Letters to the Editor Oct. 27, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers October 27, 2011 05:22 pm

Silvey wrongly blamed, but all charges will be cleared

Again, I find myself feeling the need to come to the defense of Eileen Silvey after reading the skewed, poorly investigated facts about what was going on at the Senior Center (“Failing the ‘people in need’: Some who sought assistance with weatherization frustrated,” Oct. 15).

 What I want to know is, how did the people interviewed about weatherization come to the attention of the Triplicate reporter?

Did the reporter attempt to look at the Senior Center’s files to find out if they were noted as to why these people didn’t get the work done that they wanted?  It’s easy to jump on a bandwagon, playing the part of the victim.

What frustrates me further is the Triplicate, the District Attorney’s Office and Senior Center employees themselves are conveniently leaving out key facts.  Whether this is being done to further a political agenda or to negate one’s own culpability, is unclear.

What the public needs to know is another employee of the Senior Center was actually responsible for what residences were weatherized and when; someone else presumably authorized all expenditures in writing that were made by the Senior Center employees and co-signed as needed on the Senior Center’s accounts, and audits were conduced by the state each year in the past.

Again I ask the public to refrain from passing judgment upon Eileen based on what is published in the Triplicate. You are being fed handpicked facts that paint a superficial  picture. You are not being given the information you need to see the big picture.

Perfect example is on Friday in court, a district attorney announced that she had recently uncovered new information and then she expressed her desire to dismiss the majority of charges against Eileen.

I am hoping that the Triplicate will report that a total of 28 charges were dismissed. As I stated previously, Eileen Silvey will be proven innocent of all charges, and will remain to pick up the pieces of her life. 

Marian Allman

Crescent City

Editor’s note: This letter arrived Monday night. The article, “28 Senior Center charges dropped: 18 counts remain against the former program manager,” was published Tuesday. 


Can’t count on Alexander, McClure after Silvey case

I have had to catch up on my newspaper reading, so this is a bit late. However, after being updated with the Triplicate (“Scandal at the Senior Center: Former manager jailed; suspected of embezzlement,” Aug. 20), I have to say that I am fed up!

I’m not just saying this because Eileen Silvey is my friend, I would stand up for anyone who has been trashed and convicted before they had their day in court!

Shame on you, District Attorney Jon Alexander (I sadly voted for you!) and you too, Martha McClure, not to mention this newspaper that I will no longer subscribe to! I am ashamed of all of you.

Eileen deserves to be treated fairly. Regardless of all of these claims, she did nothing wrong! Fingers should be pointed elsewhere, and for the “powers that be,” you know what I’m talking about! Is the Triplicate that desperate for readers that you have to sensationalize a story that could basically destroy an innocent woman?

As for Mr. Alexander and Ms. McClure, I will never count on either one of you to be fair!

Debby Benjamin

Crescent City


Beautiful to see supervisors and council work effectively

I was witness to a solar eclipse Tuesday evening at the Flynn Administrative Center.

There they were in all their resplendent beauty: The Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, meeting to discuss one item and one item only: Amending the joint powers agreement that oversees the Del Norte County Solid Waste Authority.

And this group of our elected did not disappoint. The Council and Supervisors voted unanimously to change the agreement whereby the entire City Council and entire Board of Supervisors will now be the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority Board, at least for the time being.

It was beautiful to see this group actually governing, rather than delegating. There was no rancor, no politicians turning one’s back and walking out on constituents, no strident exchange.

And best yet, thanks to Supervisor Mike Sullivan’s motion, seconded by City Councilman Rich Enea, the $375 monthly stipends for serving on the board are gone.

A beautiful, perfect eclipse; a 10-0 vote to pass the motion.

Next up, let’s figure out how to lower the trash rates.

Great job, Council! Great job supervisors.

Roger Gitlin

Crescent City