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Letters to the Editor June 28, 2011

Volore, Mortenson family thanks Crescent City for vigil, support

The family of Ashley Volore and Cecilia Mortensen would like to thank everyone who came to their candlelight vigil on Friday, June 17, at the Hidden Creek Apartments. Especially the manager of Hidden Creek, Jackie Guerrero, who organized it.

The family’s prayers of gratitude go to John Berryman, the inspirational speaker, and Charlie Wick and Joyce Christian, who led the singing.

Ashley wants to thank everyone for coming and the donations that were given will go toward Cecilia’s burial with her grandmother and great-grandmother in San Jose.

Letters to the Editor June 25, 2011

Tea Party’s funders want return to 19th Century exploitation

I keep reading and hearing about the Tea Party and its activities in Crescent City. They portray themselves as a grassroots group of everyday Americans. Probably many of the Tea Party members in Crescent City are just that, but I wonder if those who are “average Joes” realize that those who originated and heavily finance the Tea Party are not ordinary, working-class Americans.

When one traces the origin of the Tea Party, one soon comes to the names of some of America’s wealthiest people, namely the Kansas oil billionaires, the brothers Charles and David Koch. Each Koch brother is believed to be worth $21.5 billion according to Forbes magazine.

Letters to the Editor June 23, 2011

Fast-food restaurants have no business asking for your name

I see that some of the fast-food places have now decided to use a little polite blackmail to collect personal names to claim your order.

State Law SB262 (the paparazzi act) specifically forbids such actions. The courts have ruled that, on a cash transaction, no personal information shall be extracted, since coin-of-the realm (money) is all that is necessary.

Oh well, I guess there is still no law north of the Klamath

Claude Schwaninger

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor June 22, 2011

Something must be done to stop people like man who robbed us

A few days ago, a fellow came to our house saying he could do any and all labor, carpentry, mechanical, electrical, yard work, etc.

He said he was trying to help his sister who had several small children that needed food and clothing. He said someone slashed his tires and stole his gas.

Our yard needed mowing so he was mowing with our riding lawn mower until he broke a belt.

Letters to the Editor June 21, 2011

Allow off-roading to kill off area’s non-native beach grass

There is a field of study called “Patch Dynamics” (White and Pickett, a rather thick book). It describes how nature’s calamities, such as a huge storm, or even the natural fall of a single tree, can create opportunities for certain species which, oddly, actually are attuned to such things occurring.

Locally it’s native beach plants that need disturbance to complete their life cycles. I studied this phenomenon as a graduate student in Range Ecology; it is well documented. What does that have to do with here and now, at our closed to-vehicles dunes?

As most know, the dunes around the mouth of the Smith River and elsewhere, have been stabilized all too well from their natural drifting-about state by a non-native beachgrass. Why don’t we cordon off, say 10 acres at a time, in areas totally blanketed with the stuff, and let all comers ride trucks, motorcycles, dune buggies, what-have-you, all over the area; until the grasses are all killed off and the dunes blowing about again?

If we train the riders to respect the no-ride status on other “treated” areas, the spot can then be closed, a new one opened up; and native species can be reseeded/planted. It would be a grand experiment, and what do we have to lose?

The area is already ruined, so we might as well try something this “radical.” All we have to be mindful of is the Plover bird’s need to nest in season. Otherwise, why not do something both fun, and likely sensible, ecologically-speaking? Oregon seems to be (inadvertently) way ahead on this, perhaps?

Hilary John Herman

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor June 17, 2011

County’s treatment of animals is disgusting — demand change

In regards to the lack of support in saving the animals of Del Norte County, I am disgusted with the county as a whole.

On April 5 I finally won an ugly battle with the Ag Department to save a wrongfully neglected and mistreated horse. This horse suffered for years. While Animal Control recieved many calls over that period of time, the horse was left to suffer. That is until I laid eyes up close on this heartbreaking creature and demanded somebody do something.

The department was quick to send it back to its owner in fear of the financial responsibility to save its life.

Letters to the Editor June 16, 2011

Walmart’s efforts to support cities worthy of commendation

In regards to the June 14 article “Walmart donates $40,000 for harbor,” I have heard from friends, family and Walmart employees from California to North Carolina about how Walmart is for the lower class? I have probably even agreed from time to time depending on the city.

Letters to the Editor June 15, 2011

Regardless of views, there’s no reason to be abusive at meeting

I went to the City Council meeting June 6 to speak on behalf of the police and fire departments regarding safety in our community.

When I arrived, I saw several people with “NO BID” signs. There was several people who spoke very well and with respect for all and I really wanted to hear what they had to say. Then there were those who threatened the City Council. Some were vulgar, abusive, yelling out from the audience, and downright mean!

Letters to the Editor June 14, 2011

Communication with tourist at Battery Point wasn’t welcoming

Tact, kindness and a sense of humor are necessary skills when dealing with the public, especially when dealing with tourism. I was recently visiting Crescent City and encountered the opposite while hiking around the Battery Point Lighthouse.

It was almost dark, low tide was at 8:30 p.m., so only four other people were on the rock at the time I was. I had my little 11-year-old companion dog with me, on a leash, and we were simply walking around the path in front of the lighthouse.

Letters to the Editor June 11, 2011

Ruling only requires half of state prisons to fix their overcrowding

Regarding the May 26 article in The Daily Triplicate about Pelican Bay State Prison, “One of the least overcrowded,” CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton’s statements reflect exactly why CDCR is not able to solve its problems and long-time failing policies.

She states, “Some facilities may retain population even in excess (of the average) provided others fall sufficiently below it.” In other words, if CDCR fixes only half of its prisons’ overcrowding, the overall population will drop enough to meet the court’s order.

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