Council's choice for empty seat defies understanding
It is a commonplace that five observers of an intersection collision will report five different observations. Even with that in mind, it seems a near impossibility that an attendee of last Monday's so-called interviews of candidates for appointment to replace Charles Slert could come away with any conviction other than that the cookie-cutter had already been used.
The fast-forwarding of candidates was little more than a charade with cameo snippets of a candidate's view. How might it be possible to gain insight into a person's potential for the position applied for with the use of a stop watch? Would America be better off using that criteria for a Republican presidential candidate, one wonders?
Logic would seem to dictate that handling the potential replacement
for a departing office holder would be to match as closely as possible
the current vision plan for continuity's sake. The appointment of a
personnel-focused manager, to the exclusion of available candidates with
city planning experience, defies logic and calls into question the
decision-making capabilities of the interviewing panel.
Dog and pony shows have long entertained children with their antics
but they only perform as they were trained to do at the bidding of the
hand that cracks the whip. In this case the important work of governing a
city has serious ramifications that taxpayers need to pay attention to.
Whose hand is it that cracks the whip?
Dale L. Bohling
Entrepreneur's message at Women's Club inspirational
Regarding the Jan. 24 article "DN native returns to offer advice to
Women's Club," the message which entrepreneur Susan Elizabeth (Williams)
Santsche brought to the Crescent City Women's Club was, to me,
Susan is the daughter of Al and Mylouine Williams (both born in
Crescent City, both retired educators from the Del Norte County School
District). Her grandmother was Maude Ellis, who was president of the
Crescent City Women's Club in 1959. Maude arrived in Crescent City in
the early 1900s when she was 11.
Anyone wanting more information about Susan's work can find her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of you who watch Oprah's network (OWN) may have seen Susan's
"makeover" of a woman in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Eureka.
Screed against liberals ignores contradictions and exaggerates
I feel compelled to address Marlowe Thompson's opinions expressed on
Jan. 21 ("Liberals oppose Constitution, Declaration of Independence").
I imagine it is all perception and opinion as to the "differences
between conservatives and liberals." Some feel that the equality our
Constitution mentions is violated when two people can't enter into a
social contract and are unable to enjoy the same state-granted
privileges as others.
I think people for energy alternatives have ideas, but the other side
doesn't listen (maybe it's all that coal and oil showing up in
super-PAC stockings). I am sure some of us would rather have wind
catchers than leaky oil rigs. I don't think anyone is suggesting we use
no petroleum. The idea is we stop burning it. No one wants to "kill"
their unborn child.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness go both ways. What if
one's pursuit of happiness is the same sex? What if one's liberty is
smoking the wrong plant?
I suppose you might let me live in freedom if I live like you. Do
conservatives who want me to "be self-sufficient" endorse adults making
an almost standard minimum wage and no benefits?
The most the writer could insinuate about the conservative leadership
is that it is less likely to hurt America. Well go ahead and vote for
the least evil of two leaders.
Marlowe, have you really seen any difference between the two? They
fund their campaigns with the same money-shovelers. Don't you think the
money-shovelers expect a dividend? I don't know why people desire to
associate themselves with a jackass and some ancient mammoth, though the
mascots themselves deserve more respect than those who assign their
souls to the symbols.
Of course I testify there is no difference. We all scream for ice
cream and some like vanilla more than chocolate but in the end we're all
lactose-intolerant. To respect those who would and have made such
sacrifices for us and our liberty, let us never again vote for the
better of two evils. Let us come together and abandon those who would
and do sell our nation's legislative powers.
We have a common cause if we cannot afford to buy a leader.
Library District has long suffered from a total lack of leadership
Is it time the Del Norte Library District goes away? I can't count
the number of times my library has started programs, then because of
lack of funding causes it to throw them to the wind. Is it time that my
city takes over the library? Should the special district go away?
Over the years, there has been a total lack of leadership on the
Library Board. Currently, there are three seats up in November. I would
hope people would enter their names to run for these offices. Del Norte
Reads should not go away.
What happened to the support for the Klamath Library? If they are
paying for books for Smith River, why aren't they funding the library in
Klamath by supplying books and support? We need a new idea because
"same old same old" is not working.
Despite our conservatism, we are dominated by liberals
I would like to make a few simple comments on a few complex issues if I may.
Paul Crandall's Jan. 24 letter endorsing Newt Gingrich made some
pretty good points. But I think any Republican would be a lot better
As Marlowe Thompson pointed out in his Jan. 21 letter, there are
several differences between liberals and conservatives. The most
important difference at this time, I think, is their positions on
spending. Liberal politicians seem to believe the best way out of debt
is to borrow and spend more money, while conservatives think that way is
the way to disaster. Can anyone really borrow and spend their way out
The different views are not limited to Washington, D.C. Our country
may be more sharply divided now than at any time since the Civil War. We
have local examples.
Our sheriff has taken some flak for his association with the local
Tea Party. Well, shucks. What is wrong with belonging to the Tea Party?
It is not a political party. It is mostly just a loosely organized group
of people who think we are taxed enough already and that our
Constitution (which every office holder swears to uphold) should be the
law of the land. Everyone should belong to the Tea Party.
Our local government, Board of Supervisors, City Council, school
board, etc. are "non-political." But it is easy to see who the liberals
and the conservatives are. For the most part the liberals outnumber the
conservatives. And you can see the liberals working hard to maintain and
increase their advantage.
An example might be the City Council filling the position left by
Charles Slert. Mr. Slert is a conservative. His replacement appears to
be a liberal. The selection process appears to have left some citizens
and some of the applicants dissatisfied and suspicious that the
selection was actually made prior to the meeting, possibly with some
outside help and/or advice. Ultimately, of course, the citizens of the
city will decide with their vote who sits on the Council.
So it seems that although the citizens of this county are
predominantly conservative, we are governed by liberals, from the school
board to Washington D.C. This coming election is a very important one.