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Another View: A religion of peace? Read the Koran

If Islam is truly a religion of peace, as at least two U.S. presidents, numerous pundits and even the Pope would have us believe, why do so many Muslims in so many nations spend so much time, effort and money slaughtering noncombatants? 

Why did Muslims slay 2,977 innocents on Sept. 11, 2001? Why have Muslims committed 42 acts of terror on American soil since that tragic day, killing 89 people and injuring 334?

Coastal Voices: Where do your property taxes go?

I recently paid my property tax and decided it was time to find out what I was paying for. I found the Del Norte County site on the Internet: Board Of Supervisors, Resolution # 2013-039 - Allocation Fund.

There is a list of groups (by percentage) getting a share of our tax dollars. One of the groups that jumped off the page was the “Del Norte County District Hospital Board,” at 2.8 percent (annually) of my tax dollars.

There are two boards:

Coastal Voices: Healthcare Dist. mired in secrecy, extravagant spending

As a board member of the Del Norte Healthcare District, I have raised concerns regarding the transparency of the decision making process by the District. As a government agency, the district is required to follow the Brown Act, a state law that requires that all decisions must be made in open public meetings following advance notification of the action that is being considered. There are few exceptions to this legal requirement.

My primary concerns center on the extravagant sum of public money that has been spent on legal fees over the last three years and the secrecy that has surrounded these decisions.

In 2012, the district sued Sutter Health to prevent the conversion of Sutter Coast Hospital to a critical access hospital. I initially supported the legal action due to the purported facts that critical access was limited to a maximum 15 acute beds and profiteering was occurring. Once those myths were dispelled it became apparent to me that legal action was not worthwhile.

Another View: Taking stock of the good things we have here

As a new year begins, and an increasing number of disturbing events unfolds around the globe, it may lift our spirits to look at some of the good things we have going on here at home.

In days of yore, when Del Norte downpours never seemed to cease from November to April, grumbling about wet weather was the favorite local pastime.

But after four years of drought, forest fires and water restrictions, the only thing I hear these days on the subject of rain is approval and relief.

Rising seas are transforming Del Norteís lakes and cliffs

A fundamental change occurred in Del Norte county during 2015, with little notice or news. Lakes Earl and Tolowa have become the Tolowa Estuary.

Tidal flows now pulse in and out of the estuary through the beach berm at the former breach site, even at the lowest tide there is a wide channel where once there was a beach berm holding the water in the lake.

Coastal Voices: City should consider cannabis economy

My name is Robert Derego. I spoke at the Crescent City Council meeting on Dec. 21 that was addressed in the paper as "City favors pot ban."

The printed article said something to the effect that I did not "believe that something that could make so much money should be banned." I did not say that it quite that manner, probably a more accurate generalization would have been "something that is becoming now known more as benign than illicit with such a large market value and historical geographical association to our North Coastline should be considered in balance with the economy.".

I do not know that I said "believe" so much as cited actual revenue numbers and studies attesting to medical cannabis efficacy and its regulations association with several reductions of harm, including no increase in teen use and reduced consumption of more dangerous drugs.

Coastal Voices: Let's shine a light on Sutter's secrets

I write to address Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna’s false allegations against me, as printed in the newspaper, and to ask Sutter to release its secret documents, so our community can learn the truth about Sutter.

After reading this article, please join me in asking the hospital board of directors to release the documents, which Sutter was required to produce in my lawsuit against Sutter. I think community members would be interested to learn how the Sutter Coast board and Sutter Health executives really operate.

To the wonderful Sutter Coast employees, please know this: I deeply appreciate the care you have given me. My suit against the Sutter Coast board (which includes local residents and Sutter Health executives) was filed to hold Sutter accountable to the promises it made to my late husband Sonny when he gifted his land to Sutter Coast: that Sutter would operate a locally owned, acute care hospital, not a downsized Critical Access facility with a 25-bed limit and a restriction on how long patients could stay.

Another View: Real danger from jihadist refugees

As Middle Eastern refugees continue making headlines, it might be interesting to compare them to a group of former refugees who call Crescent City home.

Because the Hmong people of Laos sided with the U.S. during Vietnam, thousands were persecuted, dispossessed, imprisoned and executed after America’s withdrawal in 1975. Surviving refugees fled to countries around the world, including the U.S.

The Hmong have since become such an integral part of our community, most of us no longer think of them as refugees, immigrants or foreigners. That’s one of the reasons I love this nation of ours — anybody can become an American.

Coastal Voices: Community support growing for housing homeless Del Norters

“If you build it, they will come” is a transposed meme from the fantasy-drama film of 1989, “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner and others. Today it is a phrase that describes the perception of some Del Norte County stakeholders (supervisors, council members, and some of the general public) to argue against the development of emergency and transitional housing for the unhoused (homeless) citizens of Del Norte County.

Another View: Light of the World is too powerful to extinguish

Not everyone believes Dec. 25 is the day Jesus was born. 

Some Bible scholars say biblical texts prove he arrived in Autumn. Others say it was spring. It’s commonly believed that no one knows, and that the date was chosen to Christianize an ancient pagan festival involving the sun god and the winter solstice.

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