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Letters to the Editor Dec. 18, 2014

Patients will feel extra cost of Sutter changes

I’m writing to let readers know that if the Board of Directors of Sutter Coast Hospital follows through with their plans to downsize our hospital to meet federal Critical Access requirements, there will be an additional cost to Medicare.

According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, converting to Critical Access will allow the hospital to bill Medicare more than triple the amount the hospital now receives from Medicare under the hospital’s current designation as a non-Critical Access Hospital. 

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 16, 2014

County workers honored for another year’s service

The final Board of Supervisors meeting for 2014 was an occasion of proclamations of gratitude for work well done on our behalf. Department heads who are retiring from county service were commended for their accomplishments. Sheriff Wilson thanked the board for its support and reported that he was leaving the department in better condition than when he came aboard. Dawn Langston was thanked for her years as treasurer-tax collector and reminded everyone that the next day was tax day. Louise Wilson, retiring assessor, introduced her staff with comments about each one and thanked her predecessor, Jerry Cochran. Supervisor Michael Sullivan gave a heartfelt good-bye and thanks for the support of the board as he leaves his position. Chairman Finnegan remarked that being an elected official means sacrifice of time and energy. 

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 13, 2014

Sutter’s focus on money sends patient to Oregon

I would like to tell my fellow citizens that my doctor has moved to Brookings, Ore., and I have followed her even though I continue to live in Del Norte County.

I’m a retired nurse and was more than satisfied with her practice, along with being very dissatisfied with practices I saw at Sutter Coast Hospital ruled by Sutter Health actions and policies.


Letters to the Editor Dec. 11, 2014

Rare moonlight rainbow highlights nature’s beauty

It started out as another typical duck hunting day, getting up early to head out to the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.  As I headed through Pacific Shores toward Lake Tolowa and the Pacific Ocean, a very bright full moon hung halfway up the western sky illuminating the landscape and road. Out on the ocean the glow of high-intensity lights from crabbers spread across the low westerly view. In the eastern sky a cloud bank hung low over northern Crescent City and Fort Dick. 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 9, 2014

Handicapped and disabled in county rely on having ‘real’ hospital in town

Despite my unpleasant view of our local hospital, I do not want it to change from what it is now to a smaller version.

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 4, 2014

Tragic reminder that life jackets save lives

My husband, Kevin, was the bystander who pulled Jay Jackson from the Smith River last Saturday. 

The two of us, along with another bystander, performed CPR for at least 20 minutes on the shore until help arrived. There were several other bystanders who offered assistance in one way or another, from blowing a whistle  to hiking up the trail to the road to help first responders find us. Given the remote location and rough terrain, the first responders had understandable difficulty in getting to the scene quickly.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 29, 2014

‘Politicians don’t lie only if the truth serves better’

My father was born in 1899, grew up in West Texas, had a third-grade education and served his country in WWI.

He tried to instill in his two sons the American Dream and right and wrong, especially when it came to politics. He had a few “laws” he lived by and I would like to pass them on:


Letters to the Editor Nov. 27, 2014

Community should rally around local veterans

If this county honors and respects its veterans as you claim you do, why are you letting the county Board of Supervisors get away with the way they are ignoring the disgraceful condition of the veterans building?

Why are you not showing support by being at their meetings en masse and voicing your vet support whether it’s on their agenda or not? You are a free people provided by the cost of your veterans. Act like the free people you are.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 25, 2014

‘Public debate’ needed to solve air travel issue

This letter is in response to the article “SkyWest to retire prop planes” in the Nov. 20 edition of the Del Norte Triplicate.

On reading the article one might assume that this was a sudden decision by SkyWest, but this is far from the truth. In the Oct. 6 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) in the article titled “Regional Giant” on pages 42–43, SkyWest clearly states that their goal is to transition to larger regional jets than currently in the fleet. In this same article SkyWest mentions its plans to eliminate nearly all of its 50-seat jet aircraft in favor of larger regional jet aircraft such as the 76-seat Embraer 175. Neither of these aircraft can operate from the Crescent City airport at full passenger loads and maximum fuel.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 20, 2014

Miscommunication on donation to Sr. Center

My name is Charlaine Mazzei. I am the executive director of the Del Norte Senior Center. In response to the Nov. 18 letter from Mr. Ruel Wilson (“$10K donation meant
to save Sr. Center salad”), I would like to apologize for any offense my quoted statements in Saturday’s Triplicate article may have caused. When speaking to the Triplicate, I was not aware Mr. Wilson wished to have his generous donation publicly acknowledged in honor of his wife, Mary Judy Wilson. I identified the donation as coming from an anonymous donor to maintain privacy. I did not intend to slight  Mrs. Wilson or her husband and apologize if I inadvertently did so.


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