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Coastal Voices: This is hard enough as it is

Dear family, friends, Del Norte and Curry counties,

I am writing this to you regarding the article in the Triplicate on Saturday regarding our niece Danielle (“Missing woman’s remains identified”). A family never plans for someone so young to die, let alone a death like our niece’s; we do not wish this on anyone.

Coastal Voices: Correcting the Sutter Health record, again

After watching Sutter Coast Hospital (“SCH”) CEO Mitch Hanna’s presentation to our Board of Supervisors in April, I am compelled to respond. Some of Mr. Hanna’s information was welcome news — for example, the fact that Sutter Coast was profitable in 2014. Recall the prior two Sutter Coast CEO’s painted a “gloom and doom” financial scenario, unless Sutter Coast downsized to Critical Access status (which will allow SCH to triple its Medicare charges). Take a look at the 2013 article entitled, “CEO: Sutter Coast Hospital losing money” available online at www.currypilot.com/News/Local-News/CEO-Sutter-Coast-Hospital-losing-money.

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. 

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