Steve Chittock

Let's just stop paying for treatment plant altogether

If we can pass a law that says we won't pay our debts for the new sewer plant, and rolls the rates back to 2007, why stop there?andensp;

Who picked 2007? Since the state will have to foreclose and set rates for us anyway, why don't we just get rid of sewer fees completely?

That way we will get free services while the state goes through whatever legal things they have to do to take over. We fight them and make them pay our bills in the meantime.

And if the state comes in and sets the rates even higher than we have now, we'll just really raise a fuss. A really big fuss in the Chronicle,andensp;the L.A. Times and all news agencies.

And we'll do a petition. And people all over California will support us because we've been smart enough to figure out how not to pay our bills.

And make other people pay them for us. Pretty soon the other people will say, "Hey, we don't want to pay our other bills either, let's have an initiative."andensp;Then nobody has to pay.

Anyway, these are bills we really shouldn't have to pay. Who says we have to have a sewer plant? What was wrong with the old days when we just flushed our stuff out in the ocean? I mean, the ocean is big, right? And with global warming, it's getting bigger all the time.

Like Nixon said, you can fool all the people some of the time, so this could work. Start now. Talk to your friends and relatives down south.

Tell them Councilwoman Donna Westfall said to call.andensp;She's got it all figured out.andensp;

Trudy Roberts


Mari Tardiff's story inspires, encourages us to tough it out

I would like to thank The Triplicate for the excellent coverage of Mari Tardiff's illness ("Mari's Climb," Oct. 29-31). And to Mari, I want to thank you for working so hard at recovering. We are your neighbors. You are one of us, and we appreciate all your efforts. And thank you, Peter, for all your support.

They say everything happens for a reason, and that everyone has a purpose. Perhaps one purpose of this tragedy was to serve as a warning. At the very least, the reporting system was faulty. I was even wondering why an outbreak like this shouldn't be reported directly to our wonderful newspaper. Further, Mari's illness and difficult recovery inspires and encourages us to tough it out and get through our own difficulties and problems.

Mari, thank you for your example. We love and admire you, and we wish you godspeed!

Joan Miles

Crescent City

Keep your dogs on leashes and pick up their poop

My wife and Iandensp;have been living at the Surf Apartments for about five months or so. We both have noticed that there are a number of people in this town that do not realize there is a leash law in California.

We are talking about Front Street Park. We also have seen a lot of people do not clean up their dog waste.

We ourselves have a miniature wiener dog. And we are worried that when people do not use their leashes, their animals could attack our little one. I myself am tired of stepping in dog poop. Is there anything that can be done about these problems?

James L. Bessant

Crescent City

Health care reform bill is gov't takeover of your life

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on the 2,000-page proposed health care reform bill. This bill was initiated and completely written by Democrats.

The final draft of this bill was not made available to the Republicans and the public until very recently.

This new bill is not health care reform. It is the government taking control of your life. The government will control you from "womb to tomb."

If you have a private plan, it will soon be gone. If this bill passes, eventually the government will dictate to you what kind of health care you will receive, what doctors you will see, and also dictate if you will receive care in your golden years. This bill will also cover those who are in this country illegally.

I strongly urge you to call your representatives and tell them to vote "no" on this bill. If passed, this bill will permanently change your health coverage (for the worse).

Duane Sands

Crescent City