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Coastal Voices: Hospital’s plans ‘bad for us’

Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts — Henry Rosovsky

I am writing in response to a recent editorial by Mr. Scott Feller (“Judge hospital facts for yourself,” July 3), Sutter Health’s latest appointee to the Board of Directors of Sutter Coast Hospital.

The title of Mr. Feller’s opinion piece poses a dilemma — how can anyone judge the facts when Sutter Health won’t release the facts? Despite formal requests by our elected officials, Sutter refuses to release meeting minutes and financial documents necessary to discern the suitability of Sutter’s plans for our community. Sutter frequently releases their paid advertisements and editorials by individuals connected with Sutter, but nothing of substance.

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Letters to the Editor July 24, 2014

Downsizing Sutter is not an appropriate use of tax funds

As a former hospital administrator in the Good Samaritan system and a former hospital vice president at Marian Medical Center, I have been following this community’s conflict with Sutter Health with great interest. As a retiree to this community, I also have great interest in the future of the hospital, including whether or not Sutter is able to implement their plan to downsize the hospital in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the federally funded Critical Access program. 

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Letters to the Editor July 22, 2014

Road improvements should be spread around

It must be nice to have an asphalt street, which was in good condition, extended wider and repaved completely, while the rest of us on dirt roads are driving through big potholes and knocking our front ends on our cars out of alignment.

I have called the road superintendent twice and have asked one of his road managers to return my calls. I’m still waiting. 

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Did You Know: The rock or the hard place

Under the heading “be careful what you wish for” comes the unintended consequences of prison realignment. This is where the governor, in order to comply with a federal mandate to reduce the state prison population, signed state legislation whereby low-level state inmates would be transferred to local county jails. 

Unfortunately, this transfer to county jails was not without controversy. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that those transferred prisoners must receive the “reasonable accommodations” specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. What this actually means is the state prisoners housed in local jails must receive the same level of care and privileges that they would receive in a state prison.

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Letters to the Editor July 19, 2014

Uncontrolled borders leave country a mess

John Kerry says that Iraq is a complete mess because they can’t control their borders.

I completely agree. What country would be stupid enough to let people come in who are undocumented and unaccounted for? What a bunch of bozos who run that government in Iraq.

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Pages of History: Sheriff seeks info about naked man

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952:

Sheriff C.W. Glover has in his custody a pile of worn clothes found near Hiouchi Bridge, and some puzzling leads that have deepened the mystery.

The clothes were found Friday afternoon by Officer Hubert Dunn, CHP. They were piled neatly with the socks stuffed into the boots.

Two motorists driving Highway 199 Thursday night have reported seeing a naked man on the highway trying to get a ride. The first driver reported seeing him about a half mile from the bridge, heading toward Crescent City. The second saw him about 1 mile from the bridge. A third car reported seeing a man, either naked or in white clothes, diving off the roadway. A thorough search has failed to reveal any trace of the man.

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California Focus: Early prison releases a political hazard, too

From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1975, in the first term of his first go-‘round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money but could make do with “psychic rewards.”

He’s done the same thing lately as companies like Toyota and Occidental Petroleum announced they were moving headquarters and thousands of jobs out of state, noting that those firms and their jobs are just a tiny fraction of the California economy. True, but the moves are very consequential for the employees involved and everyone they do business with.

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Letters to the Editor July 17, 2014

Second chance to stop another rate increase

The City Council passed an ordinance that increased sewer rates effective July 2.

Is there something that can be done to reverse that sewer rate hike? Yes, there is.

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Letters to the Editor July 15, 2014

Full board should vote on having meeting prayers 

I’m mildly amused and deeply saddened by the efforts against Supervisor Gitlin to introduce non-sectarian prayers by rotating pastors/priests/rabbis at the beginning of Board of Supervisors meetings. 

Several people have used the Bible as their basis not to have public prayers. Matthew 6:5–6 talks about self-important religious leaders praying in public to be seen by all. However, in Matthew 5:14–15 Jesus told us to put our light on a stand for all to see. 

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Letters to the Editor July 12, 2014

Embarrassing to watch diatribe against Gitlin

I watched the Board of Supervisors meeting of June 10 with great disgust and embarrassment for Del Norte County as Lisa McKeown exercised her nasty diatribe against Supervisor Gitlin. When she waved a Holy Bible in the air and placed a curse on Supervisor Gitlin, who is a devout Jew, I wondered why Chairman Finigan did not step in to enforce rules of decorum. Finigan is already conflicted with bad meeting management practices, but this bit of theater took the cake in my view. 

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