acceptable if it accomplishes what you want.

My father always told me, “I would take a thief over a liar anytime, because at least with a thief you know where you stand.”

My husband and I were not born nor raised here in Crescent City, but I don’t consider myself an outsider. My husband and I traveled the coast of California, and when we happened upon Del Norte County 10-plus years ago, we knew we had found our new home.

We bought our house and invested our life savings here in Del Norte County, we have met many wonderful people, and we love it here. We are 100 percent invested in Del Norte County and we are here because we want to be.

Leslie, I hope you reconsider your strategy of advertising.

Angela White-Gitlin, Crescent City

In need of someone to fix county, voting Gitlin

As this election draws to a close, it appears attacks and dirty politics abound, from the national right down to our local. Anyone who opposes the “status quo” gets labeled a radical — so I guess I am.

Every time I drive down D street to go to church, or on any number of other streets, Mr. Gitlin’s slogan, “Let’s Fix It,” comes to mind. Why?

Because driving on many of our streets is like driving on a washboard. They are a mess, and make travelling in town torture for folks like my daughter, with severe back problems.

Apparently the “powers that be “don’t think our streets are a problem — or did they simply not qualify for Mr. Obama’s “shovel-ready” jobs?

I’ve been back in Crescent City for 10 years, and nothing really seems to change. Every time something needs to be done, there’s a big hullaballoo as our leaders fight about how  and when to do it. From what I’ve observed, if they would all work half as hard at working together as they do opposing each other while in office, they just might accomplish something.

As  Mr. Gitlin says, things need to be fixed. I’ve been saying that for a long time. But when the same tack continues without change, nothing is going to happen.

I want the fluoride out of my water. But because of my address, I have no vote on that, and it is just plain wrong. In this case, the few get to make the choice for the many.

Just who is Leslie McNamer? I would not know her if I met her on the street. In the five years I’ve lived at my current address, she has never come to my door — though Donna Westfall and Roger Gitlin have, a number of times, and discussed my concerns with me.

Perhaps a 10-year residency still labels me a newcomer. So be it. I love this town and want to see it thrive. When I left here 20 years ago, the economy was being strangled by the environmentalists. It would appear nothing has changed.

So, yes, Mr. Gitlin has my vote. At least he knows my name, and the face that goes with it.

Martha Williams, Crescent City

Media supposed to be objective but it isn't

In today’s world of partisan news reporting it is hardly a shock that the Triplicate’s editor, in the Oct. 16 Editor’s Note column, “Fact-checking ads before publication is paper’s objective,” has to own up to the newspaper dropping the ball in a recent political advertisement.

The problem has become so epidemic throughout the world of so-called objective journalism that the casual observer of news no longer can be certain which “facts” are indeed true.

After speaking with a friend of many years, I was surprised to hear her characterize the current federal administration as the more positive of the two choices we have to choose from in the upcoming election. Granted much of her formed opinion comes from CNN, MSNBC and the Triplicate, as she rarely views anything else because they seem, her words, so negative.

In theory news reporting is supposed to be an objective and accurate telling of current events, without bias. Opinions and advertising should be subject to the same kind of fact-checking and scrutiny; however, that also seems to have selectively gone away. While I understand that people are human and fallible, it would seem that journalists and their editors, who are in positions which could do a great deal of harm with their words, would be much more careful about what went into print.

Granted there is the thrill of wanting to be relevant and responsible for shaping public opinion, but that is not the most important job of the news. It is with increasing regularity that letters to the editor, news articles, and advertising find their way into the pages of this paper with obvious omissions, inaccurate facts and conflicting information.

It is further truly unfortunate, that one knows merely from the content of this paper and not the Opinion page, where the editor, his staff, and the publisher fall on the news-worthy issues of the day. 

Samuel Strait, Crescent City

Fluoride: Use topically, not in drinking water

Please don’t vote to put fluoride in the city water supply unless you are making an “educated” vote. I did some online research and checked on it through the Mayo Clinic and the New England Journal of Medicine; it is not good to have fluoride in our water and to be ingesting it. Topical use, like in our toothpaste, is OK.

It doesn’t seem fair that a limited number of voters, within the city limits only, can vote on this when thousands of us in outlying Crescent City areas also use the city water. It seems like it would be a liability for the city to force us to have water with fluoride in it and deprive us of making our own choice on it. 

Linda Weirup, Crescent City

 

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