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Letters to the Editor Aug. 13, 2013

Walmart devastating to other businesses

Regarding the closing of Ray’s Food Place in Smith River, being from Yreka we know the devastating effect that Walmart can have on a small community.

It surprises me that the residents of Smith River are so shocked that C&K Markets would close its Ray’s store. We were warned in Yreka when Walmart came to town. Other communities let us know to expect a lowered tax base and closed local businesses. But what happened? Our city and county fathers opened their arms to Walmart and the rest is history.


Thanks: Local partners help to make training event a success

In cooperation with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at the Rady Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of the Office of Child Abuse Prevention, CSM Consulting was able to coordinate an advanced Training for Trainers course titled “Mandated Reporter Train the Trainer.” Many non-profit, child-focused groups, the Del Norte Department of Health and Human Services, the Del Norte School District, and others are required by California regulation to be trained and re-certified regularly as Mandated Reporters of any circumstance that may be child abuse. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 15, 2013

Sutter has benefitted community greatly

The financial crisis in health care today affects not only Sutter Health but every health care organization across the nation.

Sutter arrived in our community over 20 years ago. Its commitment to Del Norte and Curry counties began with building a new hospital, recruiting physicians, purchasing state of the art equipment and technology, partnering with other facilities to provide patient care not available in this remote area of California such as telemedicine in the Intensive Care Unit (advanced video and electronic monitoring — an off-site team of critical care doctors and nurses who also closely monitor ICU patients), neurology telemedicine in the Emergency Department with CPMC in the Bay area, Cal-Ore life flights to RVMC in Medford for our heart patients requiring time-sensitive heart catheterization intervention.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 8, 2013

Thanks to those who turned out to 2x2 meeting

I write to thank those who attended the recent 2x2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Health Care District, regarding the future of Sutter Coast Hospital.

I asked Dr. Greg Duncan to notify the public about the meeting after I was told Sutter Coast CEO Linda Horn had been invited to the meeting, and would be attending. I later determined that the Health Care District had notified Linda Horn of the meeting the week prior, before any public posting.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 6, 2013

Hospital makes flimsy defense of position

In her screed titled “Regionalization, critical access: setting the record straight,” (Coastal Voices, July 25) Sutter Health PR Specialist Linda Horn purports to (at long last) level with Del Norte and Curry County residents as relates to Sutter Health’s stealth plan to strip away the existing level of care at Sutter Coast Hospital and reduce it to a shadow of what now exists.

Sutter Health, perhaps a little stunned at the unanticipated resistance put forth by the citizenry and its representatives (both elected and unofficial) saw the necessity of replacing stodgy former Sutter Hospital CEO Eugene Suksi with an unctuous, splendiferous angel of healing and inserted Linda Horn into the strident situation to pour balm on the turbulent waters. Her observation that “the public seems eager to get the facts,” along with the statement, “we want to offer them,” has a reassuring and assuaging tone so let’s all settle down, and follow the bouncing ball.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 3, 2013

Be sure to file petition with fire fee payment

Del Norters are once again receiving their annual bill from the state for the Fire Prevention Fee.

As many of you know, the Howard Jarvis group has filed a suit against the state contending that the fee is really an illegal tax imposed without the required voter approval. In that case, the court has recently ruled that, should the fee be found to be invalid, only those who have filed a Petition for Redetermination with the state will be entitled to a refund.

Those desiring to be eligible for the refund should:

• Timely pay your bill! If you don’t the state can lien your property and add steep penalties and interest. The lien could result in your property being foreclosed upon.

• Pay your bill through the mail rather than online. This will allow you to write in the note portion of your check: “Paid under protest per Petition for Redetermination.” Send the bill in the envelope that came with it. Keep a copy of the bill handy as you will need the information on it to complete your protest.

• Download and complete a Petition for Redetermination using the information on your invoice. You can download the form, complete with the “Reason for Petition” (which outlines the grounds for the suit) online at: www.FireTaxProtest.org. Send your completed Petition for Redetermination to the Suisun address set out on the form.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 1, 2013

Article failed to get both sides, implied wrongdoing

It never ceases to amuse me that the newspaper runs a story and fails to obtain both sides, especially when this paper can include allegations that hold people in a bad light (“Ex-prosecutor Olson settles for $50K,” July 30).

