Letters to the Editor Nov. 26, 2013

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers November 27, 2013 04:49 pm

Incompetent group in DA's Office not needed

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read how great of a job the prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office think they are doing (“Micks should fill out DA term,” Coastal Voices, Nov. 23).

Here is a reality check.

The second sentence authored by Lisa Specchio-Wolfe, Annamarie Padilla, Todd D. Zocchi and Rebecca Linkous states, “we are responsible for upholding the law and maintaining order in our community.”

As of today’s date and in the last eight months anyone can walk into a courtroom on any given day and discover that statement couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Our District Attorney’s Office is the most incompetent group I have ever witnessed thus far in the 20 years I have lived here. They do not protect children from child abusers, nor do they protect women from men who have beat them up, held them hostage or otherwise.

And it is laughable that they  state, “Ms. Micks has a pamphlet of victim’s rights mailed to each victim.” I can guarantee you, that is all the victims are getting, because they don’t get fair representation, nor do they get protection when they need it most.

I found it especially interesting when they noted that, “she also has an open door policy for the law enforcement agencies to contact her about any cases.”

Well I hate to burst your bubble, but that is expected and should not have to be stated. The question that needs to be asked is, Why you don’t submit any courtesy to the public when they have questions? In fact, none of the deputy district attorneys will so much as raise their head or come to the window to answer a question.

No, we do not need the continued incompetence of this group. The Board of Supervisors would be in a better place to interview fresh blood that has no connections to anyone here and start with a new slate.

Linda Sutter, Crescent City

More could be done for city's natural resources

I would like to ask my city and county a number of questions. Recently my chief of police, Doug Plack, posted a vacate notice to the homeless living in the city’s urban forest on Cooper Street and behind Safeway. Inmates from Alder Camp did a great job of cleaning the area on the top of the hill on Cooper and behind Safeway. Talk about taking a bite out of blight.

Now here comes my question to my city. Our city’s general plan calls for my city to manage its natural resources — something it has not done in our urban forest. A number of the trees within that forest need to be thinned for its health.

Maybe my city should pick up the phone, call the Cooperative Extention’s forester and have him visit our little pond and forest. Maybe if my city would hire someone to cut the overgrown trees, they could sell the firewood and put the money in its general account. Maybe Mr. (Public Works Director Eric) Wier should look in the paper and see what a cord of firewood is going for.

Now it’s the county’s turn. What has happened to the Elk Creek trail? There’s been no news in the paper about the trail for months. If it was built it could be added to the state Fish and Wildlife Elk Creek Day Use Area. Maybe more people would use the area. Will  Fish and Game write tickets to homeless people if they return?

Also, I believe that a group needs to be formed to do the same type of work that the Tolowa Stewards do. In the past, students from the College of the Redwoods did a lot of work there. There’s a lot of English ivy that needs to be pulled out of the trees in the parking lot.

Recently I talked to my friend Dan at RHS. He said it would be nice if we could form a group that could aid Fish and Game. Maybe we could get Mr. Gitlin to chair a group to return Elk Creek to what it once was. Think about  money that could come into the area if people would visit the area. It’s one of the best birding areas on the North Coast.

Richard Miles, Crescent City

Slaps on the wrist won't stop animal abusers

Regarding the Nov. 14 article “Puppy maiming sentencing draws dozens,” I have been following the story of London since I saw his picture on Facebook. His story, like so many other helpless animals that I have read about, cannot go without appropriate punishment to the aggressors. The court system needs to stand up for these helpless creatures as they would for any “two-legged creature.” 

I have said many times that after reading London’s story he was my hero because if I would have been abused like that I don’t know that I could ever trust again, and if after that I was told that they were removing both my arms, my response would have been just put me down, but even after all that he shows more love for life and compassion for people than most humans I know. 

If London would have attacked his previous owners he would have been put down without thought, but since he is only a dog it seems that justice has turned a blind eye to his pain and suffering. What has always amazed me about London and other dogs that have been abused and disfigured by humans like this is that they still trust us and love us even after all they have been through.

I feel that the court system needs to start reinforcing that trust and show them that it is willing to fight for them as one of God’s creatures. It is a shame that this person could get off with a plea deal and wouldn’t even have to admit to any wrongdoing, but I would look to you now and hope you will reject his plea deal and give him the harshest punishment available to you at this time within the law.

Every time another animal abuser gets off with only a slap on the wrist for some of the most horrid offenses known to man, the justice system is also slapping these animals in the face and telling the world they do not matter and they do not count.

To the millions of people out there, he does count and he is a hero along with all the other abused and disfigured animals and it is time we start earning the trust and love that they give us unconditionally by standing up for them in these situations and letting the abusers know we will not take it anymore.

Steve Miller, Highland, Calif.

Thanks for uplifting stories in Triplicate

We bought a second house in Crescent City earlier this year and hope to retire here one day. Being a newcomer to the area, I make it a point to read the Triplicate every day I can.

I just want to comment on how wonderful it is to read stories that are uplifting amid a sea of depressing news stories that we are surrounded with on television and the internet. These are the kind of stories that linger with you for a while and they also renew your faith in the strength of the human spirit.

There were three stories in particular the past few months that were absolutely inspiring. So much so, that I thought they deserved kudos.

“In praise of a real-life heroine named Wanda,” “Smith River’s man of the world” and most recently the story of the wonderful work done by the McChesneys in “True friends of the felines” are all stories of ordinary folks in our area that rose above and beyond to do something great.

Thanks Triplicate for sharing their stories with us! Keep ’em coming! 

Vicki Vasquez, Eureka