Steve Chittock

Schwarzenegger's pay freeze overshadows health grant

Looks like the editor missed the top story for the Saturday headline.The health grant brings good economic news to Del Norte County. Ah, but there is an article on the lower right that should send a collective shiver to Del Norte County. The governor sticks a knife in the back of Del Norte County residents while you are celebrating the health grant.

Like it or not, the prison and the salaries of those employeesare the main financialengine of Del Norte County.The governor has indicated that all state employees will take theequivalent of a 10 percent pay cut for the next 18 months.When you add up the number of employeesat the prison you are taking over half a million dollarsout of the DelNorte County coffers every month.Add that up over 18 months and you are looking at more than $10 million not being spent in this county.

That maybe a drop in the bucket in L.A. County, but in this county that is significant. This seems to be a pattern for this governor - holding the collective state employee over the coals to see what the Legislature will do.This is the problem when you put rich people in power; they could care less about the working man or woman. And to a much greater extent, this governor could care less about Del Norte County.

Mark my words: In 18 months, if the governor is good to his threat, the editor of this paper will be saying, "what health grant?"

T. Kosloske

Smith River

Community needs creative solutions for jetty danger

The editor's call for fencing off the jetty in Saturday's edition was a practical and responsible means to prevent more deaths in the future. Unfortunately, it lacked what seems to be in short supply in Crescent City, namely, creative imagination.

While closing it is "a solution," it is definitely not "the best solution." What is? Simple. put a little money into making it what it should be, namely, a tourist attraction that is completely safe.

How? By constructing a wooden or a steel-tube matrix scaffold structure with the surface level open and an upper pedestrian level walled on the ocean side with 4-foot by 8-foot cement panels set at a 45-degree angle. The upper level might be 6-10 feet above the jetty surface and have structural or added hand-holds, (and perhaps even junk-yard seat belts).

At some point far out on the jetty there could be an observation tower with a spiral staircase or two and it could be connected to the coast via a couple of zip lines (cable slides) one to travel from the top of the tower back to land, the other to travel from the rock hill on the coast to the base of the tower.

The intense thrill of riding the slides would probably guarantee that it would be popular enough to charge a fee to use it. (I know because I once built one, and it was a thrill akin to a good roller-coaster). The lighthouse island should be similarly fitted so the tide becomes irrelevant to visiting it.

An even simpler solution would be to have concrete freeway barrier sections, or volunteer-built sand-filled boxes placed every dozen feet or so, with their seaward side slanted at a 45-degree angle (with hand-holds also). The danger the jetty poses is due to a total lack of something to hold onto or hide behind. It's not the water that's dangerous, it's the rocks that kill when one is slammed against them.

These two ideas would pay for themselves in lives saved and enjoyment provided to locals and visitors alike. Does anyone have other ideas? More suggestions should be sought before a new and permanent restriction is implemented.

Adrien Nash


Donations, volunteers help county's libraries

The Smith River library branch of the Del Norte County Library had an early delivery from Santa this year!

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and the Smith River library volunteers, we would like to give thanks to the unknown donor for the incredible gift of a new printer/fax/copier, complete with all the extra supplies needed to keep this library branch running smoothly.

We would also like to thank the community for all its support this year, through monetary donations and the volunteer hours, and also thank this local newspaper for its support over the past two years as a partner with the Del Norte County Library.

Kelley Nolan

Acting library manager and

Del Norte Reads library literacy manager

McKinney should receive acknowledgement for column

This is a letter in regards to the column that is now being called "Pages of History" written by Nita Phillips about the past history of Del Norte Countytaken from The Triplicate.

The Historical Society has been writing a column for as many years as I have been reading it, and Sharon McKinney was doing a very good job of it every week. You changed the writer and the name of the column and never acknowledged the good job Sharon McKinney did; not a word that I saw in her behalf.

This is nota very nice way to treat your writers; after all, she did have a following and deserved some word that she did a good job and some reason for not keeping her.

I don't know why you changed the column, and have nothing against Ms. Phillips.But a lot of us are left wondering why you needed to change it!

A history buff that has read The Triplicate for 47 years.

Sandy Nuss

Crescent City

Nation's founders believed in God and Christianity

I want to reply to Katherine Kelly's Dec. 17 letter ("Our founding fathers would not agree with Prop. 8").

Our founding fathers did believe in God and Christianity, but did not want it as a government-sanctioned religion like England had. Consider the following quotes, which can be found on the American Destiny web site for anyone to read:

George Washington, Episcopalian vestryman, "O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ ... I acknowledge and confess my faults, .... Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in thy holy word ... direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land."

And another quote from Thomas Jefferson, 1794, "God who gave us life, gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever."

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

Decision not to print letters to Santa not communicated

I was very disappointed to find out that The Triplicate would not be publishing Santa letters from the children this year, and I know there were many other teachers who felt the same way.

Letter writing is one of our standards in second grade, and it has always been one of the projects I look forward to and that the children enjoy. We had written our letters and were ready to bring them in by the time the news was out, and not through the paper I might add.

I understand with these economic difficulties that perhaps there were no personnel to spare to type up all of the letters. I think, however, that communication about the decision would have made it possible, because I for one would have found the time to type them up and bring them in digitally. It is a local holiday tradition that will be missed.

Kathleen M. Williams

Teacher, Mary Peacock School