I read with little surprise that a former employee who was fired, settled after six years. Whether I agree with the settlement or not, it makes perfect sense, dollar-wise.

Yet for some reason I still find myself getting disappointed when a story mentions people by name, levels or mentions some allegation and yet this paper fails to actually speak to the person whom it is writing about.

No employee would be fired for grand jury testimony since such testimony is confidential, nor could an employee be fired for political reasons. An employee could however be fired for writing off a friend’s ticket.

I guess I expect news from a paper; and yet to print an allegation, name the person whom the allegation is being leveled against in a story that highlights a monetary settlement is simply a slanted gossip piece. It is an example of how a story can be written to imply so much more than what can be factually supported.

For example, If I alleged that the editor of a paper was being sued for being a racist and then wrote an article that the paper settled the suit for $50,000 without ever speaking to the editor about the allegation, well, I would be implying that the suit had some merit; just as this paper did in its latest article. 

Mike Riese, Crescent City

Letters to the Editor July 30, 2013

Best wishes for departing publisher

Congratulations, Michele Grgas Postal, on your coming retirement. But I will really miss your stories in the paper. They are funny, touching and informative.

I hope you have fun with your grandkids, and I hope and pray you have a good life with your husband and family.

Del Norte Triplicate readers and others will greatly miss you!

Karen Leven, Fort Dick 

Hospital still obligated to match Seaside's care

As described in the July 11 Triplicate (“District drops hospital lawsuit”) the “hospital settlement” certainly was a resounding loss for the Health Care District.

In my 30-plus years of handling disputes and settlements, I don’t think I ever saw a worse settlement. There was nothing gained by delay that is worth what was parted with. If the final draft isn’t signed, it shouldn’t be. If it has been, it should be repudiated or reformed for mistake.

Letters to the Editor July 27, 2013

Youth's ignorance about flag saddening 

I was delighted to see that so many homes in Crescent City had their flags displayed on the Fourth of July. I was equally pleased to see the excellent turnout at the Fourth of July Parade.

But did you know our children are not necessarily being taught what the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance represents?

Recently, I was made aware that in many Crescent City classrooms the American flag is not displayed, nor is the Pledge of Allegiance being recited daily.

After further investigation I found out that California Education Code 52720 requires a daily patriotic exercise, which can include the Pledge of Allegiance in all K-12 classrooms.  In addition, California Education Code 52730 requires the teaching of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I am so tired of elected officials picking and choosing which parts of their job they wish to enforce. So I challenge you to ask your children, grandchildren or family friends' and relatives' children basic information about the American flag, such as what do the 13 stripes and 50 stars represent on the flag. You will be saddened by the results.

Remember, patriotism is a way of life and needs to be taught, so become a mentor and teach every child you see so they learn to respect our flag, and make a change in our School Board come election time!

Marianne Shannon, Crescent City

Editor’s note: Del Norte School Superintendent Don Olson said students in certain grades at every school are taught about the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. He also said every classroom now has a flag.

Letters to the Editor July 25, 2013

Sutter brings strife; go with Asante instead 

Having watched Sutter Health’s attempt to make our local hospital a Critical Access facility (with its loss of beds, loss of staff, and many more patient aircraft transfers to out of area hospitals), it is obvious the only solution is to get rid of Sutter Health and replace it with an honest healthcare administration company that has integrity.

Asante has publicly expressed an interest in a stronger affiliation with our region (as reported in The Del Norte Triplicate on Oct. 15, 2012), but the hospital Board has ignored the offer.  Sutter Health wants to downsize because it will make more money, period.  The health of our community does not matter to Sutter.  If you want more of the same, keep trying to work with Sutter Health.

This includes more lawsuits, more money diverted away from the community and toward legal matters, more “studies” that are rigged to get the results Sutter Health wants, more deception from Sutter Health about its true intentions, higher cost, more unethical behavior at board meetings, and more attacks on people of integrity, such as Doctors Greg Duncan and Kevin Caldwell. I am sure these two doctors could make a much longer list.

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