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Letters to the Editor Jan. 05, 2011

Paying out of pocket for health care will cost rest of us anyway

Regarding Bob Fisher’s letter (“It should be my right not to have insurance and pay out of pocket,” Dec. 30) and his wish to pay his medical expenses “out of pocket,” splendid.

But as a taxpayer I insist that he pay in advance of any treatment. When he is faced with a $90,000 bill for major heart surgery I don’t wan't him declaring bankruptcy and dumping his expenses on my shoulders.

Thomas A. Dobson

Smith River

Letters to the Editor Jan. 04, 2011

Thanks for everyone’s help with raising sunken ‘Southern Belle’

We just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful community response when our boat, “The Southern Belle,” sank.

Thank you to the divers, harbor crew, Coast Guard, Fish and Game, the congregation of Redwood Family Worship Center and all our friends who helped us.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 31, 2010

God bless the ‘widow’s mite’ donated by struggling family

The Spirit of Christmas lives right here in Crescent City. As I opened the Church door on Sunday morning, I found a water-logged card under the door. I shall quote it entirely:

“My family and I do not attend your Church. We pass your Church everyday. My family, (a single mom with two kids.) We have had a very rough year. Today our only car sits at an automotive shop with repairs that will cost more than we have. Our rent is overdue and I have not one gift for my children.

Yet I feel a need to give this donation because I feel that someone, or maybe your Church itself, needs it more than us. Merry Christmas.”

Letters to the Editor Dec. 30, 2010

It should be my right not to have insurance and pay out of pocket

In response to Ms. Felt’s letter published Dec. 22 (“Ruling on health reform appears politically motivated, nonsensical”), she is comparing apples and oranges.

A driver’s license is only required if you choose to drive. One is only required to purchase auto insurance if they want to own and operate an automobile on public streets. She is correct about taxes and social security. Most taxes can be considered unconstitutional, and requiring one to pay for another’s retirement could be so as well.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 29, 2010

Postal Service courteous, helpful, and outstanding public servants

My wife and I are a retired couple, ages 95 and 87. We require frequent mail service, both P.O. Box and rural delivery. Postmaster Mr. Miller and his crew are outstanding public servants. They have been both courteous and helpful in delivering our mail, especially when our mail box has been damaged beyond repair. (Careless drivers.)

The residents of Smith River fully appreciate their outstanding service.

Mr. and Mrs. Harley Askew

Smith River

Letters to the Editor Dec. 28, 2010

Thanks to county Road Dept. — it’s a pleasure to drive our roads

I would like to thank the Roads Department for repairing and fixing our roads in Del Norte County.

It’s a pleasure to drive on them.

John F. Furgo Jr.

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2010

Thanks to Safeway employee who helped during emergency

You could not ask for a nicer bunch of store employees than we have at Safeway. And one in particular sticks in my mind: Ms. Janet Moore.

On Dec. 7 I was waiting for my husband when my blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level. She knew what to do and when most people would have panicked she was able to stay pretty calm. When I regained my composure I did not have the strength to go back in to thank her.

So consider yourself properly thanked, Janet Moore. You have helped me a great deal.

Michele Bessant

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Dec. 23, 2010

Children of illegal immigrants didn’t break law, their parents did

I would like to respond to the Dec. 21 Coastal Voices article, “Another View of Dream Act.”

The proposed Dream Act provides a six-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children under age 16. They must have graduated from a U.S. high school, obtained a GED or be enrolled in college.

It is estimated that about 65,000 of these people graduate from U.S. high schools each year. We are not talking about granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 22, 2010

Nine questions about WikiLeaks and America’s imperialistic wars

This is a copy of a letter sent to U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson:

“We have re-elected you regardless of misgivings over your waffling on the TARP vote. Now, do your job. On the House floor today, Rep. Paul from Texas posed nine questions to we, the American people and you, our elected representatives.

“You are both a veteran and an American, we expect you to do your job. No smokescreens and finger-pointing at the messengers of the WikiLeaks data. Do your job and demand truthful accountability for the lies and duplicity overwhelming our nation. The cost of the wars in American lives and debt passed to our children must be ended.”

Letters to the Editor Dec. 21, 2010

Thanks to all generous people who have helped Troop Support

Many compliments were heard amidst the happy chatter of many ladies at the Emblem Club’s 16th annual Festival of the Trees held at the friendly Vets Hall, where 38 lovely Christmas trees heralded  the Christmastide season.

President Charlotte Fleshman and the work force of this wonderful organization reports the purpose of these fund-raising activities benefit many community projects and scholarships  serving adults, youth,  Troop Support and others.

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