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Letters to the Editor Sept. 20, 2014

Murray’s accusations were unsubstantiated

The recent article (“Murray calls out Gitlin,” Sept. 13) about City Council member Kathryn Murray’s charges against Roger Gitlin was disgusting on a couple of levels. She basically says Gitlin is anti-female based on what is probably a made-up alleged conversation with him and complaints by some “unnamed” women.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 16, 2014

Vote for Measure F; keep the fair for the community

There are few things that bind a community together. One of these is the annual fair. I can’t imagine what Del Norte County would be like without this one event, not to mention the hundreds of other events that take place on the fairgrounds each year. That’s why I urge your support for Measure F. It’s important for all of us. 

Matt Heath,

Republican candidate for California’s 2nd Assembly District

Letters to the Editor Sept. 13, 2014

Hands-free calling still too distracting 

Last Saturday I got a phone call from my 26-year-old who lives down in the San Joaquin Valley. 

During the first 10 minutes of our conversation I was hearing background noise that suggested to me she was driving. When I asked her about it, she confirmed that she was in fact driving but wearing an earpiece.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 11, 2014

Board positions aren’t free rein to waste funds

Note to supervisors Gitlin and Wilson: Your seats on the Solid Waste Authority were not intended to give you “authority” to “waste” unlimited amounts of public funds. 

Letters to the Editor Sept. 9, 2014

Finigan didn’t help with vets welcome signs

I am a proud veteran and life member of VFW Post 1381, and I am not going to listen to these mistruths when Board Chairman David Finigan tells this community the Board of Supervisors had already been working on “Where Veterans are Welcome” signs to be places at Del Norte County lines. The absolutely inaccurate Triplicate editorial paraphrasing Chairman Finigan’s claim that “intercession by Caltrans was required before signs welcoming veterans could be placed on the highway” is simply not what took place.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 6, 2014

Editorial ignored Gitlin’s contributions to county

I am not sure Triplicate editor Matthew Durkee has been in town a short time or if he’s been living in a cave the last two years, but he sure doesn’t know anything about Supervisor Roger Gitlin when he questions “salvaging of his term on the Board of Supervisors, if he can” in a recent editorial.  

When I met then-candidate Gitlin in April 2012, he spoke to me in my front yard, sharing his hopes and desires to improve Del Norte County. I believed what he was saying, and I voted for him twice in two elections. Thank God he won. He’s the only one on the board who appears to do anything. 


Letters to the Editor Sept. 4, 2014

County statute’s meaning needs further clarification

A recent editorial regarding Chairperson Finigan and Supervisor Gitlin (“Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can,” Aug. 30) included a quote from the Policies and Procedures Manual section 1.10.010 and a statement that “Supervisor Gitlin’s interpretation of the statute appears to place a great deal more emphasis on the first part of the sentence, virtually ignoring the second.” 

The statute reads: “Any member of the board may place an item on the agenda for action after first consulting with the chairperson of the board.” Therefore the part in question is “after first consulting with the chairperson of the board.” 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 30, 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped care for husband

I would like to thank everyone who participated in caring for my husband, Melvin Boyles. 

The first group was the volunteer fire department of Klamath. They are truly caring people and very skilled. 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 28, 2014

Community is clearly against Sutter proposal

Let’s be clear. The Sutter Health regionalization issue is no longer up for debate. The community is solidly against it. We win. They lose. But if you read the newspaper or listen to the radio, it appears that the debate is ongoing because of all of Sutter Health’s paid advertisements and promotional pieces.

Sutter’s propaganda machine deviates from what the core issue is. In 1985, Sutter Health was invited into this community to work with the community to manage the hospital, which is a locally owned corporation within Del Norte County. It worked very well for 25 years. Now they are unilaterally ending that relationship. Sutter Health executives are trying to take all ownership and control away from the community and transfer hospital ownership to a Sutter-controlled corporation in San Francisco. That’s the core issue.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2014

If lawmakers were VA patients, it’d be fixed

I can fix the VA system. 

Tear down Walter Reed Hospital; make it a world-class parking lot. Senators, congressmen, the president and world-class visitors would then be eligible to use our most excellent Veterans Administration for all their health needs. Call about 30 days in advance for an appointment. Visit with the most advanced medical personnel from around the globe; they are so good they can’t be at fault or sued for mistreatment. 

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