Letters to the Editor April 21, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

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!

Kay Edwards

Crescent City

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

should be.

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

or abusive.

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.

Barry Wendell

Crescent City

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

Clinic.

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

the community.

Jeff Stice

Crescent City

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