Looking back on time of crash and recovery
Aloha, our dear friends in Crescent City.
It has been almost a full year since a terrible car wreck in Houichi on May 20, 2012, aborted our six-month “Grandmothers Whisper” book tour, and nearly ended our lives.
A Triplicate reporter found us in the Sutter Coast Hospital, where my injuries were considerable after having been wedged between an intoxicated driver and a giant redwood.
She wrote: “Miller said she’s ‘truly blessed to be breathing,’ but also to be in such a ‘compassionate community.’
“Her husband said there’s been an outpouring of generosity from Del Norters: they have been offered homes to stay in and a car to drive (theirs was totaled).”
We had travelled widely — 95,000 car miles in five years of speaking about the Native Hawaiian culture and sharing our book “Grandmothers Whisper.” We have found graciousness and generosity in many towns and cities. But the compassion we experienced in Crescent City, at a time when we were struggling, is unmatched.
Like sheriff, can the rest of us pick laws we obey?
I find it disgusting that Sheriff Dean Wilson is willing to push aside any attempt to make our communities even a tiny fraction safer by disregarding any forthcoming gun control legislation from the state.
We can’t just proclaim “2nd Amendment,” lower the flag to half mast every other week and carry on, business as usual.
And if, indeed, Sheriff Wilson chooses which laws he’s going to enforce, can the rest of us choose which laws we’re going to obey?
Diane Blackberry, Crescent City
Gun opponents don’t care about anyone but selves
Our sheriff is only trying to look out for everyone and protect all our rights as a whole. I wonder how many of you who are against what Sheriff Dean Wilson is doing are anti-ownership of firearms of any type?
Why should any of us suffer for the wrongdoing of others? I’ll bet no one has considered that golf clubs, baseball bats, kitchen knives and other items have been used to murder, to name a few. Let’s ban or put restrictions on them and start with single-swing golf clubs first.
Oh, you don’t like that because you have used them for golf? Well, how do you think those of us feel who have used our firearms for hunting or target shooting and never have harmed anyone with them? From the letters to the editor, you don’t care how anyone feels but yourself. How quick you are to turn on others when things don’t go your way.
Sheriff elected to enforce laws, not interpret them
I would like to respond in support of the excellent letter Lois Munson wrote in the April 25 paper (“Sheriff lacks authority to cherry-pick laws enforced”) regarding Sheriff Wilson’s comments. In the April 18 Triplicate, the sheriff stated that he would prosecute only matters which he feels are not against our constitutional rights as stated by the Second Amendment.
The key word here is “his” interpretation. This decision is not up to him. We have rules in our democracy for changing laws that are not appropriate or no longer meet the needs of society and following that process is how we make change. We can’t just pick and choose which laws we will follow.
It is not Sheriff Wilson’s job to decide which laws he will uphold once the legislators pass a law. This is not the job of a sheriff in a rural community in California. He was elected to enforce the laws made by our government whether he agrees with them or not.
We all have to abide by laws and rules even if we do not like them. That is part of living in a civilized society. Maybe it is time for a new sheriff if our present elected official does not appear to want to honor the office that he was elected to.
Diana Clark, Crescent City
Schools not handling bullying sufficiently
I am writing in regards to the so-called change in the Del Norte Unified School District bullying policy. I thought in the beginning that the change was so spectacular. However in light of recent events at one of the schools here in Del Norte County, I seriously have my doubts.
My children are of a mixed ethnicity, and they are being called names that are racially driven, and nothing is being done. Unless you call having a child apologizing with no repercussions to his or her actions something.
This should not be tolerated in any form at any time, and should be grounds for suspension, for the first offense and continue to get more severe. I am appalled with the actions of the school and district on this matter.
I assure you if it continues I will seek legal counsel for my children and other ethnic children within this area.
Shawna Fairgood, Crescent City
Vehicles producing noise pollution
I must be so too old, because it’s too loud. I can’t be the only one who hears car stereos from too far away or the thump of off-road tires for blocks.
And how about that tuned exhaust that’s much louder than my neighbor’s log trucks? But I’m just sayin’.
Bill Cook, Crescent City
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.