Letters to the Editor Sept. 29, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers September 29, 2011 04:51 pm

Like pie-making, revitalization of downtown has myriad recipes

Fall is in the air, bringing with it thoughts of cozy fires, football games and fall leaves. For me fall means apple pie and nostalgia for simpler times.

I have become a bit obsessed with baking the perfect pie this year, even posting about it on Facebook. I have been Googling recipes, searching old cookbooks and my grandmother’s recipe box, and I’ve started to ask everyone I know for their tips and tricks to create the perfect crust.

What all my research has gotten me is that there are as many recipes and formulas for success as there are pie makers. Everyone has an opinion and their own idea of what a perfect pie is, and they each swear by their own recipe. Somehow I need to take that perfect blend of flour and fat with just the right amount of liquid and turn it into a simple, yet satisfying, dessert. I have sworn to make a pie a week till I get it right.

My quest for the perfect pie has me reflecting on downtown. Revitalizing our downtown is really like making a good pie. First we need to start with a good foundation. This is going to be some sort of mix of local government and private business. While we all have our opinion of what that mix should be, really we just need it to come together into a stable mix that we can work with and build on.

Next comes the filling. Some retail, some services, some agencies and government combined, all blending together to provide something that brings people downtown. We can top this mix off with all kinds of things. Activities that are fresh and innovative, and traditional things that remind us of who we are and where we come from. Whether it’s events, fancy street lights or plain old-fashioned customer service, it takes all sorts of variety to keep us fresh and satisfying to those we serve.

While we may each follow our own recipe to success, the basics are the same. And like my pie quest, we need to continue to strive for that perfect blend that offers everyone a little slice of comfort and satisfaction.

Cheryl Corpstein

Crescent City


Sullivan, Hemmingsen obviously working in their own self interests


 I have a high appreciation for people who run for office to serve the greater public interest and do what is right for their community. It takes a person with a mature concept of social service to dedicate their time to weigh all sides of an issue, and to make non-partisan decisions based on what is best for everyone. Public leaders who work hard to do what is best for all citizens deserve our accolades.

With regards to the renewed push to dissolve the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Supervisors Sullivan and Hemmingsen are obviously working in their own self interests, and not for the betterment of our community.

In the instance of the DNSWMA we have a garbage collection and recycling system that has recently been vetted by our community leaders. It has been found to be a system that works for the betterment of us all. It is managed by people with a Democratic persuasion who have worked to solve a county garbage problem, (the local landfill was under a cease and desist order by the California Water Quality Control Board for years) and have turned this problem into a tax free, money making entity. Now a couple of officials wonder if this thriving business is necessary. Now where have I heard this story before?

Let's not turn this success story into another example of partisan politics, as we are alredy saturated with that kind of disingenuous bickering throughout America’s political spectrum. Must our small town politicians follow suit?   

Don Gillespie

 Crescent City