Adam Madison, The Triplicate

County is now anathematic to the ideas of private property

There was a time in this country when men were free to determine what valuable property is, collect it, and store it on there private lands for later use, sale or consumption.

The front-page article, "Enforcing the code," July 21, shows how the county is now anathematic to the ideas of private property and choice. The heart and soul of the blight law is to only allow pretty things and to disallow ugly. I hope that these standards are not eventually applied to people; "Ugly Folk Abatement Act" applied to all those who are, as the code would read, "unsightly."

An equal application of the law is what is in order here. The county should begin by applying the Health and Welfare code Section 7.08 Nuisances, which is available on the county's web site, kudos to themselves. Examine every piece of property which the county owns and ensure that it meets the letter of the law with respect to nuisances. Secondly, look at all state property in the county and do the same. Next, apply the rule to all federal lands. After completing the cleanup of all government properties then begin to think about forcing property owners to get rid of their valuable property.

Vector control, that means getting rid of potentially disease-ridden or carrying animals, is also listed under blighted conditions. Perhaps the county should work toward the draining of all swamps or other low and water holding areas in order to reduce mosquito breeding grounds; these vectors are a physical nuisance, not merely visual or perceived.

Much has recently been said about how the county is in deep financial trouble. Perhaps it could save $150,00 a year by eliminating the blighted enforcer, the vehicle used, and the fuel burned.

The real ugliness that needs to be abated is that of overreaching governments invading on our personal freedoms. Let us push back and begin not to fix but repeal the local rules that do no more than protect someone's eyes. The argument could be extended, but "brevity is the soul of wit."

Joe Nathan Albertson

Crescent City

Trying to understand why vandals damaged garden

Vandalism in any community can be a sign of something wrong in a society.

Recently, I went over to our community garden to water my garden plot and found that the fruit trees planted a year ago had been damaged to the point that they will have to be replaced. I hope the community will come forth and help CAN replace these trees.

But what doesn't make sense to me is why anyone would do this damage to a public garden in the first place. People are growing food for themselves in our community garden. Someday these fruit trees would have put fresh fruit on people's tables.

To the person or persons who did this damage, please explain to me what entered your head when you did this damage. I would like to know.

Richard Miles

Crescent City

What happens to a country that does not value education?

Wednesday's Triplicate carried a story about our state University Board of Trustees increasing student fees.

Nearly $1,000 more than last year's increases for undergraduate students. Another group will go up $672, then $780 will be added for teacher credentialing students, and graduate students will be required to pay another $828 per year.

Now does it not seem that our college Board of Trustees, by imposing these huge and burdensome fees, is losing its way? Do we citizens not finance these expensive colleges so that our young can get and afford an education?

Are our colleges for the benefit of the college trustees, and college chancellors, at huge salaries, rather than for our young who want an education? Are we not going backwards, with generous salaries for college administrators, but big fee increases for students? Further, book costs are out of sight.

A couple months ago we read that the salaries of some high level college executives were raised for two new chancellors, one at $450,000 and another at $400,000 - not bad for a person who goes to executive meetings endlessly.Why didn't the college trustees tell about student costs going up back then, when the regents might have been tempted to limit raises for their new chancellors? Folks, we must remember, colleges are bureaucracies, raises always go to the already raised, and raised again. Chancellors are important; are students of no concern? High Costs must be driving students out.

Now in Cuba, education is free. Think of this.Maybe America's poor could send their kids to Cuba for an affordable education? Oh, now I remember, average Americans can't go to Cuba, it's against the stupid rules made in Washington.

Well, what happens to a country that does not value an education for its youth?After WW11 America, created the necessary circumstances that enabled war veterans to go to college and get paid while doing so. As we look back, we find that all of those veterans, coming home and getting educations made a huge contribution to America's future - we had new scientists, doctors, dentists and we had enough educated brains to assure our country increasing successes in all fields. Some even became politicians or even chancellors.

Walt Morse

Crescent City

We don't need to be taken care of from cradle to grave

Like many Americans, I watched the president the other night, hoping for enlightenment on the Health Care Bill.All I heard was blame.Blaming greedy doctors, blaming greedy insurance companies, blaming, as always, Republicans, and the previous administration.

When asked if he would be included in the new health care, we got an evasive answer again, saying that he has doctors following him everywhere. OK, let's give him that, he is the president after all. We already know that the president has food tasters, so let him have his special doctors.But there must be no other "loopholes," the plan that he and the Congress writes for us, must include the president' family, the Congress, and all federal employees.After all, if its best for us, wouldn't it be best for them?

We elected (hired) them to uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they took an oath.They work for us, and if they forget that, we should fire them.We are not children, and we don't need to be taken care of from cradle to grave.

I encourage everyone to contact their Congress person and protest.

If you read the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, you will see that the federal government has a very small, important yes, but a small role in our lives.

Virginia Walworth

Crescent City