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Coastal Voices: Storm damage pales in comparison to meth’s toll

Here are excerpts from a speech at the annual Meth Summit this week.

I remember being here seven years ago in October 2005. I’d been here less than a year and had the honor of speaking that day.

If I had to pick one of my favorite Del Norte days, a day when this county’s true colors shined, it was that Saturday. First, the people of this community turned out to speak out against an epidemic we continue to fight here today. Later that afternoon, I watched as Sandy Morrison realized her dream of opening Del Norte County’s first residential rehabilitation house, the Jordan Recovery Center, and later that night, the people of this community held a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at the Veteran’s Hall.

Editor's Note: Out in front without being in San Francisco

Talk about making the most of a difficult situation.

In a time of limited financial resources, there was no way for the Triplicate to send a reporter to San Francisco for the two-week State Bar trial of Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander. Travel, meals, big-city lodging — not in these tightly budgeted times. Even the many character witnesses who made the trip at their own expense to support the DA stayed maybe a day or two.

To make matters worse, the Associated Press attended only the opening day of the trial, leaving the rest of the coverage to the legal industry media – which did produce some interesting tweets, only some of which amounted to cosmopolitan scoffing at the vagaries of that small town way up just this side of Oregon.

Coastal Voices: Measure A, Prop 37 are healthy choices

What an opportunity for California and especially Crescent City voters to have more of a hand in their own health.

First there will be Proposition 37 for state-wide voters to simply require labeling of GMO products. It does seem like a natural right to have knowledge of what ingredients are contained in food we consume.

The other opportunity presents to  Crescent City  residents under Measure A, the  mandate for  the supplier of the  hydrofluorosilicic acid to present a “clean bill of health” for the substance, which is  infused into the  municipal water  supply. No submission of the health voucher, no adding it to the water. Perfectly reasonable if it is non-hazardous.

Coastal Voices: What's in your faucet? Help stop fluoridation

We tend to take for granted that when we turn on the tap our water is clean and safe. But is it?

Neither the FDA nor the EPA certifies water additives. Instead, the agency put in place to do the job, the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), is a private entity, not a government agency, and it has admitted that it doesn’t do its job when it comes to our fluoridation product, hydrofluosilicic acid (HFSA).

Measure A is on the ballot this election season to do the job the NSF refuses to do: assure that the product we use for fluoridation is safe for every person who turns on the tap. For any other water additive there are certain requirements in order to be certified under ANSI/NSF Standard 60 General Requirement 3.2.1, a standard all water additives must conform to before it is legal to add them to a public water supply.


Coastal Voices: Junk science behind fear of fluoride

They’re at it again.

This year’s Measure A is one more ill-conceived attempt by the same folks to ban fluoride in Crescent City. Two years ago, you rejected scare tactics and junk science that falsely attributes almost every known disease to fluoridated water. Reject those tactics again. Vote “No” on Measure A.

This season’s Measure A is a transparent attempt to be clever. Under the guise of requiring commercial companies to provide information, it seeks yet again to ban fluoride.

The proponents know that no commercial company is going to comply with the initiative’s requirement to submit “a written claim for safety for all water consumers of their fluoridation product.”


Vista Point: Dry or wet, make peace with the changing season

As Del Norte pivots from the dry season to the wet, it’s good to stop for a moment, take a breath and consider the auspicious nature of right now.

Right now our faces are wet and our backs are still dry as we advance into the long stretch of the year when dry days are as scant as sunny days in summer.

In Crescent City, the past summer was generally a little drier and a little cooler than normal. June was the only month to have even as much as a week’s worth of clear days (nine — July had only three). 

It certainly felt cloudier than normal, but excursions to the river were an excellent remedy for the gray. Hot times were had, and now they’re sweet memories stored away like fruit canned in syrup for winter. 


Fact-checking ads before publication is paper's objective

Call this the fact-check that shouldn’t have been.

The Triplicate’s election season protocol calls for me to see political advertisements in advance, not to censure sentiment but to ferret out false information – before it gets into print.

Generally some rewording does the trick.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen with an ad for supervisor candidate Leslie McNamer last week. It carried this statement about her opponent:

“According to Roger Gitlin, 50 percent of Del Norte County are: ‘Moochers, leeches, and victims.’”

That’s an inaccurate reference to what Gitlin wrote in an opinion piece posted last December in the Santa Clarita Valley’s West Ranch Beacon. His actual words were:


Editor's Note: An inch off the side

Starting next week, the Triplicate will adopt what is becoming the industry standard for full-size newspapers -— slightly narrower pages.

By narrowing each page by 1 inch, we’re following in the footsteps of numerous publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the flagship publication of Western Communications, the Bend Bulletin.

Some of the Bend folks will be on the North Coast early next week to ensure that all goes smoothly as we make the changes at the Crescent City offices and at our Smith River printing plant. Our sister publication, the Curry Coastal Pilot, is also making the transition next week.

Size-wise, it’s a small change, but it does entail redesign work. On the front page, promotions of inside content and weather forecasts will move from the left-hand side to elsewhere on the page. The horoscope will move from the Comics page to the classifieds. There will be other subtle changes to accommodate the new size.

Coastal Voices: Time to require GMO labels

What is GMO? Many people say it means “God move over” and that’s not far from the truth.

GMO stands for genetically modified organism.

Why should we care? Because you are eating it and your children are eating it!

Scientists, along with your favorite chemical companies Monsanto and Dow have conceived a way to tamper with the very core of our food. The life force of the plants we consume have been altered to suit them.

Editor's Note: Don’t miss these attractions

Enjoyed a couple of unexpected treats this weekend. One came courtesy of the animal kingdom, the other of human endeavor. Both were very Del Norte.

And the best news is, they’re still there for you to enjoy as well.

The constant murmur of waves and the irregular screeching of seagulls are two of the auditory rewards of living near the sea. A third is even more welcome, because it arrives on the wind.

When the breeze is right, the barking of seals a mile away seems to emanate from your own backyard. Lately they’ve sounded more exercised than ever, and on Saturday I peeked at them first from Point St. George and then from Pebble Beach Drive.

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