Letters to the Editor Feb. 4, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Interesting facts regarding WWII sub activity off coast

Nita Phillips' weekly column, "Pages of History," is very interesting and enlightening. The Jan. 19 column is especially interesting concerning the enemy submarine rumors.

Actually, there was a bombing of a sub on our coast. The federal government kept it a secret, claiming that it was a whale.

After World War II, an author researched the Japanese activities of subs on our coast from California to Alaska. The book, "Silent Siege," is a complete history of their actions.

The book is really good reading. If not available at the library, it is sold at the museum.

Robert Ames

Crescent City

'The Vagina Monologues' worthwhile; how to help out

"We're worried. We're worried about vaginas." So begins Eve Ensler's

"The Vagina Monologues." This thought-provoking play has been performed

all around the world since 1996, with new parts added each year. As an

actor and theater-lover, I'm excited that it will finally be performed

in Del Norte for the first time ever!

And as a community member, I'm thrilled that the proceeds will go to

local agencies working to end violence against women and girls. But

let's face it: some people are going to be a bit squeamish about it.

After all, we're not used to seeing the word "vagina" in print or

hearing it said aloud. We're used to it being mentioned only in slang

and slurs - words meant as insults and to bring up feelings of shame.

But we ought to question those feelings of shame - shame about words,

and shame about our bodies.

That's exactly the point of "The Vagina Monologues," and that point

shouldn't be controversial. The "Vagina Monologues" is presented as a

reading: a bare stage, a microphone, and actors with scripts in hands,

reading diverse stories of women who, because of violence and abuse,

because of love, because of oppressive cultural practices, because of

war, because of growing self-knowledge, are confronting their bodies in

new ways.

And they're not holding back. On one hand, the play is a stark

condemnation of violence against women; on the other, it is a reminder

of the power of redemption and self-respect.

Auditions are at 1080 Mason Mall on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday

from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you're not ready to get up on stage but you'd like to be involved om

the production in another way, call Maxine or Kelly at 464-7072. If you

belong to an organization involved with women's health, talk to your

board about lending its support.

Ruth Rhodes

Crescent City

Waste authority problems blamed on wrong people

A recent letter to the editor was highly critical of our local Solid

Waste Management Authority. It talked about some problems that are real,

but it blamed them on the wrong people.

In the matter of the money paid to the Water Quality Control Board, that

agency had its budget deeply cut by the state. The solution was to raid

the coffers of the local agencies. Fees were established and the locals

were invoiced. They received nothing in return but the harassment they

were already getting.

Del Norte County and Crescent City, left to their own devices, could

have solved their solid waste problems with less environmental damage or

health hazards than the current state-imposed system.

If the local agency deserves criticism, it would only be for its efforts

to be in conformance with all of the state mandates, avoiding

administrative fines which the Water Quality Control board loves to

impose.

Dale Watson

Crescent City

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