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Letters to the Editor Jan. 19, 2012

Look at hidden costs before deciding against CC Airport

Regarding the cost of flying out of Crescent City, while it might seem to be more expensive to fly out of our little airport that is not necessarily true. I did a bit of research and determined it is actually more cost-effective to fly out of here.

The two other closest airports are in Arcata and Medford. Arcata is about a 90-minute drive and Medford is more than two hours. So there you have up to a five-hour round-trip. I don’t know about you but my time is worth something.

Then there is parking. Medford charges about $7 a day and I believe Arcata does too. So if you go on a one-week vacation you will spend an additional $49 for parking along with the cost of gas for driving to these places.

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 17, 2012

City Council needs people who, unlike Gitlin, are forward-looking

I was a bit surprised when I read the Jan. 14 Triplicate article, “”Seven apply for empty council seat,” and saw that Roger Gitlin was one of the candidates applying for the vacant City Council seat.  It was just recently when I read Gitlin’s Jan. 7 Coastal Voices piece, “Too late to save Golden State,” letting us know that he was not going to stop trying to save California.

At that time I wondered where a 65-year-old guy gets the energy and stamina to save this state all by himself. And I also wondered if one needed an ego as big as our coast redwoods to think he (or she) had all the answers or needed no help in accomplishing such an enormous task. Now I am wondering if Gitlin has rethought his previous announcement to save the state and has downsized to saving the city, or if he plans to do both.

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 14, 2012

The problem with flying local

Regarding the Jan. 10 article, “Flying local,” the problem with our airport is not a lack of knowledge, it’s the cost of a ticket.


Michael Levezow

Crescent City

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 12, 2012

Cutting back on Medicare why I won’t vote for Obama

I’ve been a Democrat all my life and grew up hearing how the Democrats help the low- and middle-class people.

Obama believes he should have a second term since he’s done so much for us. I have to agree, he’s done too much from my point of view such as cutting back on our Medicare benefits, putting the squeeze on the House of Representatives to cut back more so now my monthly, secondary medical expense has gone up.

The cost of living has increased so badly that when I walk into my bank to purchase cashier’s checks, I have to pay $5 for each check when they used to be free.

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 10, 2012

Allowing co-ed access to sports in schools would wreak havoc

Short of designating the machinations of the “progressive” mind as unstable, I’m bereft of any explanation even approaching logic. Just when I think I’ve heard the absolutely zaniest reports on actions and new laws proposed by elected officials in Sacramento by which we, the citizens, will be impacted, I am floored by the devolving direction in which California is being led, pushed and bullied.

A recent proposed amendment to the California Education Code under section 221.5 is one such example of which I am astounded.

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 07, 2012

Thoughts on teen health and gays in history

I felt compelled to respond to  Barry Wendell’s Jan. 5 letter, “Gitlin seems to want to save the state from public health,” in which he commented on my Jan. 3 Coastal Voices piece, “Too late to save Golden State?”

Here are my positions:

I do  believe teenagers should not be deprived from cancer skin care or veneral disease protection. The child’s parents should be advised.

I do believe any disease should not be allowed to go untreated if the means of curing the ailment is available.

 I do strongly believe parents should be in the loop and notified if their 12-year-old daughter is about to undergo a life-changing surgery such as an abortion.

I also believe one’s sexual orientation, heterosexual or homosexual should not be part of any social science curriculum. It matters not to me that Thomas Edison was or was not a heterosexual. I simply want to know that he invented the light bulb.

Roger Gitlin

Crescent City

 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 05, 2012

Daughter is excelling under Uncharted Shores’ tutelage

I tried many public schools. None could reach my daughter the way Uncharted Shores Academy has.

My daughter is autistic. She came to USA with a unique set of challenges. Depending on the weather/mood, she can miss days of school. Yet USA has developed  ways to keep her up on her studies: She never skipped a beat in her work.

I see children who lacked skill when arriving from public schools who now are mentoring to other smaller children.

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 29, 2011

Thompson’s support for Huffman raises suspicion

Mike Thompson seems to be going all out for Jared Huffman in his race for the 2nd Congressional District.

Thompson not only announced his support of Huffman to the media but has now written a long letter in support.

Why? Why has he rounded up others to support Huffman, and why is he pushing so hard? It’s not usual to see someone who is still in office do that. So what’s in it for him?

Professional politicians are not likely to act in that manner without a quid pro quo in mind. Thompson is faced with running on new turf next year, more conservative turf than he’s used to facing. Huffman is, by far, the most conservative Democrat running in the Congressional race. He is what I would call “Republican light.” In these increasingly critical times, he has little to offer. But he could be a great help to Thompson in his upcoming race.


 

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2011

Obama, Dems and GOP in Congress embrace fascism

I just love it when out-of-touch politicians try to show everybody how in touch they really are.

I hear Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich gave Mitt Romney a hard time for making a $10,000 bet. It would be totally absurd for a rich guy like Mitt Romney to make a $10 bet with a rich guy like Rick Perry.

Are Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich suggesting that Mitt Romney is too poor to risk anything more than $10 on a bet?

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 22, 2011

Lessons in education reform from two schools in Kansas

Regarding education reform, here are two schools of thought and the same basic results in academic success: These two schools in Kansas have done this since the conception of each school — the public school since the late 1920s and the private school since 1963.

Baxter Springs High School has done this for many years and has earned many awards along the way. In the school year of 2009 it earned academic championship awards for excellence in reading, writing and math from the state of Kansas. In 2009 it also won the National Blue Ribbon School award from the United States.

 
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