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Letters to the Editor March 18, 2011

Public unions have responsibility for our budgetary mega-crisis

In his March 8 Coastal Voices piece, “Don’t blame public workers,” Mr. Barry Wendell zooms in on Karen Brooks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Tea Party as singling out labor unions for the balancing of current budgetary meltdowns. His solution to that impending disaster is the time-worn mantra of liberalism: Tax the rich.

Positing the position of defender of the common-man, big-labor union bosses and their minions have called out their militia to defend their bastion of ensconced power. Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, union workers find themselves on the tip of a dilemma: whether to side with a few emergent leaders with courage who ultimately rely on the support of the Tea Party Movement in reining in the escalation of rampant union demands, or to kow-tow to cigar-chomping Big Labor bosses on whom they rely for sustenance.

Letters to the Editor March 17, 2011

Tennis assn. helps high school

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Del Norte Tennis Association. Del Norte Tennis Association is a nonprofit organization located here in town that strives to encourage junior tennis players to learn and improve their game of tennis.

When I started coaching the boys tennis team this year, I soon realized that we did not have the funds to purchase jerseys or have the proper equipment that my tennis players needed. I then turned to Jane Rumiano, president of the Del Norte Tennis Association, and she has been nothing but a huge help since I've started.

Letters to the Editor March 15, 2011

KCRE/KPOD did a great job

Friday morning my wife and I received a phone call at 4 a.m. from my wife’s sister in Indiana.

She wanted to know if we were watching the news. I told her that it was 4 a.m. and we were both asleep. She said there was an earthquake in Japan and they were talking about a tsunami in Crescent City. We got out of bed and tuned to Fox News. After awhile we found the older radio we had and tuned it to KCRE/KPOD to see if we could get some local news (we don’t have cable TV).

For the next 13 hours or so, we were amazed by the coverage presented by René, Chuck, Bill Steven, and the rest of the crew working at and for the radio station. The crew at KCRE/KPOD did a great service to people in Del Norte and Curry counties.

Thank you all for a truly great and professional job. You guys deserve some kind of an award.

Bob West

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor March 16, 2011

Emergency response successful product of practice, coordination

As is normal, my wife Susan and I are night owls, and it was no different Friday. Susan told me an enormous earthquake hit of the northwest coast of Japan. As events continued to unfold, we witnessed the devastation the Japanese people were dealt to their families and homeland. One cannot help but to feel deep sorrow for the many innocents impacted.

What was a localized event to Japan soon became apparent that Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States would be also feel nature’s wrath. We contacted the Del Norte County Sheriff’s office at about 1:45 a.m. to see if they had any information and were quickly advised that local radio stations were covering the situation with up-to-date information. I was very pleased to also be advised that the Klamath Fire Department and Yurok Tribal Police were already alerted and were actively working their response plans.

All the planning, coordination and emergency response rehearsals conducted in recent months and years all came together in what I would assess as an exceptional and professional success for all: U.S. Coast Guard, Del Norte County, Crescent City, Klamath Fire Department, Yurok Tribe and other emergency response agencies.

I am proud of these entities who worked to prepare us and minimized the loss of property and life during the long day of multiple surge events.

The damage to personal property in the Crescent City Harbor area was terrible, but was actually less than what it could have been.

Many of the fishing fleet and other vessels were moved out earlier due to the effective lines of communications that were employed.

We need to recognize those who have prepared us and count our blessings that the many plans worked most effectively.

Paul Crandall


Letters to the Editor March 10, 2011

I know I speak for hundreds in saying I’ll miss nature festival

Little did I know one year ago how privileged I was to be one of the many festival volunteers who experienced the exciting and positive California Redwood Bird and Nature Festival.

One year ago, after living in Del Norte a year and having discovered the many nature offerings in the area via the Bird Festival, I was looking forward to spring 2011 and being a participant in some of the trips I was missing. Sadly, now I read that last year’s event was to be the last festival — hopefully only a temporary situation. However, things sometimes change quite rapidly and unexpectedly.

I missed the Smith River Rafting event, and signed up too late for the boat trip around Castle Rock Island. I anticipated this year an early rise to see the murrelets flying down the Smith River to the sea.

Letters to the Editor March 09, 2011

Serfs don’t need less gov’t, they need freedom from the wealthy

In a Feb. 25 Coastal Voices piece (“Taxing us to serfdom”), Karen Brooks made the case that American tax policy and government deficit spending are reducing the status of U.S. citizens to that of serfs.

Ms. Brooks is correct on both counts, but not for the reasons set forth in her letter: These policies are creating lords as well as serfs. According to Bill Moyers’ “Moyers on Democracy,” in 1960 the top 20 percent of earners earned 30 times what the bottom 20 percent earned. By 2006, the top 20 percent earned 75 times what the bottom 20 percent earned, and the top 1 percent of households had more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

How did this come about? First, over the last 50 years the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income taxes off themselves and onto everyone else. In the early 1960s the highest income earners paid a tax rate of over 90 percent. Today the top earners pay a rate of only 35 percent.

At the same time, there has been a growing political movement to replace “tax and spend” with “borrow and spend.” Whenever an elected official votes to borrow money instead of raising revenue, he or she is choosing to pay the rich for the use of their money rather than ask every taxpayer to contribute to the common good.

