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A-8 - SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2004 FORUM THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Letters Continued from PageA-6 even have saved lives. Wait for the new shelter? What's wrong with the winter shelter that's open right now? The fact is., if it means parking your drugs and booze at the door, some folks prefer to be cold and wet in a filthy tent than to be warm and dry with a home-cooked meal. Their biggest problem is substance abuse, not homelessness. I walked down the tracks between Ford and Brush streets just before the river cleanup and was appalled at the accumulation of garbage, some dating back a couple of years by the looks of it. Mr. Now is obviously frustrated by the situation, but instead of blaming the river cleanup volunteers, why not take some personal responsibility and organize your neighborhood to clean up the mess in your own back yard? John McCowen Ukiah Observe Black History Month To the Editor: In 1915, Dr. Garter Godwin Woodson recognized the need for our country to gain a more complete and informed understanding of our past. He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History Week and established the first Negro History Week to emphasize that "We have a wonderful history behind us .. ." Through the pioneering efforts of Dr. Woodson and the hard work of the association, this observance became Black History Month in 1976. Amy Sturges Ukiah Gay marriage ruins traditions To the Editor: In consulting the customary English dictionary, one will find the following: Wife: a married woman Husband: a married man Marry: to join as husband and wife according to law and custom Marriage: the state of being married Quote: "I now pronounce you man and wife." Following is a quote by the first openly gay man to be elected a bishop of the Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson: "Is the institution o£ marriage that fragile as to be threatened by the existence of love and commitment elsewhere?" I believe the Reverend is on the wrong tack here. The threat centers on the brazen fiasco of non-compliance with long established law and custom. Dolores Shannon Ukiah High school too trashy To the Editor: I am proud of the fact that my daughter is attending the same high school that I graduated from. I use to be proud to call Ukiahi my Alma Mater, but when I drop my daughter off every morning at the school, all I can see is the trash all over the parking lots and east lawn area. 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I have been cut off repeatedly by drivers trying to get the closest parking place, vehicles pulling around another vehicles that are at the stop sign (in the parking lot) letting a student off, coming at me head on. It's a good thing that I am a defensive driver and have patience at 7:15 a.m. each morning. Maybe our campus cop should monitor this area more and begin to give citations for littering and reckless driving. Tammy Sams Ukiah Teens looking for help To the Editor: We are concerned about teen drug use in our community. In the Ukiah Valley area, many teens make bad choices about how to spend their time. As teens, find it hard to have a place to together that is alcohol and drug free. Because of this, teenagers in this area find themselves going to unsupervised parties where alcohol and drugs are present. To attempt to solve this problem a few of us teens got together and decided a change was necessary. We want to start a teen club where we can go to dance and socialize. This will be a safe alternative for teens in need of fun on the weekend and during the summer. Our nightclub will be a place where teens will want to go, and their parents will want them to be. Our club will have an appropriate dress code that will be enforced. There will be adult supervision to ensure safety. Teens at our club will have fun, and when they are there, their parents can rest easily knowing that they are safe. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to start this club by ourselves. So, we turn to you, our community, to help us get started. We have already gained support of PAL. Right now, we are in the process of looking for supporters and a building. Soon, we will also need donations including money, furniture, and food. If you would like to help us make our goal of a drug-free teen community a reality, please contact us to join us in this project. Danelle Reddy Gwyneth Baynham, Teen Board Member, PAL Crystal Hills Holly Wilson Ukiah Follies Continued from Page A-7 All this court time and public expense for a handful of misdemeanors committed by a man the County should not have hired in the first place. Apparently, Freedman can simply allege bias and remain free on bail - the charges against him haven't even begun to move forward - and, if Brown continues to base his decisions on mere assertions by Freedman's attorneys and wife, Freedman stands a fair chance of getting the DA tossed - again - sending 'the case off to die in the black hole of the State Attorney General's Office in Sacramento. Just in case Brown flip- flops again and returns the case to the DA, Mrs. Freedman has filed a sweeping Public Records Act request with the County, asking for all the records in the County Counsel's office, the Auditor's office and the DA's office relating to the Freedman case. 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