Letters to the Editor 10/28/2009

by Letters to the Editor, October 28, 2009

APPRECIATING HISTORY I

Letter to the Editor,

Our Enclosure Project is well under way! We want to extend thanks to the many donors that are making this project a reality: The Miner-Anderson Founda­tion, Anderson Valley Brewing, Larry Mailliard, Ron Verdier, Steve Woods, Michael & Susan Addison, The Pratt Family Trust, Bob Mathias, Gloria La Fleur, Donna Reilly, Jack Mannix, Lila Lee, Margaret Davis, Marvin & Beverly Dutra, Bob & Sandra Nim­mons, Justin & Christy Reilly, Saw Works, Carolyn Short, Christine Clark, Anderson Valley Lions Club, Joann Prather Borges, Wilma Brink, Marvin & Col­leen Schenck, Frank Green, Vicky Center, Charles Hiatt, Life Works School, Ray Pinoli, John & Linda Hulbert, Barbara Peterson, Mark Apfel, Clyde Price, Kyllikki Clark, Averyl Willis, Freda Fox, Liz Dusen­berry, James & Robin Lindsey, Captain Rainbow, Clare Wheeler, McCarter & Holliday, Peter & Pat Boudoures, Keith & Deborah Squires, Katherine Clow.

Phase I of this project is complete. The artifacts are back inside, ending their days of exposure to the weather. We look forward to Phase II, which will finish the interior. We invite you to stop by and take a look and welcome further donations of labor or money, which will be used for Phase II.

AV Historical Society Board

Boonville


NO DOUGH, NO MOVEMENT

Editor,

All our local, county and state governments are in hock up to their ears. For years they have given them­selves benefits after benefits, such as retiring at 50 and 55 years of age. Then for all practical purposes gov­ernment employees can’t be fired no matter how poorly they perform. Result? Inefficiencies galore. These benefits could never have been sustained. Now we have reached a point where there is no dough.

It’s time that government faces reality. Again the reality is to cut all personnel 15% or whatever it takes to keep operating. Tenure is against all our principles. We can’t use nickel and dime savings such as delaying maintenance which only makes things worse.

Rossi Hardware was bought by us in 1945 and it was some 15 years old. Having gone through the depression where money was non-existent, there was maintenance from 15 years of neglect. No serious problems.

Today some 64 years later, these buildings are in much better shape than when we bought them, as are many old buildings in Boonville and Philo because of maintenance. In Europe during the war, I saw build­ings that were built in the 16th and 17th century and the only reason they were falling apart is that we blew them up.

In the Community Services District’s financial statement I see that there is $288k of liabilities. That’s money we owe people and places. As best as I can see we seem to have some rather large sources of income. It’s past time we paid off all debts. It’s hard to distin­guish the interest we pay but nobody loans money for little interest, especially now when cash is king.

When we talk of a $300k fire engine it reminds me of the story of the man how had four in his family and had a new Cadillac, a new five-bedroom house, three bathrooms and a swimming pool and worked like a dog. Someone asked him why he worked so hard. He said: I want a Ferrari, a new six bedroom house, four bathrooms, a swimming pool and a tennis court.

It’s time to pay off the debt, get rid of the benefit assessment and give the taxpayers a break.

Ah yes. The Bay Bridge. It’s now 20 years since the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The latest estimate on the completion of the approach to the Bay Bridge is 2013 (maybe). Fifteen to 20 years to build the new ap­proach when the whole bridge only took four years in the 1930s with a slide rule.

About furloughs by the state. Now everyone is on a slow down mode and since they were already on slow down mode, it’s now become the don’t move mode.

Emil Rossi

Boonville


NO SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT

Editor,

I strongly disagree that “the federal government has properly handed control of the medical marijuana issue back to the states” (as a recent Chronicle edito­rial stated).

The administration has taken the cowardly way out; it chooses to ignore a law it dislikes rather than work to actually change it. Law enforcement profes­sionals not only need to know the law but also need a supplemental list of which ones to enforce.

Please find the courage to legalize marijuana once and for all (or not), but please don't undermine the rule of law. Selective enforcement is frightening.

Andrew Segal

San Francisco


GOOD, BAD & UGLY BOXES

To The Editor:

I have a theory that I would like to present to read­ers: There are two types of Big Box stores to be found in Mendocino County in general and the Ukiah area in particular.

