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Letters to the Editor June 22, 2011

Something must be done to stop people like man who robbed us

A few days ago, a fellow came to our house saying he could do any and all labor, carpentry, mechanical, electrical, yard work, etc.

He said he was trying to help his sister who had several small children that needed food and clothing. He said someone slashed his tires and stole his gas.

Our yard needed mowing so he was mowing with our riding lawn mower until he broke a belt.

Letters to the Editor June 21, 2011

Allow off-roading to kill off area’s non-native beach grass

There is a field of study called “Patch Dynamics” (White and Pickett, a rather thick book). It describes how nature’s calamities, such as a huge storm, or even the natural fall of a single tree, can create opportunities for certain species which, oddly, actually are attuned to such things occurring.

Locally it’s native beach plants that need disturbance to complete their life cycles. I studied this phenomenon as a graduate student in Range Ecology; it is well documented. What does that have to do with here and now, at our closed to-vehicles dunes?

As most know, the dunes around the mouth of the Smith River and elsewhere, have been stabilized all too well from their natural drifting-about state by a non-native beachgrass. Why don’t we cordon off, say 10 acres at a time, in areas totally blanketed with the stuff, and let all comers ride trucks, motorcycles, dune buggies, what-have-you, all over the area; until the grasses are all killed off and the dunes blowing about again?

If we train the riders to respect the no-ride status on other “treated” areas, the spot can then be closed, a new one opened up; and native species can be reseeded/planted. It would be a grand experiment, and what do we have to lose?

The area is already ruined, so we might as well try something this “radical.” All we have to be mindful of is the Plover bird’s need to nest in season. Otherwise, why not do something both fun, and likely sensible, ecologically-speaking? Oregon seems to be (inadvertently) way ahead on this, perhaps?

Hilary John Herman

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor June 17, 2011

County’s treatment of animals is disgusting — demand change

In regards to the lack of support in saving the animals of Del Norte County, I am disgusted with the county as a whole.

On April 5 I finally won an ugly battle with the Ag Department to save a wrongfully neglected and mistreated horse. This horse suffered for years. While Animal Control recieved many calls over that period of time, the horse was left to suffer. That is until I laid eyes up close on this heartbreaking creature and demanded somebody do something.

The department was quick to send it back to its owner in fear of the financial responsibility to save its life.

Letters to the Editor June 16, 2011

Walmart’s efforts to support cities worthy of commendation

In regards to the June 14 article “Walmart donates $40,000 for harbor,” I have heard from friends, family and Walmart employees from California to North Carolina about how Walmart is for the lower class? I have probably even agreed from time to time depending on the city.

Letters to the Editor June 15, 2011

Regardless of views, there’s no reason to be abusive at meeting

I went to the City Council meeting June 6 to speak on behalf of the police and fire departments regarding safety in our community.

When I arrived, I saw several people with “NO BID” signs. There was several people who spoke very well and with respect for all and I really wanted to hear what they had to say. Then there were those who threatened the City Council. Some were vulgar, abusive, yelling out from the audience, and downright mean!

Letters to the Editor June 14, 2011

Communication with tourist at Battery Point wasn’t welcoming

Tact, kindness and a sense of humor are necessary skills when dealing with the public, especially when dealing with tourism. I was recently visiting Crescent City and encountered the opposite while hiking around the Battery Point Lighthouse.

It was almost dark, low tide was at 8:30 p.m., so only four other people were on the rock at the time I was. I had my little 11-year-old companion dog with me, on a leash, and we were simply walking around the path in front of the lighthouse.

Letters to the Editor June 11, 2011

Ruling only requires half of state prisons to fix their overcrowding

Regarding the May 26 article in The Daily Triplicate about Pelican Bay State Prison, “One of the least overcrowded,” CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton’s statements reflect exactly why CDCR is not able to solve its problems and long-time failing policies.

She states, “Some facilities may retain population even in excess (of the average) provided others fall sufficiently below it.” In other words, if CDCR fixes only half of its prisons’ overcrowding, the overall population will drop enough to meet the court’s order.

Letters to the Editor June 10, 2011

Overlook curfew: Thieves are the problem, not the parking lot

I am extremely angry and disappointed in park officials’ decision to place a permanent curfew on the Enderts Beach overlook (“Curfew for overlook,” June 7). It is unfortunate that a string of burglaries occurred, but, to be cliché, a permanent curfew seems like the classic example of removing a fly from your grandfather’s head with a hatchet.

Instead of making it illegal to be at the overlook after dark, why not first try something simpler and less drastic, like posting signs saying that, “Theft has been a problem here. Don’t leave valuables in your cars!” These scumbag thieves are the problem, not the parking lot.

Letters to the Editor June 09, 2011

Baseball players chosen to be part of invite-only club in Eureka

I wanted to clarify the American Legion baseball article written in the June 4 issue of The Daily Triplicate, in regards to Del Norte High baseball standouts Barrett McClaflin, Layton O’Reilley and Travis Stacey, and 2010 graduate Zach Hegelmeyer.

The article stated that these young men were playing for a club team in Eureka, which is true, but some of you may have wondered why they would do that instead of playing locally.

Eureka High head coach Eric Giaconi has formed a 19 and under, invite-only club, which includes players such as, the 2009 Big 5 MVP, Andrew Nelson of Arcata.

The club will compete against some of the best 19 and under players and teams on the West Coast.

It will also play exhibition games such as the season opener against the Humboldt Steelheads, an affiliate of the Humboldt Crabs.

Being an independent summer league club allows you to not be restricted by a league schedule, which gives them the best opportunity for competitive summer play.

 Casey Duncan

Crescent City




Letters to the Editor June 08, 2011

Bess Maxwell classroom thanks Crescent Elk Band for performing

We of Room 3 at Bess Maxwell School would like to express our appreciation to Amy Ross and the Crescent Elk Band.

They came to Bess Maxwell school Tuesday and performed for our school. We thought they played an excellent concert for us. We are all excited to grow up and play in a band now.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We especially appreciated your dedication to the students, Mrs. Ross.

Janet Parker,

teacher for the Room 3 students

Crescent City

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