Del Norte Triplicate Readers

No empathy for inmates, my sympathies with our troops

I guess no one is looking at this hunger strike at Pelican Bay State Prison for what it really is. Control.

These men put themselves in the position they are in, and excuse me, but they get better treatment than some of them truly deserve. I personally am upset that some people think the Security Housing Unit is inhumane. These men have done truly horrible things to other people, and will continue to do so given the opportunity, and are in secure housing for just that reason.

I look at our young military men who are overseas fighting for the freedoms of people they will never know, and yet do so on a daily basis without complaint. They don't get three hot meals a day. They don't get on-demand medical care. They don't have a safe and comfortable place to sleep every night, and they sure don't get cable TV, so how can caging inmates for the good of all of those around him be inhumane, when our soldiers fight and die or get disabled in body and mind without so much as a whimper?

These young men leave behind family and friends for months at a time. Some come back safe and sound, but many do not. I don't have empathy for these men in the prison. My feelings are for the soldiers who deserve it.

Judy Peterson

Crescent City

Many committed no crime worth life in solitary confinement

In regards to those inmates participating in the hunger strike and

those that commented on how they deserve nothing, here are some facts

for you. Many of the inmates placed in the SHU have not committed any

crime that would cost them a life in solitary confinement.

Last I heard we were living in the United States of America where

human rights were integrated into our Constitution. I know that no one

in the protest is fighting for their freedom, only their right to be

treated humanely. I also understand everyone is entitled to their

opinion, however maybe those that open their mouths before knowing the

facts behind SHU policies will think twice before assuming anything.

A phone call home would not cost taxpayers, only the receiver of the

call. A sweats outfit will not cost taxpayers, only the inmate. I wonder

if those against the inmate request would be so adamant if they had a

loved one living in these conditions.

Patricia Aguilar

Riverside, Calif.

Entrepreneur-county worker comparison full of problems

In response to the letter "County employees should take a lesson from

entrepreneurs" (June 29), first, county employees are not relying on

others for our lot in life. We are hard-working individuals doing

services for our counties, but we don't expect to work for wages that

aren't high enough for us to be able to provide a roof over our heads,

food and medical services.

You may not be aware of this fact, but some of our county employees

go without their much-needed prescriptions because they can't afford it

with the county health plan. And you and the Board of Supervisors want

us to give more and get less. By the way, we are also taxpayers.

Second, comparing employees that are paid by the hour to

self-employed "entrepreneurs" is like comparing apples and oranges. But

as a contractor, I'm sure you put some value on the employees that work

for you and your husband. If not, try building a house alone.

I don't think your employees would stay with your company if you

hired them at $14 an hour and then decided to pay them $10 an hour

because you overspent or you bid too low on a job.

Third, and most important, if you think it is OK to contract a job

and only get paid a percentage of what you were hired to do but are also

expected to complete more work in less hours (as an example: just

because our hours are cut, we are still expected to do more work with

the same quality), then you are the contracting company for me.

I would like your company to build a house for me. I am looking for a

$500,000 home. I expect excellent quality work done in less time than a

normal home of this quality. After I have agreed to hire your company,

I'm sure you would not mind if I only paid you a portion of what we

agreed on when you were hired. You see, I am in the habit of spending

over my budget and I don't think that money should come out of my own

pocket, so I will be taking it out of yours.

This is what the state and county are doing, spending money on items

that are not a necessity and expecting their employees to pay for it.

Lani Crockett

Crescent City

Four-legged cane kindly given, but should go to someone else

When I came home from dinner this evening, I found a very nice

four-legged cane on my patio. It had no note on it, so I don't know who

to thank for this generous gift.

I am sorry to say that I am unable to use this style of a cane. I

would like to return it so you can give it to someone who can make use

of it. Thanks again for being thoughtful. I would like to thank you in


Rita Moore

Crescent City

Editor's note: Rita Moore wrote the June 30 letter, "To person who

took my cane: How can you sleep at night?" Her cane has been replaced.

Description of well-fed inmates an inaccurate depiction of SHU

There was a letter in your newspaper, ("No sympathy for well-fed

inmates at Pelican Bay," July 2, Linda Sutter) about the men in Pelican

Bay Prison eating nutritionally sound food every day. This individual

must have been in another facility or in the dining room of the

correctional officers.

I would challenge her to try to live in the "SHU" and experience the

horrors of living in a 6- by 8-foot, windowless, cement tomb. Try to

bypass in your mind the filthy food trays that are coated with dried

left-over food and bacteria that carry the reheated and sometimes rotten

processed meat or cheese.

This is the main reason why there are so many illnesses in prison.

She also states that the inmates get better food than schoolchildren and

underprivileged children in Crescent City.

The public has been misinformed about Pelican Bay Prison inmated. The

media, guard union and prisons would have you believe that these men

are animals. In fact, they are loving fathers, uncles, brothers and

sons, human beings with human hearts, emotions and feelings, just like

you and me.

I could go on and on about the cruelties bestowed on the prison

population called, "worst of the worst." I'm also a taxpaying citizen

and teacher, but I am first a human being with a compassionate heart for

my fellow man.

Conie Pedroza

Antelope Valley, Calif.

Letting Casey Anthony off without justice is a travesty

I am just as outraged as most of the nation with the Casey Anthony

verdict. I was one of the millions who watched this saga from start to

finish, trying to find information online, even during the silent years

before the trial.

I could not fathom anyone taking the life of this precious little

baby, Caley. Like most people, appalled that Casey went 31 days partying

and in bed with her boyfriend for days with her daughter gone. One of

the jurors stated they found her not guilty because her friends

testified she was a good mother. What? Really?

A good mother goes crazy if her child goes missing for one hour, not

31 days, and only when her mother tracked her down at her boyfriend's

did she fess up her daughter was missing! If it walks like a duck,

quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. I believe in America, I believe

in our jury system, but come on jurors! At least child endangerment!

Sure it was a long time to be locked up trying to decide her fate,

but to let her off without justice for Caley is a travesty! I pray no

one buys her book or watches the movie that she most certainly will sell

and try to make money off of all her outlandish lies.

Mimi Stephens

Crescent City