The first type of Big Box store would be the good type which, I presume, causes no problems for down­town merchants, does not steal their customers, etc. I assume an example of the good type of Big Box would be Raley’s. I say this because  I do almost all my gro­cery shopping at Raley’s and many times I have run into hard line progressive, anti-Big Box types also doing their grocery shopping there. Some of these people who I see there are, among others, Phil Baldwin, Dotty Coplen, and both of the elder Coop­erriders. Some other examples of good Big Box stores would have to be any Big Box the City of Ukiah would sell property to at the Airport Park complex since the city wouldn’t possibly sell property to a bad Big Box, would they?

The second type of Big Box would be the bad type of Big Box whose appearance in our area would cause instant and total demise of all the local downtown merchants. Some examples of the bad type would be Costco, Target, Petco or any store that might con­sider building at the former Masonite site.

Now both these types of stores send their profits out of this area, and, I’m sure, have some of the same customers as the downtown merchants have, so I would like some all-knowing person from the local progressive community to explain to me why some Big Box stores are acceptable here and others are not.

Thank you,

David Anderson

Ukiah


NEW AGE BUM

Dear AVA,

Here's a bleeding, fleeting lark

That landed on my shoulder

Near the pot patch inside Hendy Woods Park

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Karen Ely is a bonah

For suggesting anything Sedona

Though she's right about the NFL

Her long-time marriage can go to hell

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But if Mz. Me First! flashed some bush

Or a glimpse of foggy tush

Then even that snobby Jean-Paul Sartre

Would have to call it art

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As for this poor lad Dino

Can he serve his time in Mendocino?

After serving nobly in Iraq

Perhaps Karen Ely can commission a plaque

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That honors our braveheart kid

Who kept the Arabs from overrunning the Yids

Do you agree, Ms. Ely, or are you too fickle

From sitting on Herr Brandt's pickle?

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Such a crunchy, munchy image

Brings a smile to my greasy visage

As I drive up the coast to Noyo

To have lunch with the usual Yo-Yos

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The Deepender

Under the Drunk (now Crank) Tree,

Navarro


TRUST

Dear Editor:

The Mendocino Art Center is in crisis and at the heart of this crisis is the loss of trust. The erosion of trust has been steadily increasing since July with each new decision, including the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Fair and the 2010 Summer Fair, the firing of all of the coordinators, the dismantling of the computer lab, the remodel of a fine arts studio into an office, the discontinuing of the local schools’ instruc­tional field trips to MAC, the closing of the Gift Shop, the questionable hiring practices, the intent to sell Mendocino Arts Magazine, the less than courte­ous treatment given to visitors, students, artists, instructors, Artists-in Residence, and so forth.

The community’s loss of trust in the Art Center Administration cannot be regained under the current conditions. Reversing or amending these ill-advised decisions would only be a beginning. It will take a long time to regain the good will of the community. For starters, many, many people are due an apology. I would be happy to provide names and reasons to the board of the Mendocino Art Center if there is an interest in righting wrongs.

We must all come together and put forth our best efforts to make the Mendocino Art Center the vital and inspiring place it once was. Hundreds of commu­nity members signed a petition requesting a complete review of the decisions of the Mendocino Art Cen­ter’s Board of Directors. The petition and signatures were presented to the board at the October 21st meeting. Upon learning of our concerns, let’s pray that the board responds appropriately.

Margaret Paul

Former Youth Program Coordinator

Mendocino Art Center

Mendocino


ART DE-CENTERED

Editor,

The Mendocino Shamanic Sweat Lodge (formerly the Mendocino Art Center)

Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, baby boomer

Here is the rumor:

A grifter, drifter from Sedona hustle, muscle, bus­tle, burn-turn fake-a-phona

Queen glean has no inkling she's a con artist turned pro con

Dat Art Center's roof is leaking and she ain't tweaking.

She got 100 grand that she's keeping in her blufftop estate.

Bluff yo bluff puff yo puffed up ego up yo credo.

Demoralize and decentralize underclass overthrow the upper class into the undertow.

Let's just all bare our breasts for Art!

Fawn Nielsen

Mendocino


REMEMBERING BETTY

Editor,

Thank your for carrying the picture and invitation about the celebration of life of Betty Kroeber. This helped a great deal because many people were aware of the event and some 73 people came. I deeply appre­ciate your action.

