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Letters to the Editor April 27, 2013

Clarification about grant program's condition

I am writing in regard to the April 22 article about the City of Crescent City’s decision to hire a Sacramento-based firm for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administrative services and the remarks made at the April 15 City Council meeting on which the article was based.

I would like to clear up any misconceptions about the financial condition of the CDBG program when my contract ended. I am not aware of, and cannot speak to the many non-CDBG grants administered by city staff, one of which may have $7,500 in excess expenditures.

At the time my contract ended, however, none of the CDBG grants for which I was responsible were either overspent or projected to be overspent. Administrative costs required to close out fully-expended CDBG grants are minimal and are chargeable to the administrative portion of those grants that remain open.

The CDBG program is sufficiently complicated that management and tracking of the multiple projects and funds are easily confused. I believe I was both diligent and successful in performing this task during my time with the city. 

Charlaine Mazzei, Crescent City

Let's choose a local physician for county post

The April 25 article about the county health officer (“Health officer residency raises spat”) should have included more information. 

Letters to the Editor April 25, 2013

Thanks for beautiful coverage of butterflies

The California Sister has been an old friend of mine for many years. Thank you for the beautiful photo in Saturday’s paper (“The forests on another scale: Butterflies and moths are indicators of habitat health within the region’s redwood parks”).

Mary Jean Goecker, Crescent City

Sheriff lacks authority to cherry-pick laws enforced

The information in the April 18 Triplicate informing us our sheriff will prosecute only matters which meet his, or the group he represents, interpretation of constitutionality certainly got my attention! (“Dems pushing for gun control: Wilson tells senators he would not enforce bill.”) 

I do not recall his campaign put forth the idea he would uphold only those laws meeting his understanding of the Constitution. I voted for Sheriff Wilson not as a constitutional expert, but to uphold the county, state and national laws on the books. We have rules in a democracy for changing laws that do not include elected officials deciding which are to be honored and which are to be ignored. Working for change is a long, difficult task, but if change is needed the process must be followed.

Letters to the Editor April 23, 2013

Rehabilitating Crowell is nothing short of wonderful

After being a foster parent in Del Norte County, I can honestly say that Thomas Crowell was one of the best probation officers that I have ever dealt with. He was instrumental in turning my nephew’s life around.

The fact that the county is giving him the chance to go to rehabilitation for his gambling addiction (“Crowell reaches a plea bargain,” April 11) is nothing short of wonderful.

The people that have been writing such negative letters obviously do not know him. Furthermore, to compare him to District Attorney Jon Alexander is preposterous. Jon Alexander was investigated by outside sources and found culpable.

What Mr. Crowell did is not an offense that would land someone in prison, as stated in Tony Jacomella’s April 20 letter, “No good reason Crowell is still head of probation.”

I am very glad that he has been given a second chance. Everyone deserves that.

Janine Hodson, Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 20, 2013

No good reason Crowell is still head of Probation

I feel it is a bunch of crap that Thomas Crowell basically got away with embezzling money from the Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County (“Crowell reaches a plea bargain,” April 11).

 If anybody else in this town did that, they’d be sent to prison. Why is District Attorney Jon Alexander facing disbarment for helping someone, but Tom Crowell is still the head of Probation?

This town needs to be thoroughly investigated, this is asinine.

Tony Jacomella, Crescent City

Please take time to fill out health survey

Sometime during the week, you should receive The Community Health and Wellness Survey in your mailbox. The questions asked were formulated by a local consortium guided by the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University, and are framed specifically for information useful for Del Norte and adjacent tribal lands.

If we are to make policy decisions that will lead us to healthier individuals, families and communities, your participation in this process is essential. Please take the time to complete and return the survey using the stamped, self-addressed envelope included.

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. All information provided is anonymous and will be used to help determine what types of services are necessary locally to improve community health. Thoughtful, accurate answers are needed for us to make meaningful decisions that will lead you, your family, and the community around you towards a healthier tomorrow.

Your local Health Care District is a proud sponsor of this effort. As chairman, I request your participation in this project.

Clarke Moore, Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2013

Regardless of designation, slow down near schools

In response to Harold McChesney’s April 9 letter, “Difference between school zones and school crossings,” he is right. He will get tons of email for having such a view toward an important safety issue.

First, if you are near a school, is that not a school zone? Is it not possible that a child could appear from behind the so-called safety of a fenced-in, non-school zone and run into the street in front of you as you fly down Northcrest at 40–50 mph on your way to that all-important cup of Starbucks?

It does not matter if the light is flashing or not, you are in an area where children might be present.

 I have a problem with people who do not slow down for yellow caution lights. They probably find it unnecessary to slow down for police, Caltrans or anything else that blinks yellow and says slow down, which is what being cautious entails. They are likely the ones who speed up for the blinking yellow lights that are a warning to slow down as red lights are coming on my school bus.

I think if they hit and kill a child in a “school crossing area,” that prima facie law is going to find them at fault and I hope they throw the book at them. I think they will have a difficult time explaining they were not in a school zone.

As a school bus driver for over a decade, I never exceed 25 mph from the time I encounter a sign until I pass the one directing the oncoming traffic on the other side of the street. 

That goes for passing Orick School at 1 a.m. That is your school zone and you better just slow down for our kids.

Kim Charette, Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 11, 2013

What Alexander’s reaction to disbarment sounded like

I just read Jon Alexander’s April 6 response to the State Bar decision to recommend disbarring him. All I heard was “waaa.”

Jack Brown, Crescent City 

Haters brought down voters' choice for district attorney

Well well well. Job well done by the Jon Alexander-haters (“Judge wants DA disbarred,” April 6). You proved your case.

