Letters to the Editor May 29, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

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.

Rick Bennett

Gasquet

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.

Contrast

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.

The stated

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

Rubik's Cubes.

Dale L Bohling

Crescent City

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!

Elisabeth Burrows

Crescent City

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

McClure.

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.

If

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

advertises publicly).

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.

The

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

Norte County.

Matt Maltbie

Crescent City

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

diversity.

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.

While

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.

This

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.

Right

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

Martha.

Mike Muldoon

Crescent City

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.

I don't

understand what it takes to be local. They pay property taxes locally,

they support local merchants and they both get involved in local causes.

Martha

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!

Around 1,800

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

thing.

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!

Andy Larson

Crescent City

'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.

Mr.

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.

The

Tea Party supposedly advocates returning to "constitutional" government

- where in the Constitution is government suppose to subsidize

business?

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

buy.

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

Norte.

John Mertes

Crescent City

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!

Do

you sometimes wonder why your circulation is in decline? This is a

small town. Most of us believe in fairness and the American dream.

Lilyan Wood

Crescent City

Editor's note: The published text of the story in question is below.

Romney criticizes Obama, teachers' unions

Pres. candidate spoke to Latino businessmen

McClatchy-Tribune

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."

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