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Editor's Note: Rejiggering your local newspaper

Newsrooms are disorderly places even in the most orderly of times. There’s always a scramble to meet the next deadline, produce the next edition and make sure that at least the most essential stories are covered, no matter how busy everyone is.

Toss a king-size wrench into the operation, and things can get downright chaotic.

I’m proud of last week’s rollout of the new Del Norte Triplicate, but it wasn’t easy. The conversion from five issues per week to three bigger issues was a challenge to every department, especially advertising, circulation and the press plant in addition to the newsroom.


Our View: National park has come to the rescue

If you ever wondered about the confusing patchwork of state and national parkland that contains much of Del Norte County’s old-growth redwoods and coastal trails, question it no longer.

Like the cavalry in an old Western, the National Park Service has literally come to the rescue of California State Parks.

As a result, Del Norters and visitors — about 94,000 annually — will retain access to thousands of acres of some of the finest natural resources on God’s green Earth.


Coastal Voices: Nostalgic over changes at newspaper

I find myself melancholy over the end of the five-day-a-week Daily Triplicate. Last Friday night, she was put to bed one last time, replaced by the three-day-a-week edition of the Del Norte Triplicate.

Of course, I have a unique perspective; for 8½ years I was editor of The Daily Triplicate, from its infancy to its middle age.

The Triplicate went to a five-day-a-week publication schedule in early 1991. The move made sense at the time. Pelican Bay State Prison had recently opened, Safeway had just moved into its new facility, and Wal-Mart and Kmart were coming soon. From a distance, the future looked bright.


Our View: Funding veto: What would Gov. Brown’s father say?

Jerry Brown has failed Del Norte County in its time of need — twice.

First the governor didn’t bother to pay a visit to our harbor after it was devastated by March 11 tsunami surges. Our congressman, state senator and assemblyman were all here the next day.

The next day — come to think of it, that’s when Brown’s father, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, made it up to Crescent City after the catastrophic tsunami of 1964. Back then, apparently, the maps in Sacramento still showed Del Norte as being part of the Golden State.

Maybe it skips a generation.


Coastal Voices: Panning conservative ideology

I began to read Dale Bohling’s Coastal Voices piece of Sept. 29 with the expectation of a cogent argument from the ultra-conservative sector of the Republican party.

His response to a previous correspondent’s opinion began reasonably. Unfortunately, it descended into the usual argument to which we have become accustomed, namely that the current president is responsible for all the problems of the modern world, including immigration, narcotics and foreign policy. Mr. Bohling attempts once again to resurrect the “birther” argument against President Obama.

He fails to realize that he is beating a bare patch of ground where only three years ago there lay a dead horse. There’s just no evidence whatever that will satisfy the uncompromising and authoritarian conservative. The social conservative would have us return to the 1950s, when conformity and “togetherness” were expected of everyone, the all-but-official state religion was Christianity, and we knew exactly who our enemies were.


Our View: In Klamath, time to move past dispute

It’s strange how sometimes people who are striving for the same result can end up at loggerheads.

Look at downtown Crescent City, where lately business owners and operators have been embroiled in a debate over whether to dissolve the Business Improvement District. No doubt every party involved wants the city’s core area to thrive, but sometimes that objective has been overshadowed by the debate over BID.

Twenty miles to the south is another example. It’s hard to imagine an enterprise more likely to receive widespread community support than the Klamath Fire Protection District. After all, in a remote area such as this, the district is likely to provide the first response to almost any emergency, from a fire to a heart attack.


Editor's Note: Next week: bigger, better

There will only be three of them, but as a whole the newspapers produced next week under the banner of the Del Norte Triplicate will be better than the five editions of The Daily Triplicate you got this week.

Better, because each issue will contain more of our stock and trade: local news, features and photos. You’ll get two sections every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and next week there’ll be a couple of additional special sections as well.

I don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but I do want to whet your appetite with a brief mention of some of the changes:


Coastal Voices: Can it get more grim?

Lois Munson’s letter of Sept.20, “Conservatives, history warns us time you want is grim,” was a shot of cold reality. In this portrait of the current political landscape the writer paints the Democratic Party as being progressive and multi-focused on an unfolding utopia of “what needs to be done” while portraying the Republican Party and the Tea Party’s “anger” as having one goal and that is the ouster of President Obama.

While it is true that the Republican/Tea Party’s primary goal is defeating President Obama, that is far from our singular goal. Munson is correct in stating that the Tea Party wants to take control of our country back. That does not mean back to a time frame at all. It means re-establishing historical principles; drastically reducing the size and control of government over our lives, restoring private enterprise by reducing constraints on investment and excessive restrictions on capital enterprises and a drastic deconstructing of the Democrat tax machinery.


Coastal Voices: Social Security is not broken

On Aug. 14, 1935, after much debate and protest, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security legislation into law. More than 75 years later, Social Security has become one of the most successful government programs in history.

Each year, Social Security reliably pays billions in benefits to millions of beneficiaries and delivers on its promise of protecting our seniors who worked hard all their lives. Yet despite its success, some in Washington target Social Security for cheap political games.

The misinformation we are constantly bombarded with — that Social Security is going bankrupt — is wrong. The truth is that even if nothing were done to change the financing of Social Security, the program would pay 100 percent of the same benefits it is currently paying for the next 25 years. No senior is, nor will be losing a dime of his or her benefits.


Coastal Voices: Whose access denied?

I found the Sept. 15 front-page article, “Access Denied: Parkland, not farmland,” by Anthony Skeens to be extremely disturbing and filled with incomplete information.

Dairy farmer Blake Alexandre is represented as a victim of the state parks by supposedly having his access rights taken away. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Until state parks terminated his grazing lease this month, Mr. Alexandre was a leasee and business partner with the state agency for the sole purpose of aiding the recovery of the Aleutian cackling goose. He was contracted by the state to manage Tolowa Dunes State Park lands adjoining his property in order to create more forage for the geese while at the same time removing pressure from the birds feeding on his pastures.


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