Unfair to stereotype medipot patients based on individual
This letter is in response to Bobbi Evanow's May 15 letter, "Medical marijuana patron near dispensary behaved rudely."
Please don't stereotype everybody into one group. Not all of us are "druggies." Just because one person is giving you trouble doesn't mean the rest are going to do it.
I park my car in the parking lot of the dispensary with my head held just as high as if I was going to a drug store to pick up a pain prescription. I show them my current recommendation, pay for my wares using my own money and go home.
The bag doesn't get opened until I get home and I never drive or
leave the house while I am influenced. In fact, I am never even awaken
while I am influenced. Please don't lump us all together.
Gitlin assured me he will try to get me back to work
I met Roger Gitlin last week when he showed up at my door. Right away
Roger introduced himself and firmly shook my hand.
He told me that he wants to clean up the streets, specifically
stating that he wants to remove meth from our streets. Next, he told me
that he wants to fight homelessness by getting people back to work.
I then explained that I have been in this town for six years and I
have not been able to get work. Despite my military service, my cooking
and retail experience, this town has overlooked me every time I apply
anywhere. Roger looked me in the eye and assured me that he will do what
he can to get me back to work.
I have been registered to vote for about five years; never before has
a politician gone out of his way to speak to me and try to help me with
Now, Roger could be just saying what he thinks I want to hear so I'll
vote for him, but the only way to find out is to elect Roger Gitlin for
District 1 supervisor.
Tired of my kids bullied while administrator does nothing
I am writing as a concerned parent and citizen. My children are
attending an area school here in Crescent City, and have had numberous
problems with bullying.
I thought that our schools were supposed to have a no-bullying policy
in effect for the safety of the students attending. However, every day
my children have come home being punched, pushed down, or slapped by
students, with nothing being done. However if my child or children stand
up for themselves they are suspended and ridiculed by staff at the acts
that they have taken to protect themselves and one another.
I have since started a petition to have said school principal
I ask, as a parent, to all concerned parents, stand back and take a
good look at the school your children are attending. Are they safe while
they are at school from bullying?
I would venture to say more often than not,"No." They are not, and if
we as parents don't protect our children then who will?
Gray's honesty, grasp of area remain questionable
A candidate's truthfulness and hidden motivation are everything to us
voters. Is it not true that candidate Bill Gray only registered to vote
in Del Norte County within the last year, though he has owned property
on Pebble Beach Drive since 2006? (Martha McClure has been a registered
voter here since at least 1992.)
Since Gray claims to have resided here for years, where did he
register to vote each year between 2006 and last year? Full disclosure
of that answer may help us decide whom to vote for.
Clearly, if Gray voted elsewhere, he would not have been too
concerned about our local problems during those periods. If one
registers in Del Norte County only to run for office, that speaks for
Did Gray just own property here, but lived in one of the other cities
where he has law offices? Voters need to trust him to candidly tell us
when he actually moved here. Has he permanently been here long enough to
bond with the local population sufficiently to understand our problems?
Sudden interest is great if it's public interest, not self interest.
Lisa V. Fintel
Gitlin's harsh partisan views are not what Board needs
How can someone running for supervisor, a non-partisan office, be an
objective member of the Board when he obviously harbors deep resentment
for all members of the Democratic Party?
I quote Roger Gitlin in part from the Canada Free Press, Nov. 30,
2011: "Today the Party of the working man has become the Party of
moochers, leeches and victims. And this Party of hope and change has
morphed into a Frankenstein that would turn FDR in his grave. The
Democratic Party is an abomination that is slowly strangling the
greatest country in the world: The United States of America..."
No matter what party you might be, is this the person you want
representing you? The candidate running for the position of county
supervisor should be unbiased and impartial. I do not believe Leslie
McNamer's opponent could ever meet this requirement.
If you need further reassurance, just Google him and make up your own
Too bad hospital trustees attempted secretive vote
It's my understanding the Sutter Coast Board of Trustrees voted to go
ahead with "regionalization."
The vote would turn local control of Sutter Coast Hospital over to
Sutter Health in the San Francisco and Sonoma County areas. But now,
the Board has agreed to put the regionalization process temporarily on
When I read the Board made the decision and voted behind closed
doors, it reminded me of when I was a kid and felt guilty about
something I did and was afraid I'd get caught!
The Board has been a hard-working group of volunteers. It's too bad,
this behind-closed-doors business could be one of the last actions it
takes if regionalization proceeds.
R. A. Hazard
What gives medipot patients right to endanger my health?
To the writer of the May 15 letter ("Question for Gray: Who are you
to deny me needed medical care?"), Mr. Gray may not respond to your
letter, but I will. When you smoke marijuana, it enters your body at a
cellular level. They can test for it in your hair follicles. There are
case studies that indicates that the toxins of marijuana and other
drugs can piggy-back on your sperm cells. If you are pregnant, the
toxins can be passed on to the unborn baby.
