Letters to the Editor May 12, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Animal Control staffing shortage can be solved with sponsor

Animals are suffering and dying here due to neglect and abuse because Animal Control has a shortage of employees and is not able to provide the needed services to Del Norte County.

Inside, the pound has been much improved over the last several years and the euthanasia rate has been dramatically reduced; however, due to budget cuts, the services in the field have been cut back drastically. One animal control officer is trying to do the job of four people, leaving animals and people at risk. Areas of the county have had services completely eliminated, such as on the reservations.

In reality, the county is obligated to provide services on the

reservations because of a little known law (The California 280 Law) that

requires local authorities to enforce state and federal laws on

reservations. In Klamath, the Yurok Tribe pays county taxes on its

residential properties and Animal Control is still denying service to

those properties.

There's a perfect solution. We need at least two "humane officers" to

help provide services and protection for animals and people. This would

also give extended hours and weekend service. Humane officers are

required to have more training than animal control officers. They know

current animal law and can more effectively enforce it since they have

to have approval of the courts.

The Humane Society of Del Norte has offered to sponsor the humane

officers, which will save the county money since it is typically less

expensive for counties to contract with Humane Societies rather than

hire additional employees for animal services.

Right now, the county is working on the budget for 2012andndash;2013. Because

of the upcoming elections, it is urgent that you let your elected

officials know how you feel about this. Please call, email, or write a

letter as soon as possible to the Board of Supervisors and City Council

asking them start protecting animals in this county by contracting with

the Humane Society for humane officers and restoring service to all of

Del Norte County, including the reservations.

Please advise your family, friends, and neighbors of this urgent call

for help. We have a voice for ourselves and for our animals - we need

to be heard on this issue and We need the Board of Supervisors to take

immediate action to change what has become an injustice to us, our

community, and the animals who live here.

Lana Amana


McNamer has a long history of helping and appreciating county

I am writing this letter to support Leslie McNamer for re-election to

the Board of Supervisors District 1. I have known Leslie for many years

and can say without question that she has an excellent handle on the

issues that plague our county. She works hard to solve problems and cope

with the facts. She does not make promises that can't be kept. And no

matter how adverse the political climate, this woman has proven that she

will stand her ground.

I enjoy living in Del Norte County and can tell you why without a

moment's hesitation. So could any resident - diversity and all. So when

someone blows into town and finds us broken and our people with no

quality of life, I would like to ask that newcomer: "What brought you

here?" and "What did you come from?" Been there, fixed that?

It's not broken. Vote Leslie McNamer for supervisor in District 1.

Jeanne Bishop


Challengers don't understand rural living like incumbents do

At the candidates forum sponsored by the Triplicate, I heard Martha

McClure, Leslie McNamer and Dave Finigan, all of whom have lived here

for many years, speak knowledgeably about the issues facing our county

and how they have worked together, despite their differences, to make

good things happen.

Our supervisors clearly care about Del Norte County and value what

makes it special - independent thinkers who constantly network and

collaborate, world renowned natural resources, shared access to our

beaches and forests- and are working together to create better access

(airport, broadband Internet) to attract more jobs that will enhance,

not destroy, this beautiful county and community that we love.

I also heard two relative newcomers from large metropolitan areas,

Roger Gitlin and Bill Gray, talk about our community. Clearly neither

one has lived here long enough to understand either small-town people or

rural issues, yet Mr. Gitlin thinks Del Norte County is broken and that

he can fix it, perhaps by jumping on desks. Bill Gray said he wouldn't

sit on any committees, that he would just make decisions.

Neither seems to understand the importance of working together. Are

we electing a supervisor or a king? Although Gray and Gitlin advocate a

business model, both admit that they have no experience in government.

As a business owner, would you hire the inexperienced rookie over

someone who has shown what they can accomplish?

I intend to vote for the experienced person who acknowledges that she

or he cannot do it alone and values all the other people who together

work to continually and thoughtfully support the citizens of Del Norte

County and improve our quality of life.

Patricia Black

Crescent City

Politicization destroying utility of task force; privatizing impossible

After more than 20 years of volunteer service on the Local Solid

Waste Task Force, I have decided that I am no longer willing to serve on

that body.

Thank you to the various boards and councils that have reappointed me

to the task force over the years. The biggest thanks and gratitude

however, goes to those individuals who have served on the task force for

their diverse viewpoints, ability to discuss rather than debate, solve

problems rather than create them and explore a sustainable, affordable

approach to solid waste management that will work for us in Del Norte.

The most successful advisory bodies I have served on are those that

are diverse, nonpartisan, objective, evidence-based, and

process-oriented with a willingness to accept the outcomes that emerge.

The politicizing of these types of bodies by any single group,

organization, party, ideology etc., greatly reduces their effectiveness

as the citizen advisory group they were appointed to be. The purpose is

open, free discussion, not political domination.

As to the current state of affairs: In 1990, we tried to "privatize"

our solid waste activities. We could not "privatize" the liability of

our leaking landfill, the necessary adherence to increasing state and

federal mandates, the obligation of local government to ensure public

health and safety through the proper handling of solid and hazardous

wastes and on and on.

Make no mistake about it: local government has and will continue to

have full responsibility for the solid/hazardous wastes within its

jurisdiction! Government should not and cannot contract those

obligations to the private sector. Martha, Leslie, Kelly, and Rick

understand this! You did your job by pointing out fact; thank you for

your courage!

Close inspection of any successful enterprise is an essential tool in

that enterprise's continued success! However, kicking the pile just to

smell it does nobody any good whatsoever!

The public/private partnership that emerged through a very

competitive bidding process has brought us the lowest rates in our

region (most other essential public services cost more here). We are in

compliance with state and federal law, recycling is at an all-time high,

and we are able to be somewhat proactive in determining our "garbage

fate." Is it really in our best interest to eliminate an agency that is


Clarke Moore

Crescent City

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