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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.


California Focus: Natural gas exports will raise prices, and soon

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than anytime in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.


Did you know? Was Measure A fix in all the time?

I have often made the mistake of making a decision after hearing only one side of an argument. When I discovered all of the facts I got a different perspective that presented the problem in a different light. Making that mistake as an individual is one thing. Making it as a member of a public body that spends taxpayer dollars is another matter.


Coastal Voices: Let's think big about Del Norte

I loved Richard Wiens’ final editorial (“Appreciating Del Norte a Matter of Perspective,” April 17). The whole town and the Triplicate will sorely miss him and his wife, Neighbors editor Laura Wiens. 


Did You Know? Questions to ask when candidates pass through

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s open season on political candidates. Here at home we get to ask the candidates questions at various forums and they do their best to give straight answers. Our county is so small that a person running for local office can’t ignore us because we will run into them everywhere from the local supermarket to the gas station.


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