Stop U.S. offensive military ops and embrace peaceful solutions
The U.S. needs to aim efforts toward a new international peace initiative. These efforts in the Middle East can encourage hope for the future. It can bring more desirable results instead of allowing for chaotic destruction. It costs too much money, especially at times when other economic priorities need to take precedence.
Libya is not a direct threat to America. Defensive measures can provide sufficient security and safety from terrorist attacks. We need to stop U.S. offensive military operations and embrace the solutions peace can bring.
Roger W. Galbraith
Governor, Legislature should make decisions, not initiatives
Jerry Brown was elected governor by great efforts and money on the part of the unions, including the California Teachers Association, and the green energy crowd, among others. The California Legislature has been predominately controlled by the Democrats for more years than we care to think about! Now they want the “people” to decide whether to tax themselves or not. Really!
The leadership of this state has caused the financial dilemma we are in right now. They have given power to the unions, CTA, and the energy opportunists, among many. They have increased their voting base to assure continued rule by allowing sanctuary for illegals, as well as causing our health care to bend under the weight of these illegals who pay nothing and get more than the ordinary taxpayer. We are sick of politics and power grabs! Give us back some honesty and common sense.
Buy American-made products: Taxes will go down and jobs up
Reading all of the political spins should be making everyone dizzy by now, and it is only getting worse by the day, saying that public employees are the reason for the recession when it is everyone’s fault.
Everyone can complain that not enough people are working, but how many of us look at where things come from? I do and I try my best to either buy American-made products or wait until the stores slash the prices cheaper than I can buy the same things at a yard sale. I have tried to put my money where my mouth is and bought my youngest daughter a set of frying pans made in the USA for her birthday, and for my birthday I got three pairs of American-made jeans, and they didn’t cost any more than ones at a nice store that were made in a Third World country.
Thank you, Crescent City, for helping us to help you
An open letter to the people of Crescent City:
As the tsunami event unfolded on March 11, the world watched in wonder, struck by the awesome power of the earth and sea. The people of Crescent City witnessed this power firsthand. When the call came Friday evening to deploy to locations affected by the tsunami, many of our staff volunteered to serve in Crescent City.
They descended on Crescent City, a mass of strangers arriving in the midst of a disaster as it unfolded. We sent them under the directive to help and serve the people of Crescent City to the best of their ability.
While all of us have witnessed some of the worst of what Mother Nature can deliver, our teams in Crescent City have also witnessed some of the best of human nature. We sent our people to help Crescent City, and Crescent City responded by helping them.
Public unions have responsibility for our budgetary mega-crisis
In his March 8 Coastal Voices piece, “Don’t blame public workers,” Mr. Barry Wendell zooms in on Karen Brooks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Tea Party as singling out labor unions for the balancing of current budgetary meltdowns. His solution to that impending disaster is the time-worn mantra of liberalism: Tax the rich.
Positing the position of defender of the common-man, big-labor union bosses and their minions have called out their militia to defend their bastion of ensconced power. Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, union workers find themselves on the tip of a dilemma: whether to side with a few emergent leaders with courage who ultimately rely on the support of the Tea Party Movement in reining in the escalation of rampant union demands, or to kow-tow to cigar-chomping Big Labor bosses on whom they rely for sustenance.
Tennis assn. helps high school
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Del Norte Tennis Association. Del Norte Tennis Association is a nonprofit organization located here in town that strives to encourage junior tennis players to learn and improve their game of tennis.
When I started coaching the boys tennis team this year, I soon realized that we did not have the funds to purchase jerseys or have the proper equipment that my tennis players needed. I then turned to Jane Rumiano, president of the Del Norte Tennis Association, and she has been nothing but a huge help since I've started.
KCRE/KPOD did a great job
Friday morning my wife and I received a phone call at 4 a.m. from my wife’s sister in Indiana.
She wanted to know if we were watching the news. I told her that it was 4 a.m. and we were both asleep. She said there was an earthquake in Japan and they were talking about a tsunami in Crescent City. We got out of bed and tuned to Fox News. After awhile we found the older radio we had and tuned it to KCRE/KPOD to see if we could get some local news (we don’t have cable TV).
For the next 13 hours or so, we were amazed by the coverage presented by René, Chuck, Bill Steven, and the rest of the crew working at and for the radio station. The crew at KCRE/KPOD did a great service to people in Del Norte and Curry counties.
Thank you all for a truly great and professional job. You guys deserve some kind of an award.
Emergency response successful product of practice, coordination
As is normal, my wife Susan and I are night owls, and it was no different Friday. Susan told me an enormous earthquake hit of the northwest coast of Japan. As events continued to unfold, we witnessed the devastation the Japanese people were dealt to their families and homeland. One cannot help but to feel deep sorrow for the many innocents impacted.
What was a localized event to Japan soon became apparent that Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States would be also feel nature’s wrath. We contacted the Del Norte County Sheriff’s office at about 1:45 a.m. to see if they had any information and were quickly advised that local radio stations were covering the situation with up-to-date information. I was very pleased to also be advised that the Klamath Fire Department and Yurok Tribal Police were already alerted and were actively working their response plans.
All the planning, coordination and emergency response rehearsals conducted in recent months and years all came together in what I would assess as an exceptional and professional success for all: U.S. Coast Guard, Del Norte County, Crescent City, Klamath Fire Department, Yurok Tribe and other emergency response agencies.
I am proud of these entities who worked to prepare us and minimized the loss of property and life during the long day of multiple surge events.
The damage to personal property in the Crescent City Harbor area was terrible, but was actually less than what it could have been.
Many of the fishing fleet and other vessels were moved out earlier due to the effective lines of communications that were employed.
We need to recognize those who have prepared us and count our blessings that the many plans worked most effectively.
I know I speak for hundreds in saying I’ll miss nature festival
Little did I know one year ago how privileged I was to be one of the
many festival volunteers who experienced the exciting and positive
California Redwood Bird and Nature Festival.
One year ago, after living in Del Norte a year and having discovered
the many nature offerings in the area via the Bird Festival, I was
looking forward to spring 2011 and being a participant in some of the
trips I was missing. Sadly, now I read that last year’s event was to be
the last festival — hopefully only a temporary situation. However,
things sometimes change quite rapidly and unexpectedly.
I missed the Smith River Rafting event, and signed up too late for
the boat trip around Castle Rock Island. I anticipated this year an
early rise to see the murrelets flying down the Smith River to the sea.
Serfs don’t need less gov’t, they need freedom from the wealthy
In a Feb. 25 Coastal Voices piece (“Taxing us to serfdom”), Karen Brooks made the case that American tax policy and government deficit spending are reducing the status of U.S. citizens to that of serfs.
Ms. Brooks is correct on both counts, but not for the reasons set forth in her letter: These policies are creating lords as well as serfs. According to Bill Moyers’ “Moyers on Democracy,” in 1960 the top 20 percent of earners earned 30 times what the bottom 20 percent earned. By 2006, the top 20 percent earned 75 times what the bottom 20 percent earned, and the top 1 percent of households had more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
How did this come about? First, over the last 50 years the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income taxes off themselves and onto everyone else. In the early 1960s the highest income earners paid a tax rate of over 90 percent. Today the top earners pay a rate of only 35 percent.
At the same time, there has been a growing political movement to replace “tax and spend” with “borrow and spend.” Whenever an elected official votes to borrow money instead of raising revenue, he or she is choosing to pay the rich for the use of their money rather than ask every taxpayer to contribute to the common good.
The serfs don’t need less government; they need a new Magna Carta!