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Letters to the Editor April 12, 2011

I was blown away by stranger’s kindness to stranded old lady

On Tuesday I foolishly started off to Grants Pass without checking the fluids in the pickup. Never even thought about it.

Well, partway through the canyon, the “check engine” light came on. When I pulled over to check under the hood, a young man stopped in his work van and asked if I had a problem. He then proceeded to check the fluids for me and discovered that the pickup needed oil badly.

He took his time to lead me to the gas station in Gasquet where I bought the oil. Then he poured it in and rechecked everything and reminded me to make an appointment for a tune-up.

I was totally blown away with this man’s kindness toward an old lady on the side of the road. He not only took his time for me, but would not accept any money. Then he gave me a big hug which meant so much to me. I sure have a lot of “paying forward” to do.

Frieda Bridges

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 09, 2011

Stop thinking in terms of wants; state must spend only on needs

After reading our local editor’s summation of the current budget debacle in Sacramento (“It will hurt Del Norte,” April 2), it is easy to assume that his solution to the problem is the only one that makes sense for Del Norte County. It is, however, filled with the usual fuzzy thinking that has plagued California’s financial state for decades. Since 2003 every budget projection has bled red ink. After passage of the tax hikes that the legislators are currently bickering about, the state’s deficit ballooned to over $20 billion. The following year another nearly $6 billion and counting was added.

It seems that California’s legislators have difficulty understanding that when you run a deficit budget, you need to stop thinking in terms of what you want to spend money on and simply focus on those things that you need to spend money on. The same is true at the local level.

Letters to the Editor April 07, 2011

Boat owner thanks all those who helped to raise sunken Kodiak

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of those who stopped to express their hopes of recovery to me when the FV Kodiak was sunk in the harbor March 11.

Although a valiant attempt was made by the recovery team and the Coast Guard, she was found to have too much damage to be recovered and had to be destroyed.

Letters to the Editor April 06, 2011

School extracurricular programs should not be our highest priority

Three people have written in response to my March 29 letter (“Students’ reasons to keep their programs don’t add up”). That’s great! Differing opinions are certainly welcome. However, there seems to be some points that I failed to make sufficiently clear. With your indulgence, I will attempt to clarify.

Lori Clay (“Students were standing up for what they need in an education,” March 3l) says the school district is not spending “OPM” (other people’s money). She says it spends parents’ tax money and gets funding for student attendance (from heaven?)

Michael W. Tompkins (“Isn’t educating youth one of the best ways to use our tax dollars?” April 1) also questions my use of the term “OPM.”

Letters to the Editor April 02, 2011

Kudos to high school for its ‘Alice in Wonderland’ production

Again I am pleased to let all know I attended Del Norte High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” and it was great.

I wish to give my granddaughter and the others kudos. This means the behind-the-scenes crews for doing such a great job. The drama teacher should be very pleased with her students.

I am looking forward to many more plays to come.

Thank you again for giving us such a fine performance.

Mary Thiessen

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 01, 2011

Del Norte County shouldn’t pay for services for illegal immigrants

The January 2011 numbers are in from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Welfare and food stamp allocations for parents who reside in the United States illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children in L.A. County are up $3 million from one year ago.  A staggering total of $53 in welfare benefits ($22 million for CalWORKS plus $31 million for food stamps) are diverted away from deserving citizens to individuals who have entered the USA illegally.

The above figures come from L.A. County Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

For the 12 months of 2010, over $625 million in welfare and food stamps were issued to the children of illegal aliens; that’s up 10% from 2009.

Letters to the Editor March 31, 2011

Health clinic approval damages trust with local faith community

An open letter to the Del Norte County Unified District Board: I have analyzed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and the Open Door Clinic. I am dismayed by the provisions embedded in the policies of the clinic, despite the highlighted disclaimer on the first page of the MOU that abortion services will not be provided at Two Trees.

Your disclaimer will not prevent the dissemination of abortion information or services to the teens (aka, minor children) who use the clinic. The clinic will operate within its own charter (not yours), as you provide in Section 4 of the proposed agreement. Their rules include providing services to minor children for “Pregnancy. Contraception. Abortion. Emergency Medical Services. Sexual Assault Services” etc. Minor children "of any age" may sign a consent form for any of these services. Parental notification or consent is not required. And that is reprehensible.

Letters to the Editor March 28, 2011

Beach cleanup shows strength and character of people here

I wish to send my appreciation to all the people who assisted with the Crescent City beach cleanup.

On the afternoon of March 19, many people, including myself, assisted in removing a lot of debris.

It was windy and rained for several minutes including a bit of hail, but a lot of people stayed despite the weather. That demonstrates real strength and character of the many people who live here.

I climbed up onto the rocks to gather and remove large wooden parts and removed many lead fishing weights including many other items that filled three large garbage bags. Some debris was so big it could not be put in a bag, so we pulled it up to the side of the road for easy collection at removal.

There were many more people working behind the scenes, including city and county staff, and I wish to thank all of them as well.

Joseph Aliotti

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor March 25, 2011

E-mail comment soon to prevent road closures in recreation area

The managers of the Smith River National Recration Area are planning to close many roads and make other areas road-free. Instead of managing our forests for recreation and our enjoyment, they are planing to shut many more areas down.

Please comment on the current project. You can e-mail comments to the Forest Service at the following email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 2 is the end of the comment period so if you care about any activity or access to our forests please comment early and often.

The Board of Supervisors disagreed with this plan when it voted Tuesday to send a letter to the Forest Service asking them to coordinate better with the local government. If nothing else, ask the Forest Service not to close any more roads.

Jon Olson

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor March 24, 2011

Stop U.S. offensive military ops and embrace peaceful solutions

The U.S. needs to aim efforts toward a new international peace initiative. These efforts in the Middle East can encourage hope for the future. It can bring more desirable results instead of allowing for chaotic destruction. It costs too much money, especially at times when other economic priorities need to take precedence.

Libya is not a direct threat to America. Defensive measures can provide sufficient security and safety from terrorist attacks. We need to stop U.S. offensive military operations and embrace the solutions peace can bring.

Roger W. Galbraith

Crescent City

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