Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Lack of justice suggests that money talks in this small town

Yes, I have a question: Do these cops think that they are above the law?

One gets paid for being a crook! Then there was the Bradshaw case, where he gets a slap on the hand.

Yes, money talks in this small town!

Tony Jacomella

Crescent City

Parents don't get that we can't fund extracurricalur activities

Recently I have read articles in our Letters to the Editor praising

President Obama and letters about continuing extracurricular school


Parents of school-age children don't seem to understand that every

level of government is broke. That means we do not have the money to

teach basic education and the fun classes that our children want.

Our founding fathers did not have these "optional" classes, what they

had according to Memoria Press, was a firm foundation of biblical

principles and a deep study of Latin and Greek grammar starting at age

8. Later they learned about Latin historians Tacitus and Levy, they

continued their studies learning about the Greed historians Herodotus

and Thucydides. They had to learn to read, write and translate the Latin

poetry of Virgil and Horace. They had to study logic and rhetoric as

well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.

Part of the college requirement was to translate chapters one through

10 of The Gospel of John. John Adams said, "A native of American that

cannot read or write is as rare an appearance as a comet or an

earthquake." We cannot make that statement today!

What are we teaching our kids? High school kids throw trash anywhere

they like and no one can legally make them pick it up. This is

disrespectful to others in the area. We teach sex education and now may

have to include teaching about various forms of sexual preferences,

subjects our liberal legislators deem important. These subjects have no

place in our education system and should not be promoted as "normal." We

teach them "Christmas" is wrong, it is a "winter holiday." Religion is

denigrated but modern perversities are praised.

It is past time to teach more of what made this country great,

starting at the lowest grades and continuing through high school.

Someday, if we can remove liberalism, we may become the state again that

gave California the great name in education it had 50 years ago.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

Glad we got Osama, disturbed it was a deliberate assassination

I am glad and relieved that the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden

has ended, but I am a little disturbed that it took the form of a

deliberate assassination.

I am proud of the small American military unit which carried out a

perfectly planned and executed mission, but I am disturbed by the

specific nature and goal of that mission, an attack on a private home

and the murder of its occupants.

This mission may have been necessary under the circumstances, but is

this the proud and righteous American way? This was revenge, pure and

simple, which may give us all a warm feeling of personal satisfaction

but is certainly not the traditional American concept of justice under

law, to be proudly displayed to the world.

The American celebrations of Osama bin Laden's death now are no

different in principle from the celebrations in some Muslim circles

following the 9/11 terrorist attack, which we condemned as barbaric.

Is there no way of expressing our relief and satisfaction that Osama

bin Laden is gone now, without turning it into what is essentially a

celebration of revenge and murder?

John Cupp

Smith River

Event planners, Triplicate should draw tourists with online info

Local and area events require some level of attendance and

participation to be successful. On-site message boards, fliers, local

websites and newspaper coverage must be used fully to bring local and

visitor interest in local events and things to do.

So far, little if anything is obvious to the Internet user. If event

planners and the Triplicate continue to fail to post information online,

attendance will continue to be poor. Out-of-area tourists see nothing

online and keep on traveling to other stops and destinations.

One Internet page, frequently updated, clearly showing local events,

weather, local motels and camping, fishing ocean, river and lake

reports, could work wonders. Just do it!

Bob Douglas

Smith River

Local gov'ts have equal footing with state, feds in negotiations

Attorney Fred Kelly Grant spoke to the Del Norte Tea Party April 26

about a matter of great significance to our local community. In reaction

against the over-reaching federal government (see the Tenth Amendment

to the Constitution), Congress has directed the federal agencies to

coordinate with local government.

Although few communities know about it, almost all federal

environmental and many state laws require federal or state agencies to

work with local government on a government-to-government basis. In other

words, local governments have equal footing in the negotiating process.

For instance, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)

requires every federal agency to comply with this law whenever they take

any major federal action. Local communities have not recognized they

could play a major role in the process to protect themselves. Instead,

they have become victims. And environmentalists can manipulate NEPA only

as long as local governments remain in ignorance. NEPA gives local

governments far more power than it does to environmentalists or other

advocacy groups. NEPA requires that the agencies coordinate with local


Grant is one of the few people who discovered and developed this

process into a highly successful strategy outlined by American Stewards

of Liberty. Landowners and local governments are beginning to realize

NEPA gives them a powerful tool to protect themselves from the federal

assault on property rights and the economy of the local town or county.

American Stewards of Liberty reported in April 2010 that it was directly

involved in the coordination process of nearly 50 local governments

throughout the Western United States.

Perhaps the most powerful illustration of how the coordination

approach can work to protect local communities happened in Texas. The

NAFTA superhighway was to be an extremely limited access highway, four

football fields wide, extending from the southwestern Mexican port of

Lazaro Cardenas, entering the United States at Laredo, Texas, and

extending into Canada. The only customs stop would be in Kansas City.

Construction was to have begun in 2007. The mammoth process was kept

super-quiet, until 2006 when citizens of Texas began to hear about it.

Led by Grant, the American Land Foundation, and Stewards of the Range

(now American Stewards of Liberty) used the NEPA process and a

little-used provision of Texas law to stop the process in its tracks.

All this information is covered in the book, Rescuing a Broken

America, by Michael Coffman, Ph.D.

Joan Miles

Crescent City