Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Volore, Mortenson family thanks Crescent City for vigil, support

The family of Ashley Volore and Cecilia Mortensen would like to thank everyone who came to their candlelight vigil on Friday, June 17, at the Hidden Creek Apartments. Especially the manager of Hidden Creek, Jackie Guerrero, who organized it.

The family's prayers of gratitude go to John Berryman, the inspirational speaker, and Charlie Wick and Joyce Christian, who led the singing.

Ashley wants to thank everyone for coming and the donations that were given will go toward Cecilia's burial with her grandmother and great-grandmother in San Jose.

Ashley appreciated Wier's Mortuary for its care of Cecilia.

Also District Attorney Jon Alexander for keeping all the relatives

together at the Bay View Inn and providing food vouchers and gas to

those who needed it.

Also Cal-Ore Life Flight for taking Ashley to Medford for medical

attention and returning her to say goodbye to her daughter.

To the people who left candles, crosses and all the beautiful flowers

at the mobile home, thank you so very much.

We don't know the names of all the people who took the time to care,

but Ashley wants you to know that Crescent City is still going to be her

new home when her medical needs are taken care of.

The new start in life she had wanted for Cecilia now has a very

special meaning in her heart.

Thank you Crescent City and many thanks to all who have stopped by

her mobile home to offer help. God bless each and every one of you.

Her adopted sister of over 35 years,

Nadine Birlew

Crescent City

What are poor doing if legislator can't get by without paycheck?

I think the good citizens of Del Norte should take up a collection

for the poor assemblyman from L.A. Mike Gato, who gave up a "fulfilling

private sector career path" - his words - to become a politician.

Now he doesn't know how to tell his wife and children that they can't

pay their bills ("Legislators' paychecks cut off over California

budget," June 22). This is due to the fact the politicians have failed

to put together a budget that the governor can sign. So, no budget, no


It's a shame that politicians live so close to economic failure that

the loss of a couple of paychecks puts him in jeopardy. All this in

spite of having per diem, expense account, furnished vehicle and other

perks. Makes one wonder what the poor people are doing.

Just think, they walk among us.

George Herrick


Typical day in Del Norte: People taking time to assist each other

It was a typical early summer day?in Del Norte County, people

hurrying with their day despite the not-so-gentle wind whipping down the


We pulled up to a stop sign and observed small pieces of paper

blowing across the street. We noticed a man frantically chasing the

pieces of paper with little luck as the wind kept moving them just out

of his reach.

I realized quickly that the man was chasing bills of currency that

the wind had stolen from his grip. People got out of their cars, a woman

in business attire and high heels, a man who only moments before was

hurrying down the street stopped and rushed about to grab at the money

flying every which way.

The cars at the stop signs waited patiently as the money was rescued.

Each person walked to the man and returned the money without ceremony.

No one was impatient, angry, or rude, and everyone appeared happy and

eager to help this stranger.

All of these people had busy schedules and other places to be, but

for one moment took the time to help a stranger. Although not heard

about often enough, this was a typical day in Del Norte.

Miriam Kapphahn

Crescent City

Tea Party critic brings up ideas that would make a great debate

In response to Allen C. Johnson's June 25 letter, "Tea Party's

funders want return to 19th Century exploitation," thank you for your

challenging comments about the formation and purposes of the Tea Party.

As you suggest, the Tea Party members in Crescent City are indeed a

grass-roots group of everyday Americans. You bring up some very

interesting issues which would make a great debate, and on behalf of our

group I would like to invite you to participate in such a debate.

It is difficult to exchange ideas back and forth through letters

because of the delay involved and possible misinterpretation of ideas,

so please consider participating in a live debate or panel discussion at

a future Tea Party meeting.

You could also invite another spokesperson(s) whom you would like to

join the discussion. Please let us know if you would be interested. You

will find us a friendly, concerned group about the future of America.

Joan Miles

Crescent City

Suggestions for First 5's success with its grant to plant fruit


I found the June 22 article, "First 5 receives award to plant fruit

trees," interesting. My thoughts turn to a time long ago. I grew up on a

small farm in Idaho as a child. We had a small orchard. I remember my

grandfather and a man from the University of Idaho county extension

service sitting at our dinner table planning the orchard for my


I would like to make a few suggestions to the people planning the

orchard at First 5. First, I would hope they would consult with our

local extension agent.

Then, I am aware, the ground at the site is very poor. A lot of soil

preparation will have to be done. The tree spacing will be important.

I would hope that First 5 would think about getting a single beehive

as an educational tool. My reasoning for saying this is because of the

lack of bees. Then I would hope that they would think about getting a

few berry crops too.

I remember all the canning that my grandmother did as I entered

middle school. Oh, the thought of my grandmother's apple butter, or her

jellies, or jams or fresh baked bread on a cold winter's day after

getting off the school bus. Childhood thoughts.

I hope the community will come together and help create a First 5

orchard. I'm aware that $500 will not cover the total cost of creating

an orchard.

Richard M. Miles

Crescent City

Poor judgment to write, publish letter condemning homosexuality

In response to Patricia Thorpe's letter condemning other people's

lifestyles ("Homosexuality, perversions common now, but still wrong,"

June 22), I would just like to take a moment to reflect.

First off, I think it was poor judgment on the part of The Daily

Triplicate to print such a letter. I believe everyone is entitled to

their own opinions, but clearly not everything should be published.

Secondly, I would like to remind our community that we should embrace

diversity and not condemn it. Our community encompasses such a vibrant

mix of people - we should start celebrating it!

In the future I hope people will stop and think what they're saying

(or writing) before they send it out into the universe.

Rose Munger

Crescent City