Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Thanks to rescuers who came to adrift boaters' aid

We were just two older fishermen on a 15-foot drift boat fishing on the ocean-side and south of the Battery Point Lighthouse when our drift boat motor conked out on us ("2 boat incidents call out rescuers," June 20).

Drifting among the rocks and being on the ocean-side of the jetty spelled trouble! As we drifted closer to the jetty and not being able to start the outboard motor, we called 911 for help and help came. Lots of help! Wonderful help!

We want to express our appreciation for the immediacy of the response and the well-organized rescue of us and our boat.

First, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office and its Search and Rescue Team. More specifically, we would like to acknowledge the personalized attention and leadership by Stephen Morris for coordinating the rescue, and Harlan Watkins of the county diving crew.

Also the U.S. Coast Guard, Crescent City, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Highway Patrol. They were all there in a supportive mode.

Next time we fish, we will eat our Wheaties ahead of time, take two cans of spinach with us, and leave the kryptonite fishing jigs at home. We desperately tried rowing out away from the jetty and against the strong drift to safety.

Everett Allen and Joseph Yabu,Crescent City

Alexandre kids a model of sorely needed good parenting

What a great way to start my day in reading about Dalton Alexandre ("Fresh from the dairy," June 20). While he certainly deserves the accolades, my praise is to his parents who have raised such a great family of respectable and responsible kids.

In my five years as a substitute school bus driver, it was always my pleasure to pick up the Alexandre kids. I could always expect a "Good morning" response to my "Good morning," something I always said to every student entering the bus, regardless of whether I got a response or not.

As I've spent time with kids in other ways, I've found that there is less oversight by the parents today. Of course not true in every case, but so many parents empower their kids to do the wrong thing and then sit back and wonder what happened.

Parents don't want to upset their child, so they cave in to whatever that child wants, then later throw their hands up and say, "I can't do anything with that child!" Or "he/she won't do anything I tell them to do!"

The Nuss' letter to the editor ("Kids roaming streets, destroying property") with the last line, "Do you know where your kids are at night?" was a great question.

How do you know? Did you simply just ask them or did you take the time to substantiate their response? Thank you to those that choose to parent and not try to be a friend to their kids.

Ernie C. Reyes, Crescent City