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Letters to the Editor Sept. 20, 2011

Chilldren can be whatever they want, regardless of their gender

In regards to “Gender restrictions for youth sports a problem in Del Norte,” Sept. 15, I agree with letter-writer Kelly Lynch.

I too have girls who want to ride the bulls during the fair and want to play football. If we lived in a big city they would be able to play whatever sport they want. My oldest was even in boxing in Fresno County.

Their size doesn’t matter, if they want to do something we should help them. We teach our children that they can be or do whatever they want, no matter what gender, and if they are not allowed to it is against their constitutional rights and against the law to be prejudiced against one gender.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 17, 2011

Astonished at lack of effort to prevent future harbor damage

With millions of dollars being spent to restore the harbor boat basin, over and over again, I am astonished that no apparent effort is going into a prevention of future damage.

Example: A well planned and designed surge gate installed at the entrance to the boat basin, one section or two, electrically, hydraulically or manually closed, vertically “floating” sections resting on the bottom and tested monthly, would keep the entrance clear of sand/mud and prevent any heavy surge from impacting the boat basin.

The goal would be to slow the surge, not a water-proof barrier. Seems as if locals could design one, then engineer it and seek funds to build it.

A slow rise of water in the basin would be harmless. Prevention is far better than expensive cures!

Bob Douglas

Smith River

Letters to the Editor Sept. 16, 2011

Work crew made Elk Creek look best it ever has, is worth a visit

I would like to comment on the work crew that has been working in the Elk Creek area.

There has been a tremendous amount of work done there. Berry vines, brush and grass have been cleared from the trail and you can see Elk Creek and the old log ponds again. This is the best I’ve seen the area look.

I would encourage those that like to walk and enjoy the beautiful area we live in to go to the end of Second Street and walk the Elk Creek Trail. You will see a beautiful area of Del Norte County right in your back yard.

Thanks to the work crew who was friendly and accomplished something extraordinary.

Philip Dailey

Fort Dick

Letters to the Editor Sept. 15, 2011

Refutation of op-ed on which president has spent the most

In her crystalline response to Marlowe Thompson’s Aug. 25 letter to the editor (“President has added more debt than all others  for past 200 hundred years”), Crystal Griffin’s Coastal Voices dissertation of Sept. 8 (“Jobs aren’t coming back”) makes a number of assertions intended to negate   Mr. Thompson’s thesis that the sitting president along with  his radical Democrat cohorts has outspent all combined  previous administrations from the inception of our history.

She immediately departs from her primary assertion and writes that “there is  so much wrong information out there.” Okay, that is likely true, but that does not spell out what she asserted  was the error(s) of Mr. Thompson’s letter.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 14, 2011

Comeback Town USA needs to find ways to keep its youth busy

I trust that since school is now back in session for Del Norte that there will be more activities to keep our youth occupied, since our summer seemed to be upsettingly lacking.

I came home on leave for a three-week period this summer with a whole to-do list for myself and my siblings. Imagine how deterred I was when virtually none of those items were available. In summer!

Bowling alley? Closed (on certain days). Roller rink? Closed. Kidtown? Graffitied and trashed. Skate park? Even more run down than when I left 4 years ago. That left our options to the movie theaters, Denny’s, or the beach. Or maybe we could have taken in the trend of Del Norte’s adolescents and gotten involved in drugs and underage drinking, a statistic that has increased the last couple years.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 13, 2011

Thank you Sheriff Wilson for taking a stand for liberty

So, the chairwoman of the county Democratic Party believes Sheriff Dean Wilson’s  involvement in the Tea Party is “offensive” (“Tea Party Sheriff,” Oct. 3). Most members of her party believe the Tea Party is “offensive” because it’s a threat to those who think their purpose is to intrude in every aspect of our lives. 

The Tea Party believes that unalienable rights come from our Creator.  Her party finds this “offensive” as well. They assume our rights come from the EPA and a gazillion other regulatory agencies that keep American prosperity stuck on its meat-hook.           

Debra Broner states her purpose is to “bring information to the voters … not shove (ideas) down people’s throats.”  Are you kidding me?  I can think of a host of freedom-robbing, tax-increasing, social engineering agendas that her party is shoving down our throats with ill-regard for our personal liberty.       

Letters to the Editor Sept. 10, 2011

Should taxpayer money be wasted on a special election?

As an architect, I have run a successful business for 25 years, based on precision, thoroughness, and correctness — exactly what I do for you as your elected official in city policy making.

Regarding the Waste Water Treatment Plant Proposition 218 process, four rate increases were planned. The City Council simply approved a previously scheduled rate increase.

Our city employees and police officers are among the lowest paid in the state. It’s better business sense to award a cost-of-living pay raise (2 percent) than to lose staff/officers due to underpayment.

Fluoride in our drinking water is not decided by the City Council — it must be decided by  city voters.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 08, 2011

Stealing no sin for us as Obama spends $1 billion for Libyan oil

President Obama was powerful enough to attack Libya illegally, but powerless for our problems.

It seems like those rebels were paid by Al Qaeda; if so, are we helping the bad guys?

Probably Obama thinks that we can easily afford $1 billion to fight Moammar Gadhafi.

According to Libyan radio I listen to every day, they have a civilian war going on. With bombs dropping constantly, most doctors left the hospitals and they have no medication to treat wounded people, mostly civilians and kids.

The same media believe that we might steal their oil in the future. I expect the same, since we have been taking resources from many nations around the globe.

Stealing is not a sin for us.

Samuel Rosa

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Sept. 07, 2011

Story about Wilson’s Tea Party ties amounted to free political ad

I trust Dean Wilson paid the going rate per inch for his front page political ad in Saturday’s Triplicate (“Tea Party sheriff: Dean Wilson is filling two high-profile roles in county”).

Sue Anderson

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Sept. 06, 2011

Required CEQA procedure not followed in walkway’s demolition

This is in response to the Sept. 3 editorial, “Downtown view improves,” regarding Tsunami Landing. It is the editor’s conclusion that the aesthetic effect of the removal of the landing is improved and that the structure was an aging, rotted wooden structure.

That may well be true, however, the problem remains that the city did not follow the required procedures as outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that sets forth a procedure that is required to be followed to protect the public from the negative impact of any project that effects the environment.

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