McClure knows how system works and how to use it
For Del Norte County to survive and prosper, we need Martha McClure on the Board of Supervisors.
She realizes that we have to work with the state and feds who dominate our county. Making believe they will go away or change their spots isn't real and won't work.
Martha cares about Del Norte County and has shown how much she cares by her activities and actions as a citizen and supervisor. She is noted for doing her homework. Her approach to problems that confront her or the county is that she will study and thoroughly understand everything about it, then formulate a reasonable plan to attack the problem. No arbitrary, impractical or vacuous plan from Martha.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that having a voice on
one of the most influential committees in the state, the Coastal
Commission, is a huge plus for Del Norte.
Being a county
supervisor is not an easy job and I believe it is important that we have
someone who understands, cares about and is willing to continue working
for the future of Del Norte like Martha McClure.
Various thoughts on election and garbage collection rates
If political ads are any indicator of a candidate's state of
confidence I'd say Martha McClure's not sure. Swamping the opponent's
efforts with final-chapter, self-aggrandizing propaganda seems to be the
tactic. Her burst of last-minute ads and the stepped-up tempo of
letters by her supporters exhibit either a knockoff cinching of campaign
strategy or the final squeeze of the toothpaste tube.
that with Leslie McNamer's lackluster, near apathetic campaign as
compared with her energetic and enthusiastic challenger, Roger Gitlin,
and you can see a wobble of the spinning top. I have read a number of
letters to the editor and while I see what may not be an actual
groundswell of support for Roger Gitlin, there certainly appears to
be a sudden burst of enthusiasm for his neighborhood visits with what
well could be his future constituency.
The folks are pleasantly
surprised and enthused by a candidate for office that comes to their
door and solicits their opinion on life in Del Norte County. They are
not used to anything approaching that by the incumbent who apparently
feels that chair on the Board is hers permanently and she need make
little or no effort to retain it.
And now we have a raise in
garbage rates as gas flirts with $5 per gallon and a loaf of bread
strains one's budget. Do our board members dig their heels in or do they
cave? Three incumbent board members are running for re-election for
county supervisor and they blithely vote to accept the proposed rate
increase knowing their loyal supporters will stand by them regardless.
All but one member voted to raise our rates and that was the lone voice
in the wilderness of Del Norte County, Donna Westfall. We'll see where
the chips fall on this one.
A casual perusal of letters to the
editor regarding the campaign for county supervisor reflects a deep
disdain by critics of the challengers based on their relatively recent
relocation to Del Norte County, an in-crowd/out-crowd mentality.
"Newcomers need not apply" is what it says to me.
rationale is based on the concept that only an antique fixture could
possibly light the way to a better tomorrow. These denizens of deep
thinking find no room for fresh ideas or a broader view of a larger
picture - they are committed to their myopic fumbling of their personal
Dale L Bohling
None address importance of public transit for seniors
I listened to the candidates and not one mentioned the quality of
life through transportation in our town. Thank God for Dial-A-Ride.
Seniors do vote. Let's work together and make our town the best!
McClure is the candidate who will promote growth
This letter is a response to Mary Wilson's May 19 letter, "Let's
chose those who will promote our growth." Wilson speaks of her parents'
unsuccessful battle to develop 10 acres due to the Coastal Commission
and "McClure and her leftist-environmentalist buddies."
As long as
we are writing letters in support of our parents, I'd like to take this
moment to stand up and speak out for one of my parents, my mom, Martha
My mom has helped numerous people jump through the
sometimes-arduous hoops of the Coastal Commission. For example the
Hampton Inn (Oceanfront Lodge) development, where the owner came to my
mom and said how do I get this project done? That project was developed
responsibly and without question or delay from the Coastal Commission.
Mary Wilson's parents, the Browns, would like to set up a meeting to
receive this same powerful yet swift guidance through the California
Coastal Act from my mom I'm sure she would be more than willing to do
so. Actually, I think you already have her phone number (which she
This level of helpfulness is open to anyone
of any race, color, creed, political party, etc., and having that help
accessible to the people of Del Norte County is imperative to our
success. Having a local Coastal Commission member that residents of Del
Norte County can access is the key to projects like business
developments, the airport expansion, and fixing the harbor.
