District 1 needs Gitlin, who supports limited government
District 1 presents a choice for the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors between Roger Gitlin and Leslie McNamer. Roger is a real limited government conservative who understands the Constitution and that individuals are the key to a great community.
McNamer is a big-government supporter who continues to seek state and federal handouts for our community and forgets about all the strings attached.
Roger would implement fiscally responsible and job growth-encouraging policies that will help our community grow whereas McNamer is satisfied with the status quo of being a welfare community where a majority of the people are either employed by or get assistance from the government.
Roger understands that real economic freedom comes from private
property and protecting our property rights by removing unnecessary
land-use and zoning restrictions. McNamer has repeatedly voted to adopt
policies, like the county general plan, in order to get state funds with
no regard for how these new and ever-growing restrictions discourage
free markets and handicap economic growth.
Roger Gitlin knows that successful individuals are what create a
successful community. Roger Gitlin understands that the federal
government is overreaching its constitutional limits, that economic
freedom leads to individual freedom and better communities, and that we
must be frugal and fiscally responsible.
Impressed with Triplicate's broad, neutral race coverage
I have been really impressed with the Triplicate's coverage on the
local races for the primary. I wanted to thank the editorial staff and
So much of today's journalism is thinly veiled advocacy. It is so
refreshing to see broad and neutral coverage.
You have asked good questions and looked past the spin of the
candidates on the issues, and it truly has been very well done.
New citizen: Ridiculous to say newcomers not 'local'
Last summer I became an American citizen and so this June will be my
first chance to vote in an election. I have been following the local
letters to the editor with a lot of interest and what I do not
understand is how Martha McClure and Leslie McNamer supporters can be so
sure that only those with longtime ties to Del Norte County can
adequately serve the needs of the local citizens.
First of all, it seems that a lot of locals are very unhappy with the
way the county is managed and secondly, are they saying that those of
us who are not fifth or sixth generation residents cannot have any
I think that Roger Gitlin, Bill Gray and Larry Childs all have great
ideas and potential solutions to our very grave county problems. To say
they should not be considered for public office because they aren't
"local" enough is ridiculous. It seems to me that the long-term "local"
incumbents need to go and new blood needs to be brought in.
I would like to see local businesses thrive and private property
owners be able to build and repair homes with encouragement, not
constant over-legislation and over-burdening intrusion.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez
Follow McClure's money and you'll see support is from left
We have all heard the statement "follow the money" made famous in
"All the President's Men." Now in local politics, being what they are,
the statement is still true. Follow the money.
Martha McClure is running one very hard campaign for her seat and has
taken in some very good donations. The California United Homecare
Workers Union gave her $1,000. Ask yourself, why would a union that
needs support on the Board of Supervisors provide so much money to one
She has also received a donation from the Building and Construction
Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for $250.
Then there are a couple of the usual suspects: non-monetary
contributions from Grant Werschkull from Smith River Alliance ( $400)
and Eileen Cooper ($150); both are connected to many environmental
It is simple. If your support is from the left, you can't claim to be
"moderate." If you follow the money to unions, environmentalists and
have a left social agenda, then you are a leftist.
Del Norte County needs "hope and change" for the county Board of
Supervisors, starting with changing out Martha McClure.
Incumbents display superior qualifications at meeting
The May 24 meeting of the Solid Waste Management Authority Board
displayed the advantages and perils of incumbency. The meeting also gave
us a clear indication of why we need to retain incumbent supervisors
McNamer, McClure and Finigan.
At issue was the authority's annual budget, requiring passage before
the end of June. The marathon meeting included consideration and
approval/disapproval of a) continued monitoring/ maintenance of the
defunct landfill, b) amendment of the authority's two private industry
contracts - as required, based on California CPI increases, and c)
raising residential, commercial, and transfer station disposal rates to
cover the increased contract costs.
I was struck by the irony of the situation. Incumbent supervisors had
to grapple with the technical and policy issues "in the arena," while
their challengers in the upcoming election skipped the meeting and lay
in the weeds to take subsequent campaign potshots at those who had to
make the hard decisions on that day.