Clifton Kroeber

Sometimes at the house on Vista Ranch Road

Philo


WHAT FREE MARKET?

Dear Editor,

On Thursday evening, October 22, on the evening news on ABC, anchorman Charlie Gibson said that tens of thousands of people in that city are out of work because of the economy. I ask you, Bruce, who are they shitting?

Those people are out of work because a very few people on Wall Street and in high corporate bank positions were so greedy and so out of integrity and so uncaring that they triggered the present depression. To say that the cause is some neutral, unaccountable thing called “the economy” is part of the magical thinking the media foster on the mass public. An economy doesn’t cause anything; it is the result of the actions of people, not the cause.

Furthermore, if some nebulous entity called the economy caused it, then all those millions of home­buyers who bought homes they knew they could not afford, are no part of the cause. That is absurd.

It is no more absurd, however, than the concept of the “free market” being able to control the results. There is no such thing as the “free market”; it is a myth, perpetrated to keep the magic in the magical thinking.

With billions doled out as subsidies to farmers and agribusiness; with billions doled as in the form of tax breaks to giant global corporations, with no-bid con­tracts that run into the tens of billions given out by the government, with protective tariffs still in exis­tence directly or indirectly, the idea that the market is ‘free’ is as absurd as the idea that the stork brings the babies.

When you put those two non — real concepts together, ‘the economy’ and the ‘free market’ as the cause, the driving force, you have created a society based on the idea of non-responsibility. There is nobody to blame, and so we go forward into the abyss with no feet on the ground and our heads up our ass.

Lee Simon

Far ‘n Away Farm, Virginia


DUMB AS ROCKS

To the Editor:

Regarding Mr. Boaz suing Superintendents Barrett and Techinin for defamation of character —

Apparently, the problem was caused because these two administrators accused Boaz of racism when he used the word “niggardly” in a letter to them. Actu­ally, he should be suing them for educational and lin­guistic incompetence!

In his legal action, he should also include the other nine administrators who signed the letter. Each of these signatories needed at least five years of success­ful teaching experience before receiving an adminis­trative credential. Each of these administrators is the lead educator in a district. Each is paid over $100,000 a year. Yet, collectively, they don't know that the racial slur ends in -erly (in the rare instance it is used as an adverb) and the synonym for miserly, which ends in -ardly. These sounds aren't even close! Do we need look further for the wretched state of public educa­tion in California when our eduational leaders seem to be illiterate?

Charles Moton

Lucerne


NO INJURED ANIMAL CONTROL?

To the Editor:

On Friday, October 9, I was driving on Highway 253 towards Ukiah when I spotted an injured deer on the side of the road. I stopped to see if there was any­thing I could do for it. The only logical thing I could think of was to call 911 and see if they could send someone out to help.

After contacting 911, talking with the dispatcher, duly giving my name, location of the deer and what other information I could give her, the dispatcher told me that she would contact an animal control officer and the sheriff's department to check it out. The dis­patcher assured me that the deer would be cared for or put down. Feeling like I did the “right thing” by calling and possibly saving or putting a early end to a suffering animal's life, I left, thinking professional help was on the way.

On the following Tuesday, October 13, I drove past the same spot, expecting to see the deer gone and hopefully being treated or at least put out of it's mis­ery. Instead, I found the dead body of the deer on the side of the road.

For the life of me, I can't imagine what could be so important that an Animal Control Officer, Sheriff, Wildlife and Game or Department of Transportation staffer could not render assistance sometime during the four days that the deer lay injured on the side of the road or at the very least, put it out of it's misery.

I called the Mendocino Animal Control and Sher­iff's Department asking why this deer needlessly suf­fered; why it was left to die on the side of the road, and why, if they couldn't save it, was it disregarded like nothing more than trash on the side of the road and in plain sight?

The response I received from the Animal Control person (actually a sheriff’s deputy) was that the Men­docino Animal Control only takes care of dogs and cats in the county, and that they were not responsible for injured wildlife, and while a deputy may shoot the animal, it was the responsibility of the Department of Transportation to remove the deer.

