Letters to the Editor April 12, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

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.

Frieda Bridges

Crescent City

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

community discord.

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.

Roger Gitlin

Crescent City

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

being born.

Think people. Think!

Teri V. Markanson

Crescent City

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.

Richard Olive

Crescent City

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

private/charter schools.

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

Crescent City

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