Smith R. meeting raises concerns about costs, English language
Regarding the Nov. 19 article, "What does Smith River need? Stay tuned," it appears what Smith River really needs most is a reality check.
It's great to want these things, but we actually have to live in the real world. Wouldn't it be great to have sidewalks, more street lights, a deputy, etc.?
Unfortunately, these are taxpayer projects. I believe most of the property taxpayers in our little area have reached their limits. Drive around the block and see the foreclosed homes.
It would be interesting to know how many of the 75 people who were
talked to are on those tax rolls as property owners. The California
Endowment may be fine to help with a park, but, who maintains it? There
again, the property taxpayer.
A health concern for our little area should be up there on that
list: farm animals being kept in yards (a great many).
One last thought: Why the headphones to translate back to English? I
assumed we still taught English as our No. 1 language.
Tattoo artist is one more sign that downtown is diverse place
I wanted to extend a belated welcome to an artist, Levi Black, of
Fine Line Design, a wonderful business he opened in downtown Crescent
City in 2010. Levi is such a talented artist and I have had the pleasure
of having several beautiful pieces of body work done by Levi.
What a unique addition Fine Line Design adds to our Crescent City
downtown! Not only are there standard businesses such as banks and
government offices, but when someone asks me, "So, what's in downtown
Crescent City?" I proudly answer, "Well, we have restaurants, beauty
salons, boutiques, a pet shop, wine bar, craft shop and a tattoo
parlor." Wow! (My apologies for any omissions.)
There's no need to go to a different county when we have everything
here in beautiful downtown Crescent City! Welcome to the neighborhood,
Levi - I hope you are here for many happy and successful years.
Nation shouldn't be catering to those who don't learn English
I read Jill Bausch's Nov. 19 letter, "Country overrun with
immigrants; ballots should only be in English," and I am in total
And what about the taxpayers' money being spent so the DMV can print
the documents to take the written test to obtain a driver's license in
And then I read in the same Saturday edition the article "What does
Smith River need? Stay tuned," and I could not believe what I was
reading when in the article it said, "The meeting was mostly conducted
in Spanish, but wireless headsets were passed out to listen to English
You have got to be kidding! Are we in Mexico? Isn't that backwards?
Shouldn't the non-English-speaking persons be listening to Spanish
Why didn't they have the meeting in the Tolowa language, after all
they are the Smith River natives.
It angers me that our nation continues to cater to people who refuse
to learn the language and spends countless dollars of the taxpaying
citizens to do so. If you live and/or work in the USA learn the
language, which is English!
Claim about rabies rate in bats overlooks important details
The Oct. 20 Hey Ranger column, "Bats as benefactors," was
well-written, telling about the magnificent creatures and their benefit
of providing insect control for us.
It didn't mention rabies except to mention that the incidence in bats
was less than 1 percent.
I did a very unscientific experiment in Shasta County. We tested
every bat that was submitted to the Health Department one summer. About
one in 20 brains was positive for rabies.
This says nothing about the incidence in the entire population; but
it does give a hint about those bats that people were able to come in
contact with or capture. A well-respected biologist I know told me that
other, more scientific studies have had results in the same ballpark.
I only worked on one rabid animal in Del Norte County, a fox that bit
a lady in Klamath. The virus in the fox brain was one that is common in
Shortly after I retired, I learned that the last six people who died
of rabies in this country had no recollection of having been bitten by
anything. One was an agricultural worker in San Benito County whose
co-workers told of his brushing off a bat that fell onto his shirt. The
very tiny and sharp teeth of bats make them a likely suspect of this
type of rabies transmission.
Discussions of disease incidences of 1 percent or 5 percent would be
inconsequential for flu or food poisoning or even plague; but rabies is
different. Even though there are a handful of highly publicized cases of
survival by brilliant and heroic efforts, the ordinary person who comes
down with rabies can do nothing but kiss himself goodbye and wait for a
death that can be very unpleasant.
If you are bitten by a bat, I hope you follow the state guidelines
and not wait for test results, but seek to get the preventive vaccine
immediately. If you are in physical contact with one, consider any
possibility that it might constitute an exposure.
Proposal for crime prevention fair to address community issue
Let's try focusing on crime prevention. It is great to see the
reactive response from our law enforcement agencies in regards to the
recent increase in crime in our community.
In my 22 years of law enforcement work in the military and another
year of law enforcement work at a major university in Texas, I can truly
say the law enforcement agencies in Del Norte County are some of the
best I have ever seen.
One word that stands out with the recent criminal activity is
"meth."?A lot of attention and effort has been put into decreasing the
use of meth in our community and until recently, no substantial effort
has been put into reducing crime. Maybe if we focus our attention on
crime prevention we can have an impact on meth reduction.
I propose the community put together a Crime Prevention Fair in
October 2012, which would coincide with Crime Prevention Month. All law
enforcement agencies, home security companies, home improvement stores,
self-defense schools, etc, could host an information booth and provide
firsthand information to people on how to improve personal safety,
increase home security, establish Neighborhood Watch groups, and even
how to start a career in law enforcement.
Who could spearhead this Crime Prevention Fair initiative? The Law
Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County (LEADN). Although they
are all separate law enforcement agencies, they have one common goal,
I am one that is willing to help and I am sure there are other
law-abiding citizens willing to lend support.