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County Commerce: Busy, exciting year ahead for Chamber of Commerce

Changes are apparent at the Del Norte Triplicate, in case you haven’t noticed. This is the first installment of a monthly column to keep the community informed of what the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce is up to. I would like to thank Matt Durkee, editor, and Cindy Vosburg, publisher, for this opportunity. 

Our board of directors and many of our members are aware of what the chamber does. This article is to inform the community about the Chamber of Commerce and its visitors center and the Del Norte County Visitors Bureau. There are some in the business community who question the value of belonging to the chamber and how the chamber benefits them, their business or the community as a whole. So that is my goal for the next couple of months — to let people know what the chamber is doing and how they are doing it. 

Coastal Voices: A bold new idea: Let DN provide own reps

Well they’re all at the starting line ready to let the race begin. Yes, the race to fill all of the various political slots for 2016. We in Del Norte County will be ignored as usual. None of the candidates for U.S. Senate or other statewide offices will visit us, let alone know that we even exist unless they Google us. For our part, in the primary we will be faced with making a choice among those who have already been selected by big money donors who come from either the Bay Area or L.A. Some choice!

My dream candidate is one who lives right here in Del Norte County, who knows rural issues, who can articulate those issues to others and who has the ability to make good sound decisions that can benefit all of us. Don’t say it can’t happen. We’ve seen it before, when former Del Norte County Supervisor Don Clausen was successful in winning a seat in Congress and served in that body for 20 years. He did not need a map to find us; he was one of us.

Coastal Voices: Comments on police based in careful study

I am addressing “Encourage young people to express opinions” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 10) and “Law enforcement risk lives to earn trust” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 14), which were responses to my original article, “Police should be held to a higher standard” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 6). The first criticism is of my wide perspective, which is due to me being a child of the internet and having lots of digital information. For me, my entire country is my responsibility. Every one of my country-mates’ lives is important to me, no matter where they are. Compassion is not a limited resource and can be freely given. Systematic brutality is a problem, and it’s our problem.

Coastal Voices: Letters, obituaries hearbeat of community

Well thank you, Mr. Roger Gitlin, for your opinion article printed on Jan. 6 (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”). I really appreciate your efforts because I was among some of the disgruntled letter writers that almost quit writing after 35 years of letters to the editor. 

Since the very beginning of my frequent letters to the editor, almost every one I wrote was printed in a timely manner and exactly as I had written them. I wrote so often that I was asked at one time by this local paper to write a column. Then a few years ago, the letters I wrote were rewritten; some left out; some not printed in a timely manner, leaving me wondering if they were ever going to print them. 

Coastal Voices: A dream worth fighting for

Ever since my Mom bundled me up and took me to see Martin Luther King on a cold February night in Madison, N.J., back in 1964, he’s been a personal hero and, if I had to say, the greatest American of the second half of the 20th century. I had wanted to write something about him for the day we celebrate his life, but realized it couldn’t be printed in my hometown paper until the day after. Which got me to thinking, like so many other times, when it’s late at night and all you can hear is the seals barking and the channel marker clanging out its way home, when the moon’s a sliver and the breeze comes off the ocean, and the pages turn, then fly back and the ghosts return …


Coastal Voices: Government grants return tax dollars to community

In Mr. Gitlin’s recent lecture to the public in the Coastal Voices dated Jan. 6 (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”), he refers to grants as “institutional charity.” 

In previous writings, Mr. Gitlin has also stated, “it is all too common that we are hassled by the intrusion of over-government ... waste and the heavy hand of government are omnipresent,” (“Coastal Voices: Over-government everywhere,” April 2011). 

So I am assuming that “institutional charity” refers to government as the institution and grants as waste. Let us think about this.

Coastal Voices: Law enforcement risk lives to earn our trust

Karen Beaver recently wrote a Coastal Voices piece titled “Police must be held to higher standard” (Jan. 6). I agree. I’m sure that every officer in this town would agree too. I can report that they regularly meet and often exceed those expectations. We just never hear about it.  

It is very easy to stir public opinion with anecdotal evidence. Ms. Beaver mentions incidents from Los Angeles, Texas and Michigan. The simple fact is that anyone with access to the internet can cherry-pick incidents to advance their cause. There is, of course, more to each of these stories. 

Coastal Voices: Gitlin’s critique lacks real basis

I would like to congratulate County Supervisor Roger Gitlin on adding media critic to his well-padded resume, but with all due respect I must differ with him on a number of points in his Jan. 6 Coastal Voices lecture (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”). 

Here are the highlights: 

I, and everyone I asked in an admittedly small survey, thought the Triplicate printed letters in a timely manner and was overly generous in providing unedited space to letters which were not well-constructed either grammatically, intellectually, or both. 

Coastal Voices: Japanese boat’s long journey a symbol of hope

Editor’s note: This column was originally published by the California State Association of Counties on Jan. 8 and appeared at www.publicceo.com.

Almost two years ago I wrote in this blog about a small boat that had washed ashore in Del Norte County. There is nothing unusual about that up here on the North Coast, but there was something special about this small boat called a “panga.” Here’s what I wrote about it back in April of 2013:

Coastal Voices: Encourage young people to express opinions

Well, I have to admit it. I never knew how wrong I could be. The conversation began with her, my college sophomore granddaughter, talking about the problems in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City; then she made the statement that all police officers are corrupt, they all abuse their power and the “police force must answer for their transgressions.” And later, “White supremacists have infiltrated our police force.” Not sure I heard her correctly, I asked, “What about local Crescent City police officers? Are they corrupt?” She responded that they are unwittingly corrupt because of the power establishment that hired them that is also corrupt.

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