Adam Madison, The Triplicate

How many more homeless will die before we find compassion?

How sad and uncharitable our community has become! The homeless are our neighbors who need our help, especially during the cold weather.

To deny people their basic need of shelter is cruel. How many more people (like the 47-year-old woman who died of exposure last year) will have to meet the same fate before we become compassionate once again?

Wouldn't it make sense for our county to grant the permit for a "tryout" to see if it works out first before denying our neighbors the opportunity for a safe and comfortable environment?

Count your blessings when you don't have to suffer as do the homeless. May God open the hearts of those who don't care.

Lori Rooney

Crescent City

Thank you for 40 years of supporting Redwood Welding

This is to our friends and customers of Redwood Welding Service.

Thank you for your business and support during the last 40 years and now.

Thank you to all of you who wrote letters in my behalf, and calls and coming in to see me and giving me words of encouragement and support,it is much appreciated by me and my wife Sandy.

I am closing Redwood Welding and Scott Norris of Norris Mufflers and Automotive will be in the building at 1020 Hwy 101 N.

I hope you will give him your business if in need of his services. He has been a friend for many years and I am sure he will treat you right.

I will be gone for at least a year and a half and when I get back I hope to use half of the shop by projects.

Thank you again for making our business a success for the last 40 years,

Don Nuss

Crescent City

Support businesses that support your community during holidays

"Shop at home for the holidays" isn't just a catchy slogan. It is economical, environmentally friendly and will promote more dollars circulating within our community.

All year long our local businesses are asked for their generosity and all year long they never fail to support all the worthy causes needed. At this time of giving, our businesses would appreciate local folks giving them their business here at home.

This way we can all have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Vikki Nuss

Brookings, Ore.

Triplicate is the best it's been in the 23 years I've been here

Regarding Inez Castor's Gopher Gulch column Tuesday ("A few words about the paper you're reading"), amen!

I, too, look forward to my morning Trip. Only in The Triplicate can you get local news, calendars and community goings-on. If you want state or worldwide news, turn on your radio or TV.

And I agree, too, it's the best it's been in the 23 years I've been here.

Kudos, guys. Good job.

Nancy Cavanaugh


Desalination an overlooked alternative for potable water

Your Internet poll on state water policy does readers a disservice by ignoring a third alternative that guarantees delivery of potable water regardless of annual rainfall and with minimum environmental hazards: sea water desalination.

More than two years ago the World Bank concluded that water produced by desalination costs about the same as water diverted from one drainage basin to another. As wave energy technology matures and is used to power desalination, the cost of desalinated water should fall further.

Why should the state invest in a solution that is totally dependent on the amount of rainfall received in any given year when, for approximately the same cost, it can invest in a solution that guarantees a continuing supply of potable water regardless of the amount of rain that falls?

If The Triplicate should wish to explore the desalination option in greater depth, I can provide background material and additional reasons why diversion of more surface water is a bad choice for California.

Rob Cozens

Director, Resighini Rancheria Environmental Protection Authority