Letters to the Editor Nov. 19, 2011

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Country overrun with immigrants; ballots should only be in English

With an election year coming upon us, the news is keeping us well informed and updated.

One thing I've noticed is the horrendous amount of paperwork involved for what should be just a simple ballot.

Why? Because they're being printed in numerous languages.

This is America, where the primary language is English.

Our country is being overrun by immigrants all wanting the "American

Dream." Part of that dream is being able to vote.

We, as Americans and taxpayers, should not have to cater to and pay

thousands of dollars, probably more, to print ballots, as well as other

documents, in numerous languages.

If immigrants want to live in our country, it should be mandatory

that they have to learn to read and write English.

Jill Bausch

Crescent City

Public Utilities Commission lets Pacific Power raise rates

In the past year several Pacific Power monthly bills have notified me

of rate increases.

The economy is in terrible shape and Pacific Power gets increases in

rates.

Great job Public Utility Commission. Don't you just love it when the

government takes care of you?

Glenn Felix

Crescent City

Meth, not marijuana, the scourge of our county, aggravating crime

Yeah, instead of worrying about weed here in this town, you need to

worry about the people on meth.

Meth does more damage. People are stealing from innocent people. A

lot of crime hasn't been solved.

Tony Jacomeller

Crescent City

Wrong to say military branches except Coast Guard train to kill

The advertisements on the Weather Channel for a new show on the Coast

Guard in Alaska contains what I find to be an alarming statement that

they train to save lives whereas the Army, Navy and Marines train to

kill.

To the best of my knowledge, the Coast Guard cutters are armed so

that they can shoot and kill, if necessary, smugglers transporting

illegally arms or drugs into the United States.

The Army, Navy and Marines save lives both at home and abroad,

including many civilians. And thanks to their training we have never had

a war on U.S. soil in my lifetime (since 1933). I am deeply grateful to

them for their dedicated service to our country.

I have a grandson currently serving with the Army in Iraq as a tank

mechanic on this third tour of duty. He also served in Kosovo. He has

spent four Thanksgivings and Christmases separated from his family while

serving in a combat zone. His sacrifices, and those of all of our armed

forces, certainly deserve our deepest gratitude and respect.

Laurel Marquart

Crescent City

More can be done to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes

My Del Norte Triplicate and my local National Public Radio station

are my sources of news.

Recently, a story in the paper by Kelley Atherton ("Bad news on

youthful obesity," Nov. 12) and a report on KHSR-FM 91.9 dealing with

obesity made me think.

There is an issue that comes with obesity: diabetes.

Recently, NPR aired a report on diabetes and how by the year 2030, 10

percent of adults may have diabetes.

As someone who has type 2 diabetes, I hope the Del Norte Unified

School District will answer the issue of obesity. I grew up being a

little fat boy in grade school. I have fought my weight problem for

years. A few years ago, my doctor put me on insulin. I can tell your

readers having to give yourself a shot of insulin is not fun. I have

always hated needles. I've been forced to read food labels, make better

food choices and limit my trips for fast food.

I want to thank Rural Human Services' Food Bank for addressing the

issue of obesity in how it organizes its food boxes. Maybe the Community

Assistance Network would do the same.

Also, I would hope that people at the California Endowment-Building

Healthy Communities would review the types of junk foods and sodas being

sold at the city pool. I also would like to see more stories in the

paper's Healthy Living section dealing with fixing meals for people with

diabetes, more stories with whole grains, how to use dark, leafy greens

and the use of omega-3 fatty acids in fish, since we live so near to

the ocean.

Kelley did an excellent job.

Richard Miles

Crescent City

Poor health in young people a concern for military recruitment

Regarding the Nov. 12 article, "Bad news on youthful obesity," the

high percentage of California children who are overweight is a concern

to retired generals and admirals in California who see poor nutrition

and lack of physical fitness among young people as a significant threat

to our long-term national security.

That's why we have joined the national nonprofit Mission: Readiness

and are calling on state officials to improve school nutrition and

provide more time for vigorous physical activity in our schools.

According to the Defense Department, being overweight is the leading

medical reason why young adults cannot enlist, with one in four too

overweight to join. Among ninth-graders in Del Norte County, 43 percent

are overweight or obese and 26 percent lack basic aerobic capacity.

And once young people are in the military, being physically fit is

literally a matter of life and death.

Regular exercise, along with improved eating habits, can help young

people grow up strong and healthy. We need more, and better, PE in our

schools so we can prevent our current child obesity crisis from becoming

a national security crisis.

Paul D. Monroe

Major general,

U.S. Army (retired)

Berkeley

Keep reaching out to vets no matter how long ago they served

I went to get a much-needed haircut at Spencer's barbershop on

Veterans Day.

The young man who cut my hair (his name escapes me) started talking

about the Veterans Day parade and we got into a discussion regarding

veterans and how now people really appreciate what these people are

doing. I told him how much I appreciate what these people are doing and

sacrificing for America.

After the haircut was over, and a good haircut it was, I got up and

asked him how much and he refused to take even so much as a tip from me

because I was a veteran.

My time was back in the '60s. I was genuinely impressed and grateful

for my "free" haircut.

Keep reaching out to our vets, no matter how long ago it was!

Brian Shean

Crescent City

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