When the baby is born, are you going to magically be cured of your
disease? Are you going to leave your baby alone while you go somewhere
else to get your "dosage"? Are you going to smoke, or otherwise ingest,
with your baby in your arms, in the same room, in the same house? If
you are taking cannabis for some disease that your unborn child may not
have, can you agree that this might be a case of over-medicating?
I've observed people in my lifetime smoking marijuana. One or two in
every crowd may have a legitimate excuse for smoking marijuana, but you
light a joint, you take a hit, and you pass it to the left. Do you ask
the person to your left if he or she has a 215 card. No, you're
monitoring the movement of the joint, making sure it doesn't stay too
long with one person.
I presume you and your peers drive cars, operate heavy-machinery,
drive school buses, direct air traffic, go out in public and cross
streets. Here's a question for you ... what gives you the rights to put
my life in jeopardy? I travel around at night. I can smell the cannabis
smoke wafting from houses. You are not controlling your smoke, and you
are not protecting my oxygen. What gives you the rights?
Oh, hey, I just tore a hangnail. I'll bet you five American dollars
that I can pay five doctors to say that I need to be smoking marijuana
to cure my torn hangnail.
McClure also warrants vote for protecting hospital care
Harbormaster Richard Young spoke about county Supervisor Martha
McClure providing a voice for Del Norte on the Coastal Commission.
Attorney Jim Fallman wrote a letter explaining why her opponent would
not be as effective on our county
There is another good reason to re-elect McClure. She questions how
Sutter Health has started to the "regionalization" of Sutter Coast
Hospital (disregarding concerns of the current and previous medical
chiefs of staff, doctors Gregory Duncan and Kevin
Martha wants to protect Del Norte's hospital care. We need her
As independent Dem, Adams stands out among candidates
Twelve candidates are seeking to represent our newly created 2nd
Congressional District running from Del Norte to Marin counties.
Why would anyone seek a job that 90 percent of the people disapprove
of? Washington is gridlocked. I'm looking for a new approach, someone
who holds strong democratic ideals but will talk to the opposition and
please get things done!
I don't see promoting budget failure in Sacramento as a solution. I
want an alternative to the status quo. I met and spoke to each of the
front-runner candidates. Susan Adams stood head and shoulders above the
Adams is a fiscal conservative who walks the walk. She balanced her
district's budgets for 10 years, created jobs in clean energy and in a
non-profit public health system. She declines her county's pension and
car allowance and has promised to do the same if she's elected to
She's also a true progressive who supports Medicare for all and
protecting Social Security for the elderly. Susan is a life-long
Democrat, but she is not part of the party "machine." She's earned
diverse support the old-fashioned way: she listens.
Susan leads by example, helping people on both sides to listen. She
understands that solutions come from considering the concerns of all.
This is a skilled mediator, just the tonic for what ails Washington.
Why would Susan Adams contend for an unpopular job? Because she can
do the job better than anyone else, better than anyone before. She'll
fight for a better future for all of us. After endorsing Susan Adams, I
proudly accepted a position with her campaign and it's been an honor to
work with so many of her enthusiastic supporters.
Let's choose those who will promote our growth
Recent letters have said we should vote for McClure and McNamer
because they are "more local." They remember when Del Norte had a
thriving economy and lumber, fishing, and farming were king. But that
was a long time ago and as I was recently told, "we've already lost the
war" when the government owns 78 percent of our county. Our private
economy continues to shrink and government is now king.
In her latest ad, McClure prides herself in "cooperating with state
and federal government." I agree. She's cooperated in helping to give
away a lot of Del Norte. She's cooperated in taking private land off of
the tax rolls, which stops development.
We all know government can be beneficial but where is the balance? Is
it at the expense of private property and industry? Yes.
An example are my parents, Hector and Eileen Brown, who wanted to put
in a beachfront development in Crescent City of office, retail and
condominiums on 10 acres but were stopped by the Coastal Commission. Not
only would it have provided jobs, it also would've provided more tax
revenue. They think McClure and her leftist-environmentalist buddies are
detrimental to our economy and to our community.
McClure and McNamer are resigned to accept the status quo and to see
Del Norte continue to beg for handouts. Their actions relegate us to
living off of what the government allows us to have, instead of carving
our own path to financial prosperity. Is this the best future for us
being on state subsidies and social programs? I don't believe so.
I believe we need an economic lift through private enterprises. We
need to grow the economic pie and increase the tax base in our county to
create a healthy and balanced growth.
What's really needed in Del Norte are new supervisors with a fresh
vision that see our future as bright and hopeful. Bill Gray and Roger
Gitlin see a future of jobs and an economy driven by private enterprise,
not government programs. Both have started and owned their own
businesses. Mr. Gray's has opened 17 branches in his firm creating
hundreds of jobs. I'd say he knows what it means to grow the private
Let's choose those who will promote our growth, not surrender to our
decline. Please join me in voting for Bill Gray and Roger Gitlin, who
want something better for Del Norte.