Letters to the Editor May 17, 2012

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers May 19, 2012 12:00 am

Gitlin a successful businessman, adovocates smaller government

I am writing this letter in support of Roger Gitlin for the position of District 1 supervisor. Although I live in Gasquet, the election of all supervisor positions has a direct effect on the quality of life for all of us most fortunate to live in this beautiful area.

I have personally known Roger for about five years, while my wife has been a friend of Roger and his wife, Angie, for about 20 years. This is how I know Roger to be a successful businessman in both the knitwear industry and then a successful real estate broker, supervising approximately 10-15 employees in each endeavor. It is this crucial business experience that Roger Gitlin brings to his candidacy for supervisor.

I am also aware of his great interest in serving the community. While a resident of the Santa Clarita area in Southern California, he was active in local politics. He assisted and supported local city leaders that held his same belief in smaller government and personal responsibility. He took the lead on standing up against the outrageous cost to taxpayers caused by illegal immigrants in the greater Southern California area. It is this same energy and leadership that now motivates him to make Del Norte County a better place to live. He brings with him the experience and education to find solutions to problems and the ability to work with others.

Roger also brings with him a sense of community involvement. While residing in Southern California, he served as the voice of the women’s professional basketball team, the Sparks. Now residing here in his retirement, he has volunteered his services as announcer at our Del Norte Warriors football games. Roger also serves on the Del Norte County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission. His vast experience as a teacher for 20 years enables him to be productive while volunteering and working with troubled youths and serves our county well.

Although the Gitlins have visited and vacationed here for many years and previously purchased property here, some say that as a recent resident of three years, he lacks the understanding of our local problems. I say his vast experiences and love of community combined with his devotion and energy make him the perfect candidate. I say that he provides us with an experienced vision of improving our quality of life and I ask voters to join me in supporting Roger Gitlin as supervisor of the 1st District.

Bruce Barber



Ex-supervisor: Gray and Gitlin share my governing philosophy

Del Norte County is a unique rural county with so much to offer people who have chosen to live here. Many families have been here for decades or generations. When new people come to this area and ask me about the community, I have responded, “Learn about and respect the traditions and culture of this place.” I have tried to follow that thought throughout my time here and certainly in my actions and decisions as a member of the Board of Supervisors for District 3.

This community as a rural resource county has always struggled economically even in good times as it is the nature of a resource-oriented area that now is owned by the state and federal government for close to 88 percent of its land. That has tended to stifle our private sector from really expanding our economic opportunities. Government over-regulation has torn apart our logging and fishing industries. We need strong representation in county, city and harbor district, united in representing our area with the state and feds.

The election for county supervisors provides some real choices for our true direction. I have met and have had several hours of discussions with two people relatively new to our area, but both real professionals in their endeavors. Bill Gray is an intelligent and highly respected attorney and is running in District 2. Roger Gitlin is a retired educator and professional sports announcer. They and their wives love this area and truly want to be active in this community. Roger is running for the District 1 seat. He is conservative in his thinking and wants to see private business opportunities improve in this community. He does not want to see any more land grabs by conservancies and state and federal agencies.

Bill Gray also wants to put an end to these land grabs and wants to see our private sector grow from inside our community and from outside investors. They mirror my own philosophy while I was on the board.

I am pulling for these gentlemen and hope the electorate will get to know them. They are good folks.

Chuck Blackburn

Crescent City