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Letters to the Editor Oct. 08, 2011

Sat. farmers market has bumper crop, schedule extended to Nov.

While the Crescent City Farmers Market may have gotten off to a slow start because of the weather, there is a bumper crop of fruits and produce available at the market, through the entire month of October, and now it’s been decided to continue through November.

Local support for our community’s Saturday Market has been incredible. Visitors and market supporters have been greeted by 40–50 vendors setting up each Saturday morning, along with food, entertainment and live music.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 06, 2011

May voters not forget failure to enforce law in Dillard case

I for one want to question the judgment of our District Attorney Jon Alexander on his action of not filing criminal charges against Paul Dillard (“No charges to be filed in Dillard case,” Sept. 30).

There is an old saying around here, “There is no God north of Eel River and no law north of Klamath.” Has Mr. Alexander forgotten this old saying? What I do not understand is the clear pass Jon gave Paul Dillard, who is well known for his law enforcement background with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and at Pelican Bay.

People also forget that his son, Bronson Dillard, was also a sworn officer with Humboldt County who is charged with a crime against a child and a warrant from a judge was signed against him, something that Mr. Dillard, was accused of setting aside to protect his son. To me, that shows poor judgment on Mr. Dillard’s part.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 04, 2011

Shame on DA for not letting a jury decide on punishing Dillard

In response to the Sept. 30 article, “No charges to be filed in Dillard case,” this is a true breakdown of our justice system. District Attorney Jon Alexander states that Paul Dillard “did what most parents would have done.”

Right, every parent would go to great lengths, as Mr. Dillard was accused of doing, to help their adult child who is accused of having sexual relations with minors hide from the police.

Mr. Dillard, being a former law enforcement officer, should have turned his son in from the start. He shouldn’t have hidden him in a corner and talked him into turning himself in, like Mr. Alexander states.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 01, 2011

SB48 widely misunderstood, won’t teach kids lewd content

I have read a lot about SB48, and felt compelled to write. Those that are against SB48 seem to be under the impression that this bill will make it a requirement for teachers to educate students about sex specifically related to gay, lesbian or transgender citizens.

However, if you actually read the bill, that is not the intent at all:

“Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include a study of the role and contributions of both men and women to the development of California and the United States. This bill would require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States.”


Letters to the Editor Sept. 30, 2011

New septic tank pumpings are a good news/bad news situation

In the Sept. 22 newspaper, I read that the city is planning to accept septic tank pumpings at the new wastewater treatment plant. This is a good news/bad news situation.

The good news is it will be a service to that part of the community that relies on septic tanks. It will also generate some revenue for the city, although I question whether it will pay for itself in only two years.

The bad news is that the new $42 million treatment plant was not designed to handle the additional solids loading! Let me explain.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 29, 2011

Like pie-making, revitalization of downtown has myriad recipes

Fall is in the air, bringing with it thoughts of cozy fires, football games and fall leaves. For me fall means apple pie and nostalgia for simpler times.

I have become a bit obsessed with baking the perfect pie this year, even posting about it on Facebook. I have been Googling recipes, searching old cookbooks and my grandmother’s recipe box, and I’ve started to ask everyone I know for their tips and tricks to create the perfect crust.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 27, 2011

It doesn’t matter if historically relevant figures were gay/lesbian

In response to Barry Wendell’s Sept. 21 letter, “Students need to learn about the contributions of gays and lesbians,” honestly, what difference does it make what your sexuality is or isn’t and why on earth do we have to teach it to children in school.

“Now class, the man who invented clear steel was a highly educated physicist and a genius. Oh, and our government requires that I tell you that he is gay.”

Now, seriously, can someone please explain to me why that little snippet of sexual information would be important to or appropriate for kids or the public for that matter? You can’t because it doesn’t matter.

Certain individuals are making it a point to force you to know and to bring about “awareness” and “cultural diversity.” How many ways can we, as Americans, be so divisive and separate each other from one another?

Your sexual preference should only matter if you were about to ask someone on a date. Other than that, most people don’t really care. Think about it, when is the last time you met someone new at a business meeting or function and shook hands with someone that said, “Hi, I’m Dave and I’m gay.” Or, “Hi, I’m a lesbian and oh, my name is Sue.”

This country is headed down the toilet and California is one step ahead of the country. I have never felt the need to organize a heterosexual pride parade but this hand basket we are all riding downhill is picking up speed and I simply don’t know how to stop it.

Donna Eller

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor Sept. 23, 2011

Congress totally out of touch with plight of the unemployed

Normally, any letter that I have written to the editor has been complimentary to the subject. Not this time.

I’m inspired by the editorial cartoon of Sept. 15 in The Daily Triplicate, which pictured a real truth. The people that we have elected to Congress, both Senate and representatives, are totally out of touch with the plight of those caught up in the unemployment dilemma that faces our nation. They sit in session jawing about it but do nothing. Meanwhile, our citizens are losing their homes, are having to accept charity, or maybe worse.

Once these Congress people are in office, they are almost untouchable. Salaries and perks are their main objectives.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 22, 2011

Christian woman supports her LBGT brothers and sisters

Regarding the Sept 17 letter about SB48, “Time to stand up against requiring teaching about gays in history,” first, it is putting down our LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community (and yes we do have many here in Del Norte). It reads in one line, “I don’t mean to offend” and then in another line starts talking about “the diseases.”

What diseases?  Does the LGBT community carry different diseases? Do we revert back to 1950s and build them separate bathrooms and so on? Those “diseases” can happen to anyone who is sexually promiscuous.  Anyone can catch HIV/AIDS, not just from being homosexual.

I feel that those complaining about SB48 have not really read the bill itself.  In a nutshell:


Letters to the Editor Sept. 21, 2011

Gay history is a part of who we are and should be taught

What is it about having gay history taught in schools that bothers people so much? (“Time to stand up against requiring teaching about gays in history, Sept. 17.”)

This is not some conspiracy to try to turn all of our children and grandchildren into homosexuals. That’s not how it works!

Are people concerned that if we take “a look back” at gay history we will become pillars of salt? How can people point a finger at someone and say that they will face fire and brimstone?


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