A fenced dog park in Del Norte County would be great to have
We need a fenced dog park in our area where non-aggressive dogs and their owners can walk and play. I had the opportunity to go to the dog park in Medford, Ore., this past week with my Irish setter, Sean.
The dog park is a large area with a designated walking path around the perimeter, plenty of room for the owners to play fetch with their dogs, dogs to chase each other and owners to socialize with others. Never did I see an out-of-control owner or dog. What I did see were dogs running, owners walking and talking and on those occasions when the dogs relieved themselves, the owners were quick to clean up after their dogs.
I can just hear someone say, it is too expensive, or some other
excuse. We as a community only have to look to our neighbor to the north
of us to see a wonderful example of community spirit. I read in The
Curry Coastal Pilot about a Boy Scout who took up the challenge of
getting a dog park established and with the cooperation of the Oregon
State Parks Department and the help of friends and local businesses,
created a simple, yet successful, dog park in Harbor.
We as a community should follow this Boy Scout's example. Nothing is
impossible, especially with our community filled with great, talented
people who together can and should take on this challenge! After all, we
are the best city in America!
Come on Del Norte County, together lets create the best, friendliest
social meeting place for dogs and dog owners in Northern California! Are
you ready? Lets get started!
It's vital for young people to have access to needed medical care
I applaud the School Board members who voted in favor of the new teen
clinic. They face the opposition of some in the community. Ultimately,
they looked at the interests of the students first, and this is as it
Calie Martin ("Why was clinic approved?" Coastal Voices, April 19)
feels this is giving students a license to lie to their parents. As a
former high school teacher, she must know that teen behavior is not
always under the control of parents, and that often parents are absent
It's most important that the young people in the community have
access to the medical care they need, and to provide that, the clinic
must keep records confidential, even from the parents.
Confronting teens about sex is not beneficial for their health
The Teen Health Clinic has stirred up a wasp nest of controversy and
misinformation. In response to John Mertes April 14 letter ("Ignorance
of sexual health has number of consequences"),I believe he doesn't fully
understand the motivations of many of those who oppose the Teen Health
This is not simply an abortion issue. The Teen Health Clinic is not
really about education. The information the clinic provides is already
required to be taught at the high school unless a student's parent
desires to have the student excused from that part of the education.
What has many people concerned about the Teen Health Center is that
the district is not focused on education. For many teens, confronting
them with the issue of sex is not beneficial for their health, emotional
and physical well being, and could have serious negative implications
to their academic potential and future. This in turn affects the health
of the community as a whole.
We need educated and trained graduates coming out into our job
market. We need future leaders, mechanics, bakers, medical workers. It's
the responsibility of the parents, teachers and the administrators to
ensure this happens.
Del Norte County ranks below average in the state for academic
achievement and above the average for the number of high school
dropouts. It seems that the district's efforts would be better focused
on fixing these problems rather than focusing on enabling children from
the age of 12 up to access condoms and birth control between and during
classes at school.
Access to the clinic's services on district property makes this a
parent issue as well. The district has forsaken its duty to educate in
these matters and has referred it out to another organization. Is this
how we expect our school system to educate? Speaking for myself, I would
not send my child to school suspecting that they were receiving their
education elsewhere, without my knowledge or consent, without the
opportunity to review the curriculum, or the ability to hold the staff
accountable for the lessons that they are teaching.
I invite the school district's response to their methods of education
and how this action will unite students, parents, administrators and