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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.”


Coastal Voices: Social media changes how world sees current events

As the current civil rights protests gain momentum and support, I believe it is important to see how the internet has changed the landscape of widespread knowledge. 

During a time of decreased voter turnout and increased global awareness, social media is completely changing the game in terms of information and news. The spread of information through social media has a different pattern than mainstream news channels and newspapers. Social media is interactive and timely, reporting on things as they are happening. It provides time stamps, photo and video evidence and personal accounts that would be erased if one simply looked at census data and statistics or official press statements. This enables people to gather evidence more organically and voluntarily than official press or police. 

 


Coastal Voices: DN: Yes, we can

I have lived and worked in Del Norte County for the better part of 60 years — beginning as a dock boy, then river fishing guide, teacher, coach, sportscaster and two-term county supervisor. Today more than ever, I feel our community is confronted by challenges that demand our participation if we are to prosper in the years ahead. I see three challenges to reach the goal of taking this community to the next level.

 


Coastal Voices: You be judge if gov’t tells you the science is settled

Who knew? For decades the government told us that it was settled science. Eating eggs was bad for you. Yes, eating eggs caused a person’s cholesterol to rise, which could lead to a multitude of heart and vascular problems. Now, that “settled science” is no longer settled. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is recommending that dietary cholesterol for a healthy adult may not significantly impact the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease. In other words, eating eggs is not bad for you. This is very good news for those of us who enjoy eggs. 

Speaking of eggs, I have a personal preference for eggs from local chickens raised by “Alexandre Kids.” Yes, you can tell the difference. The Alexandre Kids raise baby chicks until they become laying hens. The hens enjoy a natural farm life roaming in the local pastures so they produce the most nutritious organic eggs. They are available at Wild Rivers Market and Rumiano Cheese on 9th Street.


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