Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Shame on Triplicate for covering family's trauma

My mom always told me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. I was thinking the Triplicate should adopt a policy of, "If you don't have actual news to print, don't print anything at all."

I write because of the Oct. 19 article, "Man dies in an accidental shooting," where the staff writer was at a loss for actual news so he felt it OK to write about the obvious trauma the family was dealing with.

Shame on you, Triplicate, for allowing your news to get away from substance to attract readers, instead relying on describing the obvious pain the family was feeling.

Steven Jackson, Crescent City

Council members should use pay cut to fund water

Writing about this water rate hike, I do not live in Crescent City anymore but do have a home there where I stay when I am there visiting, which is probably once a month if that. I may go down for the day and return home the same day I go to the house to leave my dogs, or visit with friends there.

I receive a monthly water bill which I send payment in for, but please can someone tell me why my water bill is so high? I believe that this last water bill I paid was $71. I know what you're going to say, I should have someone come out and look for leaks.Already did that, no leaks. What the heck, this is our monthly bill for a house that we use for the day, and you want to raise my rate again?

You are now being paid for something that is rarely used. How about all you City Council members take a pay reduction and use that money to pay for something that you screwed up?

Gloria Lopez, Medford

Lies mask GOP's selfish, extremist obstructionism

Virginia Walworth's Oct. 22 Coastal Voices piece, "Obama treated like king, not president," reflected the bubble of half-truths and propaganda in which many people live.

In that echo chamber they blame Democrats for the government shutdown that they caused. The piecemeal bills sent to the Senate post-shutdown were a particularly cynical ploy to place blame elsewhere. For the functions of government to be fully restored they would have had to pass tens of thousands of bills affecting programs in all the states,hence Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's insisted on a clean bill reopening government.

President Obama never had "free reign" despite the pro-Democratic election results of 2008. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, used the filibuster more than 300 times to block legislation from the Democrat-controlled House.

That included a jobs bills tied to rebuilding our archaic infrastructure - something Republicans said they were all for but they didn't want Obama to have any accomplishments. He won re-election anyway, even with a weak economy, because a majority of Americans rightly saw that Republicans offered nothing positive (except to multinational corporations and the fanatics in their base).

Our Constitution called for checks and balances, but not dysfunction and gridlock. Washington, Madison, Jefferson and others were worried about the power of a rogue faction to wreck the government: an ultra-partisan faction that always puts party ahead of country.

Today's version of the GOP tends to fit that description. Their extreme ransom-demand tactics and refusal to work with the cautious, middle-of-the-road Obama (no socialist he) are a low point in American democracy.

If they knew anything, any real facts, any history, they would know that there were right-wing anti-socialist insurrections in the 20th century. One of them was Nazism, which didn't work out too well for the human race.

Bret Raushenbush, Crescent City