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Coastal Voices: America, a thing worth fighting for

There’s something about holidays, among other things, that always manages to motivate pen to paper for me — that and the gracious people at my hometown paper who allow me space on their pages.

Coastal Voices: Yes we can

 Ordinary citizens are making a difference in DN

I was pleasantly surprised by the insightful Coastal Voices article written by 19 year old Makenzy Williams (“We’re fortunate to have great people,” June 11). At the age of 16, she began to get a sense of what it was like to go beyond thinking and acting in her own interests. She saw her community as a place where she could make a difference, and she has, by getting involved as an Americorps VISTA volunteer.

Yes We Can: Education 'the old fashioned way'

This is a story that I have wanted to share for several years about my 33 years teaching and coaching in Del Norte County. I can’t believe that I have been retired as an educator for 21 years. 

Coastal Voices: Del Norteís people make this place great

As a newcomer to this community, I am continually impressed with its history of camaraderie and of the stalwart attitude its citizens have had in the face of disaster. Hence, I was delighted to be given an opportunity to share my musings on what makes Crescent City and Del Norte County people special because that is at the core of what makes this place exceptional.

Coastal Voices: Volunteers Take a 'Bite out of Blight'

Isn’t it about time we clean up Del Norte County? 

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.

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