Steve Chittock

Hurdygurdy Creek watershed should be sold to county, not feds

I would like to discuss some of the selling points that the Smith River Alliance is using as justification for the purchase of the property and giving it to the federal government presented in The Triplicate's June 6 article ("Del Norte's Final Frontier?").

First the need to create a fire buffer to protect the communities of Big Flat and Rock Creek is somewhat ill-planned.andensp;Although a buffer may be needed, you do not create one six miles away from the area being protected. Also this property does not have to be under federal ownership for this to happen.

The second selling point is the protection of the salmon and steelhead population that reside in Hurdygurdy Creek. The creek is already protected due its isolated location. Only a small portion of it flows through the ALCO property.andensp;Stream enhancement projects can be undertaken on private property. The property does not need to be under federal control for the protection and or improvement of streams to occur.

The reference to the site being poor for the growing of timber implies that trees cannot be grown on the land. In fact, much of this land has soils and site qualities capable of producing high-quality timber.andensp;The problem with the property is that the absentee landowner has not put any effort into improving the land or the timber growing on it since it was harvested in the 1950s. That is a recurring problem with absentee ownership, whether it is a private company or the federal government.andensp; andensp;

The Smith River Alliance appears set on purchasing the property and handing it over to some federal agency. I would like to present the concept of a Del Norte County forest. Give it to the county, a local agency, so that the citizens of Del Norte County can maintain local control, ownership and management - not as a park but a forest where the citizens of Del Norte County can receive benefits and revenue from the property.

Let your county supervisors know what you think.

Jim Erler

Crescent City

Efforts of local Christians making a difference during troubled times

In these difficult times with a state budget crisis, looming school funding cuts, a local recall controversy along with financial woes, when negativity often becomes the focus, I want to express thanks to my God and shine the light on the efforts of some imperfect yet devoted and sincere Christians in our county.

Having weathered and overcome ongoing difficulties, Our Daily Bread Ministries continues to feed and help the needy three days per week while offering a free life-changing faith- based drug and alcohol ministry.

As director of Reach Out Ministries, I am grateful for the support of those who attended and were encouraged and blessed by the free music and ministry night on May 2, the "Night of Blessing" at Fisherman's Restaurant. I am also grateful for those cooperating to put together the June 13 and Aug. 15 "Outpouring 2009," free music and ministry events for all at Beachfront Park.

In these difficult financial times for many churches, Lighthouse Community Church is taking a step of faith in trying to develop part of its church building to become a day care and latchkey childcare program as a practical Christian outreach. This takes faith and guts.

Cornerstone Assembly of God Church is working and succeeding in rebuilding lives. On many days homeless can be seen working around the church; others are receiving help from the food closet, the life-changing Sunday classes or the Christian 12-Step Program offered.

On a more personal note, an anonymous Christian with health problems on a small fixed income helps the needy with food and clothing. When he has enough strength to walk, he carries a gallon bucket of ice cream to donate to Our Daily Bread.

Since our nation's beginnings, Christians who were honest, strong in their faith and brave have always been a force in establishing and stabilizing our nation. Here is a little known fact. When they no longer tolerated the tyranny of King George of England, American patriots fought the revolutionary war with this motto: "No king but King Jesus." By God's intervention, not merely by skill, we gained independence from Great Britain, at the time the world's most powerful infantry and naval military power.

An exhortation to local Christians. Stand strong, stay pure, repent if you're doing wrong, keep praying and working. Look upward. There is hope for our nation.

Tom Pawloski

Crescent City