Letters to the Editor July 27, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Pages of History column brought back lots of happy memories

I was reading Pages in History last week and was happy to see an article that brought back lots of memories.

My parents used to deer hunt with Sheriff Chuck Glover when I was a little girl (that was a long time ago). I was 7 and it was my birthday. Chuck and Madge invited me for breakfast. I had "Glovers Gastronomical Golden Glorius Griddle Goodies" and they were the best dad-burned hotcakes I ever 'et.

Chuck tought me how to say all that, then gave me a pair of leaded spoons. You hold them in your hand and beat rhythm to the music. We played around the campfire that night while my dad played guitar. Then Chuck and I jumped on a round log and did the twist.

There were a lot of old-timers there My grandparents Bill and Charlotte McKay, Sharkey and Alice Boyet, Leon Jones, George Hanson Sr., my Uncle Billy Mckay and my parents Benny and Barbara Bennett.

When I go back to that spot I fill my soul.

Debbie Berg

Beaver Creek Calif.

Bohling incorrect to say majority does not accept homosexuality

In response to Dale Bohling's July 21 Coastal Voices piece,

"Gay-history bill an affront," I am amused by his seeming insistence

that his attitude about homosexuality is shared by a majority of

Americans.

A 2010 Gallup poll found that now more than 50 percent of Americans

accept homosexuality (morally speaking), with the biggest attitude

change coming from men less than 50 years of age.

Statistically speaking, Mr. Bohling and others who cling to the idea

that homosexuality is an unacceptable deviance are themselves the

minority.

While I do not share Mr. Bohling's view on this issue, I do feel

empathy for his position. It can be frightening and frustrating to watch

a world change around you, convinced that you are in the right and that

anyone who disagrees with you is conspiring to take away your right to

be comfortable.

To Mr. Bohling and those who share his anguish, please accept my

sympathies for the loss of your hold on the "mainstream view." As a

meditative mantra to ease your suffering, might I suggest a paraphrase

of a popular march chant: They're here, they're queer, get used to it.

Carla Critz

Crescent City

Bohling's challenge totally inappropriate for family paper

It was hard to wade through Dale L. Bohling's homphobic, anti-media,

anti-union, anti-this, anti-that, parent-scolding rant in his July 21

Coastal Voices article, but I did it!

All that talk about subverting young minds, homosexual indoctrination

of children, politics of deviant sex, religious, moral and traditional

values - whew! I looked to the south for smoke because I thought

Crescent City and California must surely be burning in the hell fires of

damnation!

Then I got to the end of Mr. Bohling's diatribe where he issues a

challenge to any critic of his to "enter into a plain-speaking debate in

which the central theme of what constitutes homosexual practices of the

male homosexual be presented to the paper for public purview." What?

His proposition to engage anyone in - ahem - that kind of sexually

explicit, public conversation, would make any self-respecting gay man or

straight lady blush. Totally inappropriate in a family newspaper read

by children and schoolteachers.

Robin Shelley

Brookings, Ore.

Puzzling that controversial issue added to school curriculum

As the community seems strangely silent following Mr. Bohling's July

21 Coastal Voices piece, "Gay-history bill is an affront," perhaps

everything that needs to be said, has been said.

It is, however, a bit puzzling that a particularly divisive political

issue has been chosen by the state government to be dictated as an

essential part of the public school curriculum.

In a statewide public education system which has ever-increasing

numbers of students who graduate unable to do simple mathematics, are

functionally illiterate, and cannot spell or write properly, it would

seem that if the government has any role in determining curriculum it

would be to ensure that students are equipped with at minimum the basic

educational tools so as to be successful in life.

It somehow feels like socially divisive issues fail to qualify in a

very large way. In current California schools we have students who think

that the state of Indiana is somewhere east of Africa, the British lost

the American Civil War, and what passes for government funded

scientific research must be politically correct in spite of facts to the

contrary.

I would say then, what business does the state Legislature or Gov.

Jerry Brown have in inserting themselves in the role of dictating

educational curriculum. I would think that this action would be the most

troubling for all Californians and in particular our educators.

Politically motivated curriculum, which already exists in abundance

in our public schools, has no place in the education of young minds. It

can be asked, where are the parents in all this, but first and foremost

that our state legislators and the governor have gone where they should

not have gone.

Government at this level has absolutely no business dictating what is

taught in the public schools. It is a perilous path that leads to

indoctrination and not education.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City

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