Very sad that people try to make others look bad with religion
This is in response to the Aug. 21 letter, “Mosque in Manhattan shows whose side Obama is on.” I agree with your title. I think a mosque in Manhattan demonstrates that Obama, who is a former constitutional law professor, has sensitivity toward religious freedoms and is on the side of the Constitution.
There is no mosque going to be built at Ground Zero. The center being built is actually located at 45-51 Park Place, which is two blocks from the northern edge of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The center’s location is a former Burlington Coat Factory store that is already being used for worship. There is a mosque at 245 W. Broadway, 12 blocks north of the Trade Center, and the “Manhattan Mosque” is five blocks away from the site.
Every weekday, Muslims gather and pray in the Pentagon 80 feet away from where terrorists attacked and I have not heard anyone complaining about that.
Fragrance chemicals hazardous to drivers and passengers’ health
An Aug. 18 letter by Sheila Toth (“Using air freshener on the bus is unfair to many local riders”) noted that Febreezedispensers have been installed on Redwood Transit Buses. In addition to health concerns of riders, there is also an increased economic burden to the city from potential worker’s compensation complaints should a driver become ill from pollutants introduced inside their vehicles an unessential to it’s operation (e.g. fuel emissions).
One material safety data sheet for Febreeze air fresheners reads that it contains unidentified quantities of fragrance and “quality control ingredients.” It is poor consumer practice to purchase anything with a largely undisclosed list of ingredients.
Further, fragrance chemicals are known to cause moderate reductions in lung function even in healthy adults. They are a well-documented trigger for asthma and migraine attacks, and a primary cause of allergic dermatitis.
Setting the record straight on Del Norte County workers’ pay
On behalf of the Del Norte County Employees Association/SEIU Local 1021, I would like to thank you for publishing comparative pay rates for the local, city, county and school district management positions.
It was an excellent article for the most part, but there is one item I would like to set straight for the record. Your article indicated that the county workers’ pay is the same as similar jurisdictions. This is simply not true. According to a salary survey conducted by the county in 2008, most county workers make 10 percent less than similar jurisdictions.
Our road crew makes 13 percent less than other jurisdictions, yet they are not paid from the general fund. They are paid from dedicated road funds received from the state, which can only be used to pay for road maintenance.
No paid leave for Garcia
Deputy Joe Garcia is on paid leave since his arrest!
I find that disturbing considering other people who are were arrested don’t get paid leave. I would understand if he was at home pending charges, but at first he was in jail. I just find it frustrating that the county is raising classroom sizes due to a shortage of funds, yet he still gets paid.
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