Bush's ability to run country into the ground in 8 years takes talent
Thank you Sybil Saxelby for your Aug. 5 Costal Voices piece, "Deficit can be traced to Pres. Bush."
Your statements reflect what we have seen and questioned all through the Bush years. To take a well-running country and bring it to the edge of ruin in eight short years takes special talent.
Find out how federal agencies exercise law-making powers
Most Americans do not understand how the federal agencies make laws
basically without the approval of the Congress.
Congress gives broad authority to federal agencies to put these
regulations into place. It is reasonable to have some regulations to
manage the jobs that these agencies are charged with as directed by
Congress. The problem is that these regulations continue to expand with
no end in sight.
More roads are closed, permits are needed, activities are prohibited
that were allowed just a few years ago, and the government continues to
grow. Americans need to learn about this process before we lose more of
If you are interested in learning more about this process a good
starting point is the website
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Federal_Regulations. Get involved with
this process and learn about how many federal agencies have this power
and what regulations they enforce.
To use an old phrase, "It will blow your mind!"
Getting a laugh from letters claiming walkway gets used
For over 40 years I've never seen anyone use the Tsunami Landing. I'm
really getting a laugh from all the letters about how wonderful the
Tsunami Landing walkway is.
I have lived here since 1958 and have never seen people using the
walkway in the rain on a rainy day! I have to admit I did roller skate
there once in 1975 but you know, I didn't see anyone else then either!
Take a walk under there on a rainy day and show me a dry spot! The
wind blows sideways here and a 20-foot-high cover doesn't protect you
from the rain, it never did.
Most of the people of Del Norte County know this. If they want to get
out they drive around, look at the beaches, grab lunch and go home. If
you want to really enjoy a winter day, do like I do, put on your rain
gear and go for a three-hour walk at Point St. George. I do this
probably three to four times a week in the winter, and I think I have
seen maybe two other people out there, ever!
But you know what? That is why I live here. It's too bad after the
'64 tsunami that we didn't rebuild the town to look like the original
old seaside community. Instead we built a bunch of ugly flat-topped
boxes, including the walkway.
If I had the money I would find all the old photos of pre1964
Crescent City and reface all of downtown and make it look like it did
back then. It would have the appeal of cities like Mendocino, Bandon,
Ore., or Ferndale, Calif.
Look at the building where Chere's Boutique is. Someone did a great
job of making it pleasing to the eye. And for someone to threaten to sue
every time we try to improve our city is one of the things that is
wrong with our country.
Community benefit district could be alternative to imperiled BID
Before my city flushes the Business Improvement District down the
toilet, I would hope that both City Council members Richard Enea and
Donna Westfall would think about creating what is known as a community
benefit district. Many cities within California have used the concept of
CBDs as a tool to fight blight, create funds for community policing and
as a way to fund special projects within a district.
How does a CBD work? Benefit districts are funded by fees from
property owners within a given district.
My question is why can't my city think outside the box? Is it because
they are small-minded? If the Council wants to do away with BID, come
up with something else.