Our View: About to sail & dragging anchor

June 15, 2007 11:00 pm

About to sail: Congratulations to Del Norte High's Class of 2007 valedictorian and three salutatorians. Ian Uecker is the valedictorian, and Katie Longrie, Nikolay Dimitrov and Brielle Tippman are the salutatorians. These students boast more than high GPAs. Ueker has almost completed an associate's degree while in high school. Longrie has garnered more than $25,000 in scholarships, a good chunk of that coming from a writing competition. Dimitrov is a Sutter Coast Hospital volunteer. Tippman performs in the Madrigal Choir. All are models for their classmates to aspire to.

Dragging anchor: With the nice weather, more people are heading to our beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, some aren't leaving the beaches in such great shape. A case in point was the piles of garbage left this week at each of the litter barrels along U.S. Hwy. 101 at South Beach. Sure, local governments probably ought to make more frequent stops to clean out the barrels. But when barrels are full, that's no reason to toss fast food bags and empty pop cans on the sand. If you bring it to the beach and there's no place to toss it, then take it home.

About to sail: We're glad to see Redwood Coast Transit Authority has four new local city bus routes up and running. As our nation's population ages and global warming continues in large part from vehicle emissions, we need to expand and even create public transportation systems. Locally, additional bus routes also can help boost tourism by giving visitors an easy and inexpensive way to get around town.

Dragging anchor: We thought the spotted owl/logging conflict had essentially been settled with a reasonable balance met. Unfortunately, the White House decided to stir the pot this week with a proposal to reduce spotted owl habitat by 1.5 million acres. Maintaining the habitat is critical, especially at a time when the spotted owl's recovery hasn't been as successful as hoped.

About to sail: Kudos to the six Del Norte High softball and baseball players named conference "White Stars" this week. Receiving the honors were McKinnze Holden (also named conference MVP),Alyssa Bergquist,Jessica Morrow,Lauryn Lesina,Michelle Stacey andKevin Walsworth. These students don't just possess athletic skill but are team players and leaders. The skills they've demonstrated on the diamond should take them far in life.

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