Letters to the Editor January 22, 2009

By The Daily Triplicate readers January 22, 2009 09:45 am
Sutter Coast Hospital staff gave professional, loving care

Thank you, Sutter Coast Hospital, for your professional and loving care.

Our dear husband and father, Marshall “Bud” Jones, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, at Sutter Coast Hospital. As his family, we wish to thank his doctors, nurses and many other staff members for their extremely professional care and loving concern. We are also grateful for the patience and kindness shown to all of us gathered for many hours at his bedside!

We are honored to have a local hospital staff that cares for the medical needs of their patients in a professional and diligent manner, while also respecting and protecting their patient’s dignity, wishes and rights.

Thank you for your help during those trying hours.

The family of Marshall “Bud” Jones
Crescent City


Property taxpayers must speak up to school board

The Triplicate is doing a disservice to our community by printing only one side (its side) of issues. Since The Triplicate supported Measure A, it wouldn’t print all of my letter about the school bond. It cut out information it didn’t want voters to know about, and stuck my name on what was left.

An example of what was cut out was my informing voters that property owners already pay extra taxes for the fire department bond and the college bond. I made tax payments to both bonds in December. Who has the money and what are we getting?

Selling $25 million in bonds will be more costly than people realize. A bond is a loan and we have to pay millions more in interest payments. The higher the interest rates, the more taxes we pay. By law, schools have 40 years to pay off bonds. This is an expensive long-term burden for our community.

Property taxpayers need to speak up and tell the school district how to spend the money. Don’t expect a hand-picked committee of yes-men to represent you.

All The Triplicate writes about is the Smith River school gym. None of the K-6 schools have a separate gym, so what we’re really talking about is building a fancy multi-million dollar gym with a full-sized kitchen for a handful of seventh- and eighth-graders.

How can the school district justify taking money for education away from schools to build a community kitchen for Smith River? The school gym needs to be redesigned as just a gym.

Our priority should be our high school. We need to stay current. When the classrooms are replaced they need to build a high-tech center for computer, science and other classes.

We need more vocational classes to keep kids in school and give them job skills. Dropout rates are increasing in California. Not everyone goes to college and some universities are cutting student enrollment.

Start teaching classroom drivers’ education again. We have dangerous roads and kids die or get seriously injured. Other California high schools still teach the class. It could be offered as an elective. It wouldn’t cost much because DMV gives out free handbooks. Bond money could purchase driving simulators.

Our children need all of the above more than a community kitchen in Smith River.

Charleen Williams
Crescent City

(Editor’s note: While Measure A funds may help pay for a Smith River School gymnasium, other funds — including those raised by the community — would be used if the project includes other features such as a kitchen, district officials say.)