Letters to the Editor March 28, 2013

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers April 01, 2013 05:48 pm

Honoring public safety workers important event

One of the truly significant events in Del Norte County is the annual celebration held at Crescent City’s Cultural Center and hosted by the Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte County to highlight the outstanding services of those who protect the general public (meaning you and me) from evildoers (“Honors for our officers,” March 21).

The organizations involved are the county Sheriff’s Department, the city Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, local Search and Rescue, Pelican Bay State Prison, the California Highway Patrol and the county Probation Department.

Hundreds of people attended this important presentation March 19, among them the families of our law enforcement community that support and regularly sacrifices to make life safer for the rest of us. The city of Crescent City was well represented by four of the five City Council members — Kelly Shellong was noticeably absent — and also present were Gene Palazzo (city manager) and our superb chief of police, Doug Plack.

All of us should count our blessings for the services provided by these folks.

However, only one county supervisor attended. It is worth noting that this supervisor was Roger Gitlin, the newest member of the Board of Supervisors and apparently the only one of all five supervisors who seems sufficiently eager to honor the county employees who put their lives on the line every day to enforce laws throughout the county and effectively manage incarcerated criminals. In fact, the code enforcement officer, Dave Mason, received an Outstanding Community Service award.

Several outstanding probation officers and courthouse staff were likewise celebrated, and all are county employees. This annual event is a huge deal for all of our public servants who have anything to do with law enforcement, no matter who employs them at the state, county or city level.

So, where were the other members of the Board of Supervisors, meaning Chairman Mike Sullivan, Martha McClure, David Finigan, and Gerry Hemmingsen? And where was the county administrative officer, Jay Serena, who has an ethical responsibility to be at events like this? 

William Turck, Crescent City

High cost of utilities 
here doesn't seem right

My mother moved here in 1980 
and I moved here in 1992. The utility bill when my mother died in 2006 was $27 and some cents. It has gone up to, after the increase, $600 and some change.

Now I only get sewer for that amount. I pay someone else for the water. It just doesn’t seem right, and I need to issue my complaint.

Carol Sovern, Crescent City