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Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2014

Church, state separation was priority for Franklin

Regarding Virginia Walworth’s letter to the editor last Thursday, Benjamin Franklin must have gotten tired of leading those prayers at the Constitutional Convention. 

He, according to an hour-long documentary about him on cable channel 130 (the History Channel’s secondary documentary channel) last weekend, was one of the strongest promoters of separation of church and state at the Constitutional Convention. 

 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2014

Coastal Connections youth project is doing a great job

The article by Aaron West published July 29 (“Youth Team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft”) highlights both the capacity and commitment of youth working to improve the health of our community. Witnessing the well-organized and respectful Coastal Connections Youth Organization Project (CCYOP) presentation addressing a long-standing concern of underage alcohol use was inspiring, regardless of your age. Rarely do presenters receive a standing ovation; CCYOP was an exception. You can view it in its entirety online.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 5, 2014

Privatizing Solid Waste Authority is misled idea

I have been watching with increasing concern as Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan pursue their ideological agenda at the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority. It has become clear that these three have a preconceived “solution” to a “problem” they have largely created and that they intend to impose their solution on the people of Del Norte County.

Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan believe privatizing the Solid Waste Authority’s functions would save money and improve services. As a university trained economist, I’ve examined their claim from that perspective. Here is what I found:


Letters to the Editor Aug. 2, 2014

If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin

At the July 22 Board of Supervisors meeting, in his typically self-serving manner, Roger Gitlin called for the chair, David Finigan, to resign. He also claimed that a comment made by Lisa McKeown at the June 10 meeting could be construed as a “death threat,” including the loaded phrase “post-9/11 environment” to justify his ridiculous claims. 

The phrase “prick your heart” is hardly a death threat. If Roger Gitlin were actually familiar with at least one of the books which are the basis for all of the public praying he wants, he would know that. What is being referred to in Lisa McKeown’s comments is a hope he will practice the religious beliefs he is purporting to support and feel a compunction to do the right thing (compunction — “compungere” or “prick sharply” in Latin, from “com-” [expressing intensive force]  and “pungere” [to prick]). Instead of using the most direct and most rational understanding of the phrase in the context it was presented, Roger Gitlin, without a qualm and following his most hyperbolic and divisive style, chose to throw down the red herring of 9/11 to claim a threat to his life. 


Coastal Voices: Poor way to treat visitors to our town

The Hirt family has been proud to call Crescent City their home for 42 years. The Fourth of July weekend showed us another side of our city and how visitors are treated. Our son returned home to vacation over the Fourth and attend his high school’s 25th reunion. He went to the Deck Party, met up with friends and left his car where he parked it, near the Cultural Center. Although there were signs indicating vehicles would be towed if left there, he did not see them. He planned to retrieve the car the next morning.

 


Letters to the editor published July 31, 2014

Gitlin has been attacked, denied items on agenda

On July 22, Supervisor Roger Gitlin called for Chairman David Finigan to step down, as he had every right to do. Mr. Finigan’s disrespectful runaround, refusing to honor Mr. Gitlin’s request to put an idea on the agenda — in this case, a discussion of the possibility of a short, nondenominational prayer — before the Board of Supervisors’ meetings. Heaven knows we need God’s wisdom regarding all the decisions that our board has to make during the year. 

 


Letters to the Editor July 29, 2014

Unbelievable that letter writers fail to take issue with Finigan

Anti-prayer in the public square, that is the drumbeat from the secular zealots. While the points raised by the recent writers of letters to the editor on the subject may have validity  and be deserving of debate they logically need to be held in abeyance while the issue of agendizing topics for public input is resolved. It should be noted that one writer applauds Chairman Finigan’s refusal to place the item of prayer before board meetings. He applauds it as a victory for freedom … in the real world it is a victory for atheism and socialism, both of which are diametrically opposed to freedom. A large number of recent letters to the editor blithely ignore the simple core principle, viz, a decision as to what is allowed on the agenda to be discussed  by a singular authority, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. It strikes this writer as pathetic that writers of letters to the Triplicate do not have a problem with a single head of the County Board having the say so as to what is decided  in a public forum. One such  writer singles out Supervisor Gitlin as the problem on the board.


Letters to the editor published July 26, 2014

 

Benefits of recycling lost on Waste Board members

 

Two members of our Solid Waste Authority Board here in Del Norte County, Michael Sullivan and Roger Gitlin, have characterized recycling as “extracurricular stuff” and “bells and whistles” and a third member, Mary Wilson, has agreed. Accordingly, and against the urging of a score or more of ratepayers appearing before the board, they have determined to impair our recycling program “to save money.” They could hardly be more mistaken. The truth is that recycling is not only imperative, it is saving ratepayers more money every year, as recycling increases and recycled material handlers absorb that reusable waste instead of having it hauled off at considerable expense to be buried in Oregon. 


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