Letters to the Editor April 19, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Hearsay, not facts, in article about collective owner arrest

Where does the Triplicate get its "facts?" I read your article on my brother, "Raid on Collective" (April 14) and wondered where you get your information. Half of the article seems to be hearsay.

My brother bought an 8-year-old truck, and yes, he paid cash. I also bought a used vehicle from a private party and paid in cash. How else would you pay for a used vehicle from a private party?

Also, he has been paying on his house for years. He did not have 30 pounds of marijuana, as you reported.

None of the article is correct. It seems that you wanted a trumped-up

article to sell newspapers. What kind of newspaper sells hearsay as

fact? I will never believe half of what I read in your paper again.

Janine Hodson

Crescent City

Disgust at law enforcement's focus on the wrong problem

My response to the April 14 story "Raid on collective," is one of disgust.

Of all the thieves, violent thugs, meth-heads, child molesters, and

scum bags in general that I personally know inhabit Del Norte County,

you choose to spend law enforcement money to pursue marijuana? Seriously


I have worked in this county for four years and I can tell you

cannabis is the least of the county's problems! Especially cannabis

grown and sold by a local tax-paying businessman for sick people.

I wonder if your aggressive prosecution of cannabis users has

anything to do with the federal grant money you get for perpetrating

"the war on drugs." You as a police force have been incentivized to

persecute cannabis users and as a result have become pretty good at it.

Actual criminals though, not so good at catching those though, now are


But we put a drug bust in big bold print on the front page, pose with some captured plants and you're a hero! Everyone applauds!

I'm not clapping. When will you learn? When will this madness end?

Ryan Jones


Town I've grown to love is land of perpetual winter

Well, it's April 16 and the first day of spring has long since

passed. And it's still pouring rain outside, not just a sprinkle. No,

I'm talking torrential downpour, sideways, stinging your face, gray

skies, deep puddles, hard rain.

I have come to the realization that Crescent City, the town and the

people I have grown to love, is the "Land of Perpetual Winter."

Oh, don't get me wrong. When the sun finally parts the storm clouds

and its warming rays shine out over the ocean or beams through the giant

redwoods, there's no prettier place on Earth to be.

When the sun shines through my window, I think, "Oh boy, it's warm

outside!" So I don my sundress and sandals only to find it's 50 degrees

with a wind chill of minus-10. When the toes turn blue I give up, go in

and put back on the jeans and socks and hooded sweat shirt.

I miss my warm Venice Beach (where I grew up) and the hot Sacramento summers where I moved from.

The older I get, the more I feel the cold and just want to be warm and grow grapes once again.

Velma Rinehart

Crescent City

Remembering another great local teacher, Dick Crist

I heard recently that another friend has left us. I am referring to the passing of

Dick Crist, a former teacher who taught at Del Norte High School and at Bar-O Boys Ranch.

I got to know Dick when he transferred to Bar-O several years ago. I

found Dick to be a gentle soul who had high expectations of his

students. He could raise their skill levels with his caring and patient


In my years at Bar-0 I saw many teachers and many ranch staff come

and go. Dick, unlike so many others, understood that the boys he was

teaching were often used to accepting that they were incompetent in the

school setting. As a result of this ingrained belief, boys at the ranch

often present a variety of diversions to avoid looking ignorant or slow.

Dick would always encourage the boys, while not getting hooked by the

diversions. Boys under Dick's tutelage typically raised their grade

levels significantly while at the ranch. Not only was Dick a positive

influence on the boys at the ranch, he influenced us all. Dick served as

a role model to other teachers who come out to Bar-O, and he did the

same for the ranch staff. Dick's calm and firm approach was admirable.

I always felt a great amount of support from Dick in my role as the

director of Bar-O. Dick's administrative experience with the school

district helped me better understand my role. Dick was always there to

listen and help when he could.

In closing, we'll miss you, Dick, but your influence will live on

through those you have taught, boys and peers. The Del Norte School

District was greatly enhanced by your presence and hard work.

Enjoy the fishing up there! (The only thing Dick enjoyed talking about more than fishing was his kids.)

Al Smith

Elk Grove, Calif.

Mark your calender for upcoming wildflower show

Have you noticed all the wildflowers busting out all over the county?

The Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show committee sure has, and it is

preparing for the fifth annual Wildflower Show on May 11 and 12 at the


With all the wildflowers blooming and others just straining to burst

out, this year's show should be a winner. Hundreds of Del Norte's most

beautiful and exotic wildflowers will again be on display.

Mr. Harold "Don't Bleed Near My Plants" Tryon will again tame his

world famous collection of carnivorous plants, including Del Norte's own


All of Del Norte's third-graders will be attending the show on

Friday. And our local native tribes will again display medicinal,

basketry and other uses of our wildflowers and plants.

Many other informative and fascinating displays will be on hand. Mark your calendar; no admission charge as usual.

Rick Bennett

Smith River

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