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Letters to the Editor Jan. 17, 2010

It’s too easy to overdose from so many different fluoride sources

Regarding new federal recommendations to lower fluoride levels in water (“Federal govt. says too much fluoride in water,” Jan. 8), we get fluoride from so many sources that it is easy to overdose and putting it in the city water contributes to this problem.

 Today many common fruits and vegetables are saturated with fluoride, as fluoride is predominantly used in chemical pesticide applications. Inorganic California grapes are particularly treated by fluoride-based pesticides, making inorganic grape juice, wine and raisins hazardous to your health. A simple lunch-size box of raisins has two to six times the amount of an equal weight of fluoridated city water.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 15, 2010

Additional things governor could do to save Calif. govt. money

Great start Gov. Brown! (“48,000 state employee cell phones to be cut,” Jan. 13). May I humbly offer some additional ways toward resolving our fiscal deficit?

Why not turn in cell phones in use by all public employees? Let them have the option of keeping them at their own expense. Let us remove cars provided for all public employees and restrict travel allowances to conferences that can be delivered through telecommunication or prepared workbooks.

Why don’t we legislate that “double dipping” is illegal once you are retired? It would create jobs for those in need and eliminate substantial political nepotism in public office! Why should we allow PERS to compensate certain privileged retirees to pad their monthly incomes with vacation, sick, and furlough days to retire sometimes over 100 percent?

Letters to the Editor Jan. 14, 2010

To be true to Constitution, we should abolish corporations

 Since Karen Brooks wants to get back to the Constitution, let’s abolish corporations. Nothing in the Constitution permits investors to create an intangible legal “person” who then takes (or dodges) responsibility for the mistakes of flesh-and-blood persons.

But the Constitution does guarantee flesh-and-blood persons “equal protection of the laws.” I'm sure Karen Brooks is not a bigot, but minorities depend on government to enforce our 14th Amendment rights. Corporations have no incentive to do it.

Barry Wendell

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Jan. 13, 2011

Staff, tenants partnered to make Seabreeze Apartments peaceful

On behalf of the Seabreeze Apartments, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the young lady referenced in your Dec 30 article (“Police: Man held for rape of girl, 15”). This was truly an unfortunate and unforeseeable incident, from anyone’s perspective.

The circumstances are in the capable hands of the law enforcement. I have been informed by staff that this tragic act took place somewhere outside and neither parties was a resident.

The staff and tenants, over the recent years, have truly partnered to make the Seabreeze Apartments a quiet and peaceful community. Their efforts and success have been recognized and it is my sincere hope that the greater community will retain this perception.

Michael F. Burke

Vice President,

AWI Management Corporation

Auburn, Calif.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 12, 2011

Medicare and social security cuts are bad

For the past two mornings now I have listened to the news report about our deficit and yes, as American citizens it is our deficit. But we American citizens are now and will be suffering because of choices and cuts made by our government. Whether we are Republicans or Democrats, one or the other will get the “hatchet” once our government makes their cuts.

The latest is stupendous cuts to social security and medicare. Why?

Why hurt those who need it most? It’s bad enough there’s been no cost of living increase for two years. What’s next?


Letters to the Editor Jan. 11, 2011

Very grateful for honest people willing to return lost money

I was at the Union 76 gas station on Saturday waiting for my son. After he got there I went inside to get a soda.

I paid for it and went back to my truck when Matt came out and handed me my $10 back that I had drop in the store. That was honest of him to give it back. So I asked my son to go back inside and give him $5 as a thank-you.

I’m very grateful for honest people. Thank you very much, Matt.

Edith Headley

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Jan. 07, 2011

Fairly happy with MediCare, but the costs should go down

MediCare and my supplemental insurance is fine, I have very few problems with it.

But MediCare is not free; $99 is deducted monthly from my Social Security check.

Social Security is a tangled web of chicanery.

But don’t punish the seniors who have actually worked during their life and contributed to the Social Security fund.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 06, 2011

School district employees donated 120 turkeys to RHS

This was the eighth year for the “Turkeys from Schools” program and, thanks to the generosity of so many of the employees of the Del Norte Unified School District, we were able to purchase and donate 120 turkeys to the Rural Human Services holiday food basket program.

Maureen Kevany-Jahn


Crescent City

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.

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