Steve Chittock

Hiring locally benefits us all

In response to Joe Nathan Albertson's letter ("Forcing school district to hire locally will cost it money," May 20), I question his assertion that having local people do the job of working on our schools is a "misplaced concern."

Any responsible member of this community should recognize that money spent on local businesses that hire local people is a good thing. Buying local is not just a "noble idea," it is an understanding that when I spend a dollar at a local business rather than a Mega-Cup-Mart, more of that dollar stays in my community and contributes to its well being.

As for the capitalistic principle of "choice," what are my choices if I'm in the market for new raincoats for my daughters? From what I can see, there's only one game left in town. Where's the choice in that? "Buy local" initiatives bring a little bit more financial control back to the people who have to live with the results and I applaud Angelina Countess Bieber and the others who spearheaded this effort.

As for mandating locally grown apples, why not make an effort to get more local produce into our students' diets? Of course there would be limits to what we could grow, but that's no reason to dismiss the idea as preposterous. The garden program at Crescent Elk isn't feeding the masses, but those students are deeply committed to their projects and have a greater appreciation of what can be done with a little work and an acre of good dirt. Based on what I've read about the School Board's bond decision, they recognize their limitations and are making efforts to support local contractors within the parameters given.

I agree that the school bond money should be spent wisely by "getting the most improvements possible for the money." But the broader view requires that we consider all aspects of Del Norte County that need improvement. If we limit ourselves to the question of "What's the cheapest way?" then we risk missing an opportunity to improve our entire community.

Carla Critz

Crescent City

Thanks for wildflower show help

This letter is to thank all the volunteers and sponsors (including The Daily Triplicate) for the very successful Wildflower Show last weekend. There were more than 700 in attendance, including the district third-graders and numerous folks from out of town.

Also, I must admit I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bill Sullivan. I knew Bill as an outstanding student at Del Norte High School and more recently as a wonderful, all out member of our community. He was a caring gentleman of the highest order and we will all miss him.

Rick Bennett


Tell a friend about this great area

Just a quick reminder to everyone on America's Wild Rivers Coast to "tell a friend" about this great area.

We all live in a gorgeous postcard-perfect area with many tremendous offerings to be had by the entire family. So as the economy seemingly spirals downward, remember that promotion of our natural resources brings tourism to our communities, which brings revenue to local businesses.

This is what this area needs, so when thinking of the Fourth of July, surfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking or just getting to know some really nice people, this is the area to recommend.

If you are on the Internet use it to your advantage and mention Crescent City often, Twitter, Facebook, My Space and so on are great places to start.

See you all this summer.

Dianne and Andy Cipollo


Sutter Coast doing a good job

I would like to take the time and let your community know what a good job Sutter Coast Hospital is doing.

My husband has been there for two stays totaling eight days. On both occasions the staff was very professional and very caring and kind. Nurses and doctors alike were constantly checking on him and exploring all health concerns. The staff kept me informed of everything. They also explained details of home care.

Thank you, Sutter Coast Hospital.

Barbara Goode

Brookings, Ore.

Women in 50s are 'middle-aged'

Since when did a woman in her 50s become "elderly" ("Woman victim of attempted rape," May 15)?

I am sure I am not the only woman wondering. My grandma lived to be 103. I am now age 52. So that makes me believe I am "middle-aged."

Karen Shingleman

Crescent City