Why is Deputy Garcia still being paid when he has pleaded guilty?
In response to the April 9 article, "Garcia gets year in plea deal; sheriff's deputy still being paid while on leave," I have one question. Is everyone else in this county asking, what the hell?
I have a very good understanding of the Police Officer Bill of Rights, Fair Employment Act and other protections afforded to the employed peace officer, but give me a break. I wonder how the man or woman feels who lost a job due to budget problems, the economy, etc., after reading that. Or the guy that's working two jobs just to put food on the table for his family.
What's next? Are they going to give him his job back when he gets out of jail? Maybe the county Board of Supervisors will have a meeting on that too. Hopefully, they're not paying him while they think about it.
Local media outlets should do a better job showing A's games
Why do the local media outlets have it in for the Oakland A's? Charter
Cable doesn't even carry the Oakland A's anymore in Del Norte County,
and KPOD doesn't always have the games live.
KPOD would rather run a repeat of Glenn Beck than have the Oakland A's
on live. Everybody knows that Glenn Beck has been ripping off Alex Jones
for a long time now. Rolling Stone magazine even did an article on that
KPOD even advertises the fact that they have the Oakland A's games on
live. They might have the games on live about 50 percent of the time if
People can actually listen to the Oakland A's games live on 1340 AM
KATA. They can watch the Oakland A's on the Major League Baseball
website and they can also listen to the Oakland A's on satellite radio.
KPOD should have Glenn Beck on 24 hours a day and it should change its
name and call itself the Glenn Beck Radio Network. This would make all
the sense in the world because people can already listen to Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on KINS.
Financial crisis exists due to U.S. trying to maintain a world empire
It appears that just about all our leaders from the president to the
Republicans to corporate Democrats like Diane Feinstein are telling us
that the only way to bring government spending into line with revenue is
to drastically cut services to the poor and working class. Not just
Medicare but also Social Security are targeted for deep cuts; that means
more of the cost of health care and retirement placed on the backs of
working people and retirees.
The corporate media parrots these claims, creating a drumbeat for
placing the burden for balancing the budget on the poor, working folks
These politicians and corporate shills don't want the American people to
realize that the financial crisis exists because the U.S. is struggling
to maintain a world empire even as our economic and financial dominance
are waning worldwide. As President Obama admits in his war and budget
speeches, military spending is basically off the table. Symbolic cuts -
to be achieved by cutting waste - are all the President is willing to
give from the military budget; House Republicans don't cut military
spending at all.
The U.S. now spends more on its military than the rest of the world
combined, but the empire we are paying to protect is not an American
empire. We protect a world economic order that serves the interests not
of the American people and our defense, but rather of global
corporations. The European Union, India, Brazil and even China benefit
from U.S. worldwide military dominance and we, American taxpayers, foot
the bill. We pay in order to keep Wall Street the dominant player in the
The American people - and especially the poor, working people and
retirees - are bearing the cost of various wars while Congress and the
Obama administration support maintaining corporate tax breaks and
In other words, It is not Social Security, Medicare or the safety net
that is bankrupting this country. it's the empire, stupid!
The global corporate elite and those who serve them in our government
are counting on the American People to grin, bear it and return to their
electronic gadgets. They believe we do not have the appetite for
revolt, so they keep squeezing.
How much are you willing to take?
Thanks to a wonderful community for always being so generous
Sometimes we get so busy with life that we put our thank-yous on the
There are a number of people I'd like to recognize for their kindness
and generosity. Thanks to Dr Martello, my Finley boy is still able to
get our newspaper every morning. Thank you for giving us extra time with
Tatia and her staff at the Klamath River Cafandeacute; found and returned my
brand-new cell phone, thank you!
Crivelli's Bar, the Methodist Church, and the Yurok Housing Authority
here in Klamath opened their doors early morning the day of the tsunami
for people in need.
At Crivelli's a kind-hearted neighbor made pancakes. The Methodist
Church served a healthy pasta dish. The Red Cross supplied breakfast at
the Housing Authority, and I and a neighbor with the help of her kids
helped cook bacon, potatoes, and eggs.
Chuck Hartwick was there in spirit, (he had been on so many previous
disasters with the Red Cross and helped KFPD on numerous occasions). He
will always be remembered for his outstanding service, his loyalty to
family and friends, and his wealth of knowledge in first aid.
Lunch was brought by this nice lady (Mama Bear) and her family.
My thank-you is to a wonderful community for opening its doors and being
Children are our future and they should be considered, respected
John Adams, one of the founding fathers, said, "I must study politics
and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and
philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy,
geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce,
and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study
painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and
So I would ask Clif Shepard, writer of the April 6 letter, "School
extracurricular programs should not be our highest priority," is John
Adams wrong to want to educate our children with the extras?
The government makes our children go to school, so it should just be the
basics? We are all in this together and the more negative you write
about our children, the more resentful they feel. Do you have any idea
how difficult it is for some of those kids to get up and share the pain
it would cause to not have music, or drama, FFA, auto shop, wood shop,
all the extras?
For the people who did not attend the budget meeting, some of our
children stood up and shed tears. The old saying "children should be
seen and not heard" is wrong. They are our future and they have voices,
and it took a lot to stand up and say what they are feeling.
Maybe, we all should be angry at companies that make billions of dollars
and pay no taxes, but received a refund from our government. Mr.
Shepard, attack these companies. Our kids are already becoming