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Letters to the Editor, May 7, 2016

When Sutter Coast makes a promise, ask them for facts

Last week, I read that Sutter is finally agreeing to meet with Del Norte Healthcare District, which is an improvement on Sutter’s part. But Sutter’s latest statement is just another promise. Here are the facts: Sutter is still hiding its meeting records and ignoring the records requests made by our elected officials.

Four months ago, I wrote an article entitled “Let’s Shine a Light on Sutter’s Secrets,” available at triplicate.com. In my article, I asked CEO Mitch Hanna to end their secrecy. No one from Sutter responded. In fact, this year Mr. Hanna falsely claimed that Sutter Health owns Sutter Coast. Thankfully, the Triplicate published a story showing Mr. Hann’s claim was false.


Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2016

Solar Panels in harbor would be eyesore

In response to Bob Douglas of Smith River and the solar panels. We just moved here a few months ago from Central California. The beauty of the area was too much for us to resist.


Letters to the Editor, May 3, 2016

Gitlin vilified by those not used to his fervor, tenacity

It’s a bad mosquito season... they’re out for blood; and seemingly so are  a small but well-connected group of local citizens who are swirling around Supervisor Roger Gitlin like  biting pests.


Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2016

No quick fix for tackling our infrastructure needs

To tackle infrastructure needs facing our community requires more than simple rhetoric or quick sound bites.

Major projects that provide for our economic vitality and community well-being and safety take years and require vision, persistence, reason and tenacity to accomplish. It also requires courage to stay the course against bureaucratic regulations, naysayers and those impatient with the process.


Letters to the Editor, April 28, 2016

Murray listens to constituency, works with political players

I wholeheartedly endorse Kathryn Murray for District 1 supervisor.

Over my 20 years in Del Norte I have seen her integrity and sincerity demonstrated numerous times through her listening to her constituency on important issues, her willingness to work towards mutual solutions toward critical problems and her general concern for her community.

In fact, when state Sen. Mike McGuire or Congressman Jared Huffman want to meet with people in general or local government officials, they or their staff reach out to Kathryn to help set things up for those meetings. The same is true with Assemblyman Jim Wood. Either he or his staff will call Kathryn to get things started for those important meetings.


Letters to the Editor, April 26, 2016

Consistent approval from constituents is a good thing

Let’s be clear.

It is the voters of District 5 who have elected David Finigan as their Supervisor for five terms.

Job approval earns votes.


Letters to the Editor, April 23, 2016

Union complaints about job performance, not homelessness

The union issued a rebuttal to the county supervisors and county administrative officer to the allegations made on April 18 and reported in the paper on April 19.

The union conducted two meetings open to all DHHS employees regardless of union membership. Since the issues were only related to the entire DHHS department, the union considered the meetings and subsequent action (petition) taken as a legal work-site action. All represented employees were able to attend the meetings and sign the petition if they wanted to.

Labor law is clear that as the recognized union representative for the miscellaneous/supervisory/professional employees of Del Norte County, it is our legal responsibility to exercise due diligence and fair representation of all represented employees regardless of union membership. Work site actions are regulated to issues concerning a particular work site, aka department and its impacted employees.


Letters to the Editor, April 21, 2016

Consider local health care when picking supervisors

To the thousands of local residents who signed the petition opposing Sutter Health’s plan to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital out of our county, congratulations. Your efforts made us the only community in California to stop Sutter Health from taking ownership of our locally owned hospital.

I also congratulate everyone who fought Sutter’s effort to downsize Sutter Coast to Critical Access status and to triple charges to Medicare patients. Last week, Sutter Coast CEO Mitch Hanna revealed that the local hospital board voted to withdraw Sutter Coast’s Critical Access application. If Sutter decides to re-apply for Critical Access, our community is aware of the impact and will be watching.


Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2016

McClure gives effort, not grand-stand tactics

During her lifetime of service to this community as a teacher, a union leader and now as a county supervisor, Martha McClure has shown herself to be a person who listens to both sides and works hard to find the best solutions for all of us.

Working on behalf of homeless veterans, Martha recently solved a long-standing problem that prevented our vets from using housing vouchers in our county. Thanks to Martha, these folks no longer have to move out of the county to get housing assistance. This is not something that was solved by slogans or grand-stand tactics but by her efforts and extensive experience in building partnerships with others.


Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2016

Innocent until proven guilty ignored by paper

Have you ever been unjustly accused or been the victim of slanderous gossip? Many of us have. On the other hand, many of us have also passed along damaging gossip, not realizing the possibility that we don’t have all the facts.

It was horrifying to read the vicious accusations against a man I have known and respected for years. Primo Bonilla is innocent until proven guilty.

The Triplicate must not know that because many of the accusations were presented as fact; the word alleged was used once.


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