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Coastal Voices: This is a helluva good community to fight cancer with

The following remarks were delivered as the keynote address at the Relay for Life cancer fundraising event on July 18:


Senior Sleuth: Interview with Solid Waste Director Ward

The words of Tedd Ward, director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, from a recent interview:


Coastal Voices: C.A.N. could use your help to help others

Most readers of the Triplicate know about the Community Assistance Network (C.A.N.) because it has been around since 1995, providing food, clothes and other types of assistance to people in need. For those of you who’ve never heard of C.A.N., we are a Christian-oriented charity supported mostly by local churches and local individual donors. We no longer accept federal funding.


Coastal Voices: Faith restored by stranger's help

There are still heroes in our midsts, folks. I met one on July 6th that has restored my faith in the kindness of strangers, so please let me tell you the story so that you can also share in the blessing of this kind stranger that helped on this date.


Coastal Voices: Right time for river protection from mining

Big time mining could change the face of some of our most iconic local rivers.  In Oregon, large mines have been proposed for years in the Rough and Ready Creek area and now a foreign mining corporation proposes test drilling for nickel in the beautiful headwater area of Baldface Creek in the North Fork Smith River, and in the North Fork Pistol River and Hunter Creek watersheds in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. 

Coastal Voices: Anti-Grand Jury ad full of holes

Full page ads like the one from political consultant Bob Berkowitz criticizing the Grand Jury report in the June 25 Triplicate cost $1,612.50, but his ad is not worth the paper it was printed on. It is based on distortion and innuendo. It doesn't add anything to an informed discussion of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and denigrates the local citizens who devoted a year to researching and writing a comprehensive report. Jurors take an oath of secrecy, which is binding for life, so they are not able to respond to his specious claims, and Berkowitz uses this to his advantage throughout the ad. While Berkowitz is quick to claim that he is a patriot and a conservative, he has no qualms about discrediting a historic institution which was discussed by the framers of the Constitution and included in the Fifth Amendment. 


Coastal Voices: Last Chance moving faster than solutions

Yikes! It’s still moving.


Coastal Voices: America, a thing worth fighting for

There’s something about holidays, among other things, that always manages to motivate pen to paper for me — that and the gracious people at my hometown paper who allow me space on their pages.


Coastal Voices: Yes we can

 Ordinary citizens are making a difference in DN

I was pleasantly surprised by the insightful Coastal Voices article written by 19 year old Makenzy Williams (“We’re fortunate to have great people,” June 11). At the age of 16, she began to get a sense of what it was like to go beyond thinking and acting in her own interests. She saw her community as a place where she could make a difference, and she has, by getting involved as an Americorps VISTA volunteer.


Yes We Can: Education 'the old fashioned way'

This is a story that I have wanted to share for several years about my 33 years teaching and coaching in Del Norte County. I can’t believe that I have been retired as an educator for 21 years. 


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