Allow off-roading to kill off area's non-native beach grass
There is a field of study called "Patch Dynamics" (White and Pickett, a rather thick book). It describes how nature's calamities, such as a huge storm, or even the natural fall of a single tree, can create opportunities for certain species which, oddly, actually are attuned to such things occurring.
Locally it's native beach plants that need disturbance to complete their life cycles. I studied this phenomenon as a graduate student in Range Ecology; it is well documented. What does that have to do with here and now, at our closed to-vehicles dunes?
As most know, the dunes around the mouth of the Smith River and elsewhere, have been stabilized all too well from their natural drifting-about state by a non-native beachgrass. Why don't we cordon off, say 10 acres at a time, in areas totally blanketed with the stuff, and let all comers ride trucks, motorcycles, dune buggies, what-have-you, all over the area; until the grasses are all killed off and the dunes blowing about again?
If we train the riders to respect the no-ride status on other "treated" areas, the spot can then be closed, a new one opened up; and native species can be reseeded/planted. It would be a grand experiment, and what do we have to lose?
The area is already ruined, so we might as well try something this "radical." All we have to be mindful of is the Plover bird's need to nest in season. Otherwise, why not do something both fun, and likely sensible, ecologically-speaking? Oregon seems to be (inadvertently) way ahead on this, perhaps?
Hilary John Herman
Sutter Coast mistreatment spurs practice to move to Brookings
I am writing to set the record straight regarding my medical practice
plans that have been circulating for the past six months. I will be
relocating my medical practice to Brookings in September.
My decision is based upon my opinion that I have been mistreated by
Sutter Coast Hospital and a few of the previous and current
We could have left the area entirely, but we choose to bring a new
concept to this area called continuity of care. I have been offered
numerous positions in other areas, but, I cannot conscientiously leave
my patients in that predicament.
I will retain my California license and my staff privileges at Sutter
Coast Hospital until the new facility is up and running in Brookings.
Life is about choices and I have made my choice to spend the remaining
15 years of my medical career building something positive and practicing
in an environment of hope, care and mutual respect.
Dr. Jim Morrow
Small business owners in city should keep eye on BID issue
This Business Improvement District issue is just getting way out of
hand. It has become a much larger issue. The new issue is whether or not
certain members of the City Council will represent the will of the
The fact is there have been two surveys conducted to get a feel for
how the business owners and licensees downtown feel about BID. Both
surveys overwhelmingly reflect that they do not wish to participate in
Some of the City Council members refused to accept the results of the
first "unofficial"?survey and proceeded to conduct their own survey,
which confirmed the results of the first survey but since it did not
support the wishes of those members, they decided to ignore both surveys
and keep the BID anyway.
This decision has resulted in a lot of resentment and anger from a
lot of the downtown businesses. In regards to a previous letter
("Regardless of views, there's no reason to be abusive at meeting," June
15, Patricia Slert), which described some of the audience members at
the last City Council meeting as "vulgar, abusive," I attended that
meeting and I can tell you firsthand that there was no vulgar or abusive
statements made by anyone in the audience or at the podium from either
side of the issue that I observed.
There was a statement made by one business owner who said he would
fund a candidate to replace members of the City Council who choose to
keep BID. In my opinion, this statement was neither vulgar nor abusive,
but this man's right as an American to state his opinion on a political
I would strongly urge all citizens of Crescent City to view this City
Council meeting and see for yourself that everyone conducted themselves
in a diplomatic and civil manner. Go to crescentcity.org, on the right
hand side of the homepage, click on "City Council Meeting Webcasts"? and
click on 6/6/11.
I would also urge all small business owners in Crescent City (not
just downtown) to pay attention to this issue because it may affect you
too down the road!
Editor's note: On June 6, the City Council chose to not continue
funding the BID with member fees.
Congress is no longer relevant; maybe we should get rid of it
After reading that the elected officials in the U.S. Congress had
lower scores in a test on the meaning of the Constitution, its legal
principles and the historical facts about the founders who wrote it, I
was deeply disturbed.
In thinking about this, thus analyzing the actions of both parties
who have controlled congress, I have become a political atheist. I
notice they seem not to represent the middle class voters. They do seem
concerned with the special interest groups, lobbyists, unions and
multi-national corporations that pay for their campaigns.
Maybe this is why the country is going bankrupt, why Congress failed
to balance the budget, and is happy burdening future generations with
unsustainable debt. Maybe that is why so many manufacturing plants have
closed in the USA and we've lost so many blue-collar, middle-class jobs.
So I have concluded Congress is no longer relevant. We do not need
it. The Swiss are one of the few countries in the world that have a
direct vote on all major issues. That is right ... the middle class
voter gets to decide what laws are passed by direct vote.
Since Congress will not fix any problems, maybe we are better off
without Congress? Maybe we need a constitutional ammendment for a direct
vote. Maybe the middle class would finally have a voice? Surely we are
worse off with the dummies we have elected in Congress. The fact is "we
the people" have the edge over Congress!
Keep high school campus closed during lunch period(s)
Our nation, state and county are concerned about the nutrition of our
youth. Having a closed campus at the high school would allow at least
one meal per day to be healthy.
The reason given for not having a closed campus is that there isn't
enough room for all of the students at one time. That problem would be
eliminated if the school rearranged the schedule and had staggered lunch
Many schools throughout the country do this successfully. That would
eliminate children walking to the gas station and purchasing energy
drinks and other junk food, and would also reduce tardies.
A police officer wouldn't be needed to monitor the reckless driving
during lunch. If you really want to do something about the health and
nutrition of our youth, control the one thing that you're able to -