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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. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 21, 2014

Reckless driving likely due to cell phone use

Just a little note about something I observed on Monday, Aug. 18.

I was driving north on Highway 101 past Suburban Gas, as an Izuzu driver managed to break the law six times within two minutes. I recorded everything with my dashcam! 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 19, 2014

Red herrings common around prayer issue

Well, let us hope Mr. Turck (“Gitlin tackled prayer issue for constituents,” Aug. 16) can pardon me for not including “from the position of chair” in my letter to the editor on Aug. 2, 2014, (“If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin,” Aug. 2).


Letters to the Editor Aug. 16, 2014

Hospital CEOs’ actions speak louder than words

Most of what we’ve heard from Sutter Coast Hospital CEOs (Suksi and Horn) was about how much money the hospital lost, was going to lose in 2013 and the $16.5 million hit (projected loss) the hospital will take from now to 2022. The CEOs told us the original losses were due to new billing software and billing errors. 

The most recent and projected “serious Medicare cuts” are, according to CEO Horn, due to the federal sequestration and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Both CEOs denied going Critical Access. But Sutter Health executives said we needed to go Critical Access because the hospital could not make money without doing that. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 


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