Disheartened and ashamed by decision not to retry Bradshaw
In regards to the Bradshaw trial and the Coastal Voices piece article by District Attorney Jon Alexander ("The Bradshaw decision," April 16), I'm disheartened and ashamed. Alexander never once showed up to the trial, yet this was the biggest case at the time of the trial. He stated that his best trial attorney tried the case, yet Katherine Micks never seemed to object to anything and fumbled over her words
Another trial would not improve her performance? Nothing would change with a new trial? That is hard to believe. If the case is so hard to prove then why was taxpayer money wasted to go to trial to begin with? In regards to memories fading due to the fact of the defense attorney's illness, was it real,? Was proof even offered or the delay objected to?
Why was Gregory's family in the newspaper quoted saying that they
were not informed about court proceedings? Many witnesses were under the
influence on the night of the crime so they were indeed "unequivocal at
best." That's to be expected but the bouncer was sober and testified to
Gregory wanting to go back home, while Bradshaw was not calming down
and was seen a few minutes later jogging in the direction of where
Gregory left from just minutes before.
In addition, does one's being intoxicated make it inadmissible? It
was a bar altercation after all. If somebody came in to a bar and shot
somebody would they still deem witnesses unreliable? And if so, are not
these witnesses then guilty of public intoxication? I am also curious
about how two years' probation make the community safer.
I don't think Alexander cared or took into account that on the last
day of testimony in the trial one defense witness didn't show up and the
other testified to two calls earlier that day of being offered a bribe
to not testify. Does Alexander not care about corruption in the justice
We should have all known better then to elect a district attorney
who has acknowledged abuse of a drug that is known to have long-term
School Board's clinic decision pushes agenda on community
Are the good people of this community going to let this newly elected
School Board push their agenda on our young people with such arrogance
toward the electorate? This Open Door Clinic is a group of people over
whom we have no control or even knowledge of what they will advise,
without any parental input, without any parental knowledge or approval.
It seems like putting our kids in easier reach of the wolves' den and
assuming that the wolves are only concerned with the well-being of the
The Wellness Clinic on Washington went in over the objection of many
in this community based on the "mandate of state law." Now, the newly
elected on this board push to put this monstrosity in the school yard!
It is a given that youngsters from 12 years old (from the grade school
across the street) to our young teenagers (at the high school), will be
encouraged to avail themselves of birth control and abortion advice
secretly, no matter what the parents may wish, from people whose
credentials we will never see. Is this really a function of the School
Those who did not read Rev. Dr. Russell Green's letter ("Health
clinic approval damages trust with local faith community, March 31) or
Calie Martin's ("Why was clinic approved?"April 19) should go back and
read the very clearly written response to this board's egregious action
regarding this teen clinic. My prayer is that there are enough caring,
dedicated parents and community members out there to pack that board
room every week until they come to their senses and realize that the
majority of this community is against this action and they need to
rescind the agreement with Open Door Clinic. Lets see this board tackle
our fiscal problems and leave the social engineering to the likes of
Hitler and Stalin.
Letter missed point: We want to vote on state budget issue
Virginia Walworth's April 28 Coastal Voices piece ("Taxing is not
the answer" (April 28) unfortunately missed the central point of Jackie
Cochran's April 22 letter and my April 26 Coastal Voices piece that we
should be able to vote on how best to resolve the current state budget
Neither letter proposed raising taxes, so Ms. Walworth's piece
answered an unasked question. She chose, instead, to completely ignore
our plea for more democracy to end the stalemated, political wrangling
in Sacramento. Repeating the common Republican "No new taxes; just cut
spending" mantra, Ms.Walworth rejected any chance of a reasonable
dialogue to solve the budget deficit.
Reality is, Gov. Jerry Brown has already proposed some $12.5 billion
in spending cuts (no cheers, Ms. Walworth?) He now wants California
voters to decide how best to close the remaining $14 billion budget gap.
Do we want more (and all) spending cuts or the extension of some
taxes to get us through these recessionary times? Neither Ms. Cochran
nor I advocated a position here,-only that we want to be able to vote on
this hugely critical matter.
In my April 26 Coastal Voices article, I asked Senator LaMalfa for
his comprehensive plan to address the budget deficit. So far, no
response. And Ms. Walworth offered nothing comprehensive as well.
Both agree on one thing: block democracy. I find this very sad and
If we could only get beyond the right-left, red-blue,
conservative-liberal, my-way-or-the-highway thinking, we might even be
able to have an intelligent discussion. And then put the top two
proposals before the California voters. And thereby resolve the state's
budget crisis via democracy. Wouldn't that be novel? A very radical
idea, huh? Let's try it.
Thanks to community, sponsors for help with movie night events
Del Norte Reads would like to thank the community for their support
of Meaningful Movie Night at the Del Norte County Library.
Many people have helped make this event a success, including the
Smith River Rancheria Community and Family Services; Ocean Air Farms;
CAN Community Gardens; The Daily Triplicate; the Del Norte County
Library District and all who have attended and donated to our program.
Your participation and support makes this event possible. We will see
you all again in June for another great movie.
Del Norte Reads
Maybe the old adage is still true: There is no law north of Klamath
When I read the Del Norte County news each evening, it takes me back
to the days I was in high school (1943-1947) there and always heard that
"there is no law north of the Klamath."
Sounds like things aren't much better now.