Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 30, 2000 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, January 30, 2000
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— SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2000 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Letters Continued from Page A-4 result of the bridge. • Since John M. Mayfield, Jr., and his partners, a big pal in the local bank together with a real estate developer, are the largest landowners in the Brush Street area and will be the obvious beneficiaries of the bridge work, why not let them pay for the bridge and leave "all of us taxpayers and residents" out of the development subsidy. Stop the charade, John, and come out of the closet, all of us taxpayers and residents insist. Burgess Williams .-. , Ukiah And more... • To the Editor: , In your newspaper dated Jan. 24,1 find an answer to my statement that we have not as yet entered the 21st century. The note by Dolores Shannon disagrees with me as she asks what I think about it. What I think Dolores, is that you did not study history, but rather than go into a full explanation on this, let me just direct you and the entire staff of the'Ukiah Daily Journal to any modern copy of the Encyclopedia Bri- tanhica. You will find a full explanation even newspaper employees will be able to understand. 1 Of greater importance however, is the letter by John M. Mayfield Jn. Just what did happen to the Orchard Street extension and the phantom bridge that was supposed to be built about 10 years ago? John, it is-not just $200,000 it is a lot more than that. Meryvns had to pay the same bribe as did Penny's and all the others on that part of Orchard Street. There is a lot of money that was to be used just for that purpose. Where is the City Council hiding the money, or have they squandered it on some other pet project? Instead of doing all sorts of ftirtny things on Clara and Ford Streets, build the bridge, extend the street and you will solve most of the traffic on Clara and Ford street, and the money will have been used for it's intended purpose. ' I think it is time for the citizens of this community to have a proper accounting of the policies of the City Council. : Julio Pardini Ukiah Wanted better for Puerto Rico . To the Editor: j just moved back from Puerto Rico after living in its mountains for a year, here is the story. For the record I am Irish American and my two half brothers are California-born Puerto Rican (both have Spanish surnames). My new family is from the island of Puerto Rico. <. Close to or perhaps more than $1 billion was spent after hurricane George allegedly on Puerto Rico by FEMA. The truth is after I spent over a year in Puerto Rico researching the aftermath and government sending it became clear to me that money only went into the greedy pockets of a few (most of it never left the US). My first glimpse of corruption was as a volunteer for FEMA with the Corps of Engineers as a "Quality Control Inspector" November 1998. Acts committed by the people I trusted in our government. * Even today a number of Puerto Ricans are still in homeless shelters resulting from hurricane George in September 1998. Others are slill waiting for the bureaucrats contracted by FEMA to send the promised relief check, a pittance of the actually damage done. Temporary repairs were made on many homes but the job was only that "temporary" plastic tarps. Where did the rest of the money go? I know the answer, I only need the right ear to get the truth out. The word "help" has many meanings and uses, truly the Corps of Engineers as FEMA was very clever on how they interpret that word. I know now what most Americans are blind to, how our tax dollars are really used in a self-serving fashion by the Corps of Engineers during these emergency operations. The help that Puerto Rico needed was kept at a bare minimum while the price tag was inflated to fill the pockets of a corrupt bunch of "Good Old Boys." They are almost as organized as the Mafia and it's your tax dollars. Pity everyone is afraid to stand up against them. Fortunately for me, I took an oath of office that makes it my duty to report government corruption even if they want hear it. The US Army Corps of Engineers was directly responsible for FEMA operations in Puerto Rico and has turned a blind eye on all I have witnessed (I have blown the whistle on deaf ears). It's just too painful or embarrassing to admit to the truth I suppose. The real victims are the Puerto Rican people and the American taxpayer. Sure there was a Band-Aid attempt to help Puerto Rico, but the truth is all the corrupt individuals in our government and quick contracts saw their chance to cash in big (robbing you and I). The American taxpayers must demand real change in FEMA and review congressionally what I have witnessed. We have been fleeced. Puerto Rico still needs our help but I would not trust FEMA under civilian management to do the job. The next time FEMA gets deployed it should be to a muddy tent city not the Ritz Resort and others like it on a sandy beach in the Caribbean (just try and find out how much that vacation cost all of us). It's funny, I brought my family from Puerto Rico for the first time to California. Here in California they are learning just how little the people here understand their culture. Things like Prop 187 is a attack against their US Spanish culture (since 1898 Puerto Rico has been part of the USA). Even in the schools the English as a second language is all but absent at the high school level (Willits). We read about Californian's who want to help CUBA, a communist nation and yet I only find Bacardi Rum and cheap tobacco as the only import from our litter sister. Puerto Rico has great coffee why not help this U.S. Island and import some. Puerto Rico a .S.-controlled and nearly jobless island that gets no press here in California but CUBA ... wow that's news. What my family is writing back to their relatives in Puerto Rico is very important as they witness California's strange attack on Spanish-American culture and complete lack of understanding about Puerto Rico's status. I try to explain the Mexico circumstance but they feel as citizens they are paying the price just like the Japanese- Americans did for Pearl Harbor. What's next for California, perhaps concentration camps for Hispanic descent citizens? -You know you are targeted when even DMV (California Department of Motor Vehicles) tells you what name you can use on your license without them understanding the Spanish surname significance or how insulting it is to have your name written backwards to it's meaning. My personal family history was Irish and the British government changed the original name completely because of it's Gaelic origin. I know what this does to the sense of pride and dignity of the family (it makes you feel like a dog who's name changes with every new owner). I also appeal to the Hispanic community of Mexican descent to ttbt feel so alone after Prop. 187 was passed. My Puerto Rican family; now well understands your pain. Discrimination is not only affecting the illegal immigrants, it's affecting anyone with a Hispanic heritage even an American one, Puerto Ricans are as American as you and \. •:• Just think about it, what if it was your family who has suffered? ,,. Randy Dixoti, park ranger, Lake Mendocino Thank you To the Editor: ,', To the good Samaritan: On Jan. 7, my husband and I had been in Ukiah shopping. It had been a long day, and when we got back home to Lake County, I soon discovered that the ring my husband had bought me for our anniver : sary was missing. I preceded to frantically search our home and with no luck. The ring was gone. I was quite sad and upset. With a lot of reservation, I followed the advice of my mother who suggested that I call the places we had been while in Ukiah. To my. surprise, on the second call, I was informed that a child had brought the ring to a waitress at the restaurant that we had lunch at - Super Taco. I will be forever grateful to this child and to his parents. Thank you just does not cover it. You have restored my faith in the human race, and for that, I will be forever grateful. Sara Anderson Lakeport. Poor choice of words ' To the Editor: You should be consider yourself lucky that you're not being grad-; ed on your front page report (Jan. 25.) on the academic ranking of California schools. To say Ukiah schools fall behind most other schools, even when accounting for "ethnic disadvantages," is a disgrace. Please, tell me, what is an "ethnic disadvantage?" And if you can find such a definition, is it one you would want to deliver to an; assembly of students at an ethnically-mixed school? Surely clarity of writing is still valued. Surely you could have' instead written "even when considering socioeconomic disadvantages and ethnic diversity." 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