Steve Chittock

Community blessed to have such committed, brave firefighters

This past Saturday the Fire Chief Steve Wakefield and a number of our volunteer firefighters provided a City Council workshop of our fire department facilities, equipment, personnel and firefighting, emergency response techniques.

It is obvious that we have a highly experienced fire chief in Steve Wakefield, with over 30 years of hands-on experience. Chief Wakefield is a proven leader with obvious passion for his responsibilities and volunteer firefighters, with their collective commitment and dedication to our city and county region.

As a community we are blessed to have these volunteer firefighters who daily make a major personal investment in our community with their demanding, ongoing training, preparedness and emergency call responses. This requires multiple ongoing sacrifices, all of which we greatly benefit from as a safer community.

These men and women, daily, put their personal lives on hold to respond to our numerous emergencies, as they go into harm's way.

Daily, these committed, brave professional firefighters and emergency responders make an enormous personal investment into saving and protecting our lives and property, as we were so vividly reminded with the heroism associated with the tragic Pebble Beach Apartments fire in January.

I personally appreciate your dedication and sacrifice in our behalf. Thank you seems so inadequate, for what you do. We are a blessed and grateful community for your many services. Thank you!

Charles Slert

Crescent City councilman

'Investigation' into waste authority limits its clout in prison dispute

I have been following the letters to the editor about the "investigation" into the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority by certain county supervisors. It has made absolutely no sense to me to investigate something that is working well to everyone's benefit and satisfaction.

Then I was sorting papers and ran across the Jan. 22 issue about the prison trash dispute. According to the article, the Waste Management Authority is trying keep the prison trash business local. Due to an ordinance the authority passed recently, based on a Supreme Court decision, the authority may now have the ability to make this actually happen.

So, what happens to that ordinance if something happens to the Solid Waste Authority? If the Solid Waste Authority is in good shape, not distracted or pressured by needing to cooperate with an "investigation," would it be a more potent advocate in getting the prison trash business to stay in the county that hosts the prison?

Cheaper than hiring lawyers, I would say.

Helen DuVernay

Crescent City

It's hard to believe CDC claims about effects of fluoridated water

This is a quote from the CDC Web site titled: Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century.

"Fluoridation safely and inexpensively benefits both children and adults by effectively preventing tooth decay, regardless of socioeconomic status or access to care. Fluoridation has played an important role in the reductions in tooth decay (40%-70% in children) and of tooth loss in adults (40%-60%)"

To make such a ludicrous statement, the CDC must completely ignore its own data showing this amazing achievement of reduction in tooth decay in the U.S. has also been achieved during the same time frame, without the use of fluoridated water, in the 98 percent of European countries that are not fluoridated, as well as unfluoridated U.S. cities.

The CDC states that the preventative qualities of water fluoridation work topically and then say ingested fluoride only benefits children during their tooth-forming years, which means it provides no benefit to adults. Then it warns that consumption of fluoride for children under 6 puts them at risk of dental fluorosis, a sign of fluoride overdose. The CDC has also put out bulletins that fluoride should not be consumed by infants until at least age 1, and people suffering from kidney disease should not drink fluoridated water. Also, its data shows low-income children suffer from increased dental problems when compared to their better-off counterparts drinking the same fluoridated water, showing a socioeconomic factor in dental health not affected by water fluoridation.

It's hard for me to believe the CDC's statement about water fluoridation being one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century when every part of its statement is contradicted by its own agency. Yet people in favor of the practice proudly flout this statement as if it's the final word on the subject without regard to its discrepancies. It's this sort of ignorance to the facts, even by people of so-called authority, that the Del Norte Clean Water Coalition hopes to repair.

Katherine Kelly

Crescent City