Letters to the Editor March 13, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Clearing air over false rumor about Jordan Recovery Ctr.

For those who have heard some disturbing things about myself and the residents of Jordan Recovery Center and Trillium House, I want to respond in the only way I know how.

Recently the residents did a car wash to raise money for an ill child. They did a great thing and did it with every honorable intention. When someone came to my office to collect the $400, I did not know her and she did not have a receipt or a bank account number for a charitable account, only a number for a private account.

I explained that I was not comfortable handing over the money, which was not mine, until I talked to the residents. This made her angry and with that she said she knew people and she would be sure to let them know what happened. That's okay except it is like the old children's telephone game where you pass around a message except these are not children and the consequences are people's reputations and livelihoods.

I have talked to the child's parents at the hospital in San Francisco

and explained we would get the money directly to them. But not one

person has come to me to ask my side of it. People have gone on Facebook

and e-mailed terrible things that are not true and are very hurtful

when they don't have all the facts.

It's so easy to destroy someone's reputation and if you are wrong you

cannot undo it. Remember when you put something in cyberspace about

someone there is someone on the other end whose life will be damaged

even if it is wrong information.

Anyone who believes they have been wronged, let me know and I will

gladly refund your money. Everything was done with the best intentions,

but because I dared to question someone, it has all gone terribly wrong.

And thank you to all the many people who have gone on Facebook,

e-mailed, and phoned with your wonderful words of kindness and support.

Sandra Morrison, director

Jordan Recovery Center

Crescent City

Would seriously consider leaving if pool were closed

I really enjoyed the March 8 article and photos in the newspaper

about the city pool. It was well written, informative, and the pictures

were great!

I especially appreciated the assurances from the city of Crescent

City that the pool would be kept open, since the city recognizes that

the benefits of the pool to the community rank right up there with the

police and fire departments.

Fortunately, the city completed the updating that was needed just

before the economic downturn hit badly. I know that I would need to

seriously consider living in a calmer weather area as I get older if the

pool was not here to provide relief.

Helen DuVernay

Crescent City

Pool necessary to keep me out of a wheelchair

For 10 years, I have been going to the Crescent City pool for water aerobics three times a week.

As my arthritis has gotten more painful, my visits to the pool have

become more important (my doctor advised me to continue going).

The only time I'm pain-free is when I'm in the water. I'm sure I'd be in a wheelchair without my visits to the pool.

I'm 87 years old and will continue going to the pool as long as I'm able.

Ita King

Crescent City

Bravo to 'Willy Wonka' cast, LRT for a great performance

I want to compliment the cast of "Willy Wonka" on a great performance.

I went with friends, and we all enjoyed the play. The acting was good, the songs were good, and the music was good.

Thank you, Lighthouse Repertory Theatre. Keep up the good work.

Ellen Dalbec

Crescent City

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