Adam Madison, The Triplicate

Community should support garden programs already here

Regarding the Oct. 1 article, "CAN eyes community gardening expansion; bigger garden planned, and eventually a farm," as a master gardener and as someone who was raised on a farm in southeastern Idaho, I understand the need to raise food for people in need. Where I come from, the LDS church has a farm, so the concept of a faith-based group filling a social need in a community is not new. I believe that developing a community garden at the Wellness Center is a great idea.

But, I would hope in the meantime the community would support the current garden programs in the community. Recently, I learned from the lady that runs the school gardens program that she does not have the funds in her grant program to purchase seeds or tools. Maybe CAN could think about giving a small amount of $5,000 that they receive from the Humboldt Area Foundation to an existing program.

Most people are unaware that many of our grade schools have garden plots. Also thanks Joe Gillespie at Crescent Elk for teaching our youth the simple joy of gardening. I have a friend who helped Joe this summer in watering and weeding the Crescent Elk Community Garden. It is her way of giving back to this community. We can all do that.

Recently, I've been giving a lot of my time in Peterson Park. Yes, one can make rich soil out of compost. All it takes are greens and browns and a little watering. Also, I want to thank a few of my friends who aided me in purchasing fruit trees for the children's garden at First Five. I also want to take thank Patty at First Five and Debbie and Steve White for the wooden fence recently built at the children's garden.

RHS recently aided CAN at the community garden at Peterson Park. Young people on a summer work project painted, weeded and helped put together a few hoops for the greenhouse project.

Also, the children's garden at First Five is a work in progress. I would hope someday the children's garden would become a reality so the little ones at First Five can play in the dirt and learn where food comes from.

There will be a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 7, at First Five in the conference room at noon led by Neisha Brannon, AmeriCorps Vista, dealing with the children's garden.

Richard Miles

Crescent City

Urge Congress, Senate to find courage for public option

What will it take to get our congressmen to find the courage to do what we the people have elected them to do, and write a strong public option into the health care reform bill?

Will we stand by and watch dumbly as they kowtow to the will of the powerful and influential insurance companies, and fail to pass the real, meaningful health care reform that most of us support and demand that they pass?

Even most doctors are in favor of a public option! Think of that!

It is shameful enough already that the Big Pharmaceutical companies bought the first seat at the table and obtained a concession from our congressmen to not include in any health care reform bill the ability of the government to negotiate for lower drug prices. We the people should be hopping mad about that, but most of us aren't even aware of it.

Those in Congress - and the media - who prefer to represent Big Business, including insurance companies and drug manufacturers, and are beholden to them for the large contributions they have accepted from them, are shouting and spouting fear and falsehoods to frighten us the people away from what we know is in our best interest, a public option.

In recent years, while household incomes have dropped, insurance premiums and insurance company profits have skyrocketed.

We know that a public option would introduce competition in the insurance marketplace, forcing Big Insurance to charge lower rates and change the focus from profits to coverage for all.

Call and write your senators and congressmen. That is how they will find the courage! Call them to task, let them know how important this is, and insist they actively support and vote for a strong public option.

Chad Gagnon

Crescent City