The serfs don’t need less government; they need a new Magna Carta!

 Rob Cozens


Letters to the Editor March 08, 2011

Per Mayor Slert’s request, here is an alternative idea for BID

In the March 4 article (“Survey finds support for ending BID”), reporting that 76 percent of survey respondents want the Business Improvement District (BID) to end, Mayor Charles Slert was quoted saying, “nobody has ever offered an alternative or solution” to BID.

Mayor Slert and other decision-makers, here is a real alternative:

1) Get BID out of the government realm and into the private world.

BID currently organizes a couple of parades each year and encourages business owners to work together to bring more people downtown so that the owners can make more sales. These are good causes.

BID should be just like any other club that has particular goals in mind. There is no reason to have our local government take part in activities that can be accomplished by the private sector.

2) Make BID voluntary. I doubt very much that the idea of BID is being rejected by business owners, but they are currently being forced to pay a tax, fee, or whatever you would like to call it. Based on survey results the majority of those paying do not want to continue doing so.

Who would balk at the idea of being able to voluntarily contribute to a business-promoting organization? Generally the issue of being forced to pay is what people disagree with. If BID exists to improve business, then those who want their businesses improved and believe that there is a benefit derived will be willing to contribute. The private BID could even publish a list of which license-holders contributed and which did not; or just those who do — keep it positive.


Letters to the Editor March 05, 2011

Despite bird festival’s demise, wildflower show is still on

We regret the demise of the California Redwoods Bird & Nature Festival (formerly the Aleutian Goose Festival), but we hasten to report that the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show is alive and well and will be held on May 5 and 6 at the Del Norte Fairgrounds.

Although the wildflower show is not as comprehensive or as established as was the goose festival, it is a marvelous spring event, celebrating one of Del Norte’s most outstanding and beautiful resources, its wildflowers! More species of wildflowers abound in Del Norte than in any comparable area in the world! (Over 4,000.) That is why its organizers claim that Del Norte County is the “Wildflower Capital of the World.”

This is an annual event that the community can be proud of and support as it did with the goose festival. The Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show has only been held three times (this year will be the fourth annual show). It is really in its development stage and the potential for development and expansion is unlimited.

The organization of the show is handled by a few enthusiastic volunteers and the finances have been by donations from the community, with an initial boost from the sale of the book, “A Rare Botanical Legacy.”

For anyone interested in helping with this year’s Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, there will be a meeting Thursday, March 10, at College of the Redwoods, Del Norte Campus at 5:15 p.m., room 29. For more information, call me at 457-3485.

Rick Bennett

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor March 04, 2011

I know George Bradshaw and I don’t believe charges he faces

The Triplicate’s coverage of the Bradshaw/Gregory case is the definition of biased journalism. A small-town paper partial to exploiting news with whomever’s story they get their hands on first.

George and I have been best friends since we were in sixth grade. I know, more than most, that he is not a violent person. I know this because I know George.

The Triplicate has made him out to be such a terrible person, and that makes me furious. When I read this blasphemy I feel like it’s about me as well. As should anybody put in that position. What kind of person wouldn’t defend themselves? I believe that George didn’t and couldn’t have injured Robert as badly as he ended up.

With the injuries Gregory sustained, how was George supposed to have inflicted those? Who does The Triplicate think he is? Chuck Norris? There was a fight.

I believe Robert Gregory is in a comatose state from something that happened after the altercation, not from a couple punches to the face and a few body blows.

I just wanted to get it out there that there are two sides to every story. The Triplicate is wrong. Try some investigating sometime instead of printing hearsay, especially when the jury comes home every night to read the local newspaper!

Justin Brumm

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor March 03, 2011

Sales, car taxes prove that raising taxes doesn’t work

Two years ago the state raised our sales tax by 1 percent. It’s suppose to go back to 7.25 percent this year. But as usual they want to keep it raised.

Raising taxes doesn’t work because if it did our deficit would have gone down. But instead in the last two years the state went from being $19 billion in the hole to being $25 billion in the hole! Oops, that didn’t work. So they want to try it again, but this time for five years. So let’s see if we go $6 billion more in the hole in two years if we let them do it again, then maybe we’ll be $15 billion more in the hole in five years! So remember this in June when we vote.

As for the car tax, I have a 6-year-old truck that I just paid $221 for the tags. If I lived in Oregon, it would cost me $65 for two years. That would be only $32.50 a year. I think we’ve been getting ripped off for a lot of years and now they want to raise it more!

Other states charge everyone the same price for their tags, but good old California came up with an idea to stick it to everyone. Last year I paid $231 for my tags. They came down $10 this year — that was big of them. So in two years I paid $452. I could have only paid $65 in Oregon. Big difference, I’d say.

If you had employees that weren’t doing the job, you wouldn’t give them a raise or a bonus, would you? You might even fire them. Well, California, you didn’t fire them in November. They haven’t been doing their jobs in Sacramento, so take back their raises and bonuses and whatever else they gave themselves until they get us out of the big hole they put us in.

Don’t forget last November. You hired back the same old people.

Muriel Kaye

Crescent City

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