Steve Chittock

Making Christmas a time for greed erodes our morality

It is so tiresome to see the "bad boys on the block" look at anything good or edifying and see what they can do to destroy it. The present case, of course, is Christmas.

Jesus is undeniably a historic figure, having lived and walked on the earth over 2,000 years ago. Whether one believes he was the son of God made man or not, one cannot deny that his message was peace and love, forgiveness and justice. Our nation, founded on the Judeo-Christian principles he taught, has its greatness in these very principles.

Our founding fathers did not say there shall be no religion in our government. They said that the government should not dictate a state religion. They chose to fashion this nation on the very principles Jesus taught.

I am no history scholar, but I am smart enough to know that we would have crumbled long ago as a nation if we had allowed the "bad boys" to act as they are acting today to bring down our Christian morality and ethic, and to make Christmas only a time for selfishness and greed. Right-thinking people must find their voices and fight back against these "bad boys (and girls) of our day.

Every building and memorial in the capital is inscribed with a tribute to God, except the most recently completed Visitors Center, which has erased "In God We Trust," and the most recently minted dollar piece that has relegated "In God We Trust" to the rim, where it is unreadable and will soon wear off. Those bad boys are relentless and will not stop, nor should good people, who otherwise will let them take away what is good by their silence.

Christmas is the birthday of Jesus. It is a national holiday (unless we let the bad boys change it). We wish no ill will to those who do not believe, who have other religions. Christmas is a celebration of peace and love, of forgiveness, of family, of community. May God continue to bless this special nation, and may he help us to protect ourselves from the effects of the "bad boys." Peace! Merry Christmas!

Lilyan Wood

Crescent City

Gas prices are not the only rip-off locals must deal with

Regarding "Local gas prices fall - slowly," Dec. 6) local gas prices are what they are due to lack of choice.When the news reported that the highest gas prices in the nation were in Hawaii, ours was 20 cents higher. It's as though Del Norte County doesn't exist.

Last weekend we traveled to McKinleyville; gas was $2.12.9 in Orick and 2.39.9 in Crescent City. Mr. Renner makes excuses for his exorbitant prices, but the truth is he charges what he does because he can.

Gasoline is much cheaper in Brookings.I realize that there are several factors that allow Oregon to charge less.Think about this though. They are alsorequired to hireemployees to pump the gas,since self serve is not permitted.

Unfortunately gasoline prices are not the only rip-off locals have to deal with. Our local grocery stores do the same thing.There is no competition so they charge whatever they want. For example: My daughter came from Chico to visit and went shopping at a grocery store with me.She was absolutely stunned at the prices.She can quote you the difference in prices on many items; I, however, cannot.

I will say that on average the difference was about 25-30 percent on commonly used items.I will not be doing business locally with gas prices going down.I save a huge chunk of change by driving to Eureka, where I can go to Winco and Costco.Even though Fred Meyer does not save me as much, it is still much less expensive to buy my groceries and gasoline in Brookings.

We live in an area with an unemployment rate greater than 9 percent, retirees on fixed incomes, and low average incomes; yet, we pay more than most other areas for basic necessities.

Valerie Sims

Crescent City

Triplicate provides news of local events, politics, sports

Regarding Jack Reese's letter ("Reese critical of local news coverage in the Triplicate," Dec. 9) I don't know about everybody else, but I rely on The Trip for news about local events and politics, and even sports.

I liked the storyabout the high school in Grants Pass and thought it was reflective on the opportunity to build a stronger sense of civic pride andinvolvement with the new school bond.

I think you're doing a greatjob.

Lathe Gill

Crescent City