Drivers traveling too fast through Fort Dick

Can anyone please explain to me why people do not drive the posted speed limit of 35 mph in Fort Dick? Even though 35 mph is posted and with a radar enforced sign right below it, people drive between 50 mph and 65 mph out here. No one patrols it to enforce the speed.

No matter where in Del Norte County you go by schools and people slow down to 25 mph, but not here in Fort Dick. Most people don't hit their brakes until the intersection of the Fort Dick Market and the church while others don't at all. I have had people pass me over a solid yellow do-not- pass line because I am doing the 35 mph speed limit.

The other night as my sister and I were walking while I carried my year-old nephew, no one slowed down or got over to give us falling down room if needed.

Are people waiting for someone to get hit and killed? Does anyone have some answers?

Penny Kramer

Fort Dick

Fish andamp; Game officer's fines, attitude need adjustment

I'd like to address a situation that occurred in our Crescent City Harbor.

To the best of my knowledge, when commercial fishing vessels deliver their product, everybody does their job. Usually, there's harmony of the crews. But, on this occasion there was another individual in the mix: a California Department of Fish and Game officer. I know, he has his job to do, also. The two things I am concerned about is the officer's way of approaching this situation and the fine our local workers receive for not having a license.

When the officer approached the unloading vessel, he was welcomed with andquot;How's your day?andquot; He replied, andquot;I'm tired, my boss sent me down here to write tickets.andquot;

He then continued to address the crews with a tremendous chip on his shoulder. He did exactly what his boss told him to do, but I know that at least one of the men he ticketed had a receipt for his license. When the man asked the officer for his name and badge number, the officer walked away.

Now ... three men who only get about $80 per unload are walking home five days before Christmas with a $1,000-plus ticket.

These men obviously need money or they wouldn't be breaking their bodies down for a measly $4 per 1,000 pounds unloaded.

How are these men going to get ahead? Is it really necessary to fine them $1,000 plus?

What about the long haul? They will be working to pay that fine, unable to do more important things - like buy a license, pay their bills and feed their families.

I believe this is a spiral downward for our local workers. We should work with them: Maybe write first offense tickets, hen raise the fine for repeat offenders. I don't have the answers, but I know I'm not the only person questioning these actions.

Sherri Ferrier

Crescent City


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