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Letters to the Editor Sept. 23, 2011

Congress totally out of touch with plight of the unemployed

Normally, any letter that I have written to the editor has been complimentary to the subject. Not this time.

I’m inspired by the editorial cartoon of Sept. 15 in The Daily Triplicate, which pictured a real truth. The people that we have elected to Congress, both Senate and representatives, are totally out of touch with the plight of those caught up in the unemployment dilemma that faces our nation. They sit in session jawing about it but do nothing. Meanwhile, our citizens are losing their homes, are having to accept charity, or maybe worse.

Once these Congress people are in office, they are almost untouchable. Salaries and perks are their main objectives.

Basically, they are, for the most part, bobbleheads. They shake their heads up and down or side to side, depending on the issue and leaders’ wishes.

If there was some way to dock their pay and perks substantially, it would get their attention. California did it on the annual budget problem.

We can write letters or go online to express our feelings. I highly recommend that action. The addresses are available through The Daily Triplicate. Also, have your relatives or friends contact them. Perhaps we could get a real movement going.

Robert Ames

Crescent City

 

Contra headline, access restored to parkland by keeping out farm

In “Parkland, not farmland,” Sept. 15, The Triplicate spun the article backwards.

The real story is California State Parks finally ended the illegal use of state parkland for private pasture.

Instead of the red “Access Denied,” on the photo, the real caption should be “Access Restored.”

To infer that this was the result of outside interests acting against local interests is backwards.  This is a  state park owned by and for all Californians, not someone’s pasture or a county park.

According to the story, Blake Alexandre says Alexandre ECODairy Farms lost about $20,000 per year in “managing” this property while this saved local farmers about $500,000, which yields a nice profit for some.  Alexandre spent money to use it for his pasture, not for park purposes. A great deal for the farmers, but not for the rest of us Californians.

Missing from the report is the dollar value of damage and related costs of restoration due to the grading of the land and filling in of wetlands.

John Mertes

Crescent City

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