Coastal Commission is going to exist whether McClure is a supervisor or
not. The regulations will continue to exist, the hoops to jump through
will continue to exist, and it will continue to be a problem. With the
help of my mom, however, responsible development will have an avenue to
seek success. McClure is the candidate who will promote growth in Del
We need stability, experience rather than vague promises
It is, indeed, wonderful to live in a democracy. I really can't
imagine living anywhere else in the world as it is today. My family and I
have lived here since 1970 and this is home.
A huge part of the
stability that we enjoy there, with all of our community's problems, is
due to the good governance we receive from our elected officials and we
have, at this time, an excellent Board of Supervisors. They offer us
their best judgment based on hard work, knowledge of our whole
community, their contacts on a state and regional level and their
Being involved in government on any level right now is
as tough as it has ever been in decades. There exists a huge amount of
drama on all these levels which only serves to distract us from the
serious responsibility of voting. But politics is exciting and though I
do like change, we need stability and experience right now.
California continues to be in serious trouble our country is still the
biggest dog in the world and we are a part of that and what we do here
is important. We are a great deal more than a nice place to visit and
see big trees.
Martha McClure has done a fine job of understanding
that, of promoting us, of supporting us and listening to us, all of us.
Whether you agree with everything she does or not, she has earned
well-deserved respect and that still matters, now more than ever.
election is not about native Del Norte residents versus newcomers, but
it is about the future, about completing goals already set, about
continuing the work of promoting and developing this community and about
effectively dealing with the financial crisis in our state.
now we don't need vague promises, we need hope and experience, the
maturity and the courage to follow values she believes in that have
served us well. Our leaders should reflect the best of what we are and
can be. For me and a great many others here in Del Norte County, that is
Living outside county affords fresh perspective
When do you become a local?
Bill Gray and Roger Gitlin have
been active in community events and in community service. They both
serve the local people. Roger works with local juvenile programs and
Bill works with locals representing their legal needs.
understand what it takes to be local. They pay property taxes locally,
they support local merchants and they both get involved in local causes.
McClure, you and I both moved away from Del Norte County and moved
back. When did we become local again? My experiences away gave me a
better perspective on what's really going on outside Del Norte County
and how it is affecting us locally.
Two years ago, Bill Gray
wanted to help Del Norte County by bringing something else here during
the Fourth of July. Bill and Kathie Gray, Clyde Carpenter, Alfred Larson
and I with numerous local volunteers put on a car show with many other
events of public interest to let the people of Del Norte County and
visitors for the Fourth have something else to enjoy!
people went through the gates to see the attractions and Bill's point;
more can be done to bring people to Del Norte County.
Bill put his
efforts where his mouth was and proved a point. He lived here, paid
taxes here and supported his local community; but because he didn't vote
here yet, he's not local?
Our "local" problems are not all coming
from within; our biggest problems come from the state and federal
governments. Having a perspective from outside our locality is a good
The Coastal Commission started with grand ideas, but look
at it locally now. Our functional airport is on hold until we mitigate
wetlands 4:1 with the Coastal Commission. As you know, we don't have
land left to mitigate with. But does the bulk of California and the
Coastal Commission care?
To close, McClure should have apologized
for walking out of a board meeting because she was going to get mad at a
constituent. If the fire is too hot, get out of the kitchen!
'Tea Party Trio' out to remake DN doesn't know what's up
I attended the Triplicate's supervisor candidates forum and read
their ads. What is obvious is that the four challengers don't know what
is going on with Del Norte and its county government.
We have a Tea Party Trio out to remake our county.
Gray is seemingly obsessed with unseating Ms. McClure. He thinks she
has a conflict of interest for serving on the Coastal Commission, when
being a supervisor is a legal requirement. He and his fellow Tea
Partiers rant against the Coastal Commission and its "unelected
bureaucrats." These bureaucrats are fulfilling the mandate of we
Californians who established the commission to protect our coastal
areas, so the Tea Partiers really don't like we the people. If the Tea
Party had its way, instead of signs directing us to coastal access, the
signs would say "private property, no trespassing."
Mr. Gray and
Mr. Gitlin propose tax breaks for some new businesses here. On the
national level we've had tax break after tax break for years - but where
are the jobs? China? If you give tax breaks to some then you are
discriminating against those who don't get the breaks. Those businesses
that get the breaks have an unfair advantage over other businesses.
