Excellent coverage of the earthquake (“Rumbletown,” Jan. 14). However, the picture of Old Town’s Café Waterfront serving patrons by candlelight raises a red flag. Candles present a safety no-no after an earthquake due to existing or possible gas leaks.

Ken Hansen, McKinleyville



Jan. 9 was a memorable day, but what will stand out in our memory more than fallen books and broken glass is the help, generosity and support that we received from neighbors, friends, customers and many people we didn’t even know previously. We feel so fortunate to be a part of a community that responds to a crisis by pulling together and looking for ways to be of help to each other.

Within minutes of the earthquake we had the help of numerous neighboring business people — including the folks from Bella Baskets, Eureka Books, Going Places and Shipwreck — bringing us supplies, helping to clean up broken glass and offering to help put things back in order. Friends boarded up our broken windows. And as our staff got everything back in its place on Sunday we received calls from many regular customers offering their concern and help.

We have always felt lucky to be a part of this community, but in the wake of the earthquake our gratitude to the kind, generous, helpful people around us is immense.

Jennifer McFadden and Nancy Short, Booklegger, Eureka

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