Del Norte Triplicate Readers

One of many traits I appreciate in old friend Murray is her clarity

Dear editor and citizens of the northern Crescent City (because you all already identify with the other "Crescent City" in turmoil):

I have known Kathryn Murray for more decades than either of us would volunteer to identify. Or count. But we would both answer truly if pressed for decades or dates.

Her city of choice (which was Eureka's loss) was to move to your coastal city. The decision was made to accommodate her family, her commitment, her dedication to making everywhere around her a better place.

One of the many traits I appreciate in Kathryn's modus operandi is

her clarity. As in clear.

We will continue, as a company, to raise money for your city. But if

there is a true argument against any City Council person, please let us


John and Teresa Porter

Benbow Hotel and Resort

Benbow, Calif.

More taxes to fund entitlements is not a solution to budget woes

Having read the Aug. 5 Coastal Voices pieces on the

budget/deficit/debt ceiling issue, as well as the follow-up letters, I

am left with the usual question: Do the writers have any solutions that

will actually work?

Sybil Saxelby ("Deficit can be traced to Pres. Bush") appears to be

taking the side of a big government which doles out ever-larger

entitlements to broader and broader segments of society in the hope that

they will spend the money and stimulate the economy. While that appears

to be a reasonable line of thought, it has been shown time after time

to have one major and insurmountable obstacle. That is, that all the

recipients of the dole have to be satisfied with what they receive.

Roger Gitlin ("Battle over spending has just begun"), on the other

hand, appears to favor smaller government, with less regulation, and

lower taxes. His solution has several, but not insurmountable, problems

as well. In his system there are winners and losers. In such a system

there is no government intervention and we are dependent on the system's

winners to help the losers, which doesn't always happen. His system

also depends on self-regulation where the government must stay out of

the way for it to work properly. It is something that politicians loathe

to do.

Of the two systems, only Mr Gitlin's has any hope of working for any

length of time. Recent events, our own country included, have shown that

people receiving entitlements are never uniformly satisfied with what

they receive from a large government. Even governments such as the

United States simply do not have the ability to cover all the costs.

Doubling the average tax rate on those that currently pay taxes in

this country will not even cover this year's deficit. It is simply not

possible for everyone in this country to have everything they want and

to be rich. In this light it should be clear that Ms. Saxelby's solution

is a non-starter and has the potential to do great harm to this

country. I suppose the real question is whether Ms. Saxelby, the current

administration, and Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have the

political will to back away from an economic system that has no

possibility of long-term success.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City