County seems to have record of going soft on men who kill women
Kill your mother in Del Norte County and you only spend 68 days in jail! This is outrageous.
Del Norte County seems to have a record of going soft on men who kill women in our county. Kill your friend and throw her off a bridge: 11 years.
Women in this county should be concerned.
My experience as a mother who was once a welfare recipient
There have been numerous letters printed lately concerning taxpayers
having to pay for welfare recipients, and I felt the need to share my
In 1975, I gave birth to what was to be the first of five. I had no
choice but to go on welfare, especially since their father was nowhere
around. I needed the help desperately!
In 1986, my children and I moved to Tulare. My welfare transferred
when I did. The welfare department in that city put me in a program
called "G.A.I.N.," Greater Avenues for Independence. And it was
mandatory or no welfare.
During those years, there was no limit as to how much households
received when the family had more babies. There wasn't any limitation as
to years you could receive welfare. The G.A.I.N. program tested
everyone to see what employment you had knowledge in, excelled at,
taught you resumes and then placed you in a job training program for
I was placed in a county medical lab and loved it. At the end of my
three months, 16 of the employees, lab personnel, gave me a surprise
party. They stated I was the first person to finish the G.A.I.N. program
at their facility. I continued to do volunteer work and went in
whenever they were short of staff.
There were no jobs at the time, but I loved it, and I figured if I
was in their face as much as possible I could eventually get hired and I
While in the program I had to report to the G.A.I.N. office monthly
with my time sheet. On one of these visits I met a representative of
G.A.I.N. He had three women with him just starting the program.
The representative, by surprise, asked me if I had advice for the
women. I stated that job or pay doesn't matter as long as you love what
you do. It all makes for an excellent, happy and fulfilled employee,
thereby creating an employee who does a job above and beyond.
Also, my welfare gradually decreased with my job. But once, while
shopping with food stamps, someone shoved me and stated, "Excuse me,
foodstamper." They had no idea of my circumstances.
Thoughts on local bureacracy, tsunami implications for area
People often suggest that Crescent City and Del Norte County increase
shared tasks as has been done with fire protection. Some advocate
merging the governments. However, the benefit of a merger, eliminating
duplication, might be lessened if we were to follow the model of the
city and county of San Francisco. Our system of having a manager or
administrator serve a council or board is preferable to developing a
Another concern, we are so overwhelmed by the enormity of short-term
challenges that we may not be evaluating a long-term hazard. If global
warming were to increase ocean levels, Crescent City might look like
Bangladesh. As it is, the last tsunami reportedly threatened the
Cultural Center, which indicates how everything from there to the Marine
Mammal Center (including the wastewater treatment plant) may be
endangered. Future construction within the tsunami evacuation zone
should consider the risks of flooding.
Unfortunately, we will probably continue to leave future problems to
be dealt with by future residents who will have to seek funds to cope
with the damage that might have been prevented or at least reduced.