Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Youth's ignorance about flag saddening

I was delighted to see that so many homes in Crescent City had their flags displayed on the Fourth of July. I was equally pleased to see the excellent turnout at the Fourth of July Parade.

But did you know our children are not necessarily being taught what the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance represents?

Recently, I was made aware that in many Crescent City classrooms the American flag is not displayed, nor is the Pledge of Allegiance being recited daily.

After further investigation I found out that California Education Code 52720 requires a daily patriotic exercise, which can include the Pledge of Allegiance in all K-12 classrooms. In addition, California Education Code 52730 requires the teaching of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I am so tired of elected officials picking and choosing which parts of their job they wish to enforce. So I challenge you to ask your children, grandchildren or family friends' and relatives' children basic information about the American flag, such as what do the 13 stripes and 50 stars represent on the flag. You will be saddened by the results.

Remember, patriotism is a way of life and needs to be taught, so become a mentor and teach every child you see so they learn to respect our flag, and make a change in our School Board come election time!

Marianne Shannon,Crescent City

Editor's note: Del Norte School Superintendent Don Olson said students in certain grades at every school are taught about the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. He also said every classroom now has a flag.

Let's represent our county at state fair

Dear citizens, Chamber members, Visitors Bureau, county and city officials and business owners, I was at the State Fair on Tuesday. Halfway through the fair, which is on track for over 1 million visitors, many from our home-state, 28andndash;30 counties took the time, effort and some funds to promote their areas in a mini-marketing booth.

Our sister counties were all there telling the redwood story, and all its local attractions, so why would anyone come to Del Norte County if they don't know about it?

We are, after all, the Lily BulbCapital of America and the Dungeness crab capital of California. We feature attractions like Trees of Mystery, Ocean World, Rumiano Cheese and the lighthouse. Of course we have a few famous redwood trees too, and the Klamath and Smith rivers. Throw in the parks and our beaches and casinos and it would seem to be enough to tell the good folks of California we are alive.

Instead of complaining that business is slow and seeing major business exodus from the area, lets get planning for 2014 and make a difference.

Dan Gilliland, Redding