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Letters to the Editor Sept. 03, 2011

Northcrest Drive traffic delays seem to be due to poor planning

In response to the Aug. 31 front-page article entitled, “Congestion on Northcrest Drive will continue,” today I must state my opinion.

The article stated the roadwork will continue through November and the expected wait time is up to 15 minutes in either direction.

I live near the roadwork and have a need to go into town at least twice a week, sometimes more often.

Each and every time I’ve had to pass through the roadwork, I can’t believe the idiocy of the so-called planning.

The number of residences and businesses that they are blocking access to is too numerous to count.

Only 50-100 feet of road should be worked on at a time from start to completion. Then move on to the next 50-100 feet.

One lane should always be open to traffic! On a recent morning they had both lanes backed up with traffic.

Jill Bausch

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Sept. 02, 2011

Instead of complaining about the community, volunteer your help

There has been a lot of grumbling and frustration over some of the changes happening around town.

It’s very easy to criticize and second-guess decisions made by others, much harder to show up and give constructive input.

I challenge everyone to take some time, consider what things in our community are really important to you and then get involved ... maybe it’s Del Norte Reads or cleaning up the cemetery ... maybe it’s CASA, or the Christmas Parade or the Front Street redesign project.

Don’t complain later, get involved now. And, whatever your opinion on the process, Tsunami Landing has never looked better.               

Cheryl Corpstein

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Sept. 01, 2011

People — including DA — should wait to pass judgment on Silvey

I was absolutely amazed at the information released in the article published by The Daily Triplicate in regards to Eileen Silvey (“Scandal at the Senior Center: Former manager jailed; suspected of embezzlement,” Aug. 20).

She was tried, convicted and hanged all in one article. Reporting the news is one thing but trying a case in the media is another. I question the district attorney’s motives and his objectivity. One letter-writer even feels Eileen’s daughter should suffer, as if she isn’t already. My goodness, why would anyone feel our children should be held accountable for our own deeds?

What kind of judgement was used by Mr. Alexander when he released this information to the public? He has not even filed a complaint against Eileen, yet he implies that she is guilty.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 31, 2011

Klamath Fire didn’t get funding becauase it asked for too much

Klamath Fire Protection District did not get the tax increase it requested for several reasons, but they can all be summarized by too much, too little and too few.

The “too much” is they asked for way too much in one increase. To increase taxes by 150 percent in such hard economic times is just asking too much. If the district had asked for less, it might have passed.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 30, 2011

Frustrating experiences as union forced me to fund political causes

Regard the Aug. 24 California Focus column by Thomas Elias, “‘Paycheck protection’ — again,”  I lived through over 20 years of paying into United Teachers, Los Angeles. It was forced on me, I didn’t want its representation.

Today the full-time UTLA member and agency fee is at least $689.04 a year. The full-time fair share is at least $494.28 for those who want to not give to any political causes or groups through the union.

In order to vote in the union, you have to be a member but you have to let them collect and spend on politics in order to join the union. They took my money but would not allow me to vote on the union contract.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 27, 2011

Tea Party survey-takers likely to be sympathetic to the cause

It seems that Roger Gitlin’s raised eyebrows mobilized our editor to quickly clarify what his statement made in the Aug. 20 Editor’s Note about The Tea Party survey at the county fair really meant.

The statement was, “Many people of other persuasions probably chose not to even stop at the Tea Party booth, even if they had been willing to take a few minutes out of their fair day to fill out a form.”

Letters to the Editor Aug. 25, 2011

I’m disgusted with how Silvey’s alleged actions impact Senior Ctr.

I’m sure I’m not alone in expressing my dismay and disgust at how Eileen Silvey’s alleged actions have damaged our Senior Center, as well as the much-needed Energy Assistance Program (“Scandal at the Senior Center: Former manager jailed; suspected of embezzlement,” Aug. 20).

My feeling is this: If the accusations are true, Ms. Silvey should sell her house, her car, her daughter’s car, the tennis bracelet, etc., etc., to pay back that money to the government.

To quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

Heidi Bauman

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2011

A reader’s thoughts on survey by the Tea Party at the DN fair

I must acknowledge I was of the 254 who answered questions at the Tea Party booth at the fair. 

Triplicate Editor Richard Wiens essentially “got it right” when he writes, “The Tea Party, of course, represents the right-hand side of the political spectrum, so it’s only reasonable to expect the survey results to lean heavily conservative.”

However, Editor Wiens begins to raise my eyebrow when he writes many people may have chosen not to stop at the Tea Party booth. Certainly, there were many who did not stop by the fuchsia display, a quilt booth, or even the Democratic Party booth, all which was within eyesight of the Tea Party booth. People were just walking around enjoying the fair.

I was one of those who “lingered about” after I finished my survey. I am one of those who believe:

Letters to the Editor Aug. 20, 2011

RHS tsunami work crew member: Program is restoring lost jobs

Regarding the letters from Jim Wisbauer (“Make-work project in town a complete waste of tax money,” Aug. 12) and Floyd Burgess (“People in orange vests standing around could do more work,” Aug. 18) thank you for your input.

I am a Rural Human Services tsunami crew member. Your letters have been read and discussed by the RHS team and “orange jackets.” We know all eyes are on us. I hope you realize the RHS crew members are not afraid to work harder. We are new to this work.

Any input on jobs big or small to do in Crescent City, Del Norte County and our beloved fishing harbor are highly appreciated. These RHS crews want to work and are available to start and finish any job with a positive attitude.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 19, 2011

One of many traits I appreciate in old friend Murray is her clarity

Dear editor and citizens of the northern Crescent City (because you all already identify with the other “Crescent City” in turmoil):

I have known Kathryn Murray for more decades than either of us would volunteer to identify. Or count. But we would both answer truly if pressed for decades or dates.

Her city of choice (which was Eureka’s loss) was to move to your coastal city. The decision was made to accommodate her family, her commitment, her dedication to making everywhere around her a better place.

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