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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

Letters to the Editor June 07, 2011

Bradshaw and Hendrickson sentences don’t seem just

Yes, I have another question. Why did Samuel Hendrickson get 68 days in jail for the death of his mom (The Daily Triplicate, May 21)?

I got three years’ informal probation for two back-to-back domestic violences back in 2009, and I had to take the anger management classes. This is not fair.

I’m still on probation, and I graduated the classes. This guy gets 68 days for the death of his mom.

And what about George Bradshaw (“No retrial in Bradshaw case,” April 18)? That guy got cut loose, too. This is the most asinine thing that I’ve ever heard. These types of people need to pay for what they did.

Tony Jacomella

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor June 04, 2011

We need a representative truly concerned about our questions

On Friday, May 20, Congressman Mike Thompson visited Crescent City, meeting with the harbor officials, local leaders and holding a “spaghetti feed” for only those who knew he would be here; i.e., local Democrats.

I have asked him four or five times to hold more frequent town hall meetings and other people have requested him to come here also, but have been told by his Eureka staff that he cannot come here all the time, yet last year he came here for a one-hour town hall meeting squeezed in between other meetings and he was able to come here another time at the request of the middle school to thank him for his help in acquiring some equipment.

Letters to the Editor June 03, 2011

Please be on the lookout for stolen wind turbine equipment

Our family lived in Crescent City for about 10 years. During that time we were blessed with knowing a great amount of caring and loving people. We often refer to Crescent City as the city with a big heart.

Due to extreme personal tragedy my husband and I decided to say goodbye and try living without so many sad memories.

We put our wind-powered house up for sale and left to experience new places.

Letters to the Editor June 01, 2011

Hendrickson deal is lunacy; can’t wait to see his next episode

The plea deal of 19-year-old Samuel C. Hendrickson (“68 days for death of his mother,” May 21) is the stuff of legal lunacy.

I can’t wait for his next episode. I’ll bet it’s a real doozy.

James Snow

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor May 28, 2011

Memorial Day a time to honor veterans and their families

Memorial Day this year is on Monday.  Memorial Day is a day to pay our respect to those who lie where honor rests in our state and national cemeteries and in myriad other places across the world in both marked and unmarked graves.

It is a day to honor the living symbols of the American spirit: our veterans and their families, members of our armed services and their families, wherever they are and however they serve.

It is also a day to pause for a moment of silence during the “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. local time, wherever we happen to be. The three o’clock hour was chosen because it is a time on this very important national holiday when most Americans are out and about enjoying the freedoms paid for by the current and former members of our armed forces.

California is home to the largest population of military, veterans and dependents in the United States, totaling more than 3 million people. An additional 30,000 veterans of the U.S. military return yearly to make California their home.

Letters to the Editor May 27, 2011

Recent Fawn Morris accolades bring to mind another memory

Seeing the recent accolades for Fawn Morris (“Fawn Morris will be remembered for efforts in behalf of county fair,” May 11) gave me incentive to write this remembrance of her also.

In high school she was very skillful at “jitterbugging.” The dance floor would clear to watch her and her brother “Juke” dance to the music of the Big Band sounds that came from our rented jukebox.

Mary Jean Goecker

Crescent City

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