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Letters to the Editor April 14, 2011

Ignorance of sexual health has number of consequences

The Del Norte County Unified School District Board wisely permitted a new teen health clinic next to the high school campus.

I attended the board session on the proposal and listened to those for and against this clinic. It seems that someone stirred up the strident anti-abortion people to campaign against the clinic. In favor of the clinic were the teens to be served by the clinic as well as many others, including those who  work with our youth and with the consequences of teen pregnancies. Ignorance of sexual health has consequences including disease and death, teen parenthood and forced marriage, and even abortion.

Russell Green, pastor of the Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church, wrote opposing the clinic (“Health clinic approval damages trust with local faith community,” March 31). While he may be against abortion; he does not speak for all in this county. Nor does he even speak for all of the “faith community.”

John Mertes

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 13, 2011

Families thank all who have shown sympathy for loss

There comes a time in each one of our lives when we have to say goodbye to our friends and loved ones.

The love and support that we receive are what helps us get through. Our family wishes to acknowledge and thank with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness, sympathy and support shown to our family with our loss of Lora. God bless all of you!

On behalf of the Dunhams, Gavins, Youngs and Rooks, thank you.

Lindsey Dunham

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 12, 2011

I was blown away by stranger’s kindness to stranded old lady

On Tuesday I foolishly started off to Grants Pass without checking the fluids in the pickup. Never even thought about it.

Well, partway through the canyon, the “check engine” light came on. When I pulled over to check under the hood, a young man stopped in his work van and asked if I had a problem. He then proceeded to check the fluids for me and discovered that the pickup needed oil badly.

He took his time to lead me to the gas station in Gasquet where I bought the oil. Then he poured it in and rechecked everything and reminded me to make an appointment for a tune-up.

I was totally blown away with this man’s kindness toward an old lady on the side of the road. He not only took his time for me, but would not accept any money. Then he gave me a big hug which meant so much to me. I sure have a lot of “paying forward” to do.

Frieda Bridges

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor April 09, 2011

Stop thinking in terms of wants; state must spend only on needs

After reading our local editor’s summation of the current budget debacle in Sacramento (“It will hurt Del Norte,” April 2), it is easy to assume that his solution to the problem is the only one that makes sense for Del Norte County. It is, however, filled with the usual fuzzy thinking that has plagued California’s financial state for decades. Since 2003 every budget projection has bled red ink. After passage of the tax hikes that the legislators are currently bickering about, the state’s deficit ballooned to over $20 billion. The following year another nearly $6 billion and counting was added.

It seems that California’s legislators have difficulty understanding that when you run a deficit budget, you need to stop thinking in terms of what you want to spend money on and simply focus on those things that you need to spend money on. The same is true at the local level.

Letters to the Editor April 07, 2011

Boat owner thanks all those who helped to raise sunken Kodiak

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of those who stopped to express their hopes of recovery to me when the FV Kodiak was sunk in the harbor March 11.

Although a valiant attempt was made by the recovery team and the Coast Guard, she was found to have too much damage to be recovered and had to be destroyed.

Letters to the Editor April 06, 2011

School extracurricular programs should not be our highest priority

Three people have written in response to my March 29 letter (“Students’ reasons to keep their programs don’t add up”). That’s great! Differing opinions are certainly welcome. However, there seems to be some points that I failed to make sufficiently clear. With your indulgence, I will attempt to clarify.

Lori Clay (“Students were standing up for what they need in an education,” March 3l) says the school district is not spending “OPM” (other people’s money). She says it spends parents’ tax money and gets funding for student attendance (from heaven?)

Michael W. Tompkins (“Isn’t educating youth one of the best ways to use our tax dollars?” April 1) also questions my use of the term “OPM.”

Letters to the Editor April 02, 2011

Kudos to high school for its ‘Alice in Wonderland’ production

Again I am pleased to let all know I attended Del Norte High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” and it was great.

I wish to give my granddaughter and the others kudos. This means the behind-the-scenes crews for doing such a great job. The drama teacher should be very pleased with her students.

I am looking forward to many more plays to come.

Thank you again for giving us such a fine performance.

Mary Thiessen

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor April 01, 2011

Del Norte County shouldn’t pay for services for illegal immigrants

The January 2011 numbers are in from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Welfare and food stamp allocations for parents who reside in the United States illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children in L.A. County are up $3 million from one year ago.  A staggering total of $53 in welfare benefits ($22 million for CalWORKS plus $31 million for food stamps) are diverted away from deserving citizens to individuals who have entered the USA illegally.

The above figures come from L.A. County Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

For the 12 months of 2010, over $625 million in welfare and food stamps were issued to the children of illegal aliens; that’s up 10% from 2009.

Letters to the Editor March 31, 2011

Health clinic approval damages trust with local faith community

An open letter to the Del Norte County Unified District Board: I have analyzed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and the Open Door Clinic. I am dismayed by the provisions embedded in the policies of the clinic, despite the highlighted disclaimer on the first page of the MOU that abortion services will not be provided at Two Trees.

Your disclaimer will not prevent the dissemination of abortion information or services to the teens (aka, minor children) who use the clinic. The clinic will operate within its own charter (not yours), as you provide in Section 4 of the proposed agreement. Their rules include providing services to minor children for “Pregnancy. Contraception. Abortion. Emergency Medical Services. Sexual Assault Services” etc. Minor children "of any age" may sign a consent form for any of these services. Parental notification or consent is not required. And that is reprehensible.

Letters to the Editor March 28, 2011

Beach cleanup shows strength and character of people here

I wish to send my appreciation to all the people who assisted with the Crescent City beach cleanup.

On the afternoon of March 19, many people, including myself, assisted in removing a lot of debris.

It was windy and rained for several minutes including a bit of hail, but a lot of people stayed despite the weather. That demonstrates real strength and character of the many people who live here.

I climbed up onto the rocks to gather and remove large wooden parts and removed many lead fishing weights including many other items that filled three large garbage bags. Some debris was so big it could not be put in a bag, so we pulled it up to the side of the road for easy collection at removal.

There were many more people working behind the scenes, including city and county staff, and I wish to thank all of them as well.

Joseph Aliotti

Crescent City

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