Letters to the Editor Feb. 4, 2012

Written by Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 07, 2012 03:38 am

Interesting facts regarding WWII sub activity off coast

Nita Phillips’ weekly column, “Pages of History,” is very interesting and enlightening. The Jan. 19 column is especially interesting concerning the enemy submarine rumors.

Actually, there was a bombing of a sub on our coast. The federal government kept it a secret, claiming that it was a whale.

After World War II, an author researched the Japanese activities of subs on our coast from California to Alaska. The book, “Silent Siege,” is a complete history of their actions.

The book is really good reading. If not available at the library, it is sold at the museum.

Robert Ames

Crescent City

 


‘The Vagina Monologues’  worthwhile; how to help out

“We’re worried. We’re worried about vaginas.” So begins Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” This thought-provoking play has been performed all around the world since 1996, with new parts added each year. As an actor and theater-lover, I’m excited that it will finally be performed in Del Norte for the first time ever!

And as a community member, I’m thrilled that the proceeds will go to local agencies working to end violence against women and girls. But let’s face it: some people are going to be a bit squeamish about it. After all, we’re not used to seeing the word “vagina” in print or hearing it said aloud. We’re used to it being mentioned only in slang and slurs — words meant as insults and to bring up feelings of shame. But we ought to question those feelings of shame — shame about words, and shame about our bodies.

That’s exactly the point of “The Vagina Monologues,” and that point shouldn’t be controversial. The “Vagina Monologues” is presented as a reading: a bare stage, a microphone, and actors with scripts in hands, reading diverse stories of women who, because of violence and abuse, because of love, because of oppressive cultural practices, because of war, because of growing self-knowledge, are confronting their bodies in new ways.

And they’re not holding back. On one hand, the play is a stark condemnation of violence against women; on the other, it is a reminder of the power of redemption and self-respect.

Auditions are at 1080 Mason Mall on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you’re not ready to get up on stage but you’d like to be involved om the production in another way, call Maxine or Kelly at 464-7072. If you belong to an organization involved with women’s health, talk to your board about lending its support.

Ruth Rhodes

Crescent City

 

Waste authority problems blamed on wrong people

 

A recent letter to the editor was highly critical of our local Solid Waste Management Authority. It talked about some problems that are real, but it blamed them on the wrong people.

In the matter of the money paid to the Water Quality Control Board, that agency had its budget deeply cut by the state. The solution was to raid the coffers of the local agencies. Fees were established and the locals were invoiced. They received nothing in return but the harassment they were already getting.

Del Norte County and Crescent City, left to their own devices, could have solved their solid waste problems with less environmental damage or health hazards than the current state-imposed system.

If the local agency deserves criticism, it would only be for its efforts to be in conformance with all of the state mandates, avoiding administrative fines which the Water Quality Control board loves to impose.

Dale Watson

Crescent City