Mr. Gitlin, who has been a highly articulate challenger of the status
quo, could have appeared, as many others did, to offer informed public
comment during the Board's deliberations. But no.
In their detailed questioning of staff, all but one (Councilwoman
Westfall) of nine Board members present displayed a deep understanding
of the regulatory and contract issues involved. There was no flamboyant
rhetoric, just practical consideration. Ultimately, the Board approved
the contract amendments and related rate increases - as most who have
followed the issues knew they must - with only one dissenting vote
I wondered what the two most vociferous challengers to incumbent
supervisors might have done if they were sitting on that dais, required
to make a decision. Would they have had the same depth of knowledge as
the incumbents? Would they have conducted themselves in a collegial
fashion on a 10-member Board?
With only their speeches and advertisements to go on, it appeared to
me that one might have ripped up the private sector contracts (forcing
the authority into expensive binding arbitration), then stormed off to
Sacramento to demand that the county be absolved of its responsibility
for the landfill. Another might have stood up on a table and demanded
that someone "fix it," while offering no practical solutions. Both would
have denied rate increases needed to balance the budget.
We don't need that kind of "change."
Money for lavish gifts for kids could be better spent
I don't know how many of you watched a recent "20/20" episode called
"Extreme Parenting." It solidified something I've felt for quite some
time. Some Americans, filthy rich Americans, those who clear $500,000
per year or more, truly "waste" their money ... to a point.
One extreme parent was a fashion designer worth millions! She rewards
her 14-year-old daughter for good grades in school just like I did.
But, two examples of these rewards are an all-expense-paid shopping trip
to Morocco, and the other a home-town shopping spree. When the spree
was over the daughter had a minimum of $20,000 of new apparel and
Other extreme parents shown included a well-off couple with an
8-year-old son. Like myself, they'd provided riding toys, like the
battery-operated off-road vehicles - both my boys had one. And their son
mastered all the toys they'd bought for him. So to "step it up," they
had a customized monster truck built for the boy and he drives it!
In so many ways almost anyone would sigh and think, "Wouldn't that be
nice?" Then there are some who may think, in a derogatory tone, "Must
be nice!" I fall into a third category and I hope I'm not alone in it. I
feel that as long as the money was honestly earned, these extreme
parents are proof that some folks actually achieve "the American Dream,"
which is no longer attainable by most of the U.S. population these
days. I am also quite the "realist" on folks like these parents.
If you can afford to spend $20,000 on a shopping spree for a
14-year-old, you should be obligated to spend the same amount on helping
others. And if you can afford to spend thousands on an 8-year-old's
monster truck, you should be obligated to spend the same on helping
others as well. Call it "forced philanthropy."
I know they earned the money and I agree they should be able to do
what they want with it. But when so many people in the U.S. are
homeless, struggling to have food to eat three times each day, when it
gets to where the less fortunate can't afford to buy or keep their
homes and cars, feed their families for a month or more, or buy land to
donate to folks to build homes on for free, then why shouldn't they be
made to help out?
Reflections I had on the occasion of Memorial Day
On Memorial Day, May 30, I thought of this: We are all soldiers
caught between good and evil. There are angels on both sides, both for
good and evil happening in our lives.
We are caught in the middle hoping for the best happening in our
lives. Those who have chosen "good" have illness and death, along with
evildoers. War between countries over petty differences puts evil on
both sides because of what they do in war.
May this Memorial Day writing come as a blessing for good. May each
assist one another for a lighter good time.
McClure's liberal supporters jusitify not voting for her
The listing of Martha McClure's supporters in Thursday's paper was
like a "who's who" of Del Norte County liberals. I noticed most all of
the so-called Friends of Del Norte proudly endorse her candidacy and, in
my opinion, that alone is enough to not vote for her.
I agree with Calie Martin, who wrote that being a public servant is a
tough and thankless job, and I certainly do not intend for my
endorsement of Bill Gray and Roger Gitlin to be a personal attack on Ms.
McClure - this is purely business.
The innocuous infiltration of anti-growth and anti-development
brought to the table by groups like the Friends has been accepted and
promoted by Martha McClure and Leslie McNamer, damaging our county and
the families that live here. We need to vote for a change on the Board