Tea Party supposedly advocates returning to "constitutional" government
- where in the Constitution is government suppose to subsidize
Apparently the Tea Party Trio doesn't know we are caught
in an international recession which led to widespread unemployment. Nor
that to succeed, businesses must produce what customers can and will
It's easy to blame the government for the decline of logging
and fishing. The forests are national forests belonging to all the
people of the United States and not tree farms to provide jobs for
locals. The salmon fishery has been devastated by reckless logging,
which destroyed spawning habitat, as well as dams and water diversion to
agriculture. Our government served big agriculture.
This year we
have a clear choice for our county supervisors - the incumbents who are
doing a good job or the four challengers who don't really know Del
Story with Romney's views, Democrats' reply was biased
Your blatent disregard for unbiased journalism is certainly evidenced
by your choice of of the article, "Romney criticizes Obama, teachers'
unions," on Page A8 May 24.
In reality, it seems that it is your
opportunity to bash Mr. Romney by choosing an article that reports what
he has presented to the American people and then followed at length by
the talking points of the Democratic machine.
I can't wait to see how you tear apart the words of Mr. Obama or his cohorts when you next feature his remarks!
you sometimes wonder why your circulation is in decline? This is a
small town. Most of us believe in fairness and the American dream.
Editor's note: The published text of the story in question is below.
Romney criticizes Obama, teachers' unions
Pres. candidate spoke to Latino businessmen
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney used a Latino business gathering as a forum
to assail President Barack Obama's leadership of the economy and blame
teachers unions for problems facing American education.
The Republican presidential candidate is making education the focus
of his brief public campaign schedule this week. On Thursday, he will
tour a charter school in Philadelphia and lead a discussion on education
in the most heavily Democratic part of that swing state.
In Washington on Wednesday, Romney assured Latino businessmen and
women that they would never have to "wake up every day, wondering if the
president is on your side."
Obama, he charged, "has decided to attack success," apparently
referring to attack ads by the president's re-election campaign that
targeted Romney's business record as an executive of Bain Capital, a
private investment firm.
"It's no wonder so many of his own supporters are calling on him to
stop this war on job creators," Romney told a Latino Coalition audience
of 250 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Some Obama backers
have criticized the ads, most notably Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who
called them "nauseating."
A new national opinion survey, released Wednesday, showed Romney
trailing far behind Obama among Latino voters. The NBC News/Wall Street
Journal/Telemundo poll gave Obama a 61 percent to 27 percent lead over
Romney among Hispanics.
Romney's hard-line stance on immigration, which he promoted during
the GOP primaries, has complicated his efforts to woo Latino voters. The
former governor has acknowledged that his party needs to do more to
reach out to Hispanics on that issue.
But he avoided direct mention of immigration in his remarks at the
Latino luncheon. Instead, Romney repeated his support for school choice
and charter schools, which Obama also supports.
The Republican candidate sharply criticized the Obama administration
for its decision to back away from a voucher program that allows
thousands of children to attend private schools in Washington, D.C. And
he said that, as president, he'd "break the political logjam" that has
prevented reform of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind
school law; Obama has sought to circumvent the stalemate by granting
waivers freeing states from some of the strictest provisions of the law.
Romney promised to "reduce federal micromanagement" of local
education while providing parents with easy-to-understand report cards
about the quality of their child's school. He blamed the "outsized
influence" of teachers unions in campaigns and elections for frustrating
efforts to improve school quality.
"President Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses and
unwilling to stand up for our kids," Romney charged, citing hundreds of
millions of dollars contributed by teachers unions to Democratic
campaigns as the cause.
"We have to stop putting campaign cash ahead of our kids," he said to applause.
The Obama campaign, in advance of Romney's remarks, said the GOP
challenger's proposals would undermine education by putting tax cuts for
the wealthy ahead of more money for schools. Romney has not proposed
any new spending for education, his campaign said.
During Romney's term as governor of Massachusetts, "class sizes
increased and thousands of teachers were laid off, college costs
skyrocketed, and graduation rates at community colleges lagged behind
the national average," Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a
statement. The choice for voters in November, she said, will be between
Obama, "who has made critical investments in and reforms to education
that have improved schools and made college more affordable, and Mitt
Romney, whose Romney Economics would prioritize tax breaks for
millionaires and billionaires over investments in our future."