Letters to the Editor May 24, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

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

empty promises.

Blaine Curven

Crescent City

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

themselves.

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

self-serving.

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!

Terrill Gray

(not related to Bill Gray)

Crescent City

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

good citizens.

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.

Crystal Griffin

Crescent City

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

Karuk Tribe

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

anymore.

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

drugs?

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

would.

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.

Summer Moore-Clawson

Crescent City

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.

Allen Winogradov

Crescent City

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