Letters to the Editor June 14, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Communication with tourist at Battery Point wasn't welcoming

Tact, kindness and a sense of humor are necessary skills when dealing with the public, especially when dealing with tourism. I was recently visiting Crescent City and encountered the opposite while hiking around the Battery Point Lighthouse.

It was almost dark, low tide was at 8:30 p.m., so only four other people were on the rock at the time I was. I had my little 11-year-old companion dog with me, on a leash, and we were simply walking around the path in front of the lighthouse.

A man came out and sharply informed me that I had not read the huge

sign stating no dogs were allowed, and I was ordered to leave the rock.

As I got back to the parking lot, a kind and gentle man saw my little

cocker spaniel and said, "Hey, Fluffy, aren't you cute?" I then

described the attitude we had just incurred as "Fluffy" and I were

thrown off the rock. We laughed about it as we discussed more diplomatic

approaches that could have been implemented.

"Pet friendly" tourism is on the rise. Even if there are valid safety

issues for the lighthouse rock, which I am unaware of, there are better

ways of communicating that my beloved companion is not welcome.

However, if my pet is not welcome, I will find another place where

she is. Something to think about while you are discussing how to attract

more tourists to your area.

Edie Harbour

Long Beach, Calif.

Comment early and often on state's new redistricting maps

On Friday California's Redistricting Commission released draft maps

of Congressional (House of Representatives), State Assembly, State

Senate and Board of Equalization Districts. You can check out the maps

at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov. There are only 14 days to comment on what

you think of the maps, or to provide input on the proposed maps.

What you should know: The State will be chopped into 53 congressional

districts, 40 State Senate districts, 80 State Assembly districts and 4

Board of Equalization Districts.

Del Norte County will be a part of each one of these districts. Based

on the 2010 census data, our county population will comprise 4.1% of a

Congressional district, 3.1% of a Senate, 6.1% an Assembly district and

0.3% of a Board of Equalization district.

The point is that no matter what, our County will represent a minority of the total population of any of the proposed districts.

So why is it important for our community to comment on the maps? We

will either be grouped in the final maps with folks to the south of us,

likely most of the way to San Francisco, or assembled with folks to the

east of us all the way to the Nevada border. Are we an urbanized

industrial area like exists in the bay area, or is Del Norte a rural and

agricultural area? Who better understands our county's challenges, our

neighbors to the south or those to the east?

Please provide comments on the website listed above that reflect your

opinion of who Del Norte should be grouped with; should we go east or

south?

Like voter's in Chicago-comment (vote) early, comment often.

Jon Olson

Crescent City

Thanks to 16-year-old for letter critical of teen health clinic

I was compelled to write in response to the letter written by

Cheyenne Stice ("Sixteen-year-old's objections to teen health clinic's

immorality," June 8) regarding the clinic now on school property.

Thank you, young lady for writing what you did. Your note was brief and to the point and I couldn't agree with you more.

For someone your age you provide encouragement to the fact that there

will always be hope for our younger generation. Continue to stand for

what is right. Unfortunately, our society continues to "cave in" in the

direction of doing wrong.

Fortunately, the truth will prevail.

Ernie Reyes

Crescent City

Dream Act not about immigration but about civil human rights

Regarding the June 10 letter, "Dream Act should only apply to

Americans, not illegal immigrants," I notice how a sea of opinions or a

sea of complaints arise when new laws pass. If it is not convenient to

people, they seem to find a fault in everything. The lack of

self-respect gets lost; how can we respect others if we have lost

respect for ourselves. This is not about immigration, this is about

civil human rights.

Of course people will be upset, not because the new law, AB 131

passed, but that it will allow people from Mexico, our border neighbor,

to come and study. We get so caught up in criticizing and condemning

everything and everyone that we lose our identity in helping anyone

anymore.

It would be more effective to make this world a better place than to

say harsh words. Showing our youth that it is alright to say cruel

words, absolutely not. The real world, is a whole different ballgame.

Life shouldn't be treated like a game, aside from being willing to learn

and grow. We must also, remember our legacy, and trail-blaze for our

youth the importance of human rights.

Truthfully, I can say some facts, use some harsh words, point out in

detail someone else's faults. However, my point is this: I rather lay

the foundation of human rights, than to have that self righteous

mentality and give an opinion to everything while criticizing it at the

same time.

If it's a new law, it is no longer illegal. The Dream Act is not a

dream, it's now reality in the county of Del Norte, and in the greater

State of California! Is it best to complain, or to make our world a

better place? People have a right to complain all day, but just what

kind of example are we showing our youth?

Lisa Serrano

Del Norte Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Crescent City

For remote county with no clout, redistricting map did best it could

Megan Hansen's article about the new redistricting plan ("Maps alter

political landscape," June 11) focuses on the political implications of

the new plan. The commission was not supposed to look at saving anyone's

district, but rather keeping communities of interest together.

It seems to me that the commission has done that by keeping us with

the other coastal counties in the north. Rather than being more than 500

miles across the Senate district, the new district is 350 miles across.

We are one of the smallest counties in population and right on the

far edge of the state. We have no clout, and not many choices about

where our district lies. We should probably be in Oregon, but our link

to California is south on U.S. Highway 101 to Humboldt County.

Regardless of this county's political affiliation (which is split

anyway), it looks like the commission did the best it could do for our

county.

Barry Wendell

Crescent City

Cowardly owner neglects dog, and Sheriff's Office doesn't help

I saw your very old friend today, Sunday the 12th. A black dog with a

red collar, abandoned and alone lying on the asphalt of the harbor

parking lot.

The wooden mermaid watched over him. Watching his feeble efforts to

find food and water. Looking into many faces for his once former owner.

The owner that didn't treat the mange or the tumor growing off the left

front foot.

Man wasn't his best friend was he? A coward did this. No help for

abandoned animals is available on weekends. No one ever responded from

the Sheriff's Office. Is this the best we can do?

Judy Wolfe

Crescent City

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