Letters to the Editor Nov. 22, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers November 23, 2011 04:33 pm

Smith R. meeting raises concerns about costs, English language

Regarding the Nov. 19 article, “What does Smith River need? Stay tuned,” it appears what Smith River really needs most is a reality check.

It’s great to want these things, but we actually have to live in the real world. Wouldn’t it be great to have sidewalks, more street lights, a deputy, etc.?

Unfortunately, these are taxpayer projects. I believe most of the property taxpayers in our little area have reached their limits. Drive around the block and see the foreclosed homes.

It would be interesting to know how many of the 75 people who were talked to are on those tax rolls as property owners. The California Endowment may be fine to help with a park, but, who maintains it? There again, the property taxpayer.

A health concern for our little area should be up there on that list: farm animals being kept in yards (a great many).

One last thought: Why the headphones to translate back to English? I assumed we still taught English as our No. 1 language.

Lois Fraedrick

Smith River

 

Tattoo artist is one more sign that downtown is diverse place

I wanted to extend a belated welcome to an artist, Levi Black, of Fine Line Design, a wonderful business he opened in downtown Crescent City in 2010. Levi is such a talented artist and I have had the pleasure of having several beautiful pieces of body work done by Levi.

What a unique addition Fine Line Design adds to our Crescent City downtown! Not only are there standard businesses such as banks and government offices, but when someone asks me, “So, what’s in downtown Crescent City?” I proudly answer, “Well, we have restaurants, beauty salons, boutiques, a pet shop, wine bar, craft shop and a tattoo parlor.” Wow! (My apologies for any omissions.)

There’s no need to go to a different county when we have everything here in beautiful downtown Crescent City! Welcome to the neighborhood, Levi — I hope you are here for many happy and successful years.

Karen Gardner

Crescent City

 

Nation shouldn’t be catering to those who don’t learn English

 

I read Jill Bausch’s Nov. 19 letter, “Country overrun with immigrants; ballots should only be in English,” and I am in total agreement.

And what about the taxpayers’ money being spent so the DMV can print the documents to take the written test to obtain a driver’s license in every language?

And then I read in the same Saturday edition the article “What does Smith River need? Stay tuned,” and I could not believe what I was reading when in the article it said, “The meeting was mostly conducted in Spanish, but wireless headsets were passed out to listen to English translations.”

You have got to be kidding! Are we in Mexico? Isn’t that backwards? Shouldn’t the non-English-speaking persons be listening to Spanish translations?

Why didn’t they have the meeting in the Tolowa language, after all they are the Smith River natives.

It angers me that our nation continues to cater to people who refuse to learn the language and spends countless dollars of the taxpaying citizens to do so. If you live and/or work in the USA learn the language, which is English!

Teresa Throop

Crescent City

Claim about rabies rate in bats overlooks important details

The Oct. 20 Hey Ranger column, “Bats as benefactors,” was well-written, telling about the magnificent creatures and their benefit of providing insect control for us.

It didn’t mention rabies except to mention that the incidence in bats was less than 1 percent.

I did a very unscientific experiment in Shasta County. We tested every bat that was submitted to the Health Department one summer. About one in 20 brains was positive for rabies.

This says nothing about the incidence in the entire population; but it does give a hint about those bats that people were able to come in contact with or capture. A well-respected biologist I know told me that other, more scientific studies have had results in the same ballpark.

I only worked on one rabid animal in Del Norte County, a fox that bit a lady in Klamath. The virus in the fox brain was one that is common in bats.

Shortly after I retired, I learned that the last six people who died of rabies in this country had no recollection of having been bitten by anything. One was an agricultural worker in San Benito County whose co-workers told of his brushing off a bat that fell onto his shirt. The very tiny and sharp teeth of bats make them a likely suspect of this type of rabies transmission.

Discussions of disease incidences of 1 percent or 5 percent would be inconsequential for flu or food poisoning or even plague; but rabies is different. Even though there are a handful of highly publicized cases of survival by brilliant and heroic efforts, the ordinary person who comes down with rabies can do nothing but kiss himself goodbye and wait for a death that can be very unpleasant.

If you are bitten by a bat, I hope you follow the state guidelines and not wait for test results, but seek to get the preventive vaccine immediately. If you are in physical contact with one, consider any possibility that it might constitute an exposure.

Dale Watson

Crescent City

 

Proposal for crime prevention fair to address community issue

 

Let’s try focusing on crime prevention. It is great to see the reactive response from our law enforcement agencies in regards to the recent increase in crime in our community.

In my 22 years of law enforcement work in the military and another year of law enforcement work at a major university in Texas, I can truly say the law enforcement agencies in Del Norte County are some of the best I have ever seen.

One word that stands out with the recent criminal activity is “meth.”A lot of attention and effort has been put into decreasing the use of meth in our community and until recently, no substantial effort has been put into reducing crime. Maybe if we focus our attention on crime prevention we can have an impact on meth reduction.

I propose the community put together a Crime Prevention Fair in October 2012, which would coincide with Crime Prevention Month. All law enforcement agencies, home security companies, home improvement stores, self-defense schools, etc, could host an information booth and provide firsthand information to people on how to improve personal safety, increase home security, establish Neighborhood Watch groups, and even how to start a career in law enforcement.

Who could spearhead this Crime Prevention Fair initiative? The Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County (LEADN). Although they are all separate law enforcement agencies, they have one common goal, fighting crime.

I am one that is willing to help and I am sure there are other law-abiding citizens willing to lend support.

Jeff Wolsfeld

Crescent City