Is it truly the sign of the times that an “Animal Con­trol” officer is only capable of rendering aid or taking “control” of dogs and cats in the County? I pressed the issue asking, “Who should have responded to the aid of a suffering animal?” The Sheriff said that the Wildlife and Game agents could have been called, but, since there's only one officer in the whole Dis­trict that he would probably not respond either.

I realize that these are the times of tightened budg­ets and service cutbacks in City, County and State budgets, but I feel that it's ridiculous after call­ing 911 for assistance, apparently NO ONE responded and that the deer was left to die a miserable death over a period of four days, because no one claimed responsibility.

If the Mendocino Animal Control is not the agency, who should I have called for a injured deer? Who do I call? Who would you call if you found an injured animal? Here's a hint, from my own personal experience. Don't bother to call 911, they're not responsible; don't bother to call Mendocino Animal Control (unless it's a cat or dog), and don't call the Sheriff's Department. They're not responsible either. I suppose it is it left up to the person who comes across an injured animal to render aid. That's what I'll do next time. I'd rather risk injury to myself than to let a injured animal die a slow death on the side of the road.

I love animals just as much as the next person, and I hate to see an animal suffer needlessly. What both­ers me the most is that I thought I did the right thing by calling the proper authorities for help. Yet none was given and I only received excuses of why they were not responsible. If Animal Control (key word animal) is not responsible, who is?

Adam Yee

Ukiah


MY DATE WITH KEITH

Dear Editor,

I was at Ukiah Daily Journal the other day getting extra copies of the issue on Pinches' regulation pro­posal.

Keith Faulder's office is across the street. As I stood on the curb, he drove up in his car and told me to hop in, we'd go for a spin and get caught up. So we did.

No, he's not running for DA but he hopes Eyster will.

Yes, he wants to renew his AVA sub. He said, “I want to support the paper. We need it.”

Yes, he had a nice interview with UDJ reporters about medical marijuana and his libertarian point of view. He brought up the “new criminal class” that is being created by law enforcement going after small gardens for personal medical use (“low-hanging fruit”).

Yes, he's now in the process of getting Smitty's guns back, since the DA dismissed his criminal case and returned his and Mary's life savings of $54,000 (instead of splitting it 50-50, as they'd offered a month before caving in).

It seems pathetic that Meredith would deny a 92-year old WWII navy gunner who fought in the South Pacific the return of his family heirloom guns — a hunting rifle and pistol — and prosecute old man Smitty for 17 marijuana plants shared with his wife on their parcel of land. They are qualified patients who drink “bud tea” to ease their suffering. Smitty suffers pain, heart strain, shortness of breath and severe stress and insomnia from the year of criminal prosecu­tion. Mary has frozen joints and inability to get around without help. They are not smokers. They are safely imbibing medicinal tea for relief. How are they a “public nuisance” or criminals? Law enforcement committed legal theft followed by prolonged prosecu­torial torture of the elderly for over a year; it was not, as they claim, a “mistake.”

Keith dropped me off at UDJ where my van was still running as I'd left it, charging my low battery. Anyone could've taken it but they didn't and if they had, I'd sic the former prosecutor on them. I felt pro­tected.

Triples Pebblet, aka Pebbles Trippet

Elk


NO NEED FOR A

Editor:

Measure A is unnecessary because Ukiah has over 100 acres of available land already zoned for large retail. Covering industrial land with retail shopping is wasteful, shortsighted and contributes to sprawl. Your no vote on Measure A tells developers to build large retail projects on land zoned for it. Please protect local planning and local control by voting no on Measure A.

Janna Ostoya

Ukiah


DOWN WITH EDU-ILLITERATES

Letter to Editor,

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your demoli­tion of Mendo's Stalinist Edu-crats in last week's issue. Be assured that my praise is not niggardly.

