Remembering fallen local soldier Bruno de Solenni
Thank you, Bruno.
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the tragic death of Bruno de Solenni in Afghanistan. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Bruno and do not know his family very well, I do know enough to have a great deal of respect for them.
I also know that Bruno believed, as I do, that he was fighting to preserve the wonderful life that we have to enjoy in this uniquely blessed country in which we live.
My heart goes out to Bruno's family for the terrible loss they have suffered, and my thanks also goes to them for raising the fine young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
Time to tell the big cats
in Washington no more
In response to Annette Drager's letter ("Competition is what America is all about," Sept. 15), for the record, neither big insurance or anyone else paid me or the others who turned out last Saturday in Crescent City to protest out of control spending and a national health care plan. I doubt that the people who turned out in Eureka or Brookings, Ore., and large and small towns across the country were paid either.
Ms. Drager mentioned that competition is what it's all about. She is so right, and that is the capitalism our founders envisioned, not big government competing with free enterprise. The government does not have to make a profit andhellip; never has, never will. So obviously they can undercut the competition and drive them out of business.What you have left is a very expensive, single payer, socialized health care just like Canada and England.Since it will not be cost effective, we will see rationing or worse, just like those other countries.
Tort reform to put an end to nuisance law suits, and interstate competition for insurance companies would go a long way to reduce the cost of health care without a big, expensive, some say about $900 billion government program.
Two-hundred and thirty-six years ago, our founding fathers were fed up with another kind of big government, inwhich King George of England, was telling us how to live and worship and demanding the fruits of our labor in higher, and higher taxes. So they wrote him a letter, The Declaration of Independence, demanding life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.The Constitution and Bill of Rights that followed provided for a country run by the people and for the people andthe states with a small federal government for national security. It does not promise a nanny state.We have seen these ideals eroding over the last few decades, and it is time to tell the big cats in Washington no more.
Fog horn too loud? Get used to it or move inland
I got a kick out of the woman who can't stand to hear the fog horn ("Foghorn is too loud," Sept. 17).
I remember the first time I stayed all night in Crescent City in September 1961 and heard the fog horn all night and thought how can anyone stand that noise all the time?
Well I moved up here a month later and have heard that horn for 48 years.
I hear it when I want to hear it, but it is like a train that goes by your house. You block things out, like the roar of the ocean, now that it is loud where I live. Should I tell Mother Nature to keep the noise down?
We need that horn to warn people where the rocks and jetty are. It is more important then being an annoying noise. It is part of living on the coast.
I would suggest you get used to it or move inland, and there are ear plugs.