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Editor's Note: Just what day is it?

The voyage of discovery continues here at Third and H as we complete the second week of our transition to a three-times-per-week publication schedule.

We’re all still getting used to it. Yes­terday morning my wife Laura, also known as the newspaper’s Neighbors editor, went out to our Triplicate box attempting to procure a nonexistent Friday edition.

On Wednesday last week, the first non-publishing day of the new schedule, Circulation Director John Mihalyo came to work expecting dozens of calls from readers wondering where their Triplicate was. What he didn’t anticipate was being accosted upon arrival by one of our reporters complaining about finding no paper in the box at home.

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Time for solid waste answers

Over the years adequate suspicions have been raised regarding the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority/Joint Powers Agreement regarding its efficiencies, effectiveness, appropriateness and/or accountability.

In life everything has a season. This disruptive saga needs to come to an end for all concerned.

For clarification, the city, one of the partners in the SWA/JPA had no representation in the recent ad hoc committee. I requested to participate on behalf of the city but for whatever reasons I was not appointed so I chose to attend as a private citizen, as did Councilwoman Donna Westfall.

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Coastal Voices: Teaching gay history: in defense of SB 48

My name is Mike Rhodes and I was born and raised in Del Norte County. I attended local schools, played football under Lewis Nova and have an enormous amount of pride in my community.

I am a combat veteran of Afghanistan, serving in the capacity of an Army Ranger (2nd Battalion/75th Ranger Regiment), who endured two tours of combat for my country and my community. I am currently a second-year law school student at the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. I plan on returning to Del Norte/Humboldt counties following law school to practice and to educate.

I am openly gay and I know all too intimately firsthand the consequences of growing up like this in Del Norte County and this world. I want no child to have to endure what I did. It is unreasonable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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