Steve Chittock

Being homeless does not convey right to break laws

Now wasn't that easy? The fishing pier is fixed. Now how about adding a porta potty and the removal of the stop signs? I already wrote thanking Police Chief Plack for his efforts to reduce the homeless.

In my sarcastic letter awhile back on advertisements for tourist bureau welcoming the homeless, I said that the Community Watchdogs could help them. Linda Beck and the Watchdogs apparently think that Chief Plack is violating "the homeless' civil rights" by enforcing the law.

Ms. Beck, I can't accost a stranger demanding "change," do drugs, take a shopping cart and leave it at the recycling center (today I counted 42 at the entrance), litter, stand in front of a store passing a bottle around, block the sidewalk, camp in a no-camping area, have an unlicensed dog, root through people's recycling bins for cans, get in fights and engage in disorderly conduct or pass out on a bench from drink or drugs. Does being homeless or a druggie give them special rights to only obey what laws they want and not those that law-abiding taxpayers do?

She wants to have taxpayers help the homeless and says Chief Plack should help. Maybe if the Watchdogs dropped their frivolous civil rights suits, money would be available to help the needy - repeat, needy - that deserve help.

I don't care if the other do-gooders want to feed and house the druggies and the derelicts. Have at it, as long as you have the proper permits and health department licenses.

Again, Chief Plack, the law-abiding taxpayers are 100 percent behind you.

Jim Wisbauer

Crescent City

AIG workers who don't return bonuses not worthy of hire

Those people raising a clamor against Obama and for the workers of AIG for getting a bonus should first look to their own actions.

I am sure his feelings in this were not to dictate to the country, but to ask them to look within themselves to do what is honest and fair to all.

Since the bonuses were paid and have to be taxed, then it seems the workers who do not return them voluntarily are not worthy of their hire. They show themselves to be greedy and will use any excuse in their mind to get more.

When a person such as our president is putting people on their own merits, then he is putting the people in charge of their own saving. I think he gave them this chance and they showed the value of their worth by the greed and lack of concern to help this country out of its own mistakes.

When a person has to be dictated to, to remain honest and caring for others, then we see why our country is in the shape it is in. Obama should be lauded in his actions to let us fix our own country.

I am sure this is his thought so there will be not too much government, but give people chances to seek the best results.

Laurence C. Campbell

Crescent City

We have our own versions of insurance company scandals

Well, it looks like Mayberry (aka Crescent City) isn't much different than the rest of America. We have our own versions of over-compensated individuals, our own version of insurance company scandals and our own versions of ad nauseum. How do you stop it?

When I was younger, I looked to "government and the courts" for solace. Now, experience has brought me to rely on what can best be simply explained/illustrated by a triangle with ethics and integrity at the bottom corners and karma at the top point. (Did you ever watch the movie "Flywheel"?)

James Snow

Crescent City

We are lucky to have LRT and people who support it

I saw the greatest play of "Cinderella" on Sunday. It was a full house plus more. I do have to send my accolades to such a fantastic group of actors.

It was a work of art in all the scenes. I feel we are so lucky to have Lighthouse Repertory Theatre and all the wonderful people who back such a great purpose in our community.

Thank you, LRT, and all your crew for giving us yet another great play. Keep up the great work.

Mary Thiessen

Crescent City

We need to have our children fully engaged in community

Thought it a good time to chime in on the support of our children and how it is being covered in the news locally.

Just about all the people who work with children know ... getting children trouble-free is not enough. Getting our children well-prepared for adulthood is not enough. We need to have our children fully engaged in our community as well.

The community engagement meets the children's needs to be taken seriously, understood, respected and noticed. It's called ... "their turn."

Sports is just one avenue to meet their need for their community to give them their turn. There are other means and methods at play in our community ... ask around.

Anthony Trombetti

Crescent City

OK for adults to encourage children to do their best

Regarding the letter from Mr. Brauner ("'You can achieve anything if you work hard enough' a myth," March 18), when I was 10 years old all I wanted to do was play basketball at Michigan. My dad told me if I worked hard enough it could happen. I worked hard, but it never happened. Was I bummed out? Sure, but I knew my dad just wanted me to be the best I could be. What else was he going to tell me?

Yes, only 1 percent of 1 percent make it to the pros, the other 99 percent accept the fact that being a pro athlete was just not in the cards and move on with their lives. Wrestling may not pay big money right now, but mixed martial arts does.

Take some time from being negative and look up the following people. Rashad Evans, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Brock Lesnar. What do they have in common? All of them were college or Olympic wrestlers.

Roger "Bronc" McCovey has an excellent base to start from. All he needs is some Brazilian Jui-jitsu and boxing and from what I've seen he could be a legit contender. I don't personally know the kid, but from watching his matches and reading about him in the paper I can guarantee that whatever road Bronc takes in life he's going to give it his best and keep moving forward despite whether he wins or loses.

He proved it last year when he came in third place at nationals. He lost, he was not the best, but he publically stated that he was going to work his tail off and get back to nationals for another shot. He could have given up, but he used it to motivate himself to be better.

We need to continue to tell our children that despite the odds in front of them that they have to give it their best. We must teach them that if they work hard, good things will happen. Will they fail at times? Yes, but failure is where the best lessons in life are learned, failure is where one lear! ns to appreciate success.

Go give it your best at nationals, Bronc. Win or lose, you're still a winner!

Tommy Burley


Throwing tantrums at sales clerks is selfish, abusive

As a person who operates in life on "both sides of the register," I thought I would take the time to write about selfless attitude, and loving our fellow man, especially when they blow it.

We've all been there. We asked for a vanilla latte, and we got a mocha. "They" forgot our fries in the drive-though. God forbid we're using our credit card and the gas station attendant asks for ID - to make sure someone hasn't stolen our card.

The nerve of these people to be fallible human beings. Worse yet to inconvenience us in any way! If only they were perfect like us. Then it hits us ... we're not, and we've been in their shoes. In this rush-rush world, we often disconnect with humanity, even in little Crescent City. Moreover, we often in our own jobs are expected to put up with the same kind of verbal abuse and demeaning treatment ... or perhaps really mistreatment?

It's easy to fall into the trap, plenty of ways to justify why, but ... what if we decided to be different? What if we took a little more time and patience, and thought of what others deserved before our own right to throw tantrums. What if we set the example for our children that there's a better way to handle a stressful situation than to demean/berate the person in front of you. Would you make a difference? You may not see it, but yes you would - and maybe that difference would be to someone who perhaps needs it more than you could ever imagine.

Maybe you could save them a tear, and change a day with a smile. Even if they don't deserve it. Maybe especially if they don't deserve it ... besides, doesn't it really only makes you a better person. Tomorrow I'll go back to life on both "sides of the counter." I'll put on my thick skin, and at the same time do my best to put a smile on people's faces. I'll care, more than expected, and some would say more than I should. Will you join me? Will you commit to even just one day of making it about others instead of just ourselves.

It won't be easy, but then again, nothing worthwhile ever really comes easy does it? My hope is that we all make life here in this hectic world a little brighter place to live.

Anthony Guerra

Crescent City