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Letters to the Editor Aug. 30, 2012

Do not simply accept lies about Obama

I am a registered independent and have no great love for President Obama. But I have become disgusted with the attempts of right-wing extremists to demonize him. For three years now, I have listened to the following charges over and over again:

Obama was not born in the United States and so his presidency is a violation of the Constitution.

Obama is a Muslim and will try to establish sharia law in the United States.

Obama has a deep hatred of white people.

Obama is a socialist and is bent on the destruction of our capitalist free market.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 27, 2012

A thank-you to two good
Samaritans who helped mom

I would like to thank the two gentleman who took it upon themselves to help save my mother from a very dangerous situation. She was the victim of a freak accident on US Highway 101 at Anchor Way when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in blacked out and ran off the roadway.

My mother, who is 83 and blind, had no idea where she was or what happened. When the vehicle came to rest she opened the door and fell about 10 feet into the creek, which leads to the ocean. She cannot swim, let alone see. She grabbed hold of some weeds and screamed for help.

She was in about 5 feet of cold water and was scared to death as she had no idea where she was. These two men came to her rescue, crawled down the bank and grabbed her arms and pulled her out of the water.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 25, 2012

Reflections on family, politics in memory of grandmother

How does one take an office as a Democrat, then in a few years change to a Republican?

I was born into a hard-core Democrat family. No, not all of us were poor. Our family had an array of characters — military, business owners, farmers, destitute, you name it, we were born and raised Democrats.

I remember having Easter dinner with my family. My grandmother asked me how I was doing. I know I was excited that Reagan had been re-elected president and boasted about it


Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2012

Story on abused puppy overwhelmed reader

Thank you for the article on London the pit bull puppy (“Local pair jailed for dog abuse,” Aug. 18), who was horribly abused.

I had seen this story on Facebook a couple days earlier and realized that I’d heard nothing about it. I was overwhelmed with tears and emotions. I went to London’s page and donated toward the fund for him (surgeries, care).

Then I showed my daughters London and told them the story. We went to a couple stores here and in Brookings and put together a little care box for him with toys, balls, filled bones and a card of thanks to the amazing people like Amanda Giese at Panda Paws Rescue in Vancouver, Wash.

If you watch the video of London on the website, you can see that he now understands what every dog should know, unconditional love and forever happiness.

 Tonya Byrnes

Crescent City


Letters to the Editor Aug. 18, 2012

Crescent City Triathlon a wonderful family event

I love Crescent City!

For the past four years my family has traveled from Humboldt to spend the Fourth of July in your town to see your incredible fireworks display. But it wasn’t until last week’s Crescent City’s annual triathlon that I really got to know your beautiful city and its friendly citizens.

The event itself was incredible, so well organized and a fun family event. It was my first triathlon that I participated in along, with my son and a friend also from Humboldt.

The volunteers, the police cadets, the supporting businesses and the families from Crescent City that participated reflect so well on Del Norte.

We had never been on Pebble Beach Drive before! What a view!

We plan to return to Crescent City in the near future and stay more than one night to ride our bikes and enjoy your area more. Thank you so much for the wonderful event and please continue to support it.

Chris Cook




Letters to the Editor Aug. 16, 2012

We shouldn’t ‘give away our hospital’

Having attended both town hall meetings concerning the giving away of our local hospital by the Board of Directors (made up of local citizens), I am full of questions.

Why behind closed doors did you, the Board, vote without any input from the staff, Health Care District or the doctors who care for us or we the people who are the patients and rely on the hospital to care for us? Why did you vote without reading the new bylaws, drawn up by Sutter Health? Why did you vote without making sure there would be a local voice on the new Board?

Sutter Coast Hospital has been profitable every year since the new hospital was built except one, when Sutter Health outsourced its billing procedures and in the process lost millions of dollars. It has been stated that regionalization will keep Sutter Coast Hospital from going broke; well, if millions of dollars weren’t being siphoned off by Sutter Health our hospital would be in fine shape.



Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2012

Ownership of Sutter Coast Hosp. unclear

The saga of Sutter Coast Hospital continues, largely off the radar, with occasional glimpses behind the curtain provided   by Dr. Greg Duncan’s tireless efforts at disclosure of events behind the scenes (where Sutter Health obviously prefers them) as well as an occasional article by Triplicate writer Emily Jo Cureton. I am most appreciative of them all.

In his Aug. 11 Coastal Voices piece, “An update on Sutter Coast issues,” Dr. Duncan submitted an informative appraisal of the machinations of Sutter Health.They should be enough to cause all citizens within an area of our hospital grave concern.

The ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital has been nebulous to me, to say the least, but according to Duncan that has been clarified to a degree by none other than West Bay Region President Mike Cohill himself. He states Sutter Coast Hospital owns itself, Duncan wrote. It is separate from Sutter Health,which contradicts claims made by, among other executives, Eugene Suksi,the resident CEO. So even as Cohill’s statement clarifies, it complicates.



Letters to the Editor Aug. 11, 2012

How does fluoride affect our health?

I’m so glad to hear the fluoride issue is going to be back on the ballot.

A couple of year ago I received a post card from the pro-fluoride group that said fluoride was safe and didn’t harm anyone. I don’t believe it and hope that someone will publish a list of side-effects so we can see for ourselves how safe it is.

I meet off and on with my City Council representative, Donna Westfall. I was glad to hear that the fluoride levels were reduced last year, but heard they keep having trouble with the dose staying at 0.7 milligrams per liter. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but drinking this over a lifetime is not good for the body.

If I have a problem taking medication, I go to my doctor and he takes tests and adjusts the dosage. I don’t understand how I’m supposed to adjust the dose of fluoride when I never know how much is in the water, or how much is being absorbed by bathing or what the side-effects are. Even my doctor doesn’t know about fluoride’s side-effects.

My water always feels oily. I wonder why. My husband had a heart attack and his recuperation is going very, very slowly. I wonder if drinking fluoride affected him. Does our city have a higher than normal rate of heart attacks here?

Patricia Holcombe

Crescent City

New harbor should be very well-built

My son and I were perusing the Dudra material yard down at the harbor a few days back; I noticed the large-diameter piling material was properly stamped as to its material constituents; A-265. This is a double-clad steel pipe with highly corrosion-resistant material used for the metal fused in its center, hence it is perfect material for use as the pilings keeping the new docks in place.

As our base rock here is a good solid mudstone, beneath the sediment, I can easily see why Dudra recommended a less expensive alternative to the traditional pole and concrete method, which is far more prone to improper techniques/bad luck in placing a piling.

For if the concrete is not consistently placed without incorporation of sea water, it easily can be the weakest point in the construction. Hence, failure (regardless of insurance) is still failure, causing the damage if not total loss of/to local peoples’ livelihoods; their boats.

Long ago I had the foundation of a home re-leveled using the same pipe and general method, that of pushing it (pilings) far down into the underlying basement, “country rock” — using various techniques such as hydraulic pressure and “buzz” setting. I thus can easily and strongly back the change in the piling placement plan.

Frequently it is the construction team that, over time, has seen what works best; in spite of textbook examples engineers might be tempted to specify, as they are tried-and-true techniques, most of the time. Why spend more on concrete work and additional oversize hole borings, when the work will be just as good, if not better, without concrete?

Kudos for the construction people who stopped and thought it through, rather than just blindly following the engineering plans as presented to them! I foresee a well-built harbor as evidenced even before the first piling is placed, with the good, wait-a-minute back-and-forth talks teamwork going on between the engineering, construction and management folks.

Hilary Herman

Crescent City


Obama’s birthplace, roots questionable

It is so funny to hear about the Obama supporters whine and snivel about the birth certificate issue.

How dare those evil Republicans bring up such a trashy issue! It is a fact that it was a Hillary Clinton supporter who first brought up the issue in 2008. I know this for a fact because I have even heard the guy be interviewed on the Michael Savage show.

It is also a fact that Obama’s former literary agent said that Obama was born in Kenya (she now says that was a mistake). Look it up if you don’t believe me.

The rumor that Obama’s American ancestry goes back to the very first slave here in the United States is just that, just a rumor. Just watch though as the Obama supporters will try and act like that inaccurate and incomplete information is the absolute truth. If you didn’t know, now you know.

Joe Thomas





Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2012

GOP in Congress bears most fault for lack of compromise

Thank you for the thoughtful Editor’s Note column Aug. 4, “Wanted: passionate moderates.”

I agree with you that compromise in government is a necessity. We do not have a parliamentary system where compromise is less important. In our government, Republicans and Democrats must compromise if anything is going to get done. Until recently, both parties have been willing to do this.

But I believe you have to go one step further and think about who is responsible for our current dysfunctional Congress.



Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2012

SEIU ladies lend needed support to tough decision 

Today was an amazing day for me. I in the last two weeks have made the decision to leave the Crescent City area, where I’m established with a nice little place, two dogs and a very good job.

My reason for leaving the area is to go care assist in the care for my mother. It was almost a calling sort of feeling today. I’m walking through the little fair our community has and came across the SEIU booth and I met two of the nicest ladies. They answered my questions plus more and made me realize that what I was doing was okay.

Because we have such a stereotype about this idea of caring for family. For some reason when you tell people this they just look at you like you’re nuts. Come on people, it is our responsibility to do this.

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