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Letters to the Editor July 10, 2014

Trucking could destroy Smith River-area forests

Mr. Sullivan’s op-ed (“Is status quo on Highway 199 worth the risk?” July 1) brought to mind a home I once owned. It had five large mature pine trees bordering the front yard about 10 feet from the edge of the paved road. These trees were beautiful and added to the park-like setting of the property. A trucker who owned a diesel tractor and trailer moved across the street. He parked his rig on his property at night and each morning he would move it and park in front of his house, leaving the motor idling for about 10 minutes.


Letters to the Editor July 5, 2014

Vote for new library leadership in November

We started attending meetings of the library’s Board of Trustees last September to speak out against a very restrictive new borrowing policy. This policy was changed a few months later, but we continued to attend the meetings because we were bothered by what we saw. 

The conversation was always about cutting or avoiding costs, never about what the library needed or the community deserved. They talked for six months about replacing broken computers. They put off making repairs to the front doors and the heating system (that was a cold meeting!). Light bulbs burned out and weren’t replaced for months or years. They replaced full-time employees with part-time employees to avoid paying benefits.


Letters to the Editor July 1, 2014

Acknowledge higher power at meetings

Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) must be turning in their graves if they read some of the recent letters and attended some of our recent Board of Supervisors meetings regarding prayer at the beginning of a meeting. Since when have we become so self-assured and sufficient that we do not acknowledge we are not the center of the universe?


Letters to the Editor June 28, 2014

Accusations against sheriff misguided

Following several reads of Mr. Jensen’s almost incoherent rant (“Sheriff’s politicization is anti-democratic,” June 7), I have to say that it is perhaps Mr. Jensen who needs to get a firm grip on his political posturing. 

To begin with, it should be ludicrous to suggest that any peace officer in this day and age would perform his duties unarmed. Next, it is the primary duty of the sheriff to be both the chief law enforcement officer and protector of public safety in the county. And finally, he is bound by oath to enforce all laws and protect public safety regardless of personal political position. To suggest that Sheriff Wilson has established a policy of political preferences is without merit or any factual basis. Mr. Jensen makes these allegations without any evidence of someone being asked his or her party preference as the basis for being arrested, harassed, or intimidated. 


Letters to the Editor June 26, 2014

Perez column well-thought, compassionate

Thank you, Steven Perez, for a thoughtful, reasonable and compassionate response to Supervisor Gitlin’s calculated attack on his colleague, Supervisor David Finigan (“Coastal Voices: Prayer should not be used divisively,” June 21). 


Letters to the Editor June 24, 2014

Board’s prayer debacle is just a smokescreen

For those of you who have been following the great prayer debacle, let me interject my opinion on what I see as an outsider and interested citizen. 

It’s a smokescreen. Wannabe Imperial Majesty Emperor Finigan seems to be haranguing Supervisor Gitlin over the prayer idea, along with refusing Supervisor Gitlin to speak after he gets lambasted by a woman holding a Bible and blaspheming him. That little tirade alone shows that Finigan lets anything go by as long as it suits his perverse pleasure at other folks’ distress. 


Letters to the Editor June 21, 2014

Uncharted Shores has taken all steps to protect children

This public statement is being issued in response to a recent article in the local Triplicate (“Ice cream vendor accused of lewd conduct,” June 17) which contained numerous factual inaccuracies regarding Uncharted Shores Academy (USA). Specifically, the article incorrectly infers that 1.) the accused is a current employee of USA, 2.) the alleged incidents occurred at USA, and 3.) Del Norte County Office of Education Superintendent Don Olson advised USA to place the employee on paid administrative leave.


Letters to the Editor June 19, 2014

Responsibility lacking in drunk driving case

Responsibility as defined in the dictionary: A) The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something; B) The state of being the person who caused something to occur; C) Moral accountability for one’s actions. Ultimate responsibility would be acountability — the willingness to account for ones actions.


Letters to the Editor June 17, 2014

An alternative to failed leaders, political families 

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are supposed to be the frontrunners for 2016? Are you kidding me?


Letters to the Editor June 14, 2014

No sympathy for Jefferson leader

Mr. Baird has misplaced his sympathy. His sympathy should be for citizens of the poorer counties who want to unite and form a poor state. 


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