Letters to the Editor: Dec. 30, 2020

Mount Shasta Herald

Food distribution

During this season of sharing, let’s take note of generous food distribution.  On Dec. 21 bags of staples, cheese, and fresh potatoes and oranges were collected by families of students in Mount Shasta Elementary and Sisson Schools, organized by School CAFE (Culinary Action for Education) and Great Northern Services with support of General Produce and Grocery Outlet.  School CAFE has also been offering organic fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement school lunches this year and will continue to do so, having received contributions on Giving Tuesday. School CAFE was inspired four years ago by two sisters at Sisson School who wanted to improve school lunches.  As a result, salad bars were established in both schools in August 2019; unfortunately, they have been discontinued because of the pandemic.

Before Christmas, families in Dunsmuir received holiday meals from the winter salmon give-away, the One4One garden program, and Cornerstone Cafe.  And in Weed the distribution of fixings for a turkey dinner, a tradition, was organized by 15 volunteers of the Community Christmas Basket program.  St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Anthony’s Church is active year round, and was well stocked with offerings for the holiday season.

We are thankful for this generosity in Siskiyou County, one of the most food insecure counties of California.

– Laurel West Kessler, Mount Shasta

Palace of Justice?

Every time I drive past the new courthouse in Yreka I think it deserves a name with more grandeur than simply “Siskiyou County Courthouse.”

Throughout the rest of the world (Paris, Rome, Nuremberg, Brussels, Bogata, and so on) there are courthouses named “Palace of Justice.” I think this would be a fitting name for ours too.

– Bill Cushman, Yreka

‘Let them eat cake’

 “Let them eat cake” was a term allegedly used by Marie-Antoinette, queen of France during the French Revolution upon being told that her starving subjects had no bread to eat. After hours of bi-partisan negotiations with only hours left Republicans and Democrats were able to forge a COVID Relief Stimulus bill, veto proof,  providing relief for millions of financially strapped Americans. The bill provides a $600 stimulus check for all Americans, added $300 to unemployment checks, plus subsidies for businesses, money for schools, health care providers and vaccine distribution. In a last minute move, President Trump, completely disengaged with the relief process and obsessed with overturning the election results, announced he would veto the bi-partisan bill because he wants $2,000 checks for Americans, not $600 an amount the Democrats pushed for but accepted the Republican congress would reject. Even more puzzling, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin was involved in and supported the bi-partisan legislation, representing the administration.  On the eve of Christmas it wasn't the type of gift Americans could have anticipated. Upon the president's announcement he boarded Marine One and headed for Mir-A-Lago to celebrate the holidays, playing golf. The congress will not have an opportunity to override the bill if the president elects not to formally veto the bill. After ten days the bill will die as a “pocket veto”     

– John Swanson, Hornbrook