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Coastal Voices: Grads, start thinking about your futures

Dear graduates, with your graduation you are about leave the comfort of your youth to embark on a new and wonderful portion of your life. Now is the time to grow beyond the security of your youth, your high school years and create new experiences.


California Focus: Will voters create a de facto third party?

California voters created tectonic changes in state politics four years ago, when they approved the “top two” primary election system that takes effect in races for statewide offices next month.


Pages of History: Carnegie awards won by DN men

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1964.

Two Del Norte fishermen have been awarded Carnegie Hero awards for the rescue of another fisherman from the stormy Pacific Ocean off Crescent City.

 


Did You Know?: We do not have to vote on everything

Is it really true that I am urging you not to vote? Yes, it’s partly true. Quite possibly you have an interest in several of the local races and may feel passionately about one or more races. It could be Measure A or any of the three local countywide races for office.


Coastal Voices: Correction: ‘Good news out of Sacramento’

My good friend Bob Berkowitz must have gotten a dose of bad data in his “Did You Know?” column (“Good news, bad news out of Sacramento,” May 20).


Coastal Voices: No loss of services under Critical Access

On behalf of my fellow Board members and our Medical Executive Committee of the medical staff of Sutter Coast Hospital, I would like to share what differences you can expect to see as a patient or consumer of health services if Sutter Coast Hospital is granted approval to become a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).


Coastal Voices: Is bringing bigger trucks on highway worth risk?

Looking at the beautiful computer-generated picture of the proposed new Middle Fork Smith River Bridge on Highway 199 on the front page of the May 7 edition of the Triplicate, one might wonder why anyone would be opposed to the creation of such an impressive structure. What is not shown or told, which misleads the public on the real impact of this Caltrans project, are the 16,000 cubic yards of earth that are to be removed to widen a curve, exposing a huge cut creating soil erosion into our pristine Smith River. The current bridge has not been condemned from old age. The new bridge is primarily proposed to allow the largest STAA trucks to travel this narrow winding highway, creating increasingly unsafe industrial driving conditions for the common motorist on our Smith River scenic roadway.


Did you know: Good news, bad news out of Sacramento

Under the heading “good news and bad news” comes this: the good news is that according to California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, the state will end this budget year with a surplus of $5.6 billion. That’s $4.5 billion more than was anticipated. 


Coastal Voices: Time for the truth about Measure A

Big government types are spending a lot of time and money trying to scare us into voting no on Measure A — trying to convince us that a yes vote on Measure A would cast us forever into a failed State of Jefferson. 

It’s time now for some truth-telling.


Coastal Voices: Berkowitz v. Del Norte Board of Education

Editor’s note: It is the Triplicate’s election season policy to limit election-related missives to letters of 400 words or less. This Coastal Voices is an exception to allow fairness in response to regular Triplicate columnist Bob Berkowitz’s “Did You Know” column on the same topic printed last week (“Was Measure A fix in all the time?” May 3).

Since February, political consultant Bob Berkowitz has been writing an opinion column in the Triplicate. Although I rarely agree with Bob, I respect his right to express his view. However, Bob’s column last Saturday crossed the bounds of propriety. His irresponsible accusation that a recent vote by the County Board of Education was “fixed” is not supported by a shred of evidence.


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