Reasons to support candidates Gitlin and Gray for supervisor
Wow! The letters in last Saturday's paper really caught my attention. Gay McWhirter was right - Martha McClure was booed loudly for her suggestion that we all go along with Jerry Brown's proposed tax increase. While I in no way align myself with Ms. McClure's way of thinking I was impressed with the determination in which she presented it.
Letter-writer Richard Miles says he will vote for McClure but not for Leslie McNamer stating that we need to ask ourselves "what has McNamer done for us recently?" That is a good question to ask this election. I am not in District 1, but if I was I would vote for Roger Gitlin. I do not think the Triplicate accurately reflected Mr. Gitlin's comments in its article, but he is a bit right of center and so less likely to be accurately quoted.
Mr. Gitlin is enthusiastic about Del Norte County and wants small businesses to be welcomed and not legislated to death before they barely get to open their doors. He actually used local businesses to make his yard signs and handouts - which other candidates kept their money in Del Norte? He is also a friend to the private property owner, an issue near to my heart.
Then there is letter-writer James Ramsey, who stated that any reader
who did not understand why Martha McClure must be returned to office so
she can continue her position on the Coastal Commission "doesn't
understand how government works."
Really? Guess what, Mr. Ramsey. I grew up in Del Norte County and for
better or worse I attended the local schools and went on to college,
married an Army man and traveled the world. I have seen firsthand how
other governments work as well as my own.
When elected officials do not represent your views you have the
ability to let them know your displeasure with your vote. I spent five
years and tens of thousands of dollars fighting the Coastal Commission
to be able to build my home on my land with my money - all without the
help of our local supervisors.
We "won" our right to build our home but at great cost. I know all
too well how the government works at the local and state level, and I
will be voting for Bill Gray because at the very least he despises the
Coastal Commission as much as I do.
Teacher has done a great service for students in high school play
I have to write in and tell our community what talent we have among
our young adults from Del Norte High School.
The play this past week with different spoofs in it was very
cheerful. The ones involved deserve kudos for the play. I would hope
some of them go on to drama school in college.
The teacher has done a great service to let these young adults spread
Not all young adults have this opportunity to vent to such a good
cause. Please rethink your prospects and try for drama in high school
and not throw out your future.
Oh, yeah, the yellow ribbons on Dr. Martello were a good thing to do.
He is only human and made a mistake while off his job and like others, I
would like him to come back and do the job just like he had always
Current supervisors grasp how local government works
Thank you for holding the Del Norte County supervisor candidate forum
in order to allow the public an educational format in order to have a
venue to vote in an informative manner.
At the forum it was interesting to note those opposing the incumbents
answers were either inaccurate, vague or both, not to mention critical
of our community as a whole. For example, Martha McClure's opponent, an
attorney by profession, insisted having McClure on the California
Coastal Commission is a conflict of interest with her seat as a county
supervisor when the Coastal Commission Act requires elected officials to
be a part of the board.
Your question in regard to the state and federal governments being of
help and hindrance drew tangential and conflicting answers from the
non-incumbents without recognition that without the state and federal
funding that infrastructure cannot possibly be built without the tax
dollars we pay to them which in turn are funneled back in the form of
Without the proper infrastructure such as broadband, roads, water and
sewer, no businesses would be willing to invest in a decaying
Granted, jobs and a healthy economy are clearly a priority, yet
cannot be achieved without the necessary infrastructure to support them.
Services are part of local government obligation to the community.
Offering healthy options in services such as First Five and the Del
Norte Child Care Council not only offer educational and recreational
opportunities, they also fund subsidized child care for which those
working poor are able to gain employment, pay taxes and refrain from
what some refer to as generational welfare.
Voters should do more than simply vote for the sake of change.
Voting for those who were able to cite years of community service and
who have dedicated time and effort to educate themselves on the issues,
built strong and meaningful relationships with other entities, social
capital and resources at the expense of their own personal resources in
the best interest of the community as a whole indicate dedication and
resolve to improve the quality of life in Del Norte County. For that I
thank David Finigan, Martha McClure and Leslie McNamer.
Before you vote, ask yourself if you want representation looking at
the glass being half full or half empty. A glass half empty is the view
of someone who does not know the progress we have made in our community.
Mayor Kathryn Murray
Challangers are all newcomers who don't understand Del Norte
I find it hard to believe we have a candidate for supervisor whose
first listing of qualifications for the job in the candidate submissions
to the Triplicate published May 1 included that he has lived here for
six years, but he said at a forum that he never voted here. I think
perhaps he meant he has owned property here for six years, but has never
been involved in community activities.
Furthermore, his lack of understanding of the continuing importance
to this county of the Coastal Commission and what a boon having
representation on that body means to us is alarming. Bill Gray was able
to list a number of problems he can see we face, but I found no
It is interesting to notice the four people running for supervisor
against the incumbents are all fairly new to the county. They seem to
feel the long-time residents do not understand the problems faced by all
the tiny northern counties in the state. We do, and although they do
not all agree, our supervisors who have spent many years here work hard
toward solving those problems.
One recommendation to elect Mr. Gray has come from another
out-of-the-area "do-gooder" who came to us solve our problems.
Unfortunately, not only was that person not able to solve our problems,
he was unable to take care of his own which added to our decreasing real
estate values when he allowed his property to go into foreclosure. We
really don't need this kind of help.
Mr. Gray states his one purpose for running is to defeat our
longest-serving, hardest-working, most thorough in preparation for every
meeting supervisor. It is hard to imagine any thinking person would
cast a vote for him.
Martha McClure is well aware of the problems we face. As a business
owner and an advocate for the youth as well as the elderly, she is by
far the better choice.
Sacrificing weak, old, destitute is no way to build a better county
You can tell a lot about people in three-minute statements.
Roger Gitlin, in your three minutes at the candidates forum you
stated the passions of Del Norters were tourism, garbage and the
I am wondering what group of Del Norters you were talking to.
When you knocked on the door of the old women who said she had no
family and no help, did you ask her why her IHSS provider could no
longer work for her? Did you ask why this women had no money to hire
Or were you just concerned about her messy house sitting in your
You said Del Norte uses the most in food stamps - would you prefer
the hungry starve?
Larry Childs, you stated that a parent who can't pay the rent may use
drugs to escape problems, that children being raised poor may end up as
drug addicts. You said this is how it all starts in poor families.
Are you saying drug abuse is a poor-person problem?
Bill Gray, in your three minutes, you said Del Norte doesn't need
state or federal money. Are you saying state/federal-funded programs for
disadvantaged/disabled are not needed? Is your plan to kick them out of
I didn't hear anything about the needs of our physically and mentally
disabled. There is one facility for them in DNC. The only place for
them is their homes.
Will you use your bigger airport to fly them to care facilities far
away, reload the plane with people who will be able to stay in their
homes, to make money for Del Norte?
I saw a lot of seniors/disabled people at the forum. As off-subject
as everyone got, not five seconds were taken to address their needs and
Did you miss these Del Norters? You're not going to find them at the
airport. They can't afford to use it.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to build a better county.
Sacrificing the weak/destitute to do it is wrong.
History has shown us people leading with no regards to humanity have
never had long periods of success before it all fell apart.
Del Norte's most precious and vulnerable look to our county leaders
to protect them. I can't believe they took a back seat to garbage,
sewage and junky yards.
Shame on all of you.