Letters to the Editor Feb. 5, 2013

Written by Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 05, 2013 02:25 pm

Tribe shouldn't gamble away money with casino

I write this with a heavy heart. No, I am not distinguished to be a member of the Yurok Tribe, and with that said, sadly, many will dismiss my thoughts solely for that matter alone.

How can anyone of Yurok heritage actually believe the consultants who painted a rosy portrait of a hotel and casino in downtown Klamath, are giving them the real deal?

The region is already saturated with casinos in Elk Valley and Smith River. Why would someone drive to a remote area? The get-rich-now approach rather than sow the seeds to the future appears to command the money.

What about building a small sawmill and market “certified, sustainable” lumber? What about building a salmon aquaculture “fish factory” up in Terwer along the banks of the Klamath alongside a Yurok heritage “living museum”?

Many persons of foreign nations would love to see such sites on a tour of the redwood region.

How about building a mussel aquaculture “shellfish factory” near the mouth of the Klamath River? Tourists passing through would love to see such industry.

I was up on Vancouver Island where First Nations people have built time-share vacation rentals.

Lastly, money, a large sum of money, could be placed in an endowment or trust for the tribe’s children to seek skills through education or job training in the trades. I hope the Yurok people explore other opportunities before they gamble on their future.

Doug Jackson, Bayside

It's a sad fact that many seniors feel abandoned

Shameful, sad and heartbreaking are three words that come to mind when I think about the older generation of people in the United States. “Seniors,” “elders,” “old folks,” are what they are commonly referred to.

I was injured recently, seriously enough to require a three-month stay in the Crescent City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. There are some sad people there. I think it is safe to say that if they were at home instead of in there, they probably would not be getting their medication or all of the things they need like food or heat or love. I know many of these people feel abandoned by their families, even though it is probably not true.

At a time when Social Security payments are shrinking and rent and medication costs are skyrocketing, this appears to be a problem that will just keep getting worse and can’t be swept under the rug much longer.

I am not writing this for the sake 
of argument or debate; I am just shedding light on a dark subject that needs to be addressed, hopefully sooner than later. 

Michael McGilvary, Crescent City

Simple solution to keep our right to bear arms

I am writing in reference to the Jan. 31 article, “Agreement on right to own, not much else.”

I, personally, think there’s a semi-simple solution to the issue of folks going on shooting sprees. Make it illegal to own any gun that is too much for the average hunter or for individual protection.

There is no reason whatsoever, for someone not in the military or a lion hunter to have big automatic rifles and other firearms.

The average citizen should be able to buy all the guns his/her heart desires but only if it is something the “average Joe” needs for hunting the largest U.S. prey there is.

I do not want to lose my right to bear arms (or arm bears) but realize there must be some form or regulation. Just not the usual “going overboard” asked for.

Teri V. Markanson, Crescent City