Letters to the Editor July 05, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Good time for all that made it to the Crescent Harbor Gallery

I went to the Crescent Harbor Gallery for the Friday night Art Walk.

They had a delightful slide show of someone's vacation to Four Corners. It was well put together and presented professionally. They also had Tim Blueflint playing the Indian flutes he had made. He is a local boy who came home.

The paintings and pictures were nice, and I found one for my son. All in all it was a really good time for all that made it to the gallery.

Thank you for the great entertainment.

Ellen Dalbec

Crescent City

Open-mindedness can only serve to help us grow as humans

I was sitting here mulling over what I should write about. There are

so many things we are dealing with.

There is redistricting, which could separate our coastal "Wild

Rivers" community from other communities with similar issues and needs.

There is big money being funneled into every level of our society,

misleading and distorting the facts and turning us against one another.

There are military actions overseas, which are a constant drain on

our resources, both human and treasure, and increase our deficit

exponentially as each day passes, while we chip away at relatively small

sums from many useful programs to give the "illusion"?of doing

something about it. Programs, even when lumped together, don't begin to

touch the real problem.

There is the threat to Medicare, a fairly well run program, although

no one would say it can't use some well-thought out reforms and

streamlining to cut waste and increase efficiency.

There are the differences in our respective beliefs and how (often)

we put up walls around ourselves to keep out those people, whomever that

might be.

There seems to be little pass-through between these barriers.

Personally, I believe that people feel safer, more included and part of a

community in these groups. It follows that humanity has done this since

the first days of existence, however you believe that came about.

I understand why these walls were needed then but I think the time

has come to make them more permeable so new ideas and influences can

pass through.

This world we live in is so interconnected now, and open-mindedness

could only serve to help us grow as human beings. What was once unknown

or misunderstood becomes familiar and less threatening.

Maybe we could put a gate in those walls? I'd like my country to

become more well-rounded and flexible to meet future circumstances and

not be so rigid that we break.

I know I have a ways to go to lose some of my "walls," but I am

still trying to become a better citizen and person.

I guess that is what I wished to write about. I went to school back

in the '50s and '60s and we had to take civics and sociology classes

back then. I hope those classes are still taught as we really do need

them, in my opinion, of course.

Linda Ehrisman

Gasquet

Has no sympathy for prisoners that take part in hunger strike

Regarding the Pelican Bay State Prison hunger strike, if the

prisoners do not want the food, then I am sure there are some homeless

people in Del Norte County that would take it with no questions asked.

As far as I am concerned, they should be grateful that they are

getting fed at all. Last I checked Pelican Bay was a prison, not a

country club.

They do not like their living conditions. Well maybe, if they hadn't

killed someone or committed some other felony, they wouldn't be living

in these conditions.

I laugh when I read, that the inmates are getting a "voice"

regarding food, group punishment, and privileges for inmates who are in

the Secure Housing Unit. As far as I am concerned, if you are in prison,

you pretty well sacrifice whatever right you might have had. You are

not in a position to demand, expect, or receive anything.

It is bad enough you get free housing, medical care, free food, while

other taxpayers pick up the tab.

You don't like the "state-provided meals? Tough. Try to find someone

else who has some sympathy for you.

Mike Stern

Brookings

She didn't really mean all that about county workers, did she?

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

from entrepreneurs," I'm sure the writer did not mean to imply that

county employees should continue to take yet another 5 percent cut in

pay for up to 25 weeks and for other workers a proposed 12.5 percent cut

for nearly 20 weeks.

I'm sure she did not mean to imply that those who are struggling to

make ends meet, who live paycheck to paycheck, who are having a hard

time paying the bills or paying the rent or making the mortgage or

putting food on the table, should just "weather the storm" and hope that

they don't get their electricity shut off, get kicked out of their

homes or deal with their children's cries of hunger.

I'm sure she did not mean to imply that county employees don't know

anything about "personal responsibility" in getting their families

through the hard times, the countless cuts in pay that they have made

seven out of the past 10 years.

I'm sure she did not mean to imply that county workers should just

shrug their shoulders, suck it up, "call it life" and deal with it

"without a handout, a bailout or a cop-out."

I'm sure she didn't mean to imply that county workers should just

accept these cuts, "take a risk," play Russian roulette with their and

their families' livelihoods and not rely on the union and their

coworkers to support and fight for them.

I'm sure she did not mean that county employees, tired of cuts,

should not stand up, demonstrate their constitutional rights of assembly

and speech in protest of these cuts and in solidarity for all fellow

workers who will be deeply and negatively impacted by what she calls

"the economy" or "life."

I'm sure, in the end, that she did not mean to imply that county

employees are not diligent, hard-working public servants. I'm sure she

did not mean that, right?

Right?

Norma Williams

Crescent City

Those who are against BID are very united in their stand

I am very upset at some of the rude comments that are being said

about people in the Business Improvement District by some of the elected

officials of Crescent City.

I take these words personally. I am not in any way childish,

dysfunctional or ignorant, and it is wrong for any elected official to

say such a thing about anyone.

I have a very strong sense of our town and community businesses since

I have made this place my home.

As far as selfish me, I would like all of Crescent City businesses to

make good, no matter what area they are in.

Yes, united we stand, divided we fall. The people for "No BID" are

very united!

Dee Word

Crescent City

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