Steve Chittock

Checking out the 'stump garden' on Crescent Beach

I'm a Portland printmaker (I have some work at Bay Studio) who comes to Crescent City for inspiration and recreation.

One of my favorite activities is to check out the "stump garden" on Crescent Beach. Some of these stumps have hung around so long it's like visiting old friends. The tide turns them upside down or they're farther down the beach ... sometimes chunks are missing (for firewood? Art?) and now some have beach pea or strawberry growing on them.

On a recent trip I got a kick out of a picture of a chain saw carved (by a chain saw artist?) into an old stump. I saw the spiral again and some new designs.

Appreciating it all!

Jonnel Covault

Oak Grove, Ore.

Let's talk access in regards to Mill Creek Addition

I read with great skepticism the Saturday front-page article about Mill Creek Addition.

The article talks about public access, but take it from me, unless you have the legs and stamina of famed bicyclist Lance Armstrong, or own a horse with the same or similar attributes such as Lone Ranger's Silver, forget about it! (Note: In some cases bikes, horses and yes, even dogs, are banned from using trails at Mill Creek acquisition.)

Let's talk access. For years I have been going to and enjoying this property (to the best of my abilities) and time after time I have personally observed persons, other than park rangers, such as Save the Redwoods League members, biologists and persons claiming to be working on the management plan, unlock and enter through these gates, oftentimes driving 4-by-4, 12-mile-per-gallon SUVs and large pickup trucks. (Note: My little car, which gets 40 miles to the gallon, is not allowed.)

In many of these instances, the people are nice enough and appear to have brought along family and/or friends as they roar through the protected 25,000 acres, uninterrupted by taxpaying citizens (you and I) as they make the most of a leisurely Sunday drive.

I have attended the majority of the management plan meetings and they are generally the same old thing - limit public access.

I do want to say, however, that on the weekends the local park rangers do an excellent job in patrolling and keeping this area safe.

The article did refer to shooting ranges being precluded from the 25,000-acre acquisition. Even though there are a couple prime locations for this recreational activity on this land, the state doesn't have to worry about this nuisance either, because even if you own a firearm, you can't find ammunition to feed it.

Shawn Fernandes

Crescent City

Thoughts on complaint made by David Finigan

County Supervisor David Finigan's complaint as reported in the April 30 edition ("Finigan raps bond plan") needs some comment.

Jan Moorehouse, superintendent of schools, is absolutely correct when she said that there was plenty of opportunity to state views, objections, clarifications, etc., prior to the election last November in which Measure A for school bonds was passed.

As I recall, the vote for the measure was 55-60 percent in favor. Because of recent changes (within the last 10 years) in state law, this was sufficient to pass the school bond.

If other things had been added to the measure, such as money for the harbor, various infrastructure improvements, county and city measures, the required "yes" vote would have been at least 66.8 percent. Those of us who worked for the passage of two previous measures to add a fraction of 1 percent to the sales tax to support the Del Norte County Library know how hard it is to get that 66.8 percent of the vote. The last vote was about 65.5 percent - close, but close is only good in "hand grenades and horseshoes."

Mr. Finigan has some good ideas for how bond money might be used. He is probably correct when he says that the passage of the school bond will make passing another bond or a tax increase more difficult. However, that is not justification for faulting the school district for doing what it needed to do to get the capital improvements that have been long overdue.

Robert G. Lynch

Smith River