Letters to the Editor February 26, 2009

By The Daily Triplicate readers February 26, 2009 08:57 am

Thanks to Chief Plack for  his handling of the homeless

Thank you, Chief Plack (“Plack: Shelter worsened problem,” Feb. 21), for trying to do something about the homeless!

It appears that he is the only city official that listens to the public, is concerned about the tourists, and more importantly, does something about it. He does not back down to the advocates, nor the Watch Dogs that will probably get in the act for violating the druggies’ “rights.”

Ms. Oostra of Rural Human Services says that the homeless need management and a place to meet for counseling. What about the mission? If Our Daily Bread Ministries is so concerned, let it provide the space. In addition to being a meeting place, the homeless go there for meals and it is next door to the recycling center where they congregate. As to her statement that “they are not going anywhere,” to borrow from Obama’s campaign, “Yes, they will,” when we start cracking down on them as Chief Plack and the taxpayers want.

Doug Morgan of the Community Assistance Network is the only advocate that makes sense, in that there is a need for help, but it should only go toward “single parents and families that are trying to be self reliant ... not supporting the willfully homeless.”

Our Daily Bread Ministries said “like it or not there was going to be a shelter.” Just a gentle reminder: It is not up to the advocates of the homeless, but the city or county whether or not there will be a shelter. The council will have to agree and enforce changes in zoning, issue permits, licenses and to impose conditions of operations.

I hope the city and county elected officials follow Chief Plack’s lead and rid us of the derelicts, and while they are at it, take care of other known problems that would improve life for the taxpayers and tourists alike.

Jim Wisbauer
Crescent City


The new killer of the 21st century is obesity


The Feb. 24 letter, “Cigarette butts a scourge on community’s health, beauty,” is typical of the anti-smoking crusade which became popular more than 30 years ago.

I know that cigarettes are not good for my health. My mother told me so when I started smoking, more than 60 years ago. Smoking is old news! The new killer of the 21st century is obesity, which now kills more Americans than tobacco, alcohol and guns combined. Where are the anti-obesity crusaders?

I do not know any of the members of the tobacco use prevention program which organized the reported pickup of cigarette butts at the fairgrounds, but I do know that statistically there is more than a 2-1 chance that many of them are seriously obese. I am sure they would all be proud to proclaim that they do not smoke. I challenge them to be equally open about their weight.

I also know that, if they represent the averages, more than half of the sixth-grade children taking part in the reported pickup of cigarette butts are probably already seriously overweight and already suffering from the onset of diabetes and future physical problems which will certainly subtract years from their lives.

 I hope that some of  these children also picked up discarded candy wrappers, potato chip bags and soft drink cans, and that it was emphatically pointed out to them that these items represented a far greater threat to their health than did the cigarette butts!

Ms. Cabrera writes:  “I think smoke-free areas and events are important for our young people.” How about food-free events? Our society has become so obsessed with food that even the most casual social events are obligated to offer food. Why? Are we all still starving cavemen desperately huddling around a rare mammoth carcass? When will it become socially acceptable to politely tell guests that that if they must have snacks, to bring their own and eat it outside! And don’t drop any crumbs!

John Cupp
Smith River


Lighthouse Repertory Theatre production of ‘Proof’ is great


I wanted to say congratulations to Lighthouse Repertory Theatre on its show, “Proof.”

What a great show! It was so nice to see them do a different kind of show than what they usually do. I felt so many emotions during the show. I laughed, I cried, I was irritated with some of the characters at times. This was an amazing show.

LRT, you do a great job in everything you do, Keep up the good work!

Thank you, and I’ll see you at the “Cinderella” performance.

Michelle Sager
Brookings


Whinings of the minority party are almost pathetic

I am aware that you are rightly most concerned about local and regional issues, but this national issue needs a comment.

I have been a registered Republican all my life, but I have not voted for Republican candidates very often in the past 50 years.

The whines of the minority party because they feel they have been “shut out” of the legislative process in the present debate over the “stimulus package” are almost pathetic. The Republican majority, beginning with the speakership of Newt Gingrich and the leadership of Dick Armey, followed by the speakership of Dennis Hastert and the leadership of Tom DeLay, created this legislative debacle. Newt’s “Contract on America,” which ultimately went down in flames in the election that cost his speakership, provided that the Democratic minority would have no voice.

Dennis Hastert is probably best remembered for his comment that if the majority of the majority are not in favor, then the matter will not be heard, let alone be voted upon.

As written in the book of Hosea, “They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” This certainly applies to the situation in Congress at this time. The Republican leadership of the past 20 years created the power vested in the majority party; now they have to live with the consequences. This is the result of their attempt to establish “one party” rule as designed by Karl Rove and the other kingpins of the Republican Party. If they don’t like it now, they have no one to blame but themselves.

Robert G. Lynch
Smith River


State-run prisons are built for punishment, not profit

Regarding Joseph Brauner’s Feb. 25 letter (“Pelican Bay State Prison tours could boost tourist interest in area”), are you kidding? The media fought for years to gain the level of access they enjoy now.

Profits from their TV shows do not go to any government coffers. Haven’t you noticed the state is broke? Being a state facility, it would require state employees to conduct such tours, with the city receiving the cash?

Regarding the scope of the tours, only areas away from the inmates? What do you think the fascination is with Pelican Bay? The laundry facility? The closed shoe factory? The sewer treatment plant?

Do you understand the work and cost involved in security clearances for anyone entering the prison? State-run prisons are built for punishment, not for profit. In the 17 years I worked there, I see more of the prison on TV than I ever saw in person.

Try again. Perhaps an empty storefront converted into a museum would be a better and less disruptive learning center for those fascinated with prison culture.

Bruce Korsmeyer
Crescent City


Live music can help bring the community together

I’m a musician and reside in Klamath. I relocated from the Auburn/Grass Valley,  area about two years ago. The first thing I noticed after moving here is there isn’t a music art’s venue in Crescent City.

After spending 15 years in the Sierra Nevada foothills, I saw the importance of live music in the community. It gives people an opportunity to share a positive experience. Moreover, it’s great for children of all ages. Listening to live music inspires children to become interested in learning to play music. Studies have overwhelmingly shown that learning music theory and learning to play an instrument facilitates the learning process in academic studies.

There are two locations in Crescent City where a music venue could be created, Beachfront Park and the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Beachfront Park would be a great place for local bands and musicians to perform on weekends during the summer months, weather permitting.

The fairgrounds is an opportune place for annual music events. The Grass Valley Fairgrounds, for example, has a concert series called, “Music in the Mountains,” where a diverse range of multi-cultural music is performed on several occasions throughout the year. Besides “Music in the Mountains,” one of my favorite annual events at the Grass Valley Fairgrounds is the four-day “Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival.” And my favorite annual event at the Auburn Fairgrounds is the “Bar-be-cue and Blues.”

Could Crescent City have similar annual events? Hopefully, the city will someday realize the benefits and importance of live music in its community, that live music will help bring the community together as a whole.

Ed Bray
Klamath