Letters to the Editor April 26, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

The problem with meth is the drug, not the Mexican people

I read in an April 1 article, "DA brings attention to county drug problem," where District Attorney Jon Alexander speaks of Mexicans heading drug labs. Let's not stereotype meth labs. The problem is the drug, not the Mexican people. As a former addict Alexander should know, the drug is not racist to any nationality - Caucasians, Asians, Native American, Europeans and Mexicans.

It's good to get educated, but to humiliate and make comments about the Mexican people only reflects how uneducated people are. You want to deal with drug problems, look in your back yard. For more than 25 years Del Norte County had a drug problem, ranging from alcoholism to heroin addicts.

So to depict the Mexican people is passing the buck, instead of stepping up to the plate. Truth is this: You can blame this nationality or that nationality, but when are you going to address the problem of the drug? If you blame others then you are not stepping up to what you know. You are a follower, not a leader. You are letting the problem run you, instead of you dealing with the problem.

I hate drugs more than anything on this planet. That is why I tell it

like it is. As a leader, I focus on solutions, not running from the

problems. What do you do? Play the blame game.

Yes Mexico shares a border with the United States, and many people

cross it, but other nationalities cross it to. And the dollar bill that

is being used is U.S. currency. Don't blame Mexico for the drug problem.

Lisa Serrano

President/CEO

Del Norte Hispanic

Chamber of Commerce

A dog park would have a great, positive impact on local people

I was ecstatic to read Kay Edwards' April 21 letter, "A fenced dog

park in Del Norte County would be great to have," and I agree

wholeheartedly.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39 percent of

U.S. households have at least one dog. And of those 33 percent have two

or more dogs. They are part of our families and community. Our dogs need

social and physical activity just as much as we do. Socializing makes a

happier, more well-behaved dog.

When I lived in Memphis, I took my Doberman pincher to the dog park

every day. Even though the variety of dogs and owners was great, the

attitude was the same: to play (and show off) with our beloved pets. I

can't begin to tell you the size of the positive impact going to the dog

park had on us. I was very grateful.

Now that I live here in Crescent City our family dog is a whippet, a

very friendly breed. We would make good use of a dog park if we had one,

as I am sure many other dog owners would as well. I think the perfect

place would be at Beachfront Park. There is a very large, unused field

there. A walking track and maybe some agility-type equipment could be

added.

So how do we make this happen?

Wendy Templeton

Crescent City

Garcia public employee pension shows that crime does pay

I am amazed that the Public Employees Retirement System has not

foreseen the loophole allowing convicted criminal employees such as Del

Norte sheriff's Deputy Joseph Garcia such a reward ("Disability

retirement for Garcia," April 23). This is one of the most asinine

oversights I've ever seen.

An effort to establish a provision or law excluding any such benefits

whether or not the person committed the crime(s) prior to the enactment

of such proposed law should be immediately demanded by our county

officers of our state representatives.

This is a ridiculous situation which rewards the criminal who is

supposed to be enforcing the law and protecting the public from crime

and is entrusted to do so. What a wonderful model to illustrate that

crime does pay!

He should also be given the prestigious honor of grand marshal of our

Fourth of July parade and maybe some medals to further elevate his

status among thieves and be an idol for our children.

Richard Wendt

Klamath

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