Letters to the Editor Feb. 16, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

If law enforcement doesn't obey the law, then there is no law

I caused a ruckus on the sheriff's Facebook page. He posted something that looked like a violation of a human's civil rights. and that creates steam for fuel for me to speak.

I love people and I love the law, and I have a passion to see it equally distributed to all. I was called names and criticized for my bad spelling but no one could answer my question, so is it okay for the law-keepers to break the law in order to catch a (suspected) criminal? Also, I wanted to know what were we to do when we see a released suspect in town - follow her, watch her?

If I see someone suspicious I will investigate even if I did not see

the face of the suspicious person. Sheriff Wilson had her convicted of

the crime she was only charged with, and awaiting her trial, her due

process.

In the debate on Facebook, people did not care about the due process law, or did not know about it, and that scared me.

As noted in the Feb. 9 Triplicate article, "Sheriff connects with

Facebook," he seems to believe what he did is no problem to him. Well,

it may be, with yet another lawsuit. Shame on you, sheriff.

When our governing officials have a disregard for the public they

serve there is a problem and I will speak every time. Yeah, the people

on Dean's page said I was crazy, and ugly stuff. Wow, it was hard

standing up to that, but I do not back down from my convictions, which

is the law is what we have to guide this miserable population.

You are not the law, Dean, but only a servant of the law. I won't let

you trample on the Constitution that gave us our rights as citizens. I

love the due process clause. If our law breaks the law there is no law,

and I am afraid that is our situation here.

Lenda Beck

Crescent City

Thanks to departing sports editor for great local sports coverage

I would like to add to the others how much we appreciate Sports

Editor Bill Choy and will miss him. He did an excellent job covering

sports news, especially local sports news.

I am the director of the Redwood Wild River Run and the Fourth of

July Run and Bill has consistently given great coverage of these local

runs. Not only did he publish pictures and results, he also nicely

covered pre-race notices and information. Thanks to him, the races were

well publicized and this added greatly to the success of our runs.

Thanks again, Bill! You did a great job!

Ralph Hirt

Crescent City

Schools, public need to rethink wearing pajamas everywhere

Is there any way we can make wearing pajamas in public illegal?

In days past a woman would care how she looked in her fitted pencil

skirts, sweaters and pearls. The guys looked good too, in their tight

Levis, white T-shirts and nicely combed hair. Ah, the good old days,

when people had respect for themselves and others.

I am a child of the '60s, so I am guilty by my own standard of

dressing sloppy sometimes: an old T-shirt, blue jeans and no makeup. But

pajamas? No way!

When I see people in their pajamas, I've always wondered, do they

wear them all day? When it's time for bed, do they keep the same pajamas

on at night? Do they wear the same ones the next day or do they put on

new ones? Do they search for a job in their pajamas?

I've heard that they actually allow kids to go to school in their

pajamas. I always thought school was suppose to prepare kids for the job

market. Unless you are a Victoria's Secret underwear model, pajamas are

not appropriate wear for school! Nor for shopping at Safeway or for any

other outing except maybe for retrieving your morning newspaper.

During our tourist season, what must all the Canadians or Europeans

think when they come shopping at Safeway and see 75 percent of the other

shoppers in their "leopard fotties," fuzzy bottoms with immodest tops,

bathrobes and bedroom slippers out in public!

Can the people of Crescent City come together to encourage pajamas to

only be worn to sleep in? Schools: Let's go back to a dress code so

school is a place of learning and job preparation. Let's beautify our

homes and yards and our families to match the beautiful place we live

in.

Let's be that pretty little town at the top of the California coast

where the men are strong, the women are good-looking and the children

are well-mannered and smarter than average.

Velma Rinehart

Crescent City

Wrestling team thanks Bill Choy for his dedicated support

The Del Norte High School wrestling team would like to personally

recognize Triplicate Sports Editor Bill Choy for his dedication to

supporting the team.

He has spent so much of his time in the gym, on the phone and at the

computer, putting stories together to get the word out there to the

community. We truly appreciate the hard work and dedication he has put

into his work and getting the "inside" stories in there as well.

He has taken the time to get to know the kids and the coaches and

honored them all in great pieces for their families, friends, and the

community to share.

When we heard that Bill was leaving the Triplicate and Crescent City

for other ventures, we weren't sure how to feel. Of course we are happy

for him; that goes without saying! However, at the same time we are so

sad to see him go.

There have been times in the past when wrestling barely made the

paper at all. Other times, a little three-line blurb was posted, not

much more. It's not that there wasn't news to report, just that we

didn't have a writer like Bill Choy "on the team."

We would like to take this time to say to Bill Choy:

Thank you! We wish you the best! You will be missed!

Clinton, Cheyenne Schaad and the entire Del Norte High wrestling "family"

Riese verdict makes me feel disgraced by local legal system

After watching the local news on TV about the Riese acquittal, I

thought, wow! I'm going to apply for employment at the District

Attorney's Office so I can enjoy being exempt from all laws and

punishments!

I feel betrayed and disgraced by our local legal system.

Denise Tracy

Crescent City

Do your part to prevent slavery in the production of chocolate

I wanted to ask cocoa slavery experts about buying chocolate in

America. But, I still want you to know that if ever you see the Fair

Trade icon on a product, it is a good one to buy. On chocolate, or

cocoa, it means no slavery, child or adult, has been forced into

producing the cocoa.

If only we could start a campaign convincing everyone to look for

that label. In the United Kingdom, Cadbury's Dairy Milk Bar, Nestle Kit

Kat Bar and all of Green and Black's chocolate products, use

slave-free production; and all of Ben and Jerry's products are Fair

Trade USA.

It's so sad to think of little African children being sold, or

kidnapped, while their parents think they will have a better life, being

abused, underfed and overworked. I don't eat chocolate anymore.

Go to "cocoa slavery" at change.org. There are several good petitions

to sign there: one to Hershey's, another with at least 7,000

signatures. It is a good cause.

Mary Mills

Crescent City

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