Letters to the Editor March 01, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Isn't it time for Tea Party to tell us how to accomplish change?

As an independent voter I know it's imperative that our government create a balanced budget based on revenue collected. However, in lieu of putting forth a platform or agenda explaining exactly how deep and where cuts would be made to the budget, it seems that Tea Party leaders like Karen Brooks ("Taxing us into serfdom," Feb. 25) are ever-ready to show the deficiencies of current legislators and incite hatred.

C'mon, insinuating that Speaker of the Assembly John Perez coming from the 46th District of Los Angeles (bordering the City of Bell) has committed the same types of misuse of government funds committed by the city officials there that have been charged with those crimes is ludicrous. Pointing out that Mr. Perez has received big contributions from unions is knowledge I can appreciate and will be helpful to voters in the 46th district on deciding how they will vote in the next election.

Bottom line is this; in conjunction with saying, "There will be no fiscal responsibility until all elected leaders, and the public employees unions who control this state, bring compensation and benefits to sustainable levels that are more in-line with the private sector," I am earnestly waiting to hear from the Tea Party, or any other group, the words, "I can and here's how."

Cool it with the rhetoric, clearly explain your platform and spell out the needed reforms and budget cuts that you propose to institute. Broad strokes are easy, but clear and concise leadership based on reality is desperately needed to keep this country strong and unified.

Kevin Fallon

Crescent City

Thanks to utility for quick work when the power went out Sun.

On Sunday at approximately 7:15 a.m., the electric power went out

in our neighborhood.

I telephoned Pacific Power to report the outage and contacted an

actual human who took my address information and then informed me of the

status of the power outage. The person explained that Pacific Power was

aware of the outage and that it was working on getting the power back

up and running. She also asked whether I would like a call back to

verify that power had been restored.

The power was restored within a short period of time and I received

a telephone call from Pacific Power verifying that the power had been

restored.

I moved up her to Crescent City about two years ago. I'm originally

from Southern California and I never had that kind of "in-person"

service from the electric companies down in Southern California. Thank

you Pacific Power. Great job.

Gene Favilla

Crescent City

From this commissioner's view, loss of harbormaster is a blow

To begin with, I would like to state that I am disappointed that

The Triplicate did not try harder to reach me for the article on Richard

Young leaving his post as harbormaster.

Monday-Friday from 7a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ( and that is a minimum) I am

at Bess Maxwell School, where I teach. This Friday from 3:15 to 5:15 I

my was doing my family's weekly shopping, since that is one of my

household chores. After 5:15 I was home. A simple phone call to either

the school or home would have received an immediate response. However, I

am grateful for this opportunity to address this issue at greater

length than I would have received if I had been quoted in the article.

Since about six months into my term, and it takes longer to get a

handle on all that is going on, I have been one of Richard's biggest

supporters. I have gone in at least monthly and stated to him that I

have felt he is doing a terrific job. I have expressed my gratitude for

how much he has done for the harbor and how great he is at doing what he

feels is best for the harbor. I have always told him that he has my

full support and that the harbor was lucky to have a person who works so

hard for its benefit.

On Thursday, when I found out about this, I was not only shocked,

but I spent a good 30 minutes listening to his reasons for and trying to

talk him out of the move.

In my dealings with tenants and my voters, when they have asked why

Richard was still there, as some felt he was a problem, I always

pointed out that there is much that Richard had done to improve the

harbor's lot.

He has been instrumental in getting over $22 million to rebuild the

inner boat basin, at virtually no cost to the community as it is funded

by grants. He has worked tirelessly on the Marine Protection Act to

insure the best possible deal for our local fishing community. He has

traveled the state as the harbormasters' president and fought for our

community in every way possible. In short, he has been a terrific asset

to the harbor, the county and most off all, our community. He will be

sorely missed.

In closing, I wish to state that Vallejo's gain is our lost. I can

only wish him well and that he may have as much success there as he has

had here.

James Ramsey

Harbor Commission

president

Don't be so quick to discredit what unions have accomplished

I keep telling myself that I'm too old, almost 68, to be upsetting

myself regarding the political arena. However I wanted to make a few

points and then I can go back to gardening, crocheting, singing and in

general, enjoying myself.

In response to Karen Brooks' Feb. 25 Coastal Voices piece

representing the Tea Party ("Taxing us into serfdom"), let's take a look

at our history.

The union organizers put their lives on the line while trying to

get better pay, benefits and reasonable work hours.

Every time they held a meeting, the local police would be called

out, then the state police, then the military. In spite of the backlash,

they did manage to get more humane treatment from their employers.

I urge people to read "A People's History of the United States," by

Howard Zenn. You would be amazed at how different our real history is

from what is mandated and taught in our schools. Another non-fiction

book is "Free Lunch," by David Cay Johnston. It tells how the wealthy

enrich them-selves at government expense. One example is how stadiums

are built at taxpayer expense so that owners can profit as though they

owned them.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not included in the federal

budget figures when George W. Bush was president.

If they were, people would see the real cost and loss of lives that

they, the hard-working taxpayers, are paying for cheaper oil. We now

can see how that has worked out as we are currently paying higher fuel

prices, which will probably go even higher.

Why are we paying bailouts for mega-banks who broke the law with

their risky lending schemes? Does it make sense to finance politicians'

campaigns when their costs are running in the billions? Without a peep

from the public, movie stars, sports players, and CEOs make millions

while many people go hungry and homeless.

The conservatives were waiting for a chance like our present

economic situation to slash programs for the poor, schools, government

workers, medicare, social security and other social programs. It is in

your best interests to educate yourselves instead of watching or

listening to political pundits tell you what to do or think.

Our democracy is at risk, but not from the middle class and not

from the poor. Do we want the kind of society that doesn't take care of

those who cannot fend for themselves? Oliver Wendell Holmes, a former

Supreme Court justice, said that "taxes are the price we pay for a

civilized society" and he was right.

Crystal Griffin

Crescent City

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