Letters to the Editor July 02, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Disappointed Memorial Day by state of Potter's Field

I was very disappointed in our county on Memorial Day. The cemetery was nicely groomed, all but Potter's Field.

Granted not many people visit their loved ones there, but a few of us do. The grass had not been mowed. The fence and entry was falling down. There were tree limbs that we had to move to visit and pay our respects to my husband's family.

What happened to the prison crew that used to keep it so nice? I was very glad that the rest of my family did not show up, it was very embarrassing.

I hope this condition can be remedied for future visits by out-of-town relatives.

Connie Fletcher

Crescent City

Sad to see no one speak up for workers losing jobs

I listened to the Board of Supervisors meeting that was held on

Tuesday, June 28, regarding the approval of the county budget for fiscal

year 2011-2012 and was surprised by the number of union members who

were lined up to speak about the pay cuts that were being proposed, but

not about standing up for the four individuals who had their jobs being

proposed for layoff.

I wish there would have been a little bit more compassion for those

who lost their jobs by the approval of that budget than the outrage over

the proposed cuts. I don't believe that county administration or

supervisors are ever looking or hoping for pay cuts.

I believe that they work as hard as they can to do everything

possible to leave cuts to employees as a last resort. Employees were

furious that they might have to accept a 5 percent reduction in pay

which I'm sure the four employees who were given their layoff notice

that day would have gladly taken over losing all their pay, health

benefits, retirement and paid leave.

I would just like to take this opportunity to say to those four

individuals (one at Bar-O Boys Ranch, two at Probation and one from the

Sheriff's Office, thank you for your service to the county. I wish you

all the best and hope that you are able to move on to bigger and better

things.

Jo Lynn McCorkle

Crescent City

No sympathy for well-fed inmates at Pelican Bay

Regarding the June 30 article, "Pelican Bay hunger strike in the

offing," quick, somebody call the inmates at Pelican Bay a

Waaaambulance. Or how about giving them some cheese with that wine - oh,

that's right, they get cheese. In fact, they get better food served to

them then the public school systems serve our kids. In fact, they get

better food served to them than a lot of underprivileged children in our

county.

Last time I remember working in the dining rooms at Pelican Bay, the

inmates received 2,500 calories of nutritionally sound food a day, three

servings of fruit a day, two hot meals a day and a bag lunch consisting

of a nice sandwich, cookie, chips and whatever else was thrown in

there.

The inmates at Pelican Bay are ungrateful, but then, that is why they

are there, right? Because they don't respect or appreciate society as a

whole. So inmates, if you don't like the food, then don't eat it. The

only negative about this is the fact we as taxpayers still have to cook

the food that will be tossed out, and that in itself should be a crime.

If I could have my way, you all would eat beans and rice everyday,

for every meal. They consist of all your amino acids you need in a day.

Linda Sutter

Crescent City

Don't accuse county worker of unfair, inaccurate things

Regarding the June 29 letter, "County employees should take a lesson

from entrepreneurs," first of all, I'd like to set something straight. I

am not looking for a handout or a bailout, and I am not copping out to

anything.

I am sorry to hear that the letter-writer's husband's business

suffered at all due to the economy. Please note that part of the drop in

construction may have been directly related to the fact that so, so

many people had wage cuts last fiscal year, too.

Don't say I am not a hard worker, because I am. Self-employed

individuals not paying into unemployment are making a choice.

As for turning down work, I don't have that luxury. No matter what, I

still need to complete the same amount of work as always, even when my

hours are cut.

I don't rely on others for my lot in life and for anybody to say that

I do, just tells me that they didn't do their homework.

Cheryle Vlachopoulos

Crescent City

County worker not looking for 'handout' or 'cop-out'

Regarding the June 29 letter, "County employees should take a lesson

from entrepreneurs," when I was hired by the county I left two wonderful

jobs so I could have the security of a pension, and the other benefits

the job offered (otherwise I would have stayed with my former jobs).

I have never looked for a "handout" or a "cop-out." I take personal

responsibility for myself, that is one way I obtained the job I have now

at the county that made certain promises that in the end I thought were

best for my family and I.

Not everyone can be an entrepreneur, nor does everyone want to be. I

for one have no desire to own my own business ever again, and not

because I do not work hard. I would not be able to make the difference

for the population I now serve if I did not have the job I have.

I also have some knowledge of "beating the pavement and looking for

work." It is how I have always found work, including the position I

currently hold.

I am not asking for higher taxes, my pay stub shows I pay plenty of

those, I am asking that we all share in the misery together. I am not

asking the county to "give" me anything. I earn my pay. I only ask that

the elected officials and top paid people in the county pay the same as I

do. No more, no less.

I rely on only myself and not anyone else to make my lot in life.

Lenora Wallace

Crescent City

Entrepreneur gripes about downside, ignores advantages

I have nothing against entrepreneurs who take risks and make profits

except during poor times of economy like now! I do have negative

thoughts against those who have taken risks with their entrepreneurship

and are jealous of public employees, whether they are county, state or

federal.

While people in private enterprise were enjoying lucrative salaries

or profits quickly, the people working in public service received fewer,

slower salary increases but with more stability. I realize this may not

have been the situation for all in either category, though.

Now that the economy is not so good, due much in part to the "big

money" taking illegal or questionable risks, the general trend is to

take away the benefits from public employees who have benefits, pensions

and not-so-rising salaries.

Entrepreneurs have taken the risks and received the benefits, but now

suffer the consequences of that option. The economy will recover and

the "tables" will be reversed once again. If public employee benefits,

pensions, etc., are reduced we will be behind again while others gain

quickly. Once our slow gains are gone they will not come back quickly

like the private sector.

Once again, I am not against entrepreneurship, but quit whining and

crying when the risks fall short of expectations and public employees'

blood is sought!

Richard Wendt

Klamath

Having perverted Constitution, we are now paying the price

The Declaration of Independence was written to tell the world that

the King of England was not listening to the complaints of the American

colonies. Twenty-seven complaints are listed, complaints that developed

over years of abuse and neglect.

Americans are a long-suffering people, but we must act when no relief

from abuses is forthcoming. Only about half of the people were willing

to enter into a war with the most powerful country in the world. We only

had local militia that were not trained and had no experience in

combat.

The federal government had no power to make the colonies pay for the

war. Clothing, food and equipment had to be purchased, yet the colonies

were very tardy in giving help.

Our founding fathers knew that America was very special and would be

protected by God in this endeavor. Reading some of their writings

indicates they were generally in agreement that religion must play an

important part of this country-to-be, not a particular denomination as

was the case in England.

There has never been a group of men with such a depth of knowledge

and experience to lead a country into a new uncharted form of

government. The American experiment was unique because the government

would be responsible to the people as a whole. The idea was to elect

persons from small areas who would serve two years if they were

"representatives," and two "senators" per state would serve six year

terms.

George Washington, our first president set the example that should

have been followed, serving one term and returning to private life. We

need to return to our constitutional framework. What we now have are two

parties, each maintaining their power in most districts and states with

few incumbents being defeated, giving us a hierarchy that feels

entitled to special treatment.

The founding fathers were correct in forming a government "of the

people, by the people and for the people." We have perverted this simple

doctrine and are now paying the price for our neglect of our own

Constitution.

Marlowe Thompson

Crescent City

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