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Letters to the Editor Feb. 12, 2010


Please pray for cancer-stricken Karen Alexander and her family

I wanted to take a moment to thank our community for your prayers for Pastor Steve Alexander and his dear wife Karen and the family.
For those of you who may not know Pastor Alexander, he has been the preacher of Smith River Baptist Church since 1997. His son, Scott Alexander, is the church youth pastor and coach of the high school varsity basketball team.

Letters to the Editor Feb. 11, 2010

Local leaders lacked foresight on sewer rate increase proposal

Regarding the Feb. 5 Triplicate editorial “Rate rollback ignores reality,” back when the sewer rate increase was proposed, some of us from the Citizens Against $42.5M Debt pleaded with city officials to come up with another way to pay for the new sewer.

Since it’s about expansion, the money should come from new users, developers. We warned about the hardship on lower income residents, which abound in Crescent City, and were pretty much ignored or excused as hysterical. When we cited concerns about the coming economic downturn, which we are in as predicted, our own city attorney, Bob Black, scoffed at the notion that we would be affected by it.

Letters to the Editor Feb. 10, 2010

Goodbye, KPOD: New far right format has led me to turn the dial

Goodbye, KPOD. For over 20 years I’ve enjoyed getting my daily fix of country music at 97.9 FM, but I’m about to go cold turkey.

Letters to the Editor Feb. 09, 2010

Insurance companies have too much power in health care system

One of my concerns is the growing cost of health care in the United States while our population is aging and will need more health care than ever.

Insurance companies have too much power in our current system. Congress, please pass health reform now!

Diane Williams

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Feb. 6, 2010

Letters to the Editor Feb. 05, 2010

CHP Officer Borges did right thing, but it will come back to haunt him

I would like to commend Officer Rick Borges for his actions which placed a high-ranking county offical in custody on suspicion of contributing to a very tiring and ongoing problem in Del Norte County, driving under the influence (“Auditor arrested by CHP,” Feb. 2).

Letters to the Editor Feb. 04, 2010

We are caregivers, not caretakers, and proud of it

As a “caregiver,” I’d like to address the usage of that word versus “caretaker.”

Caregiving is what you do. Make sure those you care for are active, alert, coherent, clean, comfortable and interact with others. Sit with the consumer, watch television, sit in the ER, go to appointments and have a conversation with them.

Letters to the Editor Feb. 02, 2010

CAN has many programs to help families’ lives be a little easier

Success is a powerful word. It means a degree or measure of succeeding.

Here at Community Assistance Network, success can be achieved in many ways. At CAN, I believe success means being able to help Del Norte and surrounding communities. CAN has many different services such as food bank, clothes bank, community garden, housing, etc. Every program is to help families’ lives be a little easier.

I am Coordinator for the CANRecycle program. I have been given the opportunity to be involved in helping the community. I make a lot of phone calls, and do some running around, but what makes it so worthwhile is that the community is helping too.

All the donations that are sent to Funding Factory go right back to CAN; and with the cash we receive, it is used to help the needy. It makes me feel so good when we receive donations because I know it will be helping someone.

That’s what I call success; being able to help others less fortunate.

Viola Merritt

Crescent City



Letters to the Editor Jan. 29, 2010

Thankful for local emergency services

This is an expression of gratitude for our local emergency services.

I had to call 911 last Thursday twice, once very early in the morning and again later that evening.

The fire chief, Steve Wakefield, came both times and was extremely professional, solid and reassuring. The EMTs, Doug, Holly, Willy and Matt, were wonderfully kind and efficient.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 28, 2010

Combining horses and ATVs is a dangerous situation

My friends and I have been coming to Crescent City for 15 years to ride our horses on Kellogg Beach and in the redwoods at Mill Creek. We stay in campgrounds and hotels.

Three years ago we found out ATVs were no longer allowed at Kellogg Beach, making our rides much safer; no longer would the horses be spooked by an ATV flying over the dunes or revving up in the parking lot. Last week a sign appeared at the Kellogg Beach equestrian staging area for the state park allowing ATVs. The sign did not say where they would be allowed to ride, or at what speed.

Combining horses and ATVs is an extremely dangerous situation. Just imagine a young child unloading a scared pony as a teenager squirts by on a loud ATV. Someone is going to get hurt, as this area is very small.

The California State Parks policies are not easy for me to find. Mill Creek Trail was closed for six months last year due to a tree that wasn’t removed; in Oregon, I was unaware of this trail being closed. Now I am not sure if it’s safe to ride at Kellogg Beach.

Perhaps your state parks could work on being more user-friendly to out-of-area tourists. Meanwhile, I will spread the word to local equestrians that their safety will again be endangered in California.

Judy Kerr

Ashland, Ore.


Worth the drive to go to the Brookings Harbor Theater

Maybe it’s not Lighthouse Repertory Theatre and maybe it’s not in our town, but for my family it’s worth the drive to go to the Brookings Harbor Community Theater.

My teenaged children, Mariah and Josiah, are schooled through Castle Rock Charter School; and this is their drama department. Most recently they have been rehearsing the hilarious comedy “The Last Gladiator,” which opens this weekend.

Soon they will begin rehearsals for “Sleeping Beauty and The Beast.” What a wonderful opportunity the theater provides aspiring actors of both the Brookings area and our county.

I’d like to express my thanks to Dori Blodgett and the many others that support this effort, not only for this invaluable educational opportunity but also for a theater that provides high quality entertainment featuring local talent.

This sort of undertaking is what differentiates us from Anywhere, USA, and goes to make our corner of the world the unique community it is. Thank you, Brookings Harbor Community Theater.

Evan Wise



Kudos to hatchery for bringing back a key natural resource

I want to say kudos to Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery and any other entities involved with the abundance of salmon and steelhead this year.

You have brought back one of our main natural resources. I thank you, the environment thanks you and I’m sure many smokehouses in the area thank you.

Misty LeMunyon

Crescent City


Will sediment from Klamath end up in our local harbor?

In regard to the Wednesday article, “Supervisors hold off on signing pacts,” one of the possible impacts of Klamath River dam removal that I have not seen discussed is the possible threat to the harbor from the release of millions of tons of sediment.

It has been my observation that the sand in the ocean migrates northerly along the coast. The harbor already has a problem with sedimentation because the breakwater acts to trap the sand on its northern migration.

My concern it what will happen in the harbor when millions of tons of sediment are released down the Klamath River?  Will a great deal of it end up in the Harbor?

Greg Peck

Crescent City

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