Letters to the Editor July 10, 2009

By The Daily Triplicate readers July 10, 2009 06:54 am
Group wants to alleviate the volume of waste in landfills

Practically every day someone is throwing away things such as empty inkjets, laser printer cartridges, and used cell phones.

Items like these are thrown in landfills. Did you know that last year alone, more than 500 million cartridges were thrown away, 30 million cell phones were tossed or replaced?

Here at Community Assistance Network, we want to alleviate the volume of waste that goes into these landfills. This is were we could use your help. By donating your used cell phones, empty inkjets, and laser print cartridges, we not only alleviate the volume of waste at the landfills, but we get the opportunity to earn funds to help the needy.

Your help is vital to our fundraising success.You can drop off your laser print cartridges, empty inkjets, and used cell phones at Community Assistance Network, 355 Standard Veneer Road, Crescent City

For more information, contact Viola at 707-464-9190.

Viola Merritt
Crescent City

Is there any way to stop the teen pregnancy problem?

The other day, my family and I watched a train wreck of a show called “16 and Pregnant.” This episode was about a 16-year-old girl who was impregnated by a 19-year-old man. I don’t know what is more disturbing, the fact that a show was made about pregnant 16-year-old girls or that there are so many pregnant 16-year-olds out in the world to warrant a show.

I drove past two girls who looked like they were 13, both pushing strollers. My very first thought was, “Oh, how cute. The big sisters are taking their little sisters for a walk.” I had to wrestle myself to reality. Most likely, those were not sisters. These are not the innocent days of old.

According to ABC’s “Family Secret” show, 750,000 teenage girls get pregnant each year. (Another statistic the show mentioned: Eight out of 10 boys leave; big surprise there.)  The biggest question on my mind is, why? Is there even an answer for that? 

 I heard it all: peer pressure, wanting to be loved, bad father figure, poor role models, getting into drugs and alcohol, wanting to do what they see on the TV and movies. Good gravy, people, find a hobby.

Another question on my mind: Is there any way to stop it all?  Our young ones are in a downward spiral, and there is no end in sight. 

 How do we show our daughters that they are loved, cherished and special? How do we let them know that they do not need a boy to be accepted in this world?  How do we break the “C’mon, baby, if you really love me…” lie? How do we let them know that if the boys truly loves them, the boys will wait?

I do not propose to have any answers, only more questions. We, as parents, need to do something, and, unfortunately, straight-jackets are only a temporary solution. 

Brian Farr
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Thanks to those who helped with the ‘Support the Troops’ float

I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the “Support the Troops” float in the Fourth of July parade.

As a proud Air Force veteran, I thought it was put together very well considering the short amount of time we had to plan it. An extra thanks to the local Coast Guard unit that helped out in many ways, the local U.S. Army recruiter, and to all of the military personnel who were on the float dressed in their proper uniforms.

Special thanks to Jan Martin as well, as she has started the “Support the Troops” program locally, sending care packages to our troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks Jan for sending one to my soldier in Iraq!

It was the best parade I have seen locally, and I am looking forward to planning on next year’s “Support the Troops” float.

Nancy McCartney
Crescent City

Should the city and county be the only ones paying for center?

After reading Kelley Atherton’s story (“Tourist center opens,” July 3), I have a question for the executive director of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority, Bill Renfroe.

Maybe you should be asking our local casino people to step forward and pay their fair share of running the Crescent City Tourist Information Center. I have not heard anything about either Elk Valley Rancheria or the Smith River Rancheria putting monies into our tourist center.

Mr. Renfroe, you would think they would have an interest in having the visitors to this area visit their casinos to put their money into the slots, maybe play a game of poker or bingo or have a good meal.

Should the city and county be the only ones paying for our tourist center? I think not.

Richard Miles
Crescent City

Single payer health care is the choice of the majority of the people

Single payer health care is the choice of the majority of the people. We were under the impression this could finally be brought to fruition, or at least baby steps in that direction, if we would elect a Democrat to the White House and get a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate.  Now we find we don’t have a “people” democracy, we have a “money” democracy … Them as has the gold makes the rules! Shame, shame, shame.

Lois Munson
Crescent City

Thanks to Bob Cochran for organizing a fabulous parade

Kudos to Bob Cochran for being so diligent in organizing the fabulous parade we enjoyed. Many people helped him and they deserve recognition also.

We were at a point where DNEDC’s building was, and the gal in charge of the building had a great potluck at her building. I saw that lots of people enjoyed the hospitality.

Thank you for giving so many a wonderful day to remember. Also, thanks to Glen’s for being open again.

Mary Thiessen
Crescent City