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Our View: Departure Means Challenge

Interminable discussions about how to reduce spending in the face of looming state budget cuts.

Controversy and angst at School Board meetings over the relocation of a teen health clinic closer to the high school.

Dueling newspaper advertisements in which rival factions trade charges about the costs of compensation for various employees.

Finally, to the credit of both sides, a tentative agreement between the teachers union and district administrators on a pay cut that should prevent layoffs and another expansion of classroom sizes.

And then, the resignation of Superintendent Jan Moorehouse.

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Costal Voices: City police: just the facts

For several years now, I have chosen to remain silent when confronted with untruths and misinformation as they pertain to my husband, Police Chief Douglas Plack, or the Crescent City Police Department, choosing instead to assume that the truth would ultimately prevail.

Regrettably, this has rarely been the case.

After reading Richard Miles’ June 3 Coastal Voices piece, “Thoughts on city budget,”unfortunately I feel I can no longer simply remain silent and hope the public learns the truth — the time has come, at least with regard to the issues raised by Mr. Miles — to set the record straight.

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Coastal Voices: The cost of not using Kelly

In response to Rick Toreson’s June 2 letter, “Harbor Commission failed in hiring attorney Fred Kelly,” Mr. Toreson must be jumping for joy to learn that Mr. Kelly will not be accepting employment from either the harbor or the airport commissioners.

While Mr Toreson and the staffs at both the harbor and the airport may see this as a victory of sorts and a possible saving to both commissions of $10,000 or more, they may wish to reserve their joy until both projects are completed and the actual costs to the community are fully tallied.

This is not to say that both Harbormaster Richard Young and Airport Manager Jim Bernard and their respective staffs are not capable of seeing to the remaking of the harbor and the airport all the way to their completions. What is of major concern is the length of time it very likely is going to entail and the added losses that the county as a whole will sustain while both projects are completed.

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Coastal Voices: Can we better honor veterans?

I was impressed with the Brookings Memorial Day observance reported in the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper June 1. It highlighted the various activities in the program, bringing honor to our past and present veterans.

It was held on the boardwalk in the harbor and hosted by VFW Post 966, where Post Commander Rick Bremmer reminded the hundreds of Brookings-Harbor residents: “What we have as a nation today is born in part to what they gave yesterday, and what they are giving today and tomorrow.”

The article described several speaker topics, including an address by the producer of war film “Tora, Tora, Tora,” and also the presence of two Oregon National Guard planes flying over the site. A bugler played “Taps,” and the program ended when a lone bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.”

These words appeal to the soul of our Americanism, especially in my family because we lost our Oregon National Guard Capt. Bruno de Solenni, Sept. 20, 2008, in Afghanistan.

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Coastal Voices: The case for cannabis

Hi, I’m Robert with City Collective. We are a group of citizens who work together collectively to provide ourselves with an effective remedy for our health problems in accordance with State H&S code 11362.5 and the 10th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution.

I am writing in response to the May 31 Coastal Voices piece authored by Roger Gitlin (“Just say no to marijuana.”) As a Tea Party member like myself, I thought Mr. Gitlin would support free markets, constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility. On that notion I’d like to comment on a few of Mr. Gitlin’s claims.

Drug laws do make marijuana an “entry level narcotic” or “gateway drug.” Cannabis has led to harder drugs only because our policy makes cannabis users go only to drug dealers. See all the items around the cash register of your local grocery store? That’s impulse shopping.

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Coastal Voices: Thoughts on city budget

Regarding the May 26 article covering the second budget workshop (“City still looks for cutbacks; Labor negotiations could be reopened”), where was the general public? They were not at the workshop. Why?

Nor did you see any of the union groups for our city workers. Yes, the city should not go into the hole. Unlike past city councils that always kept cash reserves, we have seen how this council likes to spend our funds.

Here are some thoughts about the city budget situation:

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Del Norte Gardening: Early planting may be a bust, but don’t give up

Well, it looks like this is another spring in Del Norte County where planting your garden is going to be a real challenge.

We create a planting schedule sometime in the winter and do our best to make it happen once the soil dries.

The thing is, sometimes the brief window of dry soil does not correlate with your ability to get out in the garden. Or, even more discouraging, your space has never dried up to begin with.

It may seem like it is just too late for the garden this year. Do not fret! And, definitely, do not give up. You have not missed your opportunity.

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Coastal Voices: Different sort of volunteer

Del Norte County has been abuzz with activity this spring. From the Economic Summit focused on education to the creation of several new community gardens, Del Norte has been infused with a different kind of energy; an energy of discussion, listening, and change.

Just this past Saturday at the Wellness Center, 60 volunteers gathered to construct 50 garden beds as the first phase of expansion of the Wellness Center Campus. It was a wonderful and inspiring event that demonstrated how capable our community is. Through collaborative efforts, planning and dedication to a vision, our county is one step closer to becoming healthier and happier.

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Our View: One we can't lose

From its trailhead beside U.S. Highway 101, Damnation Creek Trail lures visitors into the instant gratification of old-growth giants, bedecked with wild rhododendrons in late spring. The ambitious can continue on to a 1,000-foot descent to the sea, the redwoods stubbornly giving way to Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and the westward expanse of blue.

Before the plunge, visitors can veer north along the Last Chance Section of the California Coastal Trail, glimpsing traces of the original Redwood Highway that opened the far North Coast to the automobiles of the 1920s. Or they can turn south and cross the highway to begin the DeMartin Section of the Coastal Trail that climbs to a curvaceous stretch of old-growth redwoods as scenic as any to be found.

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Coastal Voices: Coach thanks community

As the head football coach at Del Norte High School, I’m very excited about the opportunity to be associated with our community, its coaches and staff as well as our fine student athletes.

The Del Norte football program has established a strong winning tradition over the years. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our teams and athletes and look forward to the opportunity to continue to build and grow on its foundation that has been set by many that have come before us.  The entire staff takes great pride in its role as part of the educational process provided by the Del Norte Unified School District.

As we continue the pride and tradition, we strive for our football program to be respected as one of the best in the state. Athletics has a tremendous opportunity to affect the lives of our students in a positive manner. It is our obligation to provide our student athletes with a program that leads to success in the future. The time and commitment it takes to grow this program is a true tribute to the athletes, coaches, teachers, families and businesses that make up our great community.

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