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Coastal Voices: Peace of mind in ‘death with dignity’ laws

If you want to understand the benefit of a death with dignity law like the one being considered by the California legislature, you should know how it helped my father.  

My father lived most of his life in California, where he operated a small business and raised a family. When he was in his 90s, my mother died, and my dad decided to move in with my wife and I in Oregon. 

Coastal Voices: Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. 

If you are age 62, unmarried and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more. If you have since remarried, you can’t collect benefits on your former spouse’s record unless your later marriage ended by annulment, divorce or death. Also, if you’re entitled to benefits on your own record, your benefit amount must be less than you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work. In other words, we’ll pay the higher of the two benefits for which you’re eligible, but not both.

Coastal Voices: PenAir proposal is best bet for passengers

I am writing in support of the PenAir proposal and Essential Air Service application to serve Crescent City Airport with twice-daily service to Portland (PDX). This letter comes from the perspective of being a local resident, retiree from a major airline and a member of multiple airline frequent flyer programs, including Alaska Airlines. My background includes many years as an airport agent, including handling passenger flights headed for Crescent City back in 1979-81. I eventually retired as an analyst for ticketing automation, airport policy and procedures and customer experience. And I have logged well over 1 million miles as an airline passenger over six continents.

The PenAir application is by far the strongest proposal of the three applicants, which includes SeaPort Airlines and Air Excursions, LLC (dba Alaska Seaplanes, dba Redwood Airlines), and the only one meeting the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority’s request. It also will provide the most benefit at the least taxpayer expense of the three, based on the subsidy amounts requested in their proposals as posted in the “public documents” section of the Fly Crescent City website. 

Coastal Voices: I miss my friend Tommy Sparrow

Del Norte County lost an exceptional human being earlier this week. Tommy Sparrow, 61, passed away early Monday morning. 

Tommy and Donna were two of the first people Angela and I met when we moved up to Crescent City in 2009. The Sparrows and the Gitlins came from Santa Clarita, though we didn’t know each other years back. As Angie and I became familiar with the community, Tommy and I became fast friends. He was just too damn likable; you couldn’t help but want to hang out with him. I just miss my friend Tommy. 

Coastal Voices: Too many cons to choosing Redwood Airlines for C.C.

Sometimes half of a story can paint a really beautiful picture. I’m referring to Kent Craford’s recent letter to the editor and the almost full-page advertisement in the Tuesday, March 3, edition of the Triplicate. Let’s take off the rose-colored glasses for a moment and have a closer look.

If I were a businessperson who needs to be in Oakland or Portland on quick day trips, then I would say that Redwood Airlines might be right for me. I’m not a person who travels for business, though, nor am I a rock star like Beyonce or Kanye. I don’t see any benefit to picking Redwood Airlines over PenAir. In fact, all I can see is positives with PenAir. PenAir partners with other major air carriers so you can use and earn frequent flier miles; they have snack and beverage service and a lavatory, among the other amenities that I have grown accustomed to having with SkyWest.

Chamber Chatter: Chamber springs into year’s events

Welcome, March! We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful area with its temperate climate. While folks back East have suffered through a February of record-breaking snow and cold temperatures, we have enjoyed record-breaking high temperatures in the 70s. Things at the chamber are looking as sunny as the weather! 

Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner, and the chamber is springing into action. Planning is underway for our annual events: the Economic Summit, Fourth of July Celebration, Sea Cruise Classic Car Show — and I am pleased to announce a new event this year, the Multi-Small Business Mixer.

Coastal Voices: Three things to consider in evaluating Sutter Health conflict

For those who missed the recent town hall debate with me and Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna, this article has the highlights. Although the hospital board of directors have still held no public meetings since they voted to downsize SCH to Critical Access and to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County, I appreciate Mr. Hanna’s willingness to attend the event.

Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital are tax-exempt charities. Sutter Health claims to “act openly and truthfully in everything we do.” As you evaluate both sides of the Sutter Health conflict, please consider three questions:


Coastal Voices: Consultant: Only PenAir meets the requirement

As the air service development consultant for Del Norte County Regional Airport, Sixel Consulting Group has worked to encourage airlines to bid on the airport’s new Essential Air Service contract. From the beginning, we sought to recruit as many carriers as possible that could provide a basic level of service that has been proven to work in smaller communities, including: 

Coastal Voices: Redwood Air: Most fliers need southward route

The news came as a surprise last fall. United Express (SkyWest) was ending its long-established flights between Crescent City and San Francisco. The airport sprung into action and hired a consultant to ensure Crescent City air service would be preserved.

Coastal Voices: Vaccination scare preys on ill-informed

Many people right now are concerned with the media’s current frenzy about measles outbreaks and the way un-vaccinated children and their parents are being portrayed.

First, let’s consider the gravity of this “outbreak.”

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