Letters to the Editor Nov. 12, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Employment services, RHS doing great job putting people to work

The Rural Human Services Work Force Center has done an incredible job by correlating services to put women and men to work in short notice (known as the Tsunami Work Force Crew) since June to restore our harbor, city and Del Norte County.

Rural Human Services and Redwood Coast Employment Services are professional groups who regard their patrons and employees with the highest respect in a safe, positive manner. Their project managers, assistant project managers, supervisors, safety managers and RHS crew members alike have worked at full force to restore Del Norte County and beat winter's wrath.

Redwood Coast Employment Services have exceeded any temporary employment services that I have ever worked for in the past. They excel in professionalism and job standards. RHS and Redwood Coast Employment Services educated workers in OSHA safety classes and with CPR classes.

The entire Tsunami Crew has dedicated its time and effort to complete

a big job. Our paychecks are hand-paid weekly in a timely manner and

our requests met. I being a Tsunami Crew member have enjoyed all persons

I have encountered.

Special thanks to assistant project managers Troy Gardner and Dave

Rievenburgh and supervisors for being my team leaders.

As citizens of Del Norte County look around at our pristine county,

you will see the work accomplished. The crew has saved extreme amounts

of money for Del Norte County that could have gone to contractors out of

this area. The money was spent locally with state, federal and social

security taxes paid.

RHS has supplied workers with proper work shirts, pants, boots,

socks, rain coats, gloves, safety glasses and orange safety vest for the

project and for use in future jobs. The RHS Tsunami Crew members have

been trained, screened, and are quality employees with high moral fiber.

Perspective employers should take a look at some of the workers laid

off. I would suggest any job hunters enroll at the RHS Work Force


Ples Devroe Fowler

Crescent City

Alexander, Follett send clear message on animal abuse

Kudos to District Attorney Jon Alexander for his ambitious

prosecution of Andrew Makemson for animal abuse ("Three-month sentence

for animal abuse," Nov. 3).

The resulting guilty verdict and jail sentence speaks volumes on

behalf of the voiceless. It also sets a clear message to the community:

Every pet owner has the legal responsibility to provide veterinary care

for their animal companions. Clearly, people should not own pets if they

cannot afford to care for them properly.

Thank you Judge Follet for recognizing the severity of animal cruelty

in our society. The condition of probation that prohibits Makemson from

owning animals for three years is entirely appropriate.

Adequate laws exist to protect animals, yet they are rarely enforced;

therefore, this case has set a welcome precedent for the animals in

this community.

Jerye Mooney


Let's work together to prevent causes and effects of bullying

Over the past few weeks I have heard that bullying is raising its

ugly head with the children in our community. Personally, my grandchild

has suffered from other children's cruel harassment and I do not want

him to become a statistic of random violence.

My grandchild is not the only one to suffer verbal abuse. Derogatory

words and forms of sexual harassment have been heard on sports fields,

school yards, sent over the Internet, cell phones, really everywhere.

Why do these children want to demean others with vile, cruel and

hurtful words? Does it make them feel superior? Are they so insecure

that verbally abusing another child is the only way they feel adequate?

Do they hear their parents or other children using anti-social terms,

and thereby believe it must be alright to do so?

Does anyone really know why bullying exists? Could bullying and other

forms of harassment be a result of one's environment?

When violence occurs as a result of someone's bullying, the community

holds meetings and discusses ways to combat the problem. All too soon,

though, the community's willingness subsides and the problem is moved to

a lesser priority. This is the time when the parents of all children

should revitalize their efforts to curb bullying.

Who knows? Maybe when you get "cut off" by another driver, not

calling that driver a vulgar name just might have an important impact on

your child.

We must all work together to eliminate the cause and effects of


Ed O'Neal

Crescent City

Warnings on taking septage loads at treatment plant are serious

Recently Michael Young wrote about the possible problems from

accepting septage (septic tank pumpers' loads) at the wastewater

treatment plant ("New septic tank pumpings are a good news/bad news

situation," Sept. 29).

His warning should be taken seriously. All septage loads are not

created equal. Some can be real problems for a plant. I have seen loads

go through plants, turning each properly functioning unit inky black,

foul-smelling places and taking days to recover. It looks like a scene

from a science fiction movie.

The plant may handle a typical load quite well, but be badly upset by

another. We could damage our tourist industry and incur fines by the

Water Resources Control Board.

Dale Watson

Crescent City

Rancheria is wrong to pull out of the sheriff's Drug Task Force

In response to the Nov. 1 article, "Rancheria pulls out of task

force: Elk Valley had been a part of narcotics effort," this is typical

of businesses that come to communities that naturally increase the

demand on law enforcement. They at some point pull back on their

citizenship responsibilities to the community that patronizes their


This is a time when our community is suffering the worst economic

times this and surviving past generations have ever experienced. Where

unemployment is skyrocketing and blue collar employee benefits are

eroding away, leaving families with either inadequate medical insurance

or none at all. Our aging citizens are experiencing fears of either no

retirements or underfunded retirements.

A casino has the potential to contribute to the plagues that erode

our community. It can appeal to those with addictions to alcohol, drugs

and gambling, or those in economic despair in hopes of that last-ditch

effort to hit it big so they won't ever have to live at the poverty

level again, only to sink even deeper into debt, depression and


Our community is suffering from an increase in property thefts and

burglaries that are becoming bolder. We need every single law

enforcement officer that we can muster on our streets to protect and

respond to our citizens' calls for assistance. We are approaching the

need for changing the slogan commonly used for law enforcement from "To

protect and serve" to "respond and serve when we can."

Glenn A. Kelley

Crescent City

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