I was blown away by stranger's kindness to stranded old lady
On Tuesday I foolishly started off to Grants Pass without checking the fluids in the pickup. Never even thought about it.
Well, partway through the canyon, the "check engine" light came on. When I pulled over to check under the hood, a young man stopped in his work van and asked if I had a problem. He then proceeded to check the fluids for me and discovered that the pickup needed oil badly.
He took his time to lead me to the gas station in Gasquet where I bought the oil. Then he poured it in and rechecked everything and reminded me to make an appointment for a tune-up.
I was totally blown away with this man's kindness toward an old lady on the side of the road. He not only took his time for me, but would not accept any money. Then he gave me a big hug which meant so much to me. I sure have a lot of "paying forward" to do.
Keep in mind vision for future of city in planning new harbor
I attended a recent Harbor Commission meeting and asked its members
and Harbormaster Richard Young to share with the audience and the
community how each sees this harbor being rebuilt.
I was impressed with Commissioner Wes White's vision: He sees
Crescent City Harbor not just next month or next year but many years
down the river. He envisions the harbor as the jewel on the Pacific
Coast. Similar comments came from other commissioners. Without
exception, the Harbor Commission sees this opportunity to rebuild a
state-of-the art harbor not be wasted.
Indeed, this is a defining moment for Crescent City. I, too, am
hopeful this opportunity will not be squandered by petty in-fighting and
The fishermen come first and indeed they should. Though no timetable
can be determined at this date, every effort to cut through the
bureaucracy, streamline the permit process and get the commercial
anglers up and running ASAP can and should be the priority.
Will the new marina be a patchwork of substandard so-called
improvements or can we expect a state-of-the-art facility, a
second-to-none port, a magnet for tourism and small industry?
This question prompted me to ponder what is my vision for Crescent
City and Del Norte County.
I imagine the implementation of the much-talked about Pacific Marine
Highway as a genuine alternative to the mud slide-prone U.S. Highway
I envision small cruise ships bringing in scores of weekend and
holiday tourists to fish, hike, gamble and relax on arguably the most
magnificent coastline along the North American continent.
I picture the harbor as the new center of Crescent City. A haven for
the artistic, visitors to our city would have plenty of opportunities to
shop, dine, and enjoy the new harbor's quaint shops. A section of the
Crescent City Harbor should be dedicated to retail/gift shops, auto and
bicycle rentals, a hotel and restaurant.
I also have a prediction that some in the community may not envision
Crescent City in this manner. The stodgy, short-sighted, and
closed-minded of our community will scoff at, find fault with, and
criticize ad nausea any and all improvements made to the harbor prior to
the March 11 Tsunami. I hope I am wrong on that prediction.
The next Crescent City Harbor meeting is Tuesday, April 19, at the
Flynn Center. See you there.
We don't know long-term effects of 3D television, game systems
I am truly concerned with the "new" technology and the general
public. So much stuff is designed to make things better and/or easier
and folks "eat it up" without thinking of any future ramifications. The
latest disturbing advance in technology is 3D TV sets and game systems.
The types that require 3D glasses are bad enough. It takes quite a
bit to "recover" your regular vision after a couple of hours in those.
Now, there's 3D without glasses. An amazing step for technology but,
possibly, a horrible step back for vision and eye care.
How can we know, without decades of testing, that in the long run,
there won't be vision damage? We can't! Does no one recall the horrible
outcomes of using Thalidomide while pregnant? Everyone thought
Thalidomide was a godsend until babies with flippers for arms began
Think people. Think!
Teri V. Markanson
Doom the child, doom the adult: Don't destroy PBS and NPR
Why does the willow weep?
Much has been made of the eonian extinction of planet Earth's flora
and fauna. Now fast-forward to here and now and the proposed
evisceration of iconic Big Bird and friends who have brought
semi-literacy to so many of us at the dawn of our sub-human outreach for
Damn the child, doom the adult. Destroy National Public Radio. Make
room for more profitable X-Rated semi-porn and dogmatic propaganda.
Drink the spiked Kool-Aid.
Our money is worth expense of investment in kids' education
In response to Clif Shepard's April 6 letter, "School extracurricular
programs should not be our highest priority," Mr. Shepard, I appreciate
your open attitude and welcome this opportunity to respond. I would
point out that the phrase OPM ("other people's money") is not accurate;
"our money," or "everyone's money," is more accurate and less divisive.
As to the "warnings"? from the kids who spoke at the School Board
meeting that some would turn to drugs and negative behavior if
extracurricular programs were dropped; well, they are merely pointing
out a simple truth that parents have known for thousands of years,
demonstrated in the old adage; "Idle hands are the devil's tool."
Art and sports are vital to the formation of good values, as coaches
like our beloved Steve Luis so admirably demonstrated for all. I see
your point about the barn-raising analogy, but to carry your argument to
its logical conclusion you must include laws against sedition, treason;
any behavior that resists or violates our responsibility to act in the
interests of our nation (read: "The People").
Before I respond to your criticism of public schools, I must disclose
that I am married to a high school teacher. My experience with the
people working in our school district has been very positive. If you
feel that our public schools are inferior to charter/ private schools
please give us some specifics against public schools and for
Finally, yes our whole nation is struggling financially, and we need
to find ways to cut unnecessary spending. But instead of demanding that
we "sacrifice"?(just who is doing the sacrificing?) the programs that
help our elderly, disabled, disadvantaged children, mentally ill, and
people seeking to escape the penal recycling system - all programs that
help keep our streets safer and communities healthier and financially
stronger - instead of cutting off a hand in the name of "fiscal
responsibility,"?why not also explore how to raise taxes in such a way
that we can afford it?
Though it would hurt me financially, I could pay more in car
registration, sales tax, and even gas taxes. When I consider the
consequences of the proposed budget cuts -?a community, state, and
nation returned to Third World status, I feel inclined to pay more
taxes, not less.
Michael W. Tompkins