Erroneous to say rural, elderly, uneducated have poor judgment
I was astounded by Barry Wendell's letter regarding "moral values" ("Calif. GOP will lose if it keeps scapegoating immigrants, gays," Feb. 5). He states that California Focus columnist Thomas D. Elias suggested that Republicans woo Mexican-American voters by stressing moral values that appeal to Catholics and fundamental Protestants. He goes on to say that "moral values" is usually a code for anti-gay. Mr. Wendell states that this might work in rural areas, among uneducated or an older populace, but for young urbanites and almost anyone with an education, it's a non-starter.
This is one of the most condescending, erroneous statements I've ever read. I have a college education and have lived in big cities. I hardly think I have better judgment or more intelligence than my elderly neighbors or those bucolic individuals who are deprived of the culture and sophistication of our cities. They might just feel, as I do, that this deprivation is a plus.
Moral values is not a code for anti-gay, it's not a code for anything but a decent way of life. If we live as well as we can, if we are responsible, caring people who help those less fortunate or temporarily in need, if we are solid citizens in our communities, some of us raising families and some not, but being honest and trustworthy and treating others as we would like to be treated - that is having moral values.
'My Backpack' project provides for children entering shelter care
As the program manager for the Social Services Branch of the Del
Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, I would like to
express our deep appreciation of the efforts made by Maryanne Fallman
and CASA of Del Norte on behalf of children experiencing out-of-home
We are pleased to be able to present the backpacks from the "My
Backpack" project, which have been specially filled for each age and
gender, to children and youth as they enter shelter care.
While Child Welfare can provide clothing for children and youth
during business hours, the backpacks and new sweat clothes, socks and
flip-flops give a personalized care package to children at any time of
need, day or night.
We are very grateful to each of the individual sponsors of this
endeavor, including: First Five Del Norte, 4H Sewing Club, Hilda
Contreras, Del Norte Wellness Center, Walmart, Lighthouse Quilt Guild,
Girl Scout Troop #503, Ladies of Grace Lutheran Church, Carolyn Gavin,
Del Norte Child Care Council and Vicky Stamps.
Repealing health reform would hurt seniors, kids and the deficit
People pursuing health care now are beginning to appreciate the
Affordable Health Care Act. They won't lose their insurance with illness
or accidents, or when they graduate, or if they change jobs. Seniors,
pregnant women, and disabled children are safely insured as well.
Republicans in Congress want to take all this progress away, adding
trillions to our deficit.
Mary T. Mills
Rumiano shows leadership in non-GMO food production
Appreciation and congratulations to Rumiano Cheese for getting
certified for the use of non-genetically modified organisms.
In an age when large corporations are looking at the bottom line
profitability instead of the health of the people, it's refreshing to
have our local company become a leader of the pack.
Back in the mid-1980s, I was vice president of the Santa Barbara
Farmer's Market. We had some of the famous restaurant owners and chefs,
including Julia Child, who was a delight, shop at our market. Many of
our growers were certified organic, including myself. The process takes a
bit of time, but in my opinion, it's well worth the end results.
My fervent wish is that our community become more active in starting
healthy gardens in their yards, learn about organic gardening, work
toward removing the toxic industrial waste product currently added to
our drinking water (fluoride) and shop and support Rumiano Cheese for
its bold step.
Editor's note: Donna Westfall is a member of the Crescent City Council.