Letters to the Editor Aug. 27, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers August 30, 2011 05:00 am

Tea Party survey-takers likely to be sympathetic to the cause

It seems that Roger Gitlin’s raised eyebrows mobilized our editor to quickly clarify what his statement made in the Aug. 20 Editor’s Note about The Tea Party survey at the county fair really meant.

The statement was, “Many people of other persuasions probably chose not to even stop at the Tea Party booth, even if they had been willing to take a few minutes out of their fair day to fill out a form.”

It does seem to go without saying that such would likely be the case. If St. Joseph’s Catholic Church had a booth at the fair and a survey was taken of attitudes regarding belief in purgatory, the Immaculate Conception and papal primacy one might not expect those of “other persuasions” to necessarily visit the booth, much less spend time on a survey.

From this reader’s perspective, this seems to be a “tempest in a teapot” situation. I would rather have seen the editor explore a point or two raised by Mr. Gitlin in his Aug. 23 letter (“A reader’s thoughts on survey by the Tea Party at the DNā€ˆFair”), e.g., the Teen “Health”Center on the DNHS campus.

Dale L. Bohling
Crescent City


Glad to see such nice citizens as I experienced at county fair

While attending the quilt show at the fairgrounds, my family and I visited the vendor area.

I stopped at a booth selling fuchsias and asked the lady if she had this one special fuchsia that was named for my Aunt Bea. She told me that she had one at home and would be happy to go home and get it for me.

While we were in the show she went and brought the fushcia back to the fairgrounds. When I went to pay her for the fuchsia, she refused money and gave it to me as a gift.

The lady really made my trip up to Crescent City outstanding. I’m glad to see that you have such nice citizens.

Lola Marie Cathey


Comments on attitudes about jobs from Tea Party survey

As a footnote to the Tea Party survey results generously reported by Editor Richard Wiens in his Tuesday column, I wrote down the comments of some participants who visited the booth when I was there on two afternoons.

Interestingly, several comments dealt with the jobs question (“If suddenly you had to go look for another job, do you think your chances of finding a comparable job would be easier/the same/worse?”) on the survey. Dennis Sutton of Sutton Enterprises said that when the jobs counselor at the high school asked him what were three things he looked for in a job applicant, he said, “Attitude, attitude and attitude.”

Jim Cable of Crescent City said, “People don’t take pride in their work anymore. It’s all, gimme, gimme, gimme.”

Sheriff Dean Wilson said, “I could find work. All you have to do is believe no job is beneath you. I have worked for minimum wage and for $38 an hour. Tomorrow I would work for minimum wage again in a minute because it is a job.”

Answers to the question, “What are your biggest concerns?” were as follows. Misti Young from Rio Dell said, “I am concerned for our entire nation. The direction everything is going is not good. We need leaders who will return to the values of our founding fathers. Go Glenn Beck!”

Mike Bruder of Crescent City commented, “Because of government’s over-regulation and big size, the public sector can no longer support the government, which has created our deficit.”

Finally, Charity Alejos said simply, “People come first.”

Joan Miles
Crescent City