Letters to the Editor Nov. 12, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers November 14, 2011 12:25 pm

Employment services, RHS doing great job putting people to work

The Rural Human Services Work Force Center has done an incredible job by correlating services to put women and men to work in short notice (known as the Tsunami Work Force Crew) since June to restore our harbor, city and Del Norte County.

Rural Human Services and Redwood Coast Employment Services are professional groups who regard their patrons and employees with the highest respect in a safe, positive manner. Their project managers, assistant project managers, supervisors, safety managers and RHS crew members alike have worked at full force to restore Del Norte County and beat winter’s wrath.

Redwood Coast Employment Services have exceeded any temporary employment services that I have ever worked for in the past. They excel in professionalism and job standards. RHS and Redwood Coast Employment Services educated workers in OSHA safety classes and with CPR classes.

The entire Tsunami Crew has dedicated its time and effort to complete a big job. Our paychecks are hand-paid weekly in a timely manner and our requests met. I being a Tsunami Crew member have enjoyed all persons I have encountered.

Special thanks to assistant project managers Troy Gardner and Dave Rievenburgh and supervisors for being my team leaders.

As citizens of Del Norte County look around at our pristine county, you will see the work accomplished. The crew has saved extreme amounts of money for Del Norte County that could have gone to contractors out of this area. The money was spent locally with state, federal and social security taxes paid.

RHS has supplied workers with proper work shirts, pants, boots, socks, rain coats, gloves, safety glasses and orange safety vest for the project and for use in future jobs. The RHS Tsunami Crew members have been trained, screened, and are quality employees with high moral fiber.

Perspective employers should take a look at some of the workers laid off. I would suggest any job hunters enroll at the RHS Work Force Center.

Ples Devroe Fowler

Crescent City


Alexander, Follett send clear message on animal abuse


Kudos to District Attorney Jon Alexander for his ambitious prosecution of Andrew Makemson for animal abuse (“Three-month sentence for animal abuse,” Nov. 3).

The resulting guilty verdict and jail sentence speaks volumes on behalf of the voiceless. It also sets a clear message to the community: Every pet owner has the legal responsibility to provide veterinary care for their animal companions. Clearly, people should not own pets if they cannot afford to care for them properly.

Thank you Judge Follet for recognizing the severity of animal cruelty in our society. The condition of probation that prohibits Makemson from owning animals for three years is entirely appropriate.

Adequate laws exist to protect animals, yet they are rarely enforced; therefore, this case has set a welcome precedent for the animals in this community.

Jerye Mooney



Let’s work together to prevent causes and effects of bullying


Over the past few weeks I have heard that bullying is raising its ugly head with the children in our community. Personally, my grandchild has suffered from other children’s cruel harassment and I do not want him to become a statistic of random violence.

My grandchild is not the only one to suffer verbal abuse. Derogatory words and forms of sexual harassment have been heard on sports fields, school yards, sent over the Internet, cell phones, really everywhere.

Why do these children want to demean others with vile, cruel and hurtful words? Does it make them feel superior? Are they so insecure that verbally abusing another child is the only way they feel adequate? Do they hear their parents or other children using anti-social terms, and thereby believe it must be alright to do so?

Does anyone really know why bullying exists? Could bullying and other forms of harassment be a result of one’s environment?

When violence occurs as a result of someone’s bullying, the community holds meetings and discusses ways to combat the problem. All too soon, though, the community’s willingness subsides and the problem is moved to a lesser priority. This is the time when the parents of all children should revitalize their efforts to curb bullying.

Who knows? Maybe when you get “cut off” by another driver, not calling that driver a vulgar name just might have an important impact on your child.

We must all work together to eliminate the cause and effects of bullying.

Ed O’Neal

Crescent City


Warnings on taking septage loads at treatment plant are serious


Recently Michael Young wrote about the possible problems from accepting septage (septic tank pumpers’ loads) at the wastewater treatment plant (“New septic tank pumpings are a good news/bad news situation,” Sept. 29).

His warning should be taken seriously. All septage loads are not created equal. Some can be real problems for a plant. I have seen loads go through plants, turning each properly functioning unit inky black, foul-smelling places and taking days to recover. It looks like a scene from a science fiction movie.

The plant may handle a typical load quite well, but be badly upset by another. We could damage our tourist industry and incur fines by the Water Resources Control Board.

 Dale Watson

Crescent City


Rancheria is wrong to pull out of the sheriff’s Drug Task Force


In response to the Nov. 1 article, “Rancheria pulls out of task force: Elk Valley had been a part of narcotics effort,” this is typical of businesses that come to communities that naturally increase the demand on law enforcement. They at some point pull back on their citizenship responsibilities to the community that patronizes their establishments.

This is a time when our community is suffering the worst economic times this and surviving past generations have ever experienced. Where unemployment is skyrocketing and blue collar employee benefits are eroding away, leaving families with either inadequate medical insurance or none at all. Our aging citizens are experiencing fears of either no retirements or underfunded retirements.

A casino has the potential to contribute to the plagues that erode our community. It can appeal to those with addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, or those in economic despair in hopes of that last-ditch effort to hit it big so they won’t ever have to live at the poverty level again, only to sink even deeper into debt, depression and hopelessness.

Our community is suffering from an increase in property thefts and burglaries that are becoming bolder. We need every single law enforcement officer that we can muster on our streets to protect and respond to our citizens’ calls for assistance. We are approaching the need for changing the slogan commonly used for law enforcement from “To protect and serve” to “respond and serve when we can.”

Glenn A. Kelley

Crescent City