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Letters to the Editor April 30, 2011

Better basketball program for our youth would be high school boon

I have noticed a couple of articles about AAU basketball teams in Crescent City, but don’t remember seeing any anouncement of putting the teams together.

I have lived in small towns most of my life, so I understand the “Good Ol’ Boy” system, but why would you not want to put the best players out there to represent our community?

If we had a basketball system for our youth like the one we have for football, we might start winning more championships at the high school level.

Bob Fisher

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 29, 2011

We need third party as Obama works under the table for GOP

There needs to be a third political party, if for no other reason than to be a chaperone, keeping an eye on the other two nit-wits, the Republican and Democratic parties.

The first thing Republicans and Democrats do when they get into office is start working on the next election four years down the road. They both work for the big corporations, not you. So why do you vote them back in? Could a third party do any worse?

People are scared of change.

Obama promised a real change. How’s that working out for you folks?

Obama is out campaigning now; he should be out in Wisconsin and Michigan helping the unions. Billy boy Clinton got the ball rolling in screwing this nation up with its poor North American Free Trade Act deal.

I think Obama is working under the table for the Republicans. They are all the same, nut-cakes.

Bob Eilert

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 28, 2011

Teen Clinic is right for our youth, good that it’s closer to high school

I am writing to thank the School Board for moving the Teen Clinic closer to the school where it can be better utilized and closer to the group that it serves.

I wish my son had access to such a center when he was in school in New Hampshire. My understanding is that it will provide a range of much-needed services, the same as the present clinic now does, as allowed by law — the law that the people of this state repeatedly voted for.

I believe that the young people in our schools are wiser and more worldly than previous generations. They are faced with myriad problems and situations that we never had to deal with, plus some that we did encounter. They will learn from many sources, certainly not the least of which is their parents.

I believe that they are intelligent enough to rise to the occasion and make the appropriate choices for themselves. I have faith in them and I hope that they will always know that “we”€do trust and believe in them.

Funny how that works. When you show someone that you believe they will do the “right”thing, they want to live up to that faith. The clinic needs to be close to the students to better serve their needs.

Linda Ehrisman

Gasquet


Letters to the Editor April 27, 2011

If Garcia was so disabled, he shouldn’t have been working

A Del Norte County sheriff’s deputy gets arrested on suspicion of major crimes, arrested on the job, on suspicion of stealing guns and drugs and sheriff’s uniforms, and he is given a pension.

The man is mid-30s; he is a young man. If Joe Garcia was so disabled, enough to get benefits for it, then he should not have been working at the time of his arrest. He went back to work on the streets, and he was on the job when arrested.

Why would our sheriff let Joe go back to work without a full doctor’s release? He might have to chase someone, or Tase them because of his unfit condition. Which is it? The man gets caught in his criminal behavior,  arrested on the job, gets a slap on the hand plea bargain offer that gives him  a year in county, and he gets disability too?


Letters to the Editor April 26, 2011

The problem with meth is the drug, not the Mexican people

I read in an April 1 article, “DA brings attention to county drug problem,” where District Attorney Jon Alexander speaks of Mexicans heading drug labs. Let’s not stereotype meth labs. The problem is the drug, not the Mexican people. As a former addict Alexander should know, the drug is not racist to any nationality —  Caucasians, Asians, Native American, Europeans and Mexicans.

It’s good to get educated, but to humiliate and make comments about the Mexican people only reflects how uneducated people are. You want to deal with drug problems, look in your back yard. For more than 25 years Del Norte County had a drug problem, ranging from alcoholism to heroin addicts.

So to depict the Mexican people is passing the buck, instead of stepping up to the plate. Truth is this: You can blame this nationality or that nationality, but when are you going to address the problem of the drug? If you blame others then you are not stepping up to what you know. You are a follower, not a leader.  You are letting the problem run you, instead of you dealing with the problem.


Letters to the Editor April 23, 2011

Close doors on liberalism in education or close school doors

In her April 15 letter (“Children are our future and they should be considered, respected”) Anna Porter asks if John Adams was wrong to want to educate our children with the “extras.”

At the risk of sounding pedantic I must join the conversation with the rejoinder that Mr. Adams decidedly did not express any desire to educate anybody’s kids other than the ones he was responsible for — his own. In the preceding paragraph Ms. Porter went to great lengths to show that, by quoting one of our founders, Adams, who by engaging in politics and being willing to go to war if necessary to back his political convictions made it possible for his sons to focus on basic academic subjects, thereby allowing succeeding generation(s) the luxury of an expanded and more genteel education.

He made no statement to the effect that he advocated for the government to bankroll the education of children.


Letters to the Editor April 22, 2011

President’s speech rekindles hope that he’ll hold to principles

How exciting and gratifying to listen to the president’s address to the nation and hear the message and determination which caused me to work for and feel excited over his campaign and victory!

Solving the health care tragedy which plagues our country, reversing a tax code designed for the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top two to five percent, investing in infrastructure and education rather than squandering tax dollars supporting arms merchants, ending the billions invested in infiltrating other countries for the purpose of organizing cells of the discontented for future support of their military actions, ending the propaganda machine designed to keep our citizens sure the “bad guys” are coming to get them and spending billions infringing on privacy and rights in the name of safety, putting a stop to the imprisonment and torture of imagined terrorists, conducting the business of our country in the open rather than “deal making” behind closed doors.


Letters to the Editor April 21, 2011

A fenced dog park in Del Norte County would be great to have

We need a fenced dog park in our area where non-aggressive dogs and their owners can walk and play. I had the opportunity to go to the dog park in Medford, Ore., this past week with my Irish setter, Sean.

The dog park is a large area with a designated walking path around the perimeter, plenty of room for the owners to play fetch with their dogs, dogs to chase  each other and owners to socialize with others. Never did I see an out-of-control owner or dog. What I did see were dogs running, owners walking and talking and on those occasions when the dogs relieved themselves, the owners were quick to clean up after their dogs.


Letters to the Editor April 20, 2011

Congress needs to do more with cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf

It has been a whole year since BP Deepwater Horizon exploded 200 million gallons of oil into the gulf. Money from the fines involved in this gigantic mess is flowing into the federal treasury. There should be billions of dollars to restore the environment, help the fishermen, all the work that needs to be done. 

It is the job of Congress to step forward and use that money to clean up the Gulf, the oil still oozing in the marshes, washing up on beaches, covering the floor of the Gulf for generations to come.  What has Congress done. In a whole year?  Absolutely nothing.

We can do much to make the bay cleaner and healthier for the people and wildlife. But, please, we mustn’t wait another year. Congress must dedicate the Clean Water Act penalties to restore the Gulf. Congress sitting on its hands will not clean up the Gulf and restore the livelihood of its people. That work would also create needed  jobs.

Mary T. Mills

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 19, 2011

Number of issues have to be looked at with local solid waste

I have been reading the comic “Adam” in The Daily Triplicate with interest. The current story has to do with Adam asking his town council the question of establishing a recycling program.

I believe the current Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and the county’s Solid Waste Task Force need to look at a number of issues before July 1.

I am aware that the task force has not met in months and the county needs to make new appointments. Then something upset me at the April 13 meeting. How Kevin Hendrick is giving credit to people and he now has a large number of delinquent accounts. This does not make a lot of business sense to me.


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