Steve Chittock

Letter a depressing, negative, pessimistic, useless diatribe

Regarding Joseph Brauner's letter ("'You can achieve anything if you work hard enough' a myth," March 18), what a depressing, negative, pessimistic, useless diatribe. "Only a few excel and end up at the top of the pyramid." So, everyone should stop trying to achieve?

Almost all of us have entered into competitions or worked toward a goal. Sometimes we achieved the desired end and sometimes not; however, anything that challenges us to excel leaves us better people and enriches our lives. What is redundant about being "the best you can be"?

Many ordinary people have overcome tremendous odds to achieve extraordinary things and their journeys inspire and encourage us. Many find their productive, satisfying place in life by applying themselves and their talents to an idea or a dream.

I am very proud that a young man with great talent and heart is pursuing his dream with impressive success. This is one Crescent City resident who salutes Roger McCovey. You go, Roger!

Shirley Borrego

Crescent City

We need to get what we paid for with the Solid Waste Authority

I read Jim Mello's comments today ("No reason to question study of Solid Waste Authority," March 14), and I must say I agree.

One of the responsibilities of a CEO or chairman of the board is to insure that whatever our company or county is spending money on is being spent in the most productive way possible. When we hire or elect someone to handle these tasks we should be thrilled that they inspect what they expect. I would think if any department was being evaluated and they are running as efficiently as possible, they would be more cooperative than defensive. What concerns me is when someone becomes so defensive even before the committee has even met.

If a department is running in an efficient manner, then what is the problem with an evaluation? Every employee or department of an organization has performance reviews. This is an accepted part of business. Consider this your performance review.

I have known Gerry Hemmingsen all my life and this is no different than how he runs his own business. As a fellow business owner, if an evaluation is being done due to cost or performance, I am very happy when what we are spending money on turns out to be the right thing to do. This means a mistake was not made. I'm sure that Gerry would agree that if after the review everything is OK, let's move on. If not, then I am confident he and his fellow supervisors will do what is needed to correct or improve the situation.

The questions that Gerry brought up in his opinion piece ("Solid waste inquiry justified," March 12) were very legitimate. Some I never thought of or didn't know about, but I would like to get the answers. As I mentioned before, I have known Gerry all my life and without a doubt, I guarantee this is not personal, it's just business. I for one, and would hope others feel the same, hope that he and his fellow supervisors continue to review all our spending to insure we get what we pay for.

Steve Hendricks

Crescent City

Letter on wrestler by Brauner could not be more wrong

After reading Joseph Brauner's letter to the editor of March 18 ("'You can achieve anything if you work hard enough' a myth") I felt I had to respond.

Mr. Brauner, you could not be more wrong.

To imply that we should not tell our children to be the best they can be is obscene. To tell them that they should not reach for glory is profane. And to write that they should not give their all in order to reachandensp;goals is one of the most disheartening, discouraging and dishonest things I believe I have ever read.

I believe that we, as parents and adults, should do everything we can to encourage our young people to dream big. More importantly, it is our duty as parents and adults to encourage young people to work hard to make those dreams reality.

Do all dreams come true? Of course not. That isn't the point, something Mr. Brauner obviously and painfully missed. No, not all athletes become superstars. But young people whoandensp;participate in organized athletics or drama orandensp;musicandensp;walk away better people, having learned about pride, about discipline, about teamwork, about bouncing back from adversity, and about helping others in difficult situations ... all of which are qualities they will use their entire lives.

And no, Mr. Brauner, not every person will grow up to be president. But every person has theandensp;opportunity - and I believe, the responsibility - to strive to be the best person he or she can be.

I truly hope that any young person who reads Mr. Brauner's letter will quickly and permanently dismiss his bitter missive, and instead remember the words of a young man that grew up in a town much like Crescent City. Steve Prefontaine was short and squat, from a working class family just up the road in Coos Bay, Ore. Despite having one leg shorter than the other, he used hard work and endless desire to become the greatest American distance runner, and a hero to generations of young people.

"To give anything less than your best," Prefontaine said, "is to sacrifice the gift."

John W. Pritchett

Crescent City