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Letters to the Editor April 16, 2011

Being an organ donor can bring the gift of life to so many others

Are you aware April is Donate Life Month? Did you know there are over 100,000 people (children, young adults, middle age and older, male, female) waiting for that gift of life?

Thirty percent will die waiting. Why? Not enough donors!

When it’s time to leave this earth and return to God, we leave behind our body that housed our soul and still contains the organs that can give the gift of life to others.

On June 12, 2010, a young woman’s spirit returned to God and she gave that gift to others. I was blessed by God and her gift and given a second breath when I became the recipient of a double lung transplant at UCSF.


 After several hours in surgery, I awoke in recovery June 13, 2010. It was to be a long road home, but a wonderful blessed trip.

April 12 of last year may have found me bedridden in the hospital (not local) and a doctor telling me I needed to get a do not resuscitate order. However, my doctors and UCSF did not give up and because of them and their determination and that wonderful gift of life, my birthday, April 13, was not be spent in bed or having passed. Rather I was out and about walking and encouraging others to give that gift and raising awareness.

I am a part of the UCSF family and now belong to its research program for lung disease in hopes that I can make a difference and give the gift of life to someone else.

Please consider giving the gift of life and may God bless you!

Catherine “Cat” Knutson

Crescent City

No words to explain grief in the poisoning of a beloved canine

On Sunday, April 10, Luna passed away with systemic organ failure, following a malicious poisoning a few days prior.

Someone who would do this kind of act is a cruel, malicious and evil scourge.  It is beyond all reason that someone would attack an innocent and beautiful being this way, and to also harm us by killing our best friend and companion.

For those of you reading this who knew Luna, will remember her joyfulness and loving heart.  She was loved by all.  Luna came to us as a rescue dog in 2003, and instantly became part of our family. She loved life, and being a part of everything we did. She was so thankful to be here as we were to have her beautiful spirit brightening every day with joyfulness and her abiding love.

There are no words to express the grief we feel for her loss.  Every once in awhile a rare being becomes part of one’s life, whether a human or animal companion; one that brings goodness and light, and is a great gift.

And so we are left with the memories of Luna, and everywhere she walked and played, slept and shared our lives. The  places in the garden where we would be together cultivating and working the soil and caring for the plants.

She loved the beaches, rivers, hiking, people and most of all the life we shared together. On a difficult day she was always there, steady, constant and loving, reminding us of joy and being present. That is indeed a spiritual gift.  I often called her  the “angel in a dog suit,” for  she was a great being of a higher consciousness.

Our family will miss her greatly and never forget her. Our hearts are broken.  Namaste Luna, thank you for gracing our life with so much love. We will always remember you.

Shelley Sovola

Brookings, Ore.


Crescent City survived the 1964 tsunami and it will survive again


Thank you for your coverage on the damage done to the harbor and the fishing boats in Crescent City.

I lived in Crescent City from 1963 to 1985 and have seen not only the boat basin being built, but have seen the many boats ride high upon the water, proudly providing not only a living to some, but also an enjoyment to others.

To see the remains of these boats brought to the surface is sad for all who remember them when they were working fishing boats. It is like finding a loved one who has perished in the sea, as a past resident of Crescent City.

They have survived through the 1964 tsunami, they will survive again.

I pray for Japan, weep for its loss of life and have praise for the heroism of its people.

Sue A. Hardie

Copperopolis, Calif.


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