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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.

Letters to the Editor April 2, 2013

Trone leaving great mark on Warrior athletics

I would like to publicly thank Coach Dick Trone for the time and effort he puts into writing his weekly column “Warrior Memories” in the Triplicate. He does a fantastic job of educating the public on Warrior athletics both past and present.

I would also like to recognize and bring to everyone’s attention what a fine man and extraordinary coach/teacher Dick Trone is and was.

I was one of many fortunate athletes that passed through Del Norte High that was able to be influenced by his special coaching ability.

Coach Trone had a style of coaching that brought out the best in every individual he tutored. Not once did I ever hear Coach Trone raise his voice, use profanity in his teaching or demean an athlete in any way. He had the special ability of making everyone feel important, and that was true for athletes that played every play and ones that didn’t see the field as much.

Oftentimes when we see a coach use unacceptable behavior such as profanity and demeaning actions toward the individuals they oversee, we can conclude their inappropriateness is an attempt to mask the insufficiencies they have as a coach.

Coach Trone didn’t have any weaknesses a coach. He’s bright, well versed and a master teacher who had discipline and great respect from those he taught.

Thank you, Coach Trone, for the mark you’ve left on Warrior athletics and for all the lives you touched. You are a tremendous man and have made a difference in many lives.

Terry Vance, Crescent City 

Letters to the Editor March 30, 2013

Owner explains issues with Ruth Compound

Some truth about the Ruth Compound (“Woman, 24, is killed in fire”): The county fails to get scum people from living in the area. I own Dan Ruth’s old property. No one paid a half-million dollars to clean anything over there on my part of the land.

We have every scumbag coming out there dumping trash and the blight office is a joke, failing to remove or arrest or enforce the law. Anyone out there is trespassing if they don’t own property. I cannot use my property because of stealing, illegal dumping and so on.

Let’s all flood (code enforcement office Dave) Mason with complaints, as I have for years.

Who do I sue for allowing this?

Jason Anderson, Crescent City



Letters to the Editor March 28, 2013

Honoring public safety workers important event

One of the truly significant events in Del Norte County is the annual celebration held at Crescent City’s Cultural Center and hosted by the Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County to highlight the outstanding services of those who protect the general public (meaning you and me) from evildoers (“Honors for our officers,” March 21).

The organizations involved are the county Sheriff’s Department, the city Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, local Search and Rescue, Pelican Bay State Prison, the California Highway Patrol and the county Probation Department.

Hundreds of people attended this important presentation March 19, among them the families of our law enforcement community that support and regularly sacrifices to make life safer for the rest of us. The city of Crescent City was well represented by four of the five City Council members — Kelly Shellong was noticeably absent — and also present were Gene Palazzo (city manager) and our superb chief of police, Doug Plack.

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