Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Height of Pelican Bay tables incorrect

There was a mistake made when Anthony Skeens wrote about the prison ("A day at Pelican Bay," July 19). The tables in the visiting rooms are not 3 feet tall. That would be normal height. They are about 16 inches high; that is why we call them "knee-knocker" tables.

I found the article interesting though. And we did get our visits back. It had been two months.

Linda Bevier-Vian

Crescent City

Tea Party sheriffs are over-reaching

I attended the Tea Party Sheriffs' event, and the Triplicate's news review left me with plenty of room for exposition. The group of six Tea Party sheriffs, including our Dean Wilson, boastfully claimed credit for helping to prevent the removal of the Klamath dams. Their stated reason being that Klamath dam removal would deteriorate and threaten the agricultural economy, culture and way of life.

Surprisingly Dean Wilson, our sheriff, stood with the other inland sheriffs and said absolutely nothing about the demise of the salmon fishery on the Klamath, and the life, livelihood and well being of our coastal community and Native American communities that are dependent on a healthy salmon fishery. Nor did he say anything to clarify the issues.

As was recently expressed by the Resighini tribal leader in the Triplicate, it is the KBRA water deal and expensive restoration deal associated with dam removal that complicates the issue. Dam removal takes not a drop of irrigation water from inland farmers. And dam removal does not affect or prevent flooding on the Klamath. Dam removal would eliminate a small, insignificant amount of electric power, but would profoundly improve the water quality of the Klamath River, and increase spawning habitat.

Dean Wilson's betrayal of our coastal community did not pass me by unnoticed.

Dean Wilson claims the authority to obligate state and national agency policy-makers to negotiate compromises with himself alone, as an elected official. The sheriffs proclaimed that all national forest roads should be left open, even under limited budgets, limited use and high-sensitive resource damage.

I can understand the value of our sheriffs weighing in on regulations that will affect drug use enforcement. But I did not elect our sheriff to tell the national Forest Service and Park Service how to manage their limited maintenance budgets and obligate these agencies to disregard significant resource damage. Nor did I elect the sheriff to meddle and interfere in national resource policies that would restore vital salmon fisheries to this region.

Dean Wilson and the other sheriffs consider it their duty as elected officials to represent their communities on such issues as national forest road management and recreational vehicle use, hunting and fishing regulations. Under our Constitution, they claim that as elected officials, all agencies are obligated to consult and coordinate with sheriffs. And by coordinate, they clearly stated that agencies had to negotiate with them, not just consult.

Eileen Cooper

Del Norte County

System for dealing with meth failing us

I have lived my entire adult life here in all parts of Del Norte County and have lived within the city limits since 1990. For those of my fellow concerned citizens, I have very bad old news for our area.

We have a cancer called meth. Law enforcement sees it, that I'm sure. Just spend an hour or so in Superior Court and see what kind of people you are dealing with.

Here a cop catches a burglar in the act and the burglar is booked and released out the door before the officer has his report completed.

This system is failing. The cancer grows and ask any officer of the law if meth and thievery don't go hand in hand.

I can see the problem and God only knows I pray I had a solution. Is there anyone out there with some leadership and new concepts of what to do?

This community could be a retirement haven or just a bad place to live. I hope it's not already.

Greg Forsht

Crescent City

City Council will not discuss fluoridation

The last couple of City Council meetings were a real eye opener to me. The safety and effectiveness of fluoride is a big topic and when I go up to talk during the public comment time, I never know if they're going to let me speak or interrupt me or tell me to sit down.

Last meeting, Councilwoman Donna Westfall asked for a legal opinion. The attorney clarified that we, the public, have the right to talk about any topic during our three minutes, including the topic of fluoride.

The point I want to make is that Mayor Kathryn Murray tried to make it seem like the local people who worked on the initiative made it sound "tricky." She also said that all medications have side effects. It's about time they admitted they were drugging us.

I don't know where to get a list of the side effects. I do know the people who worked on the initiative and there's nothing tricky about it. After asking the suppliers of HFSA (hydrofluosilicic acid) to provide proof of its safety and effectiveness, they haven't supplied anything.

I know that the City Council had a choice to approve the moratorium by voting for an ordinance instead of a vote by the public. The attorney explained that it was one of the options. Last time, Mayor Charles Slert said it could only be removed by a vote of the people. He was wrong.

If something is unhealthy and hurting the health of even one baby who gets fluorosis, or even one person struggling with kidney disease, or even one person dealing with diabetes, or even one person getting seizures because of drinking or bathing in this poison, this council could have removed it. Actually, it has a duty to take action.

The majority of this council act more like followers instead of leaders. They do not act like there is any value to a human life.

Janice Wilson

Crescent City

'Riderless horse' carries special honor

We very much enjoyed the Fourth of July Parade and all of the efforts of everyone to make it a good one. However, there is one thing that I feel deserves being mentioned and perhaps a change can be made for next year's parade.

I am referring to the "Riderless Horse." There was no acknowledgement or "special attention" as to the reason for the horse walking the parade without a rider or the reason the boots were backward and what this symbolizes.

It is generally referred to as a caparisoned horse. It is written that it first appeared during the reign of Genghis Khan. At that particular time, the horse was sacrificed and buried with its rider so that the fallen warrior would have a horse to ride in the hereafter.

Centuries later, that sacrifice was changed. The first recorded use of the Riderless Horse in the U.S. was in the military during George Washington's time. Then at Abraham Lincoln's, JFK's and Reagan's funerals this tradition was used again. The boots are reversed to symbolize the fallen soldier looking back over his troops and that he will never ride again.

The Riderless Horse is also a tradition today in the Army as well as the Marines. The VFW marched alongside, which was wonderful, but I think more of us should be aware of what this symbolizes.

I feel that the horse should be staged in such a way that it has the first 10 minutes to walk alone down the path of the parade before the actual parade starts. And a picture of the horse in the newspaper along with an article similar to this, letting people know what it represents. Surely we can all give a few moments of silence in honor of all our fallen soldiers. And then let the parade begin.

Nancy Wilson

Crescent City