LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Local options for renting movies

From the 2.13.13 edition.

Elizabeth Alves:

I never miss your weekly comments and enjoy them immensely. Thank you for your informative My Side of the Street columns.

In the Jan 30 Press you talked about the convenience of streaming videos and the mismanagement of Netflix when they doubled their prices back in 2011. I am still mad at Netflix and will not do business with them ever again. I cancelled my subscription and no longer give gift subscriptions. At a time when the average citizen was struggling to make ends meet the overpaid CEOs decided they weren’t making enough. Pfft!

As an alternative, I have an Amazon Prime subscription for $79 a year. I get two benefits with it. I get everything I purchase from them shipped 2-day and I can stream movies. Well there is a third. I get many free kindle books (Sorry, Courtney.)

But I prefer to support our local businesses whenever I can and I make a weekly trip to Figueiredo’s. For $3 I can rent 3 recent releases and older movies for 3 days.  For $7 I get 7 movies for 7 days.  I can also purchase a punch card for $25. That gets 13 new releases for one day. Unfortunately they only order a minimum of new releases and I frequently find that the new release I want is not in.  My only option in that case is to reserve it in advance. (That implies planning ahead, not one of my better suits). So I usually wait until it becomes a recent release.

Also, don’t park near the store! They have not finished their landscaping and I have twisted my ankle more than once trying to get out of my car and onto the curb.

The Fig’s in Burre Center has recent releases and older movies at $1 for 7 days. I can return them to McKinleyville if I need to.  I prefer to stop there when I am in town as the 7 day rental doesn’t require me to preplan my movie viewing time.

Ray’s also rents movies. Although they have a much smaller selection, I can purchase a movie pass the first week of the month for $20 and I get $30 worth of movie rentals. They rent their movies for 3 days which gives me more flexibility.  The new release DVDs are $3. Blu-rays are  $4.50 and older movies are $1. At Ray’s I can grab a few groceries and a movie in one trip.

I also support the artists that I like by going to the theater. In fact, since I know I can wait for the DVD I intentionally look at the local theaters www.catheaters.com with the artists in mind (including directors etc.). I can purchase a movie card at Costco for $20 and get $25 worth of admissions and food. I prefer to go to a matinee when prices are cheaper ($6.50) but as a senior I can go for the same low price in the evening. They still do not have accessible theaters but I hear the Humboldt Council of the Blind http://www.humguide.com/hcb/ is working on that.

I love my little town and support the local business whenever I can.  When I spend money locally, it stays in the economy and the benefits grow well beyond the enjoyment I get from my purchase. Movies are a favorite in the winter and I have had to learn how to stretch my movie dollar.

Patti Rose



Boy Scouts help with race

To the Editor:

The 48th Annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Honoring Ford Hess was a huge success once again. And once again it happened because over 125 volunteers — including a number from McKinleyville — devoted themselves to making sure that our 1,100 runners enjoyed a great day on the North Coast.

Part of that great day is the traditional post-race chili feed at Trinidad School.  his year, the Greater Trinidad Chamber of  Commerce served about 550 warming bowls of our signature vegetarian chili to a chilled and hungry crowd. And the kitchen crew serving that crowd was from McKinleyville’s Boy Scout Troop 99, hustling piping hot chili to the masses under the capable direction of Gayle Rothwell, whose day job is feeding students at the school and who on Race Day ran the kitchen like a, well… like a well run Boy Scout Camp.

To the young men from Troop 99, A.J. Christian, J.B. Packer, Henry Morgan, Jakob Clark, Sam Lipiec, and to Scoutmaster John Packer, we extend our most sincere thanks for your many hours of dedicated service to a grand North Coast and Trinidad tradition.


Dennis Koutouzos



A double whammy of chemical stew!

Dear Editor,

I am writing to alert your readers who use fabric softeners and dryer sheets that they are putting their families and their communities at risk of exposure to some pretty awful chemicals.

Here’s just one link to view for excellent information. http://shop.sixwise.com/thetoxicdangeroffabricsofteneranddryersheets2805.aspx

Some of the chemicals these products contain are Benzene Compounds, Chloroform, Pentane, and  Camphor.

Have you noticed the overpowering smells that flow out of houses and from some clothing worn by your friends and family? These are chemicals to soften synthetic fibers which are so strong and unpleasant they then need to be covered up with other chemical fragrances. So we are being assaulted with a double whammy of chemical stew!

Many of these chemicals remain in the clothes where they subject the wearer all day and night to a steady exposure of these hazardous chemicals. Children, especially, whose skin area is larger proportionally to that of adults are at greater risk of absorbing these chemicals.

The following are some of the human health risks associated with these chemicals.

Who knows what these chemicals do to our beloved pets, fish, birds, trees, etc. when they are released into the air with force by dryer vents, or from washing machine wastewater into our waterways?

Central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blood pressure reduction, irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract, pancreatic cancer

Some alternatives:

• First, choose natural fabrics over synthetic ones; cotton, wool, silk and rayon.

• Skip the need for chemicals altogether and hang your wash in the sun. Is there any better feeling than putting on fresh laundered clothes that smell of the fresh air and sun?

• Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric

•  Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling

• Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals

Please pass the word along to your friends and family members to switch to a healthier alternative.

Many Thanks,

Meighan O’Brien