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Letters to the editor published July 28, 2012

Feeling stifled by officials about addressing fluoridation concern

I recently reread the article Dr. John Tynes wrote almost two years ago in a Coastal Voices article for the Triplicate in which he said that he “can say without hesitation to you, my patients and my friends, that fluoridation is safe, and, equally important, it is also good for our health.”

I’m no doctor, but I can tell you from personal experience that fluoride causes me to have seizures. I didn’t realize this until I moved out of Crescent City for almost six months.

During the time I was living out of Crescent City, I was drinking and bathing in well water and bottled reverse-osmosis water. My seizures decreased and my medications were greatly reduced by my doctor.


Letters to the Editor July 26, 2012

Height of Pelican Bay tables incorrect

There was a mistake made when Anthony Skeens wrote about the prison (“A day at Pelican Bay,” July 19). The tables in the visiting rooms are not 3 feet tall. That would be normal height. They are about 16 inches high; that is why we call them “knee-knocker” tables.

I found the article interesting though. And we did get our visits back. It had been two months.

Linda Bevier-Vian

Crescent City 






Letter to the Editor July 24, 2012


No common sense in harbor response to pelican deaths


For the first time in years Crescent City business had an opportunity to increase profits and growth due to tourists (mainly sport fisherpersons) coming into town and spending their money here. Not to be! Once again Crescent City Harbor’s incompetency and stupidity take over!

On Friday the Harbor personnel removed all of the cleaning stations (other than the very small building which should have been many times larger) from existence. Compounding those actions, harbor personnel also removed themselves from the “line of fire” that would result when the fisherpersons came in from fishing to clean their catch. 

Taped signs told that Harbormaster Richard Young had made this decision and all fish cleaning would only be allowed in the small building. This resulted in well over a hundred persons trying to use a facility that at the best of times accommodates a dozen.



Letters to the Editor July 21, 2012

Community must raise voice

After 24 days it becomes obvious that my request/challenge to the silent members of the Sutter Coast Hospital Board that voted to hand Sutter Coast Hospital management to a distant and essentially foreign governing body went unheeded.

My call to hear the silent board members is by no means a clarion call. Who am I, after all? But the elapsed time is a run against the clock and I am now assuming they are either too arrogant to feel a need to explain their bizarre actions or they are ashamed for doing so. I see no alternative answers.

Kudos to Dr. Thomas Polidore and Andy Ringgold for speaking, though I disagree with their reasoning. At least they had the courage to speak and so they did. But silence convicts and so must the silence of the sell-outs whose reasons shall always remain withheld from us, leaving a cloud of suspicion over them.


Letters to the Editor July 16, 2012

Harbor groundbreaking ceremony should have been open to public

I read in a July 10 article, “Harbor: ‘Excited to get started,’” that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Crescent City harbor restoration was by “invitation only.”

Can anyone provide me with a reasonable explanation why this is so? Compartmentalization at is finest. Disgraceful.


Letters to the Editor July 9, 2012

Loss of Sutter Coast Hospital’s level of care would be tragic

We are truly on the actual verge of losing the high quality of hospital care and services, those of which have always been such a valued, appreciated and competent entity within our community.

I, and others I have spoken to, need to agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Gregory Duncan, including numerous medical staff members, regarding Sutter Coast’s stand on a regionalization decision.

At this drastic point in time, the general consensus is to not place a permanent ban on regionalization. Within all moral and ethical reviews, of course, it would be so much more favorable should, in reality, space be allowed and available for opportunity to thoroughly investigate and weigh every pro and con on such a permanent decision. In truth, does every element of our healthy safe-keeping need to be judged solely on the almighty dollar?


Letters to the Editor July 7, 2012

Thanks to those who helped during and after lodge fire

Crescent Lodge #45 F&AM was first chartered and built in 1845 on A street. After the first temple was destroyed, Seaside Hospital was built in that location and the lodge was rebuilt at its current location.

The June 29 fire destroyed all our records, books, regalia and working tools that were dated from 1854 until the present.

Firefighters from the first agency on scene entered the building and attempted to save our history and building. The fire was too hot and burning to stop, so they had to exit.

We would like to thank the following agencies for their efforts in saving our history and building: Crescent City Volunteer Fire, Crescent Fire Protection District, Cal-Fire, Fort Dick Fire, Smith River Fire, Harbor Fire, Brookings Fire, and Pelican Bay Fire Department.


Letters to the Editor July 3, 2012

Speculation about why Art Walk list in Triplicate was incomplete

I know it must have been a simple oversight that KFUG’s participation in the most recent Art Walk was omitted from Kelly Atherton’s otherwise inclusive and well-written article on the event.

 The Triplicate — our community’s newspaper of record — would never choose to intentionally slight the work of the two dozen unpaid volunteers who have come together at KFUG to create real, local media; nor would your paper willfully ignore the participation of local artist Marcia Voelker, whose sasqWAH painting and mural work was featured at our studio on I Street.


Letters to the Editor June 30, 2012

With regionalization, people will not want to move here

I sent the following letter to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors:

As your Board may know, the Del Norte Association of Realtors, per its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice obligations, is to be a liaison for the general public concerning real estate matters. It has come to our attention that in this capacity as “watch dog” ensuring the well-being of our community, that the process of “regionalization” currently under way where control of Sutter Coast Hospital is being shifted from the Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors to Sutter Health and its Sutter West Bay Hospital Board of Directors, is definitely not in the best interests of our citizenry.


Letters to the Editor June 26, 2012

“Tsunami Way” would scare tourists away from downtown

Danger! Danger! Tsunami Way would be scary for tourists!

When we had our tsunami warning last year, we received phone calls from friends and relatives. There was a terror in their voices, thinking we were going to be wiped off the face of the Earth!

Thank heavens we weren’t. Like Jackie Cochran stated in her June 23 letter, “‘Tsunami Way’ would call attention to tragedy hazard,” Tsunami Way is not a good name to invite tourism to that part of downtown — leave it alone!

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