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Coastal Voices: Busting myths about education myths

There has been a lot of talk about education in the paper recently. Last Thursday, Bob Berkowitz gave advice to graduates about four “myths you were taught in school” (Coastal Voices, May 28). In Saturday’s paper, Jessica Cejnar wrote about a presentation to the school board titled “Literacy: A Vaccine for Poverty” (“Community called to action,” May 30). I am writing to address issues brought up in both articles.

 


Coastal Voices: Kidtown in CC: A community asset

It was only a few years ago that a determined set of local folks decided that they were going to bring the community together and build a park dedicated to the children of Del Norte County. The plans were in place, the committee was formed, and immediately they were faced with the substantial task of gathering the estimated $115,000 necessary to pay for the planning and materials for a project that would become known as “Kidtown” in Crescent City. The community had raised funds for large projects in the past, but that was done during the time of “Big Timber Companies,” and contributions from those related to the industry helped many projects succeed. It was different now and money was tougher to come by in Del Norte County.


Coastal Voices: To new grads: Myths you were taught in school

This is meant for all of you who are graduating from high school. Graduation time is here. It’s a time for new beginnings for those students graduating from our Del Norte schools. It’s a period when the graduates decide what path they want to take to get to their future. They will be inundated with all kinds of advice from their teachers, parents and friends. A lot of that advice will be just plain wrong. It’s the myths that many people have considered gospel, but in my mind are just plain myths.


Coastal Voices: Also honor those who protect freedoms here

 Sometimes the muse calls from different places — the channel markers and sea lions, your back pages or in this case, an old song by some men I met long ago in East Los Angeles, a community and people that seem so familiar this evening. Penned by David Hidalgo and Louis Perez, two-fifths of Los Lobos, I listened to words that seemed so poignant:


Coastal Voices: Fairgrounds vote shows how we help each other

Del Norte County is nothing if not diverse.

Our community features an incredible array of individuals: from farmers, fishermen, correctional officers and officer workers to retirees and young people just starting out in the world. All call Del Norte County home. They bring different backgrounds, different cultures and different trains of thought to our community every day.


Coastal Voices: Citizen's Dock: Civic lightning

As a contributor to the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, I was given the opportunity to write this article to illustrate how the people of Del Norte and Curry counties have worked together to get things done. I read about many such instances at the Del Norte Historical Society Museum, but the wonderful stories about “Citizens Dock” made me so excited and enthusiastic about being a member of this community that I had to share the story with you.


Coastal Voices: Who cares? It's only your money

Here we are almost three years since since it was discovered that $25,732.15 went mysteriously missing from the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority safe creating a whodunit worthy of an Angela Lansbury mystery. Just to recap the events, here is the timeline of what we know.

Coastal Voices: Keep vital safety net for students

I was moved to tears at the last School Board meeting when the students and their parents spoke about just how much the current academic intervention program had influenced and changed their lives. Redwood and Mary Peacock students who from kindergarten on up have struggled with everything from reading to math pleaded to keep this program. 


Yes We Can: It's time for community to rally for good of all

Hi, Del Norte. 

I have been given an opportunity by the “Trip” to put together articles for the Opinion section on sharing thoughts and ideas on where we are going in this community in the years to come. I hope you will board this train with me to see if we can move this town to new heights economically and to unify our efforts to make this an even better place to live. 

My dad brought me to the Klamath in 1949 as a 13-year-old boy. It didn’t take me long to have the experiences of learning to run a boat or run up and down the river with a river sled powered by an old Johnson “10.” I loved learning to read the water under the tutelage of my dad, Wes. A few trips to the mouth of the river fishing with Shorty Conner and Dad for the almight chinook excited me and headed me in later years to be a seasonal guide. 


Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox

“Who’s going to protect the people of Del Norte County?”

Those words of Kevin Caldwell, M.D., reverberate loudly. It was Dr. Caldwell who first dared to stand up to the multi-billion-dollar goliath Sutter Health by opposing Sutter’s decision to move hospital ownership out of Del Norte County to the Bay Area and lower the 49-bed Acute Care hospital to a 24-bed Critical Access facility. Dr. Caldwell was the first local physician to see Sutter’s malfeasance. As hospital chief of staff, he identified Sutter’s repeated implementation of patient care policies without physician input. Sutter Health was telling doctors how to practice medicine, in violation of California law. With great effort, Dr. Caldwell was able to unwind Sutter’s illegal policies. Later, after Sutter Health executives advised the local hospital Board to dissolve itself and transfer hospital ownership to the Bay Area, Dr. Caldwell asked the hospital board chair for a guarantee Sutter would not close the obstetrics service. Dr. Caldwell could not get that guarantee. He stood alone in defense of our community. Dr. Caldwell joins medical colleagues Mark Davis, M.D., Manfred Ritter, M.D., and Gregory Duncan, M.D., all of whom have experienced the pain of a revengeful, insatiable bully, Sutter Health Corporation. Sutter Health, parent of Sutter Coast Hospital, does not play nicely in the Del Norte sandbox. 

 


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