Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Gitlin's thinking like mine; will vote for him

Regarding the Sept. 29 article "Gitlin seeks local office, but with a global twist," thank you, Triplicate! You helped me make up my mind!

I am voting for Roger Gitlin for supervisor in District 1. This candidate's opinions as presented by your front page article represent my thinking.

He wants to help fix Del Norte County. I say, great! We can sure use some fixing!

Dave Egan, Crescent City

Conservative like Gitlin what we need on board

About the county name, I've lived here since 1997. When I first arrived, I called the county by its name andhellip; as it should be pronounced: Del Norte ("Del Nortay").

But, everyone corrected me not to say it in Spanish. Well, this is ridiculous folks! Do you even know that Del means "of the" and Norte means "North"? And that's what we are andhellip; from the North. So why not grow up a little and actually call our county by its proper name?

Just a thought.

Teri Markanson, Crescent City

Gitlin harbors hateor those who disagree

In the Sept. 29 article, "Gitlin seeks local office, but with a global twist, Roger Gitlin says, "These are not Democrat, these are not Republican issues, these are simply issues."

If you don't trust the source of this article, do your own research to determine Roger Gitlin's mentality.

I don't care what your political affiliation is, if you can make a positive change for all in Del Norte County. However, I am not interested in anyone who is so filled with hate and judgment

for people who don't agree with him.

I would be ashamed to have Roger Gitlin represent anyone other than himself anywhere.

Susan McCoy, Crescent City

Why did GOP endorseradical like Gitlin?

I was rather surprised that the local Republican Central Committee is supporting Roger Gitlin, a recent transplant from Southern California and radical right-wing candidate for District 1 supervisor.

I wonder if any of the committee members thought to Google his name and read a few of his articles published in the West Ranch Beacon of Santa Clarita. His position on moderate Republicans was quite interesting. Apparently, if one is a Republican and not a Tea Party supporter you are a "RINO" (Republican in name only).

He claims that RINOs, including the party's presidential nominee Mitt Romney, are more problematic than Democratic ideologues and contends they may be more dangerous and certainly post more problems for (us) the voters. He goes on to say, "I bring to your attention the cavalcade of Republican impersonators. Test them, press them, and expose these charlatans. Don't be duped by a smooth-talking, attractive politician who wants your vote."

My goodness.

I could not support this candidate and find it hard to believe that the Republicans in District 1 would endorse someone who calls them names when they are not as radical as he. We just don't need this aggressive, hostile leadership in our community. I urge everyone in District 1 to vote for Leslie McNamer, supervisor. There is no better choice.

Colleen Luttrell, Smith River

Obama's critics unfairly portrayed as racists

As the election draws near, I am deeply troubled by a force that undermines our democratic process.

The recent movie "2016" and one of Dinesh D'Souza's insights especially resonated. Part of the euphoria when Obama was elected in 2008 was the supposition that this proved that the United States was no longer racist. I remember watching the inauguration and wondering if that was what I was seeing, a celebration that a black man was elected, ushering in a new era of the rejection of racism.

Over the past four years, those who have criticized the president's actions have often been called racist, merely because they disagree with Obama. And I know of people here in Del Norte County who have been labeled racist because they have said they will not vote for Obama this November. This is ludicrous.

This kind of group-think reduces each of us to our physical characteristics: race, ethnicity and gender. Is it old-fashioned to think that these characteristics have nothing to do with whether a person is the best candidate for the office he or she seeks? When I consider candidates for office, I look for integrity, vision and experience. I couldn't care less about each candidate's race, gender, height or eye color. I am not a racist, and I don't have to vote for a black person to prove it.

Over the past four years I have seen that this administration seems to want to foster the kind of group-think that will ensure Obama's re-election. The rhetoric is so divisive, placing us all in categories and pitting those categories against each other. Such efforts stimulate emotions and stifle common sense. I see the results played out on the pages of newspapers every week.

I encourage readers to do some research and apply common sense. Our country was founded on principles of liberty, opportunity, personal initiative and benefiting from one's own hard work. Those are the values that have attracted so many immigrants for around the last 300 years. The current administration has made it clear that it values the group-think, income redistribution and massive government handouts that undermine people's dignity and initiative.

Much of the information that is easily available from the mainstream media is misinformation. It takes effort to find good sources and be informed about all sides of the issues. I believe that our future is worth that effort. Think before you vote.

Earl Morgan, Klamath

Question for CANn community gardens

I read the Sept. 27 Coastal Voices piece, "CAN focuses on food boxes" by Stuart Nichols, acting director of the Community Assistance Network. I believe Mr. Nichols has forgotten how my city gave CAN Community Development Block Grant funds to develop two community gardens that could help feed people. One garden was located at Seventh Day Adventist Church on Northcrest Drive next to the senior center. The concept at the time was that seniors could use this small garden.

Then my city gave a large section of Peterson Park to CAN to give people using the CAN food bank a place to grow their own food. The concept at the time was that CAN would use the model of the "Food For People" down in Humboldt County.

I have a question for Mr. Nichols: When I and others went to my City Council supporting a concept of CAN managing the community gardens, what we see today is not what we dream. What happened to the mustard seed? Before people mail donations to CAN, Mr. Nichols, I believe that you need to tell readers of this paper your plans for the two gardens that are under the CDBG funds given to your organization.

It is my understanding that conditions were placed on CAN at the time the money was given to CAN and also when CAN was allowed to put up a greenhouse in the park.

Richard Miles, Crescent City