In fact all you have really done is bring down a man that “we the people” voted to protect us and to  put the bad guys away.

How much victory is there in that?

“We the people” wrote, shouted, voted who we wanted to rid Del Norte County of crime and drugs.

“We the people” said we know about his past, yet want him as our DA.

“We the people” of Del Norte County know the power of our votes.

“We the people” will not forget at our next election.

Letters to the Editor April 13, 2013

Embezzling officer should not be working

Del Norte County ought not to have a probation officer working who has been accused of stealing from the officers’ fund.

The April 11 article, “Crowell reaches a plea bargain,” said he is only getting a misdemeanor  and a fine for the crime of theft. Balderdash.

What kind of respect can he expect from the people he is working with? He has lost the right to any respect from those people. This is a joke. Remove him from the office of probation now.

This is another slap in the people’s face. Please, give every subject in this county the same treatment. When they are giving some a slap on the wrist and some more severe punishments for the same infractions, it causes anger problems among the people. We feel like peasants in the land, kind of less than the ones who rule over us.

Stop it, we are all the same here and want the treatment to be equal for all. This is not equal, he got to keep his job ruling over other people accused of a crime, and he is no better then they.

Get him out of the probation office today.

Theft by embezzlement of property worth less than $1,000 is a misdemeanor, subjecting a defendant to a possible jail sentence of six months or less, and a fine of up to $1,000.

Lenda Beck, Crescent City

Proposed amendments for better government

In response to Bob Berkowitz’s April 11 Coastal Voices piece, times are hard, as is his math. That 1 percent, the wealthiest among us, controls over 75 percent of all wealth, and so should be paying over 75 percent of all taxes. As Bob points out, they are not, as they pay only 37 percent.

Letters to the Editor April 9, 2013

Special thanks to school officials for stopping bullying 

I would just like to give special thanks to Bill Hartwick, principal at Crescent Elk Middle School, and Superintendent Don Olson.

Recently, my wife and I discovered my child has been the victim of a bully’s daily fun time for about a year and a half, from stolen shoes out of the locker room and his cell phone mysteriously vanishing, to being pushed, tripped and called names. My child never spoke a word to me for fear of being called a narc by his classmates or more bullying. I’m certain this abuse would have continued had the bully not decided to take this violence to the next level.

What was meant to be a fun science project turned to a violent unprovoked assault on my child when this bully made the choice to leave his seat and walk up to my child at his desk and stab him in the leg with the scalpel he was issued to dissect a worm as their project.

He didn’t even have the courtesy to pull the blade out when he was done. Instead, he left it stuck in my child’s leg approximately an inch and a half and told my child, “Oh, sorry, don’t get me in trouble, just get a paper towel and cover it up,” even jumping at the opportunity to assist my child to the office pretending to be his friend in hopes that he wouldn’t say anything. And in fact, my child still continued to cover for this bully all the way to the hospital where we waited for hours for X-rays, cleansing and stitches.

Thankfully, light was shed upon what was
really happening to my child every day at school. At a time when school tragedies are becoming an everyday current event, those gentlemen I mentioned earlier demonstrated that our schools will not be a place to sharpen your skills before prison or practice mixed martial arts on others. Instead they are taking the stand against this behavior with a no-tolerance approach to bullying.

Letters to the Editor April 6, 2013

Too bad about N. Korea; didn't have to be like this

Well folks, here we go again. North Korea “dares” the United States to fear it by threats and televised parades of brainwashed students (God help them).

It’s awful enough that we, the U.S., had to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to finally stop a war against misguided fanatic patriots.

Now, like good parents do when their children are threatened by some young bully down the block, the U.S. has to call for a PTA meeting (in this case, possibly a global one!) and let bad parents know that their unruly kids need to be sent to their rooms and given a sound spanking.

Since North Korea has such bad parents, it is upon the U.S. to put our foot down. Too bad, it didn’t have to be this way.

Heidi Bauman, Crescent City

Abstaining on gun rights vote is cowardly way out 

As with any issue there are people on both sides, those for, and those against increased firearms restrictions. I personally don’t believe anyone should be punished because of the actions of others, and that includes gun owners. If someone uses a gun responsibly for hunting or target shooting they should not be punished because others use a gun to rob or kill.

There are many points that should be looked at, including judges not handing out more severe punishment for firearm crimes. It seems that most sentences for firearm crimes are mild if any at all. Of course not all judges are like that, but you might be surprised at the number that are. The national check system was invented by the NRA but was not put into effect as intended by the government.

Letters to the Editor April 4, 2013

Sullivan, Gitlin playing games with Authority

When will the soccer game end? The Triplicate’s March 26 editorial, “Will new Solid Waste Authority Board do its job?” did an excellent job of pointing out the problems with the membership of the authority.

For more than four years, Michael Sullivan has used the Solid Waste Authority as a soccer game with no real winners. Now it looks like Roger Gitlin has joined him.

These little games should end.

The Solid Waste Authority has to call for applications from the general public for the board’s fifth member. This member should be the voice of the community on the Solid Waste Board. Under the new memorandum of understanding that the city and county signed, they will have to vote for this public member. Maybe this will end the good old boy network appointment we saw of the last public member.

Having a true public member with full voting powers protects the general public. Also, it could end the political games that Sullivan and Gitlin may want to play. I want to thank my City Council members who showed leadership at the March 26 meeting. It is my hope people with an interest in solid waste will pick up applications at the transfer site.

Richard Miles, Crescent City

How will taking away my guns stop the crazies?

Down about 125 words into Linda LaMarr’s March 28 Coastal Voices piece about the supervisors’ resolution in support of the Second Amendment, she asks what is wrong with limiting magazine capacity and having background checks and tougher gun laws.

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