There is nothing wrong with billionaires supporting Tea Party
In her June 28 letter of response to Allen Johnson, Joan Miles missed an opportunity.
Instead of opening up the dialogue to readers of the opinion page, she invited Mr. Allen to the lair of the Tea Party for a debate Such an enclave, if accepted, would limit the conversation whereas the opinion page opens it up to the entire community. Let us opt instead for expanded airing.
In addressing the "average Joes" of the Tea Party, Mr. Johnson ("Tea Party's funders want return to 19th Century exploitation," June 25) poses the question whether they know that those who "originated and heavily finance the Tea Party are not ordinary working-class Americans? When one traces the origin of the Tea Party, (he continues) one soon comes to the names of some of America's wealthiest people, namely the Kansas oil billionaires, Charles and David Koch."
Yes, Allen, this "average Joe" knows of this connection and knows
enough about it to know they are not (as you imply) the originators of
the Tea Party movement.
The Tea Party excludes no one, be he billionaire or zero-heir. If the
Koches choose to contribute sums of their resources to Tea Party
causes, that is their prerogative and I'm sure it is appreciated. If
they founded "harmless-sounding front groups" I don't see how "average
Joes" can be held accountable nor how it redounds to the Tea Party's
defamation. Is Mr. Johnson suggesting that the Tea Party close shop
owing to the Koch factor?
On the note of super-rich benefactors, let us mention the
well-established link of proto-Socialist George Soros to "progressive"
causes. His deep pockets fund a host of anti-American enterprises and
movements, not the least of which is the Muslim Brotherhood across the
turbulent areas of North Africa and the Arab nations.
Domestically, Soros is fervently striving to stack the courts with
liberal judges by way of replacing elections with a process by committee
(of mostly lawyers) called "merit selection."
Outlawing locals' evening visits to overlook makes no sense
How do you make a criminal out of an innocent person? Make laws that
make no sense. I am referring to the upcoming closure of the Enderts
Beach Road overlook.
Since I moved here almost eight years ago, I have enjoyed the drive
there almost every day, sometimes during the day, to enjoy the view,
sometimes at sunset for the same reason or to take photos, sometimes in
the middle of the night to see wildlife or do some stargazing. The last
few days I have been there at sunset and have been accosted by park
police and told I was breaking the law and may be ticketed or even taken
in the future if I am found there after dark.
There is not even a sign there yet! I was really nice and asked them
to explain, and as I had read in The Daily Triplicate, they explained
the reason they will be closing it at sunset is due to the fact that
there have been many break-ins to automobiles there.
Well, I don't really need to become a criminal and pay fines and
maybe even be taken in just because they can't get the real criminals. I
bring no valuables and keep my doors and windows open so if someone
wants to scope my car, they will have nothing to steal and no windows to
break, unless they are just vandals.
Even so, I am an adult, as is everyone with a car, so I should be
able to make the choice myself. It would be worth it to me to have a
break-in actually just to be able to keep going to that wonderful place.
I told the officers I live right up the street and they should get to
know me because they will be seeing me, as they will, and asked if there
will be an exception for locals, even though that in my opinion
They said, "No, if you are here, you will be breaking the law." I get
a lot of visitors and always brag about the freedom to do things like
walk on the beach, make fires, and go check out the ocean and the stars
and moon freely and whenever I am moved to. What an embarrassment to
have to tell them, "No, we can't go there anymore, it's against the
I am sure there is a better solution than this one.
I love my hometown paper with heartfelt stories about neighbors
In this modern day and age of computer online news, I gotta say that I
love my hometown rag newspaper! Thank you so much for your local
stories and news.
Some people will gripe and complain, they don't like this or that,
but they don't remember the older days of our newspapers when our kids
and family news was buried in the middle or back pages of the
publications and we were lucky to find them, if they were there at all.
Mostly the newspaper tried to compete with others and with national
news. Now we have heartfelt, hometown stories on the front page.
Bill Choy, you outdid yourself. I've loved all your stories but you
outdid yourself on this one. There wasn't a person I talked to that
didn't get tears in their eyes over your front page story, "Life in the
Fast Lane," the story of Howard Ford's personal losses of his father Bud
Ford, who was salt of the earth, and best friend Vestal Skaggs, who was
everyone's friend and helper to all who needed a hand up. Truly a loss
to us all. Both were great men.
Many Crescent City folks went down to support Howard Ford at the race
and got to see him win first in the fastest-time trophy dash. It was
sweet to see him run into the crowd and give his grandson Landon his
Howard's son Brandon Ford was busy helping get the Rumiano Cheese
"cow" car ready for the 75-lap main event.
Your stories open up to the world to discover our neighbors, our
friends' children's events and our families' life stories, which are my
favorite thing. It's so fun to see the achievements of them all.
And of course I love Michele's personal stories, as I know they are
also a favorite of many.
I just want to say again, thank you for the wonderful inside editions
of our local community, they are so appreciated.