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Letters to the editor published July 26, 2014

 

Benefits of recycling lost on Waste Board members

 

Two members of our Solid Waste Authority Board here in Del Norte County, Michael Sullivan and Roger Gitlin, have characterized recycling as “extracurricular stuff” and “bells and whistles” and a third member, Mary Wilson, has agreed. Accordingly, and against the urging of a score or more of ratepayers appearing before the board, they have determined to impair our recycling program “to save money.” They could hardly be more mistaken. The truth is that recycling is not only imperative, it is saving ratepayers more money every year, as recycling increases and recycled material handlers absorb that reusable waste instead of having it hauled off at considerable expense to be buried in Oregon. 

 

Letters to the Editor July 24, 2014

Downsizing Sutter is not an appropriate use of tax funds

As a former hospital administrator in the Good Samaritan system and a former hospital vice president at Marian Medical Center, I have been following this community’s conflict with Sutter Health with great interest. As a retiree to this community, I also have great interest in the future of the hospital, including whether or not Sutter is able to implement their plan to downsize the hospital in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the federally funded Critical Access program. 

 

Letters to the Editor July 22, 2014

Road improvements should be spread around

It must be nice to have an asphalt street, which was in good condition, extended wider and repaved completely, while the rest of us on dirt roads are driving through big potholes and knocking our front ends on our cars out of alignment.

I have called the road superintendent twice and have asked one of his road managers to return my calls. I’m still waiting. 

 

Letters to the Editor July 19, 2014

Uncontrolled borders leave country a mess

John Kerry says that Iraq is a complete mess because they can’t control their borders.

I completely agree. What country would be stupid enough to let people come in who are undocumented and unaccounted for? What a bunch of bozos who run that government in Iraq.

 

Letters to the Editor July 17, 2014

Second chance to stop another rate increase

The City Council passed an ordinance that increased sewer rates effective July 2.

Is there something that can be done to reverse that sewer rate hike? Yes, there is.

 

Letters to the Editor July 15, 2014

Full board should vote on having meeting prayers 

I’m mildly amused and deeply saddened by the efforts against Supervisor Gitlin to introduce non-sectarian prayers by rotating pastors/priests/rabbis at the beginning of Board of Supervisors meetings. 

Several people have used the Bible as their basis not to have public prayers. Matthew 6:5–6 talks about self-important religious leaders praying in public to be seen by all. However, in Matthew 5:14–15 Jesus told us to put our light on a stand for all to see. 

 

Letters to the Editor July 12, 2014

Embarrassing to watch diatribe against Gitlin

I watched the Board of Supervisors meeting of June 10 with great disgust and embarrassment for Del Norte County as Lisa McKeown exercised her nasty diatribe against Supervisor Gitlin. When she waved a Holy Bible in the air and placed a curse on Supervisor Gitlin, who is a devout Jew, I wondered why Chairman Finigan did not step in to enforce rules of decorum. Finigan is already conflicted with bad meeting management practices, but this bit of theater took the cake in my view. 

 

Letters to the Editor July 10, 2014

Trucking could destroy Smith River-area forests

Mr. Sullivan’s op-ed (“Is status quo on Highway 199 worth the risk?” July 1) brought to mind a home I once owned. It had five large mature pine trees bordering the front yard about 10 feet from the edge of the paved road. These trees were beautiful and added to the park-like setting of the property. A trucker who owned a diesel tractor and trailer moved across the street. He parked his rig on his property at night and each morning he would move it and park in front of his house, leaving the motor idling for about 10 minutes.

 

Letters to the Editor July 5, 2014

Vote for new library leadership in November

We started attending meetings of the library’s Board of Trustees last September to speak out against a very restrictive new borrowing policy. This policy was changed a few months later, but we continued to attend the meetings because we were bothered by what we saw. 

The conversation was always about cutting or avoiding costs, never about what the library needed or the community deserved. They talked for six months about replacing broken computers. They put off making repairs to the front doors and the heating system (that was a cold meeting!). Light bulbs burned out and weren’t replaced for months or years. They replaced full-time employees with part-time employees to avoid paying benefits.

 

Letters to the Editor July 1, 2014

Acknowledge higher power at meetings

Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) must be turning in their graves if they read some of the recent letters and attended some of our recent Board of Supervisors meetings regarding prayer at the beginning of a meeting. Since when have we become so self-assured and sufficient that we do not acknowledge we are not the center of the universe?

 
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