Recent transplants can bring refreshing approach to county
Following the race for Del Norte County supervisor positions, I find that being a long-time resident of our community and having experience doesn't mean you're right for the position. What's interesting to me is here we have two newcomers to our community and now residents have found in their short time here the many problems that face our county year after year and the years of promises to fix our community just haven't happened.
Oh, but we have a new sewage plant that cost us twice the price it should have, and we have a new noise ordinance and we did manage to put a band-aid on our road for the last Fourth of July so people visiting wouldn't see how dilapidated our roads are. And just what will be the final price of our airport?
I am a lifetime resident, born and raised here, who would like to see
change that our community may grow and that our children who are
graduating have a future to look forward to. Being a lifetime resident
and having experience is good, but it's more than just having made
friends here, it's about the future of our beautiful community.
I don' personally know Mr. Gitlin or Mr. Gray, but I am hopeful that
their outside views and positive approach to our problems will be a
benefit to our community that should mean more than just a paycheck and
It's imperative that there be change in local leadership
This is a wonderful area and has the potential for prosperity that
has been abused by our current narcissistic secular City Council leaders
and finds it time for a change to public servants that want more for
the people of Crescent City than for their own self-serving egos. After
attending a forum where I could see in person the flap-doodle presented
by our current office holders, it is imperative there is a change in
leadership to the people that want more for this city than for
I have been stewing about "private citizen" Kathryn Murray's letter
to the editor, ("Current supervisors grasp how local government works,"
May 5). Indeed, the Triplicate added in the position of "Mayor," a
totally powerless title, somehow adding prestige to her letter.
It didn't work.
Crescent City is a dull, grey, colorless town and that is because the
Council, including the mayor, bicker and ague on issues that do not
create jobs, do not help our community, and only feed a no growth policy
championed by Murray.
Her support of all three incumbents running on the Board of
Supervisors races is curious. Leslie McNamer is devoid of any ideas, yet
she seeks a third term. Martha McClure attacks any candidate who did
not attend high school in Del Norte County. How ridiculous! I suspect
her support of McNamer is one based on the presumption McNamer will run
(and win), then step down in January. And by a miracle of God, the Board
will appoint Murray to the unfilled position. Let's hear McNamer deny
she will not serve a full term.
Roger Gitlin in District I and Bill Gray in District 2 have energy
and ideas that I have not seen in Del Norte County in years. My question
to the esteemed mayor, is, how did you run for City Council with zero
experience on the Council? Murray's argument is absurd and patently
Both Roger and Bill have the qualities and qualifications for the job
they are seeking. Qualified because neither is a politician, and the
currant progressive liberal politicians are the root cause of our
problems. As I see it, the Board's first responsibility is to serve the
people of this county (people is plural) and this county's needs above
all else, both Roger and Bill have the personal integrity and understand
the constitutional responsibility to accomplish that end!
(not related to Bill Gray)
Let's try something different than the failing war on drugs
On the front page of the May 19 Del Norte Triplicate I read,
"Marijuana providers under fire." Then I read on page 2 of the May 17
edition, "Tribe showcasing addiction treatment program."
It takes me a few days to read all the news. I couldn't help thinking
that the First Citizens of our area are so advanced in their thinking
in the way they approach those who become addicted to drugs. They want
to help their people overcome their wrong-thinking ways to once again be
The first article advancing the same old intolerance and
throw-them-in-jail attitude has not helped the drug problem one bit.
There are simply no statistics showing we are winning the war on drugs.
Also, it is costing us much of our treasury in the long run.
Let's try something different and honor those who knew the value of
the planet and life. They are both worth saving and honoring by using
humane and sensible treatment.
Sheriff's Siskiyou speeches deserve attention in Del Norte
Regarding the May 22 article, "Sheriff joins call to stop dam
removal," Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson's travels around the
North State stumping for the Tea Party extremists and spewing his
right-wing, anti-tribal/anti-Indian speech is clearly newsworthy and the
good citizens of Del Norte County certainly deserve to be informed of
his activities outside the county.
The Karuk Tribe and our tribal citizens in Siskiyou County have long
suffered as a result of right-wing, anti-Tribal, anti-Indian hate speech
and fear mongering spewing from the elected officials in this county,
and it saddens me greatly to know that Del Norte County and some of its
elected officials are now infected by this horrible scourge.
Please continue to cover the activities of Sheriff Wilson in your newspaper, it is the right thing to do.
Leaf G. Hillman
Natural resources director
Happy Camp, Calif.
We know who Alexander is, but not his critics in hiding
I wonder about what it actually means to be truthful. Here in this
county, it's hard to tell from a voter's point of view who's lying to us
All we really have to help us decide is face-to-face talks or public forums.
To the people of Del Norte, we did just that, and voted for Jon Alexander for DA.
I wonder why the people who made these complaints about Jon Alexander
are in hiding. Who are they? How come they're not facing the people of
Del Norte ?
We know who Jon Alexander is. He is an ex-meth addict who screwed up,
loved his mother, got clean and dedicated his life to fighting the very
thing that nearly destroyed him.
He has never hidden from the public.
In fact, he was in our faces, on our streets, newspapers telling us what and who he is from day one.
Who is this person who knew something so personal as a loan that was made between good friends ... not once but twice.
One must wonder about the credibility and ethics of someone who
waited until after elections to share this information with anyone.
You would think morals would have moved this person to save the
public and county from paying a man they believed was so corrupt.
During a forum that was held at Mary Peacock Elementary during the DA
race, Mr. Drossel asked, Do we want someone who could crack under the
pressures of the DA office and risk the chance he would go back to
I'm thinking with everything that's been alleged about Jon Alexander,
people doing more than watching him - the word that comes to my mind is
stalking - I think all this has proven to the people of Del Norte he
would not relapse and is holding up under pressure just like he said he
I personally don't care who he lends money too. I just don't care.
What we do care about is our city being free of meth, child molesters,
rapists, child abusers.
That is the truth.
When are these people, whoever they are, going to get it?
This is not your town, it's not Jon Alexander's town. This is the people's town.
We wanted a better life in our town. We voted for the DA candidate who could do it. That is the truth.
McClure has distinguished herself in service to youths
My daughter has been involved with the Job's Daughters since she was 5
and from the beginning Martha McClure was there to help her every step
of the way.
Most parents are only involved in the extracurricular activities
because their child is participating. Martha is different, her daughter
aged out a few years ago and Martha is still active.
Martha has dedicated herself to helping these wonderful young ladies become exceptional young women.