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!
Per Mayor Slert’s request, here is an alternative idea for BID
In the March 4 article (“Survey finds support for ending BID”), reporting that 76 percent of survey respondents want the Business Improvement District (BID) to end, Mayor Charles Slert was quoted saying, “nobody has ever offered an alternative or solution” to BID.
Mayor Slert and other decision-makers, here is a real alternative:
1) Get BID out of the government realm and into the private world.
BID currently organizes a couple of parades each year and encourages business owners to work together to bring more people downtown so that the owners can make more sales. These are good causes.
BID should be just like any other club that has particular goals in mind. There is no reason to have our local government take part in activities that can be accomplished by the private sector.
2) Make BID voluntary. I doubt very much that the idea of BID is being rejected by business owners, but they are currently being forced to pay a tax, fee, or whatever you would like to call it. Based on survey results the majority of those paying do not want to continue doing so.
Who would balk at the idea of being able to voluntarily contribute to a business-promoting organization? Generally the issue of being forced to pay is what people disagree with. If BID exists to improve business, then those who want their businesses improved and believe that there is a benefit derived will be willing to contribute. The private BID could even publish a list of which license-holders contributed and which did not; or just those who do — keep it positive.
Despite bird festival’s demise, wildflower show is still on
We regret the demise of the California Redwoods Bird & Nature Festival (formerly the Aleutian Goose Festival), but we hasten to report that the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show is alive and well and will be held on May 5 and 6 at the Del Norte Fairgrounds.
Although the wildflower show is not as comprehensive or as established as was the goose festival, it is a marvelous spring event, celebrating one of Del Norte’s most outstanding and beautiful resources, its wildflowers! More species of wildflowers abound in Del Norte than in any comparable area in the world! (Over 4,000.) That is why its organizers claim that Del Norte County is the “Wildflower Capital of the World.”
This is an annual event that the community can be proud of and support as it did with the goose festival. The Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show has only been held three times (this year will be the fourth annual show). It is really in its development stage and the potential for development and expansion is unlimited.
The organization of the show is handled by a few enthusiastic volunteers and the finances have been by donations from the community, with an initial boost from the sale of the book, “A Rare Botanical Legacy.”
For anyone interested in helping with this year’s Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, there will be a meeting Thursday, March 10, at College of the Redwoods, Del Norte Campus at 5:15 p.m., room 29. For more information, call me at 457-3485.
I know George Bradshaw and I don’t believe charges he faces
The Triplicate’s coverage of the Bradshaw/Gregory case is the definition of biased journalism. A small-town paper partial to exploiting news with whomever’s story they get their hands on first.
George and I have been best friends since we were in sixth grade. I know, more than most, that he is not a violent person. I know this because I know George.
The Triplicate has made him out to be such a terrible person, and that makes me furious. When I read this blasphemy I feel like it’s about me as well. As should anybody put in that position. What kind of person wouldn’t defend themselves? I believe that George didn’t and couldn’t have injured Robert as badly as he ended up.
With the injuries Gregory sustained, how was George supposed to have inflicted those? Who does The Triplicate think he is? Chuck Norris? There was a fight.
I believe Robert Gregory is in a comatose state from something that happened after the altercation, not from a couple punches to the face and a few body blows.
I just wanted to get it out there that there are two sides to every story. The Triplicate is wrong. Try some investigating sometime instead of printing hearsay, especially when the jury comes home every night to read the local newspaper!
Sales, car taxes prove that raising taxes doesn’t work
Two years ago the state raised our sales tax by 1 percent. It’s suppose to go back to 7.25 percent this year. But as usual they want to keep it raised.
Raising taxes doesn’t work because if it did our deficit would have gone down. But instead in the last two years the state went from being $19 billion in the hole to being $25 billion in the hole! Oops, that didn’t work. So they want to try it again, but this time for five years. So let’s see if we go $6 billion more in the hole in two years if we let them do it again, then maybe we’ll be $15 billion more in the hole in five years! So remember this in June when we vote.
As for the car tax, I have a 6-year-old truck that I just paid $221 for the tags. If I lived in Oregon, it would cost me $65 for two years. That would be only $32.50 a year. I think we’ve been getting ripped off for a lot of years and now they want to raise it more!
Other states charge everyone the same price for their tags, but good old California came up with an idea to stick it to everyone. Last year I paid $231 for my tags. They came down $10 this year — that was big of them. So in two years I paid $452. I could have only paid $65 in Oregon. Big difference, I’d say.
If you had employees that weren’t doing the job, you wouldn’t give them a raise or a bonus, would you? You might even fire them. Well, California, you didn’t fire them in November. They haven’t been doing their jobs in Sacramento, so take back their raises and bonuses and whatever else they gave themselves until they get us out of the big hole they put us in.
Don’t forget last November. You hired back the same old people.
Business owners should be asked about Tsunami Landing
Regarding the Thursday article, “City: Remove Tsunami Landing,” I
disagree with a statement that Councilwoman Kathryn Murray made before
she voted on taking down the covered walkway.
Before we have any community input on the future of Tsunami Landing, the
owners of the buildings in that area need to be asked what they would
like. My reasoning for saying this, one only has to look at the empty
buildings in our downtown. These owners may want a bigger say on what
happens next because they need to fill their empty buildings with
tenants. They need to fill these spaces to begin the economic recovery
of our downtown area.
Also, I disagree with Councilwoman Kelly Schellong when she made the
suggestion that the city bring back Second Street to our downtown area.
Come on, Kelly, do you want to see SUVs making their way past our public
library? Bad idea, Kelly!
Before the city has any public meetings, my city staff needs to get out
their pencils and work on the real numbers of what it would cost the
city to replace the overhang. The city should come up with a real vision
on what it would like to do before we have any public meeting. I also
believe that the owners of the buildings in that area should share in
the cost of the city to replace the walkway if redevelopment funds go
Isn’t it time for Tea Party to tell us how to accomplish change?
As an independent voter I know it’s imperative that our government create a balanced budget based on revenue collected. However, in lieu of putting forth a platform or agenda explaining exactly how deep and where cuts would be made to the budget, it seems that Tea Party leaders like Karen Brooks (“Taxing us into serfdom,” Feb. 25) are ever-ready to show the deficiencies of current legislators and incite hatred.
C’mon, insinuating that Speaker of the Assembly John Perez coming from the 46th District of Los Angeles (bordering the City of Bell) has committed the same types of misuse of government funds committed by the city officials there that have been charged with those crimes is ludicrous. Pointing out that Mr. Perez has received big contributions from unions is knowledge I can appreciate and will be helpful to voters in the 46th district on deciding how they will vote in the next election.
Bottom line is this; in conjunction with saying, “There will be no fiscal responsibility until all elected leaders, and the public employees unions who control this state, bring compensation and benefits to sustainable levels that are more in-line with the private sector,” I am earnestly waiting to hear from the Tea Party, or any other group, the words, “I can and here’s how.”
Cool it with the rhetoric, clearly explain your platform and spell out the needed reforms and budget cuts that you propose to institute. Broad strokes are easy, but clear and concise leadership based on reality is desperately needed to keep this country strong and unified.