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Our View: A fight we can’t lose

Here we go again, Del Norte.

State park closures are being considered as part of Sacramento’s belt-tightening, just as they were two years ago.

In 2009, Gov. Arnold Schwarz­enegger’s wild fiscal gyrations in the face of massive state debt included a plan to close up to 220 of California’s 279 parks while cutting parks spending by $70 million. It never happened.

You might think that, by comparison, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to cut parks spending by $22 million is less significant. The problem is, while Schwarz­enegger specialized in launching trial balloons and changing his budget-balancing schemes almost daily, Brown may be serious.


 

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Coastal Voices: Education — Play your role

Let me begin by saying thank you to Jan Moorehouse for opening the door with her Jan. 5 Coastal Voices piece, “Conversation, education-style.” This takes courage to open a dialogue you know can be polarized.

But I am saddened that no one has responded as of yet. So we’re essentially saying that everything is okay. I don’t know about you, but things aren’t okay. The world is getting more competitive every day and we’re falling behind. 

As a representative of a local employer, I’m concerned about the basic qualifications of future employees.  As a father of a young child, I’m concerned my child will not get a good enough education to be competitive, no matter where and what he intends to do with his life.

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Coastal Voices: The road to excellence

In these frustrating times when many feel that government is dysfunctional, it is important to appreciate one of the successes of local government in Del Norte County

The Redwood Coast Transit system has operated in Del Norte County since 1996, but it was 2004 when the city and county decided to improve the leadership and accountability of the transit agency by forming Redwood Coast Transit Authority.

Since 2004, Redwood Coast Transit Authority has dramatically improved travel options in Crescent City and throughout Del Norte County. The Redwood Coast Transit system includes four Crescent City bus routes, Crescent City Dial-A-Ride, and routes to Klamath, Smith River, Hiouchi and Gasquet.

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Coastal Voices: Tea Party co-opted, corrupted

I have tried to be patient and understanding with the Tea Party, I really have. I respect anyone who makes time in their life to participate in their government and voice their concerns about how that governance occurs.

I share the Tea Party’s disgust with the fact that our government no longer represents the majority of American people. I, too, feel the erosion of my civil liberties and crave life, liberty and happiness.

The Tea Party perspective, however, is so fundamentally flawed that it’s hard to know where to begin. If the government’s intrusion on our civil liberties is such a motivator, where were the angry Partiers when our government’s warrantless wiretapping program came to light?

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Editor's Note: Celebs gotta be passing through

An early response was promising; then, nothing. When The Triplicate asked readers to tell us about their celebrity sightings in Del Norte County, we expected more. We may be remotely located, but we are a natural stopping point along the coast highway. Famous people have to be at least gassing up here; and the locals must see them from time to time.

Maybe they’re hiking the redwoods or strolling a beach. A well-known actress was chatted up by a local man at the Crescent City airport — his account will be told, but we’re still hoping for more.

Then again, the stars can be elusive. I spent three-plus years in America’s celebrity capital working for the Los Angeles Daily News, but had only one chance encounter with a celeb. He never knew about it, even though it could have killed him.

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Coastal Voices: Marine Highway worth a look

As a new resident to awe-inspiring Del Norte County, I must tell you what a refreshing change it is for my wife and I to be so blessed to live in this stunning geography.

Prior to moving to Crescent City, we traveled up the coast for over a decade to hike and enjoy that magnificent ocean and the majestic redwoods.

I do have one issue that really concerns me; it’s the roads and more specifically U.S. Highway 101 South. In 2005, I was traveling north on 101 and the road suddenly came to a halt near the junction with Highway 1 near Leggett. Apparently, there was one of those all-too-frequent rock/mudslides near Confusion Hill. The road would be closed for at least 48 hours. To “proceed north,” I needed to turn around, go back south on 101, east on 20, and north on 5, eventually reconnecting to 299. That detour put about six hours’ additional time to our already long journey.

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Coastal Voices: What is the Tea Party?

The call rang out Feb. 19, 2009, when Rick Santelli, a Chicago stock commentator, voiced his now famous rant over the bail out of delinquent mortgages.  His “call” was for other outraged Americans to push back, against the moral and economic tyranny of big government, with the modern day equivalent of a Boston Tea Party.

Today our government rewards bad behavior at the expense of those who play by the rules, pay their taxes and live responsible lives. For decades a collective “we” allowed this assault to our civil liberties and family values, the growth of all levels of government and faceless regulation, and the theft of our property through monumental debt.

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Coastal Voices: There is much work ahead

Editor’s note: Here are excerpts from the speech by Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander after he took the oath of office Monday.

 To steal one from Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it’s been.”

One thing you learn along the way and that’s you don’t get to this point, or even through each day without a little help from other folks. I look around this room, and have to say there are not enough words or time to honor every person in this room and the kindnesses you have given me since my arrival here six years ago to be with my mother in her last years ...

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Editor's Note: Northwest tour in green, yellow

Steve looked at my bright green shirt and said, “That’s the second time in three days you’ve been wearing Duck stuff.”

He’s one of my two Seattleite sons, the one who has decided life’s too short to expend any of it caring about spectator sports. The other one bleeds green and yellow after many years of University of Oregon transfusions from his father. Dave might even drive all the way down to Crescent City to watch Monday night’s national championship football game with his old man.

I was the one on the road over the holidays, and yes, I took along plenty of Duck gear. Then I stocked up on more for Christmas presents to make sure other members of my family were clad in green for the big game. It wasn’t hard to find once I crossed the border into the, ahem, Beaver State.

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Coastal Voices: What’s on economic horizon?

At first glance there does not appear to be much in the way of economic development going on as you drive through Crescent City.

However, when you peel back the layers of studies, reports, permits and paperwork, you find economic development is alive and well in our region.

Economic development requires infrastructure to be in place to support businesses and residences. Infrastructure improvement does not happen overnight, it takes years to realize. There are some very exciting, long awaited projects looming on our horizon.  Many economic development projects are finally coming to fruition through the hard work and persistence of individuals, various governmental entities and the sovereign nations.

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