We need young families,

children in our community

I can't believe what I am reading (andquot;Let's compromise on expanded prison for Del Norte County,andquot; April 6). The state is going to do what it wants to do with its prison. Other smaller areas choose not to allow prisons to come into their areas and the blight and poverty that came when the only other industry they had (logging) went by the way side. I won't apologize because I am one of the older people in this town that want to not only have my children close to me, but some day may have my grandchildren live here, too.

All of the doctors that are going into geriatric medicine are younger, want a night life and, of all things, have children, too. I really don't want to be rude, but our young people need those state jobs to raise their families, otherwise, in a few years, the ones that can afford to go out for a nice meal are going to be complaining that their elderly wait staff aren't getting to their tables fast enough trying to hold a tray and push their walkers at the same time.

If you do not like the way some of the children are acting, may I suggest becoming a foster grandparent, supporting a youth group or another youth oriented organization. If none of that is suitable, there is a place in Florida called the Villages that only cater to the retired people and are recruiting on cable television 24 hours a day.

Brenda Johnston

Crescent City

County could spend money more fruitfully than OHV suit

It is understandable for the handful of county residents who used off-highway vehicles to be angry and vocal over the stats's policy to protect Tolowa Dunes, but with the challenges facing Del Norte, I question county officials spending time and resources to support litigating this issue. Discussions are one matter, but wasting taxpayer dollars is quite another (andquot;Riders press to use beach front,andquot; April 6).

If the Fish and Game Commission wishes to improve OHV opportunities, it should focus on positive efforts promoting the vast areas open for use, not diminishing the quality of these trails by commenting they are a andquot;hazard.andquot; The money that could be wasted on litigation would be much better spent developing trailheads and providing enforcement to keep these trails clean and safe. Clean, safe, developed opportunities are what attracts tourists, not unregulated areas prone to vandalism. Wouldn't the commission's energies better be spent lobbying the state for more green sticker funds in Del Norte rather than pitching a fight and wasting state tax dollars? Couldn't the county partner with the Blue Ribbon Coalition to improve existing trails rather than hiring lawyers to file lawsuits?

It is unfortunate the OHV users themselves demonstrated use of only the wave slope will not be feasible. You can see at Kellogg Road there is no respect for current regulations protecting the area; how can they be expected to drive only on the wave slope?

The OHV drivers concerned about safety can back up their beliefs by funding a recreation area. The old dump site was toured by Commissioner Gerry Hemmingsen as a possible site. An area such as this can be developed to provide a regulated place to teach youngsters safe OHV driving skills. What better way could there be of showing your support than helping fund a park to teach responsible OHV use?

It is nice to have a forum for the public venting their anger and sharing their opinions, but let us see from our county commissions and leaders not grudges and finger pointing but proactive solutions that can benefit everyone. I caution any elected official who supports squandering state or local tax dollars by encouraging lawsuits. A few here may drive OHVs, but we are all paying taxes.

Ron Ziblis

Fort Dick