Regardless of designation, slow down near schools
In response to Harold McChesney's April 9 letter, "Difference between school zones and school crossings," he is right. He will get tons of email for having such a view toward an important safety issue.
First, if you are near a school, is that not a school zone? Is it not possible that a child could appear from behind the so-called safety of a fenced-in, non-school zone and run into the street in front of you as you fly down Northcrest at 40andndash;50 mph on your way to that all-important cup of Starbucks?
It does not matter if the light is flashing or not, you are in an area where children might be present.
I have a problem with people who do not slow down for yellow caution lights. They probably find it unnecessary to slow down for police, Caltrans or anything else that blinks yellow and says slow down, which is what being cautious entails. They are likely the ones who speed up for the blinking yellow lights that are a warning to slow down as red lights are coming on my school bus.
I think if they hit and kill a child in a "school crossing area," that prima facie law is going to find them at fault and I hope they throw the book at them. I think they will have a difficult time explaining they were not in a school zone.
As a school bus driver for over a decade, I never exceed 25 mph from the time I encounter a sign until I pass the one directing the oncoming traffic on the other side of the street.
That goes for passing Orick School at 1 a.m. That is your school zone and you better just slow down for our kids.
Kim Charette, Crescent City
Thanks to officials fighting regionalization
I would like to thank our county supervisors, Health Care District Board and our City Council in helping to take on Sutter Health in keeping our hospital from getting downsized.
We do not need our medical services decreased; if anything we need to have new hospital Board members appointed who will allow a doctor to be able to sit in on those meetings.
To all of you, thanks for your support with this silly regionalization.
Rita Moore, Crescent City
Resentful of people's choice being removed
There's been a long standing saying that there's no law north of the Klamath. There is obviously no justice either. When the judge declared thatour district attorney, Jon Alexander, should be disbarred, that was a travesty of justice. Is it his past that condemned him or these petty charges?
Losing our DA is a huge loss to our county. He has done an excellent job. He has worked long hours for many causes. I personally resent that the man we voted to be our district attorney is being removed. Thank god that Jon is a Christian. God will get him through this. I hope our county survives.
Beth Henion, Crescent City
DA admitted problems, then moved on with life
We're in complete agreement with Summer Moore-Clawson's letter about Jon Alexander's disbarment ruling ("Haters brought down voters' choice for district attorney," April 11).
He spent a lot of time and effort before the election helping us clean up our neighborhood and got us started with the Neighborhood Watch.
The sad thing is he was up front telling us about his shortcomings of the past and we elected a good, hard-working DA. We know about the dissenters that spent time and money trying to get him disbarred and hopefully some of our citizens will vouch for him at the next hearing.
Everyone has some problems in the past. He disclosed them and worked hard for us, proving he is worthy of the job.
Bill and Carlina Horn,Crescent City
Smith R. needs bettertsunami warning system
I was very upset when Northern California had its tsunami warning practice ("The sirens wailed on cue - mostly," March 28).
I live three miles north of Smith River and if I hadn't been sitting next to a window, without the TV on, I never would have heard the sirens. I talked to several people in our area and they didn't hear the sirens either.
I know Lucky 7 Casino is supposed to have a siren, but all I heard was a buzzing sound until I opened the window.
Without these warnings we are at the mercy of Mother Nature in this area, and according to the experts we are in a vulnerable area here close to the beaches.
We need a better system, this one isn't enough to alert us to a major disaster. What can we do to get some help up here?
Barbara Mollison, Smith River