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Coastal Voices: Panhandling rule would improve public safety

It would appear the professional beggar has more rights than law-abiding citizens in Del Norte County. The issue of panhandling is neither a left nor right issue. This is a public health and safety issue.

I support Supervisor Roger Gitlin for bringing to light at Tuesday’s Oct. 28 Board of Supervisors meeting Del Norte’s caustic plague of criminals and vagrants endangering the health and safety of residents and visitors while panhandling, displaying public drunkenness, urinating and (hold your nose) defecating in open view while begging through automobile windows and blocking traffic as they rise from their prone position from public sidewalks and business-owned parking lots and green spaces.


Coastal Voices: Private and public roles in reducing costs

In his Oct. 2 letter to the editor, Del Norte County Unified School District Board member Don McArthur noted a Del Norte County supervisor was quoted in The Triplicate saying the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority should function more as a utility than as an agent for social change. Supervisor Mike Sullivan, who made the “public utility” statement, did so to support efforts to save costs to customers while complying with solid waste and recycling laws. Though Mr. McArthur’s opinion is certainly a respectable one, he omitted many extraordinary efforts that Recology Del Norte has made as a private company to work with the school district to encourage recycling and reduce costs.


Coastal Voices: Illegal pot grows affect all citizens

Crescent City is a member of the League of California Cities within the Redwood Empire Division, comprised of 15 cities ranging from Cloverdale in the south, Clearlake and Lakeport in the east, Ukiah and Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Willits in Mendocino County and Rio Dell, Fortuna, Ferndale, Eureka, Arcata, Blue Lake and Trinidad in Humboldt County. Our division meets on a quarterly basis and with all cities at an annual convention.

 


Coastal Voices: Pedestrians, cyclists should watch for cars

Three feet for the safety of those on bicycles may be a nice idea. As a law, it’s not.

The article in Tuesday’s Triplicate also mentioned “distracted drivers” as a potential problem. Distracted drivers? What about distracted pedestrians?


Coastal Voices: Deck is stacked against change on board

Two and you’re done. I have been following with great interest the ongoing dynamics on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors. Despite the misleading editorial in the Triplicate (“Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can,” Aug. 30), it appears clear the long-sleeping public has now awakened and the public is none-too-happy with the “business as usual” practices from this moribund board. 


Coastal Voices: When 9/11 plus 200 equals 1: American resilience continues

It was a day that portended of purpose, blessed in a new job with an opportunity to protect children and possibly help some folks who have been battling an affliction I wrestled with over a decade ago. It began with a call to old friend Jim Rome on his CBS Sports Radio talk show, commencing with a comment on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.    


Coastal Voices: Transitioning Town Movement comes to Del Norte

The new Transition Del Norte group seeks to lessen dependence on “the system,” build local resilience.

Understandably, it can feel pretty pointless to try to change anything in the world. The “news” can be so disheartening and discouraging. We hear about accelerating climate change, systemic corruption and income inequality, economic instability and a host of other serious challenges to humanity. Hollywood and reality TV help us imagine apocalypse and the lengths some people take as “preppers.” But imagining the transformation of our society into something better — that’s something we’re not as good at. 


Coastal Voices: Bigger trucks on 199/197 would deter tourism, compromise safety

Once again I feel compelled to address the issue of Caltrans projects to allow STAA trucks to enter our county on highways 199 and 197. Both the Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors have recently passed resolutions in support of these projects. But what is missing in these resolutions and the process leading up to them is any serious discussion of motorist safety being compromised by STAA truck access or consideration of the negative impacts a big truck route may have on our most important economic driver: tourism.


Coastal Voices: 199/197 wouldn’t make us safer — it would do the opposite

$34 million may be spent to allow trucks over 65 feet long the ability to access Highway 199. But is it worth the risk? People are being misled. Highway 199 is safe enough. 

California State Route 199 is designated as part of the National Scenic Byways network, and the Smith River canyon is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation establishing the Smith River National Recreation Area. Smith River National Recreation Area’s Management Plan was developed to conform to the provisions of this legislation. Currently vehicles that travel the Highway 199 Scenic Byway are required to be under 65 feet in length, regardless of load content. 

 


Coastal Voices: Feller ‘facts’ misleading on Sutter’s intentions

Another steering committee member has presented his reasons for concurrence with the Sutter Health-financed Camden Study conclusions (“Judge hospital facts for yourself,” July 3). Scott Feller is to be commended for his active participation on both the steering committee as well as his own research of available data from a variety of sources. Hopefully, we shall hear from the remaining committee members on the subject. It should be recalled that the steering committee was in unanimous concurrence with the recommendations of the Camden Group study even though key data was withheld from that study group.


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