B. Patterson

Boonville


BETTER FOOD=BETTER KIDS

Hey AVA guys and readers,

I am sure I mentioned this before, but folks who have children or friends with children on medication for ADHD, or with asthma, autism, bedwetting problems, ear aches, Tourette’s syndrome and a too long list of things might want to check out the Fein­gold association diet at www.ADHD.org. Their research person, Shula Edelkind, posted a new Blue Book that not only looks at the problem thoroughly, but also has great science literature including 20-30 years of studies that show that kids have a 70-80% impact from limiting their diet of artificial colors, pre­servatives and a natural substance called salycilates that are found in apples, and some of the orange fam­ily. They also point at the bad impacts of Aspartame (Nutrasweet), and MSG. Feingold association stems from the work of Allergist Dr. Ben Feingold, who 40 plus years ago discovered this association that the industry has been trying to cover up since. More recently the English Southampton study with thou­sands of double blind child subjects clearly identified the link. In Europe, the EU is saying no to toxics because they do not want the added expense for their socialized medicine, artificial food dyes, preservatives and other food additives. The facts and they are facts are clear, our food is making us sick and neurotic and the industry knows it, won't change until all of us Americans just say no and maybe well maybe become so litigious that they see that it is not cost effective to make artificial vanilla (AKA vanillin) from wood pulp and put it in most candy bars. So is it sugar driven wackiness that is making your kids crazy, probably not. Seventy to eighty percent of the kids go off because of a food dye, preservative or whatever. Fein­gold fills the void of very lousy and cheating labelling by asking the right questions and making regional based food list for their two classes of food allergies, so you can buy the same sorts of foods for your family and avoid the added cost of drugs to combat the downers of toxic food dyes and preservatives. Inter­ested families join with a nominal charge and receive a notebook and updates. The cost is so cheap and the results so big. The problem is that not everyone has heard. Imagine having to bring your child home because he is disrupting his class because of Doritos with various dyes and food colors?

Several years back a Wisconsin reform school lucked out and receive a natural diet via a new caterer. They not only got good food, but an extreme wake up call. In just a few days violence, nasty students, unso­cial behavior stopped. Just stopped! That's how Fein­gold's diet works and low and behold not only the kids benefit, their parents who may have suffered a variety of behavioral difficulties find life ain't so hard. They aren't as grumpy and are more productive. That's how Benjamin Feingold discovered the bad acting food additives. He had a patient who had psoriasis, and offered her a diet that cleared up not only her psoria­sis but also her disorientating thinking, grumpy nature and more. Her friends noted she was much more friendly. The solution is in buying a different version of the same sort of food. That means no real big change except in choice. Seems like a cheap and easy fix. And you can stop buying ritalin for junior!

Take care

Greg Krouse


USURY WITH INTEREST

An Open letter to Citibank,

Once upon a time in America, companies could be respected to do the right thing. Sometime, perhaps it was in the 70’s or 80’s everything changed. The people running the companies began thinking that the more money they could get out of their customers the better, regardless of their methods. They began feel­ing smart and sharp by implementing small unnotice­able charges that people would not catch and as they began making more and more money at the expense of the middle and lower classes. The greed overtook these companies and the division between the rich and the poor overtook the country. By upping the interest rates every time they could, the credit card companies turned into moneylenders more heinous than the worst antagonist in a Dickens novel. So we look around and see the state of our country now and we do not have to look too far to see who is responsi­ble, in fact, our tax dollars bailed out your company. However, rather than paying it forward you rewarded the wealthy executives and gouged the interest rates of the customers.

We noticed in June that we were charged a service charge. This seemed strange since we sent our pay­ment on June 8th and it was due June 20th. However, trying to speak to someone is impossible, since we end up speaking to an outsourced employee who has a limited command of English and keeps reading canned apologies to you from a computer screen. Trying to get a sensible answer to a question that is not listed on their computer screen is impossible. Again, this last month we received a $39.00 late fee and an interest raise that is the unbelievable usury rate of 25 percent. Are we to really trust you and believe our payments sent two weeks earlier are late? Or is there a mail file that sits ignored in your offices to fur­ther gouge your customers? The out sourced worker claimed the payment was a day late and there is nothing they can do about it. I am sure there is noth­ing they can do about it; this seems to have happened to almost everyone with a Citibank account. These business practices are so deplorable I wonder how the executives can sleep at night, however, their homes and beds are probably so luxurious that they sleep just fine as they block out any responsibility for the mil­lions of people they gouge every day Luckily we can pay this off by transferring a balance. What about the people who cannot? Please close our account we will not be dealing with you in the future.

MJ & Jim Scott

Ukiah


WORTH IT

AVA,

Sign us up for another year. The irate gaul alone was worth the dues. And we don't care if you print this.

Thanks,

Anne Tait, Bob Brown

Loch Lomond

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