Letters to the Editor February 19, 2009

Written by The Daily Triplicate readers February 19, 2009 07:20 am

Community should rally to help McCovey attend tourney

When I was reading the paper on Saturday, Feb 14, I saw a small article on the sports page. This small note caught my eye and after reading I wondered why this was not on the front page.

I read that Roger “Bronc” McCovey is seeking donations to take part in the High School Senior Nationals Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach in April. When we have an athlete like McCovey it is important that the community rally behind him.

Roger attended this meet last year and placed third. I am very proud of this young man who I have never met. The community as a whole should be as well.

I am no wrestler, but having three kids grow up in this community, I know how important sports are to the youth. If there is anything we can do to help get them to this tournament we are to call his dad, Roger Boulby, at 954-6397 or at 465-3390.

In closing I want to say to Roger, good job and I am proud of your accomplishments and admire your commitment to the sport and your team. Good luck!

Benita Cabrera
Crescent City


Thought that local tribes would help Roger McCovey

I am sad and somewhat shocked to see that Roger McCovey’s father is having to ask for donations to send him to the East Coast wrestling meet.

I would have thought that the Tolowa, Hoopa and Yurok tribes would be all over this, making sure that McCovey would be well represented and have the backing of a proud people.

Come on tribes, do the right thing for one of us.

M. Smith
Kihei, Hawaii


Thanks to fire district for response to heart attack

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I want to thank and commend Steve Wakefield, Dana Reno and those of the Crescent City Fire Protection District who were first to respond to my 911 call on Thursday, Feb. 5, when my husband suffered a heart attack.

I have never witnessed such skill and professionalism as they worked so hard to resuscitate him. Thank you also to the paramedics who responded, Cal-Ore Life Flight, and the dedicated and caring staffs of Sutter Coast Hospital and Rogue Valley Medical Center.

My husband did not know why he was waking up in a hospital room in Medford. Nor does he remember the events of that fateful afternoon, but I will never forget.

He is home now and we continue to talk of the efforts of those who saved his life and gave him this second chance.

Margaret Wakeman
Crescent City


Not all the news about the harbor gallery has been good

Daily as we read our Triplicate, we are reminded of the never-ending struggle between good and evil in the world. Mostly we think of it happening in far away places. But, as we all know, it happens every place, even in our town.

We have also been reading about a local volunteer organization that for over four decades has been devoted to the greater good of promoting art for the enjoyment of all. Their latest example being the beautiful mural at the swimming pool. The familiar faces of this organization are mostly mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, and they go by the name of Crescent Harbor Gallery.

Over 20 years ago, along with raising families, they raised enough money to buy a building to use as a clubhouse, an art gallery, and a place to call home. It’s been open to the public free of charge, seven days a week ever since, showing art, teaching art and creating art. Without question, that building, which sits on harbor property, and the people in it, are the heart and soul of the visual arts in this community.

But not all the news about the gallery has been good. Their lot lease with the harbor is running out and they need a new one. After asking and patiently waiting over a year for a new lease, the situation has turned bad. Rather than negotiate in good faith, the harbor commissioners got greedy. They proposed a rent increase, which would be impossible for the gallery to pay, and worse yet, they want to take ownership of the gallery building without paying for it. Personally, I see this as stealing. And when I see grown men attempting to steal from old ladies, I call them evil.

It is my belief that it’s time for Richard Young and the harbor commissioners to stop this brutality. It’s time for them to apologize to the gallery for their bad behavior. If they want the building, then offer to buy it. If they don’t want to buy it, then offer the gallery a new lot lease that they can live with. If the harbor continues this never ending struggle, it will lead to nothing but anguish, and once again, it will be obvious to all that the evil is the problem, and a reasonable solution is what’s good for all.

Chuck Keeley
Crescent City


Don’t know whether to believe ‘Chicken Little’ or to stew him

Regarding the federal stimulus package, I don’t know whether to believe “Chicken Little” or to stew him. What bothers me, though, is that the same gene pool that got us here is now going to lead us out. Did I miss something? To repeat myself, again, you keep the same people, you get the same results.

So far, the only thing you know is that the numbers keep going up. Do you realize that now you need a calculator that computes to 13 digits to accommodate trillions? Do they even sell one yet? Now there’s a business opportunity — upgrading calculators.

And how about manufacturing boggle heads of congressmen and banking CEOs? But the catch-22 is that China would probably make them. Reminds me of an acronym I heard for China: “Come Here I Need All.”

James Snow
Crescent City


Tough questions should be asked about state finances

In a previous on-line poll regarding state finances, The Triplicate asked whether people were willing to pay higher taxes and whether state employees’ work schedules should be reduced.

How about asking the tough questions?

Should the state take more money away from education to address state financial shortfalls?

Should the state borrow more money from the rich and the banks U.S. taxpayers just bailed out to finance daily expenses?

If our state is a government of, by, and for the people, why does it take more votes to pass a budget than it takes to amend the Constitution?

Rob Cozens, Director
Resighini Rancheria


Drive drunk? Lose your car  ­– driving is a privilege

I’ve watched repeat offenders get off or get a plea bargain after umpteen times for driving drunk, or watched them go to jail for a few months, go back out on the streets, drink and drive drunk again.

It seems to me that we already have a role model to follow. When drugs are smuggled onto our shores, the boat is confiscated and sold.

That got me thinking. Instead of bogging down our court system, lawyers, DA’s office and jails, why don’t we change the way we do business?

Drive drunk? Lose your car. Sell or auction off the car to help pay police officers’ salaries. After all, driving is a privilege. That would eliminate people  lending their vehicles to those that insist on driving under the influence. It would get repeat offenders off the street with their lethal weapons — their cars. There would be no need to go to court or plea bargain. You don’t go to jail. You just lose your car and your driver’s license.

Let’s think about stopping this nonsense. We have got to handle things a different way. Why should taxpayers pay for public defenders for drunk drivers?

What do you think? Stay on our present course and hope we don’t get maimed or killed by a drunk driver, or take away their car?

Donna Westfall
Crescent City