Medical marijuana patron near dispensary behaved rudely
Regarding the May 3 letter, "Leave pot dispensaries alone, and go after real drug dealers," the writer stated that people using them are not hurting anyone. Well, here is my experience with a user of one of our local dispensaries.
I own a business next to said dispensary. A van was parked in my driveway blocking the entrance gate. When I approached the driver and told him he was blocking the gate he said, "So?" I asked him to move and he refused, saying, "Who's going to make me?" (Real mature.)
If you are too embarrassed to park in a dispensary's parking lot then
you shouldn't be going to one. I have your license plate number so next
time I will just call the police. Better make sure your 215 card is
Thanks to Thompson for help with natural disaster repsonse
On Saturday, April 28, Congressman Mike Thompson visited with constituents in Crescent City.
The Congressman was honored by citizens of Del Norte with a small
plaque, in recognition of his involvement in reaction to Del Norte
County's natural disasters and needs.
I, myself, give thanks to Congressman Thompson and his staff,
especially John Driscoll out of the Eureka office. My small matters were
met immediately in one week with success.
It is with Congressman Mike Thompson's ability and impeccable track
record for Del Norte County in mind that I will vote for Jared Huffman
for our next congressman, knowing Mr. Thompson is there to guide him in
California's difficult times.
Again, thank you Mike Thompson and John Driscoll.
Ples Devroe Fowler
McNamer listens to all sides; challengers too confrontational
I was surprised but pleased when Leslie McNamer decided to seek
re-election on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors. District 1 has
been well served by Mrs. McNamer for the past eight years, and will be
well served for another term as well.
I have not agreed with Mrs. McNamer on every issue, but she has
always been willing to stand up and explain why she made the decision
The two people running against her seem to have a confrontational
agenda. Mrs. McNamer's agenda has always been to do what is best for Del
Norte County. She has also been very good about finding common ground
with a diverse group of people, taking good ideas from all sides. That's
good, old-fashioned leadership, something we need in these trying
Mrs. McNamer has experience, common sense and the ability to work
with others. That is why I am voting for her, and I hope that everybody
in District 1 votes for her, too.
Gitlin spent a lot of time listening to me; that's what I want on board
I have lived in Crescent City since 1994. I have never had a
candidate for the Board of Supervisors bother to knock on my door until
Roger Gitlin did so.
Roger introduced himself to me and then he asked me what my opinions
were on issues relating to Del Norte County. He spent a lot of time
listening to me. I was impressed.
That's the kind of supervisor I want. Someone who listens to what I
have to say. Beware of candidates who are so focused on their own
desires that they are deaf to anyone who disagrees with them.
The incumbent has been in office for eight years and she has never bothered to knock on my door.
I am voting for Roger Gitlin.
Ralph A. Huggett
Question for Gray: Who are you to deny me needed medical care?
Supervisor candidate Bill Gray says he wants to get rid of medical marijuana in Del Norte County. I have some questions for him.
Please tell me your direct personal experience with Crohn's disease
that informs your opinions on effective treatments of this debilitating,
incurable, progressive illness. How often have you had bloody diarrhea
30 times a day for weeks on end, where you're losing a pound a day? How
often have you spent day after day vomiting from intestinal pain? How
often have you been hospitalized for Crohn's? Have you ever bled out
internally such that you required emergency surgery to remove most of
Do your conventional medical bills average more than $100,000 a year?
Have some conventional medicines, like prednisone, given you side
effects like avascular necrosis, which literally kills your bones?
And here's a question many of us with Crohn's ask each other: Do you sometimes not make it to the bathroom?
If you can't answer yes to these questions, I've another question: do
you have specialized medical expertise that qualifies you to prescribe
or proscribe treatments for this disease? Are you up on the latest
research through organizations like the National Institutes of Health on
the effectiveness of marijuana in treating Crohn's?
Obviously not, or you couldn't take the radically ignorant position
you do. So here's my most basic question: why are you, who presumably
know next to nothing about Crohn's, and who time and again claim that
government interferes too much in our lives, trying to insert yourself
between me and my doctors? That's unconscionable.
I'm a model for how medical marijuana is supposed to work. I've never
in my life used any recreational drug, including alcohol, tobacco, even
coffee. I use marijuana under the supervision and with the support of
five doctors (gastroenterologist, GP, endocrinologist [prednisone also
damaged my endocrine system], Prop 215 doctor, and surgeon). None of
them object to this use. All give me appropriate advice on how to best
use this treatment to improve my health.
Now along comes Bill "Intrusive Big Government" Gray who believes he
has the qualifications and the right to make better health decisions for
me than my five physicians and I. That's insane.
Years ago supervisor Finigan put it succinctly, "It's not the
county's job to interfere in doctor patient relationships." That's a
refreshing touch of sanity in politics.
Finigan pursues common good without a personal agenda
I would just like to say a few things with regard to the race for the
position of 5th District supervisor in Del Norte County. It is
important to keep a few things in mind about Supervisor David Finigan
when deciding which way to vote.
My experience with Mr. Finigan has proven time and time again that he
is serious about taking the time and effort to gather all possible
information before making decisions.
For example, Mr. Finigan probably has his own opinion regarding the
recent issue of communication tower upgrades on Red Mountain. However,
his voice is to represent his district and county in the debate. During a
meeting between county supervisors and the Forest Service in January,
it became clear that the Forest Service had meetings with the Yurok
Tribe on this pertinent issue but failed to include anyone from the
county. Mr. Finigan made it apparent that this was unacceptable for our
For Mr. Finigan, his job is not to perpetuate his own position on
issues. Instead, one of his top priorities is researching all sides of
each issue to get a well-rounded perspective so he can be the voice for
our people. It is also important to him that citizens of Del Norte
County be given opportunities to be well informed and heard. This is the
way a representative should see things done.
I take comfort in knowing that someone out there is representing the
people of Del Norte County fairly, without personal agenda, and does all
due diligence to see that things are done with proper ethics.
Another critical issue of importance to Mr. Finigan (which I have
only heard other candidates speak of half-heartedly) is the health and
future of our families and children. For decades, Mr. Finigan has been
engaged in supporting our families and is passionate about seeing that
our children are in an environment that is safe and healthy and have the
opportunity to learn and flourish. I love that his motivations are
seeing that our children are our greatest resource.
These are qualities that we need in our local leaders.
After your yard sale is over, you need to take down your signs
Yard sale season in here and it's already hard to tell who is really
having a yard sale because signs posted from the week before were never
I moved up here from down south and they were having the same problem
so they started mailing out tickets for littering. Then they made it
where no signs were allowed to be posted anywhere.
You would have to go to the Fire Department and pay $10 for a permit
and a $20 deposit to use two of its yard sale signs and when you brought
them back, you got your deposit back.
At the corner of El Dorado and Cooper there are seven signs on one
power pole from last weekend, three have been up for more then three
Stop being lazy and pick up after yourselves!