Stop U.S. offensive military ops and embrace peaceful solutions
The U.S. needs to aim efforts toward a new international peace initiative. These efforts in the Middle East can encourage hope for the future. It can bring more desirable results instead of allowing for chaotic destruction. It costs too much money, especially at times when other economic priorities need to take precedence.
Libya is not a direct threat to America. Defensive measures can provide sufficient security and safety from terrorist attacks. We need to stop U.S. offensive military operations and embrace the solutions peace can bring.
Roger W. Galbraith
Solution to state's budget woes is not revenue but spending
It's time to stop. Stop the welfare that's bleeding the working class
including the subsidized housing, medications, food, utility bills,
etc. California is a destination welfare state. A majority of the
multi-billion dollar budget deficit could be erased with a major
overhaul of the welfare system.
Require those on welfare to attend a certain number of hours of
schooling per week (proof required) and urine tests to pick up their
monthly (free) checks. And just think, they (the welfare recipients)
might not like it and decide to move on to somewhere else. Darn. Or stay
here, get a better education, straighten up their life, get a job and
be a productive member of society.
Stop the illegal tsunamis coming over the border(s) that are bleeding
California, not only through the (destination) welfare situation
mentioned above, but in other ways as well.
Stop the legal deluge flooding our courts brought on by inmates in
California's prisons. Make the inmates, once again, civilly dead. Untold
millions are spent in California courts and prisons at the taxpayers'
expense providing legal services to criminals. They are in prison. Make
it like one.
We are drowning in our own waste, at all levels. State
entitlements/welfare in all its forms have drained the resources
(financial/medical/social, etc.) and are causing more and more
people/businesses to pack up and leave.
Solution? The overall problem is not revenue, it's spending. Start
(at the top instead of the bottom) with a major overhaul in
Sacramento/Washington with our legislature and work your way down to the
local levels, actually fixing what's broken on the way. We know this
isn't going to happen so take a moment daily to count your blessings or,
what the heck, pack up and move to Idaho.
Spirit of faith seen in Japanese is also here in Crescent City
I have been a longtime member of Rissho Kosei-kai, the largest lay
Buddhist organization in Japan with 7 million members worldwide.
I am aware of a simple word that the people of Crescent City should
know. This simple word is "Wandaacute;." The only way I can explain its meaning
is simply saying "faith." Wandaacute; symbolizes the root of the character of the
Recently we have been seeing the images on our televisions and the
many photos in our local newspaper from Japan showing the faces of the
Japanese people coming together because of the earthquake, tsunami and
the problems at Fukushima.
But I saw Wandaacute; on the faces of the people of Crescent City who met at
our city's wastewater treatment plant Saturday to aid in cleaning up our
beaches. We came together to do something.
Yes, the spirit of Wandaacute; is common in all cultures. With faith or Wandaacute;, we
here in Crescent City can recover from the tsunami like we did in 1964.
I would also hope people would give to our local Red Cross and to the
International Red Cross. The need is so great. The people locally have
risen to events in the past because of their faith.
Richard M. Miles
62-year-old disabled senior sees inexplicable water bill increase
Am I the only 62-year-old, disabled senior in Crescent City that has
had her water bill increased?
I live on a $297-a-month budget. I live in a two-bedroom, one-bath,
duplex by myself. I do my dishes by hand. I do my laundry once a week.
My water bill the last two months has gone up! Why? I do not know. I
had my landlady call her plumber to check for leaks. He found "none."