President's speech rekindles hope that he'll hold to principles
How exciting and gratifying to listen to the president's address to the nation and hear the message and determination which caused me to work for and feel excited over his campaign and victory!
Solving the health care tragedy which plagues our country, reversing a tax code designed for the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top two to five percent, investing in infrastructure and education rather than squandering tax dollars supporting arms merchants, ending the billions invested in infiltrating other countries for the purpose of organizing cells of the discontented for future support of their military actions, ending the propaganda machine designed to keep our citizens sure the "bad guys" are coming to get them and spending billions infringing on privacy and rights in the name of safety, putting a stop to the imprisonment and torture of imagined terrorists, conducting the business of our country in the open rather than "deal making" behind closed doors.
Somehow after the election four or five of these stated priorities
for action were abandoned! The health reform we had to settle for was a
boon for insurance companies. The wealthy were given an extension of the
gift of lower taxes provided by the Bush administration while the rest
of the nation saw no increase in income or, worse yet, the loss of jobs.
Not only have we not withdrawn our many military adventures, we have
expanded involvement, not for defense, rather to protect "our interests"
(oil, military/industrial complex).
We're making the cost of education unobtainable for all but the
wealthiest, leaving young people to start their adult lives buried under
crippling debt. Heartbreaking!
Our president once again portrayed a leader who has drawn a line in
the sand that will not be "bargained" away! We probably need not a
"line in the sand," but rather an alligator filled moat!
I will be ready to help make these plans a reality now and for his
re-election as long as he continues to insist we make progress toward
these "values" reflecting the priorities of his constituents rather than
the loud demands created by money. Should he find it necessary to waver
and/or give up on these stated goals I will work just as diligently to
defeat his re-election.
I look forward to supporting the strong, articulate man in whom, as
the representative of my beloved country, I feel so much pride.
Teen Health Clinic will be a benefit to the community
In his April 21 letter, "Confront teens about sex is not beneficial
for their health," Jeff Stice writes, "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."
He speaks as though those "teens"?were blithely going about the
business of acquiring their education when suddenly this Teen Health
Clinic popped up in their way, forcing them to become aware of sex. As a
former teen I can only chuckle at the image it provokes. Does anyone
really believe that teens need help staying aware of sex?
Mr. Stice says the clinic "is not beneficial for their health," yet
it is the health of our teens that the clinic is proposing to address.
This seems to me to suggest that opponents' real problem is with the
access to birth-control measures other than abstinence that the clinic
If our youth and our families were of perfect moral fiber and in
total control of their passions this clinic might not be needed, but
alas, such is not the case, and so there is a need for the kind of
services this clinic is supposed to provide. Teens from healthy families
will probably not need these services; this clinic is important for the
unfortunate youth from families broken by drugs, alcohol, and/or mental
So, rather than being a problem that interferes with our children's
education, it seems to me that the clinic will actually help them get a
better education by making available critical help from truly caring and
professional health care providers, especially for young women facing
social, emotional, and most important, physical changes that can lead to
broken lives and the kind of family dynamics that have most directly
led to the over-crowded prisons, out-of-control medical costs, and
overburdened social services programs that have crippled our state and
Finally, I must wonder what has happened to the world. When I was
growing up an education seemed to be about making me a better person,
now it is about making "mechanics, bakers, medical workers."?Are we
really now just ?work? units made for keeping the great machine we call
capitalism running smoothly?
Voters should have the right to vote if they want a tax hike
Regarding the article in Wednesday's Triplicate, "LaMalfa: 'What
should I do?" state Sen. Doug LaMalfa is talking about the state budget.
He said he wanted to hear from the Del Norte County residents.
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed asking state voters to approve tax hike
extensions as a way to help balance the budget, but LaMalfa said the
public doesn't need to vote. He referenced last year's Proposition 21,
which would have increased vehicle licensing fees in order to fund state
parks. Voters overwhelmingly rejected the measure. I was one of those
voters. I think we have too many parks that people cannot use. They
should put about one-third of them up for sale. The state should not
have bought most of these parks in the first place.
But Proposition 21 and what Gov. Brown is talking about are apples
I didn't attend LaMalfa's town hall. I have been to enough of the
"public input" meetings to know it's a way to placate the public.
But I will tell you that I am a 65-year-old woman who has attended
public schools in Oakland, served in the U.S. Air Force during the
Vietnam conflict, have had a successful real estate business since 1969,
I have never missed an election and paid for my child's education. In
other words, I have paid my dues.
I would appreciate it if you would go back to Sacramento and let Gov.
Jerry Brown know that you have decided that people in your district
have the intelligence to make an intelligent decision on issues and we
are very anxious to be able to vote one way or the other on whether to
approve tax hike extensions as a way to help balance the budget.
I want to be able to vote on this issue.
Jacqueline L. Cochran
Is simply baffled about the Deputy Joseph Garcia case
Concerning two cases in our system as of recent. First I must say
that county District Attorney Jon Alexander is doing the job to the best
of his ability.
I am just baffled about the Deputy Joseph Garcia case. Yes, he should
hold himself to a higher standard. His crime should be held as like any
other doing what he did. What is our system coming to when he gets paid
while off of duty? When is our system going to stop paid administrative
leave? This is unfair.
As for the George Bradshaw case, someone ends up in a coma and he
gets a slap on the wrist. Can you imagine how Robert Gregory's family
feels? You should know his family is a very Christian family, so
forgiveness is in their hearts, as hard as that is.
I as many others feel Bradshaw really did not get the right
punishment, but who does in our community? They say no justice north of
Ok, Jon, it is your turn, as you did promise.