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Letters to the Editor Oct. 5, 2010

Having researched candidates, I will be voting for Drossel for DA

A letter to the editor by Austin Larson published Sept. 25 (“Shame on Drossel supporter for letter that took the low road”), stated that Jon Alexander was prosecuting cases and “putting bad people in prison” while Bob Drossel was doing nothing. The truth is the exact opposite. The last case Mr. Alexander prosecuted for the DA’s Office was in 2005. Since then his practice has consisted mostly of being a defense attorney where he attempts to keep accused people out of prison.

Instead it was Bob Drossel who was putting bad people in prison. In 2008 and 2009 Mr. Drossel was asked to return to the DA’s Office as a special prosecutor. Mr. Drossel received an award from the Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County (LEADN) for this work.

In 2006 Jon Alexander ran for the DA position but fortunately did not win because shortly after this election, his license was suspended for the fourth time. Currently there is a state bar case (03-O-1010) pending against Mr. Alexander and part of the judgement in this case will require that he take and pass a Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination. The judgment states that failure to take and pass this exam “may result in an automatic suspension” of his license. 

Letters to the Editor Oct. 2, 2010

Letters to the Editor Sept. 30, 2010

Letters to the Editor Sept. 29, 2010

Everyone, including Alexander, deserves a second chance

I am writing in regards to the letter asking why we should vote for a DA candidate who might not pass a police background check. I think that all that should stay in the past. Give Jon Alexander a second chance — he deserves it. So what if he doesn’t have a perfect history, I still think he would do our county good.

He has been through the addictions that most people that get in trouble in this town are going through. He can tell if they are still using or if they are ever going to change. I’m sure everyone in this town has done something bad.

No one is perfect. At least he admitted all that. I’m sure all the other candidates have experimented with drugs or stole something.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 28, 2010

Far too many speeding and reckless drivers around kids

In response to Jim Ortega’s letter (“Terrible memory a cautionary tale: Slow down in neighborhoods,” Sept 23), I live in the Washington Park area on the corner of Bethesda and Adams. I watch cars and trucks drive fast as they turn our corner going faster then the neighborhood speed limit. At times when this happens we have children playing in front of their homes, riding bikes, skateboarding, playing baseball, football or basketball.

These drivers never slow down. We have cars and trucks that also make U-turns in front of homes with people or children on the sidewalks or playing in the streets. We have two day-cares in our neighborhood with parents droping off or picking up children everyday. Yet the speeding cars and trucks continue.

I pray every time that one of our neighborhood children or adults doesn't get hurt. We have chased cars down and reminded them to please slow down. But this continues on.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 25, 2010

Letters to the Editor Sept. 24, 2010

Letters to the Editor Sept. 23, 2010

Letters to the Editor Sept. 22, 2010

Statements about health reform, deficit need to be corrected

This is in response to the letters printed in the Sept. 14 paper (“There are many examples of Thompson being out of touch” and “Throw out all the incumbents: We don’t need their selfish ways). These are important issues and we need to research some of the positions posted here and elsewhere.

The statement about President Bush’s deficits is false. His administration never figured in the tax cuts and what they cost, nor did it add the costs of two unpaid-for wars. President Obama’s administration has done so. The true Bush era deficit was $1.3 trillion when he started with a surplus. As for health care, I suggest urls. You can search for yourself instead of going by shouting and rhetoric.www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/rates.html covers rate increase info and how this plan helps stop it and/or bars company's who keep doing it from participating.

In addition, www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal addresses many things. You choose the best plan for your needs. And employers will have a 35 percent tax cut for insuring their workers, and in 2014 it becomes 50 percent. And they choose from the same low-cost pool as we and Congress do, capping out-of-pocket expenses.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 21, 2010

Visitors: Serious questions about city’s public communication

On Tuesday morning, two weeks ago, we drove from Arcata to Crescent City to visit the beach. It was 10 a.m. and we had just turned west on 9th Street when a loud siren went off. We didn’t know what it meant so I stopped and asked a shopkeeper. She told me that every Tuesday they test the tsunami warning siren at 10 a.m. 

If it was a real tsunami, how would a visitor from out of town know what to do? As far as we could see, there were no signs telling people what to do if the siren went off. 

A couple of blocks later I saw a police car parked next to Rumiano’s and I decided to speak to the officer about my concern. Lo and behold, the officer turned out to be a female mannequin, cute, but not very talkative. 

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