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Letters to the Editor Jan. 26, 2012

Cutting waste and fraud, not raising taxes, is the solution

Why more taxes to balance the budget? Why is it that when California wants more of our money because it’s “broke,” it wants to raise taxes? The first thing it does is tell us cops, firefighters and teachers will have to be laid off if we don’t raise taxes.

Really? What about getting rid of all the wasteful spending in other areas instead? Like getting rid of the Coastal Commission and its dictatorial staff? Or how about stop spending taxes on highway beautification? Stopping welfare payments to recipients who spend the money at casinos? Dumping new schoolbooks in the trash instead of giving them to a county that could use them? Paying for most, if not all, of a college education for an inmate who will never see the outside of a prison?

Letters to the Editor Jan. 21, 2012

Liberals oppose Constitution, Declaration of Independence

There are several major differences between conservatives and liberals (all Democrats may not fit the liberal mold, nor all Republicans the conservative mold).

Here are some of the most notable differences: Liberals want a large federal government and to do away with our Constitution. Conservatives want a small federal government as directed by our Constitution.

Liberals want to make/keep people dependent on the federal government while conservatives want to help all people to become self-sufficient.

Liberals believe America should not develop our own energy, yet complain when conservatives suggest drilling for petroleum. Liberals want “clean energy” but never tell how much the infrastructure will cost or where all the windmills/sun collectors will be placed.

Liberals will not explain where our asphalt, tires, fertilizers, and thousands of other products we get from petroleum will be made.

Liberals support “a woman’s right to choose.” Notice they always use an incomplete sentence because they cannot bring themselves to say “to kill her unborn child.”

In the Declaration of Independence our Founding Fathers specified three unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Every time our elected officials vote to abort a child they are going against the very oath of office they have taken; yet that oath means nothing to them.

I can go on, but the point is made that liberals are more prone to hurt America and Americans than conservatives.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

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.


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