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Letters to the Editor Oct. 27, 2012

Question about Alexander bar trial

I saw the Oct. 23 article, “DA on stand in SF,” and Jon Alexander’s testimony.

How did Michelle Taylor “barge” in when the DA’s Office is a locked and secured office?

Why, if he had her attorney’s permission to speak to her, did he have to ask if she had an attorney?

Michael Riese, Crescent City 

Editor’s note: Michael Riese is a former Del Norte County district attorney.

Letters to the Editor October 25, 2012

If Asante keeps hospital improving, go with them

Sutter Coast Hospital gives outstanding care just the way it is. If, to keep doing this or keep improving means going with Asante, then this is what they should do.

In July 2010, my husband was in ICU. The hospital allowed the nurses and doctors who were Christian to pray with us and they prayed for him. He was in a coma but they treated him as if he was awake because they said, “The last thing to go is hearing.”

They talked to him, when time allowed sat and held his hand. When it was time to let him go the doctor prayed with us and with him. I’ve never felt such peace.


Letters to the Editor October 18, 2012

Gitlin's intolerance will not work well in county

I would like to comment on the candidacy of Roger Gitlin for a seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

I want to thank Lorenza Lopez for her letter to the Triplicate (“More examples of Gitlin’s radicalism,” Oct. 11) and for doing the research I was too lazy to do. I have confirmed her web reference.

Have you ever had to apply for food stamps to help feed your family? Have you ever had to apply for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) so your family could receive necessary health care? Have you ever had to live on unemployment for an extended period because you could not find work?

Have you ever applied for a Pell Grant so you could afford to attend college? Do you receive veterans’ benefits because your military service left you with a physical or mental disability? Do you want these benefits to be available to family or friends in case they need them?


Letters to the Editor October 16, 2012

DA should be disbarred

Here are excerpts from a letter we wrote to the State Bar in support of disbarment of Jon Alexander: 

We have witnessed Mr. Alexander since his campaign and throughout his career as the district attorney of Del Norte County. 

During his campaign, we witnessed several inappropriate actions. But since he has become the DA, we find his actions highly inappropriate and feel the Bar should be aware of those actions.

Mr. Alexander is purely out for his self-promotion. He has brought shame, disgrace and embarrassment upon the justice system and this small community. His letters to the editor, his grandstanding, are all self-serving.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 13, 2012

Hypocritical of Gitlin
to call Dems leeches 

Thank you for printing supervisor candidate Roger Gitlin’s enlightening revelation that leeches, moochers, victims and entitlement-seekers form the voting base of the Democratic Party.

Wow; who knew? All those leeches who own stock in oil companies receiving government subsidies are Democrats? And every moocher who ranches or farms and receives government cash and/or grazing/water subsidies is a Democrat as well?

What about the victims who have government-insured mortgages and/or savings accounts; Demos too, you say?


Letters to the Editor Oct. 11, 2012

Disgusted by theft of fireman's grave plaque 

Recently my beloved brother, Harold was laid to rest at our local cemetery.

He served this community his entire life and in doing so, a bronze Fireman’s Medallion was placed on his temporary grave marker plaque. Our family was honored and there was no man ever more deserving to receive it. So you must understand how heartbroken and disgusted we were to find someone has taken it. 

I write this to the person who felt they needed a souvenir!

You did not serve this community! It was not given to you! 

It was given to a great man who had a big smile for everyone and a “hello” or “how you doing?” regardless of who they were! He had the heart of a lion.

The bronze medallion honors him for the great man he was, not you!


Letters to the Editor Oct. 4, 2012

Had a great time at farms’ shindig

This past Sunday, my family and I attended the annual Ocean Air Farms community shindig, as we have every year since it began.

I was impressed that Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams would open this event up to the community at large this year. There were several new faces enjoying all that the farm has to offer.

We always look forward to our annual visit. This year we viewed sheep shearing, enjoyed a scavenger hunt, ate delicious food, listened to a great local band and soaked up the amazing weather.

There are so many things going on at the farm during this event, we didn’t get to enjoy everything we wanted, such as, the hay ride, zucchini sling shot, or the potato harvest.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 2, 2012

Gitlin’s thinking like mine; will vote for him 

Regarding the Sept. 29 article “Gitlin seeks local office, but with a global twist,” thank you, Triplicate! You helped me make up my mind!

I am voting for Roger Gitlin for supervisor in District 1. This candidate’s opinions as presented by your front page article represent my thinking.

He wants to help fix Del Norte County. I say, great! We can sure use some fixing!

Dave Egan, Crescent City

Coastal Voices: A good man, a bailiff, and no stranger

They say that there are some folks in this world, because of their kindness and human touch, that you can only be a stranger to but once. But they’re wrong. Or at least they didn’t know Harold Esparza, because he was one of those rare persons who didn’t know the meaning of the word stranger, which was something you could never be in his presence.

I joined hundreds of people Saturday to say goodbye to our friend. I came here seven years ago, starting up a new practice of law, after leaving Orange County and a few miles of bad road behind me. Harold was one of the first people in our courthouse to put out his hand and welcome me and tell me if there was anything I needed to ask him. I can still hear his soft voice and easy smile from that morning in 2005.

You have to know the business we do in our community at 450 H St. to appreciate what Harold Esparza and our bailiffs do. From criminal to dependency to civil to juvenile law and more, we exist daily in a system that seeks to find truth and deliver justice, but is marked as adversarial in nature, which of necessity deals with situations toxic and explosive.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 29, 2012

Native Americans in our area should be proud of our mascot

I have been following the controversial issue of those wanting to bring back the image of a warrior head for the mascot at Del Norte High. I have read the letters for and against this issue. I find it very hard to believe that the students at Del Norte High would think of an Indian head as being a symbol portraying the Indian culture as bad or representing something that took part in our nation’s past dark history.

I graduated from a high school in another state, and our mascot was the “Indians.” I was very proud of our mascot! I know that soon after I graduated there was a nationwide push to eliminate all teams with the mascots that had anything associated with the Native American people. I was very pleased when my high school stood firm and continues to this day to have the “Indian” as its mascot.


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