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Do you see what I see?

There have been some provocative letters to the editor recently. Some folks see us as half empty. I won’t comment on the letters critical of The Daily Triplicate. Whether you love us or not, we will continue to provide newsprint and ink to letter writers on all sides of any given issue so you can share your personal insights or perceptions.


I do question, however, a couple of letters published last week criticizing local businesses. They suggest we should drive in any direction away from Crescent City to shop and dine. One letter writer said that groceries are cheaper, produce is better and we can eat at more restaurants that are open longer if we leave Del Norte County.


My experience in Del Norte County on all counts — price, quality, selection and service — doesn’t jive with these letters.


While out of town, in Cottage Grove, Ore., I bought a kitchen trash composter (one you put on your sink to put food scraps in). I had seen it in a catalog and didn’t think it would be available locally. To my surprise, I discovered the very same item at Del Norte Office Supply for $10 less. I purchased one for some friends of ours and gift wrapping was free. If you’re looking for better customer service, I challenge you to find it anywhere.




 

Two weeks ago, I admired some cards in an upscale shop in downtown Portland that specializes in quality paper products. Last week I went into Six Degrees of Celebration in downtown Crescent City and discovered a huge selection of the very same brand of cards. And guess what, they were 50 percent off.
I lived in Brookings for five years and often heard locals complain that they had to drive to Crescent City for a decent meal. They come here for fish and chips or chowder at the Chart Room or a salmon dinner at Bistro Gardens. They come to taste the wine at Tomasini’s or have a cocktail at Northwoods.
Have you tried Glen’s berry crepes or the French toast at Apple Peddler? Have you had the oyster burger at Fisherman’s Restaurant? What about fish tacos at Perlita’s? When it comes to Mexican food, we have so many choices: nachos at La Fiesta, handmade tortillas at Los Compadres, prawns with black beans and rice at Torero’s and the daily specials at Gordi Bro’s.
We have Italian, Thai and Chinese restaurants, too; pizza places, seafood buffets, salad bars, prime rib specials and cafes with a reputation for a good old-fashioned burger. I had crab benedict made with fresh local Dungeness crab at Good Harvest on Sunday morning and my breakfast and the service were both excellent.
This is a special season for many reasons. The holidays are a celebration of hope. Even the Grinch and Scrooge came around. In this uncertain economy, keep in mind that most retailers realize 30 percent of their entire year’s sales at this time of year. I urge you to look deeper into the heart of Del Norte County for the goods and services you need.
Do you see what I see? Look and you’ll find more than enough excellent choices for gifts, meals, groceries, and what you need right in your own back yard without having to gas up the truck.
If you won’t contribute to the local economy, if you can’t invest in the people and places that make up our community, if you don’t believe we should help each other out, then please don’t write a letter to the editor next year complaining if our local business owners lock their doors and move on like others before them.
 


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