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Letters to the Editor May 16, 2015

No barrier to religion in the public sphere

In response to Diane Blackberry’s letter of May 5 (“Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues”), I first want to thank the Board of Supervisors for having the backbone to place the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building.


Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2015

Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.

I am very disappointed in the choice of “motto” that the Board of Supervisors elected to post on the Flynn Center, that being the motto “In God We Trust.” I understood that the Constitution denotes a separation of church and state, as established in the First Amendment. This is a free country and everyone is allowed to believe (or not to believe) in a deity of his/her choice. Why are you wasting time instigating a theological controversy when this county has so many other more important issues to deal with?


Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2015

It would be a shame to run off another event

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the use of jet skis on South Beach and their impact on surfers and other beachgoers. I’m neither a surfer nor a jet skier, but I would like to address something that seems to have gotten lost in this whole argument, and that is the potential benefit to our local economy.


Letters to the Editor, May 9, 2015

Time to move forward with Solid Waste Authority Board

Public service isn’t easy, yet in sparsely populated Del Norte County we are fortunate to have many citizens willing to participate in a variety of ways.


Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2015

Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues

I look forward to a time when the concept of separation of church and state becomes a reality. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has inscrutably approved the posting of the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building where people of Christian, non-Christian and no faith come to do business.


Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2015

Money at root of Caltrans push on 199/197 project

Many folks are wondering about the push by Caltrans to make highways 199 and 197 STAA-truck accessible. I can propose one answer: Don’t forget who pays Caltrans officials’ hefty salaries — the trucking industry weight fees. We taxpayers only foot the bill for their projects (so our clout is relatively minimal). And there you’ll usually find the hidden agenda.  Always look at Caltrans’ schemes with the trucking industry in mind. They will bend rules or speak with forked tongue when necessary.  Along highways 199 and 197, STAA trucks would be a disaster in the making, and the pristine Smith River would be in as much danger as drivers and cyclists.

Diana Ashley, Gasquet


Letters to the Editor April 28, 2015

Why did county need assistance on bust?

On first reading the article in Saturday’s edition of the Triplicate titled “Federal inquiry into cop actions” I had the immediate reaction of reading one of the many Internet articles featuring outrageous and illegal activity on the part of law enforcement agents vis a vis their interactions with citizens. But sadly this one was a neighborhood event occurring in our own backyard. However, we can breathe a sigh of relief as our sheriff assures us it was not our deputies that are the focus of a supposed federal investigation but rather the officers were from “another” agency assisting in the execution of this warrant.


Letters to the Editor April 25, 2015

First responders had busy night with crash

There was a car in the river Thursday night, and there was a lot of teamwork between Gasquet Fire, Smith River Fire, Search and Rescue and CHP. I do traffic control and don’t see everything that goes on when they’re doing their work. I was there about four hours, and I was first on scene from Smith River Fire. Gasquet Fire and Del Norte Search and Rescue were already there — a lot of people there all doing there jobs — so I started traffic control. The car had Oregon plates, and both persons had to be brought out and up the riverbank on a specially made apparatus that is used to move people who are hurt. Search and Rescue have all the equipment to get the job done — a lot of ropes and pulleys and manpower from them and fire personnel.


Letters to the Editor April 18, 2015

C.C. should follow  lead of towns that ban PWCs

In regard to Jet Skis (personal watercraft or PWC) and their impact on South Beach: I, my family and friends have enjoyed this beach for decades. We stay all day, swim, sunbathe, surf, boogie board and skim board. My children and their friends grew up on this stretch of beach and still share stories of time spent here. People from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California play, fish and enjoy the beach. 


Letters to the Editor April 23, 2015

Supervisor Gitlin’s column on Sutter Health proves he’s a champion for DN

Many thanks to our supervisor, Roger Gitlin, for his excellent and very clear editorial titled “Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox” (April 18). We need more champions like Supervisor Gitlin who are not afraid to call it as it is and to make sure that the citizens of Crescent City are kept aware of what this powerful conglomerate is trying to do to this community and to the physicians who will not bow to its corrupt attempt to take our hospital entirely out of local control and ownership. If you haven’t read this editorial, please go online to the Triplicate and read it.


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