Letters to the Editor Feb. 16, 2012

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 16, 2012 02:03 pm

If law enforcement doesn’t obey the law, then there is no law

I caused a ruckus on the sheriff’s Facebook page. He posted something that looked like a violation of a human’s civil rights. and that creates steam for fuel for me to speak.

I love people and I love the law, and I have a passion to see it equally distributed to all. I was called names and criticized for my bad spelling but no one could answer my question, so is it okay for the law-keepers to break the law in order to catch a (suspected) criminal? Also, I wanted to know what were we to do when we see a released suspect in town — follow her, watch her?

If I see someone suspicious I will investigate even if I did not see the face of the suspicious person. Sheriff Wilson had her convicted of the crime she was only charged with, and awaiting her trial, her due process.

In the debate on Facebook, people did not care about the due process law, or did not know about it, and that scared me.

As noted in the Feb. 9 Triplicate article, “Sheriff connects with Facebook,” he seems to believe what he did is no problem to him. Well, it may be, with yet another lawsuit. Shame on you, sheriff.

When our governing officials have a disregard for the public they serve there is a problem and I will speak every time. Yeah, the people on Dean’s page said I was crazy, and ugly stuff. Wow, it was hard standing up to that, but I do not back down from my convictions, which is the law is what we have to guide this miserable population.

You are not the law, Dean, but only a servant of the law. I won’t let you trample on the Constitution that gave us our rights as citizens. I love the due process clause. If our law breaks the law there is no law, and I am afraid that is our situation here.

Lenda Beck

Crescent City

Thanks to departing sports editor for great local sports coverage

I would like to add to the others how much we appreciate Sports Editor Bill Choy and will miss him. He did an excellent job covering sports news, especially local sports news.

I am the director of the Redwood Wild River Run and the Fourth of July Run and Bill has consistently given great coverage of these local runs. Not only did he publish pictures and results, he also nicely covered pre-race notices and information. Thanks to him, the races were well publicized and this added greatly to the success of our runs.

Thanks again, Bill! You did a great job!

Ralph Hirt

Crescent City

Schools, public need to rethink wearing pajamas everywhere

Is there any way we can make wearing pajamas in public illegal?

In days past a woman would care how she looked in her fitted pencil skirts, sweaters and pearls. The guys looked good too, in their tight Levis, white T-shirts and nicely combed hair. Ah, the good old days, when people had respect for themselves and others.

I am a child of the ’60s, so I am guilty by my own standard of dressing sloppy sometimes: an old T-shirt, blue jeans and no makeup. But pajamas? No way!

When I see people in their pajamas, I’ve always wondered, do they wear them all day? When it’s time for bed, do they keep the same pajamas on at night? Do they wear the same ones the next day or do they put on new ones? Do they search for a job in their pajamas?

I’ve heard that they actually allow kids to go to school in their pajamas. I always thought school was suppose to prepare kids for the job market. Unless you are a Victoria’s Secret underwear model, pajamas are not appropriate wear for school! Nor for shopping at Safeway or for any other outing except maybe for retrieving your morning newspaper.

During our tourist season, what must all the Canadians or Europeans think when they come shopping at Safeway and see 75 percent of the other shoppers in their “leopard fotties,” fuzzy bottoms with immodest tops, bathrobes and bedroom slippers out in public!

Can the people of Crescent City come together to encourage pajamas to only be worn to sleep in? Schools: Let’s go back to a dress code so school is a place of learning and job preparation. Let’s beautify our homes and yards and our families to match the beautiful place we live in.

Let’s be that pretty little town at the top of the California coast where the men are strong, the women are good-looking and the children are well-mannered and smarter than average.

Velma Rinehart

Crescent City

Wrestling team thanks Bill Choy for his dedicated support

The Del Norte High School wrestling team would like to personally recognize Triplicate Sports Editor Bill Choy for his dedication to supporting the team.

He has spent so much of his time in the gym, on the phone and at the computer, putting stories together to get the word out there to the community. We truly appreciate the hard work and dedication he has put into his work and getting the “inside” stories in there as well.

He has taken the time to get to know the kids and the coaches and honored them all in great pieces for their families, friends, and the community to share.

When we heard that Bill was leaving the Triplicate and Crescent City for other ventures, we weren’t sure how to feel. Of course we are happy for him; that goes without saying! However, at the same time we are so sad to see him go.

There have been times in the past when wrestling barely made the paper at all. Other times, a little three-line blurb was posted, not much more. It’s not that there wasn’t news to report, just that we didn’t have a writer like Bill Choy “on the team.”

We would like to take this time to say to Bill Choy:

Thank you! We wish you the best! You will be missed!

Clinton, Cheyenne Schaad and the entire Del Norte High wrestling “family”

Riese verdict makes me feel disgraced by local legal system

After watching the local news on TV about the Riese acquittal, I thought, wow! I’m going to apply for employment at the District Attorney’s Office so I can enjoy being exempt from all laws and punishments!

I feel betrayed and disgraced by our local legal system.

Denise Tracy

Crescent City

Do your part to prevent slavery in the production of chocolate

I wanted to ask cocoa slavery experts about buying chocolate in America. But, I still want you to know that if ever you see the Fair Trade icon on a product, it is a good one to buy. On chocolate, or cocoa, it means no slavery, child or adult, has been forced into producing the cocoa.

If only we could start a campaign convincing everyone to look for that label. In the United Kingdom, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Bar, Nestle Kit Kat Bar and all of Green & Black’s chocolate products, use slave-free production; and all of Ben & Jerry’s products are Fair Trade USA.

It’s so sad to think of little African children being sold, or kidnapped, while their parents think they will have a better life, being abused, underfed and overworked. I don’t eat chocolate anymore.

Go to “cocoa slavery” at change.org. There are several good petitions to sign there: one to Hershey's, another with at least 7,000 signatures. It is a good cause.

Mary Mills

Crescent City