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Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2012

GOP in Congress bears most fault for lack of compromise

Thank you for the thoughtful Editor’s Note column Aug. 4, “Wanted: passionate moderates.”

I agree with you that compromise in government is a necessity. We do not have a parliamentary system where compromise is less important. In our government, Republicans and Democrats must compromise if anything is going to get done. Until recently, both parties have been willing to do this.

But I believe you have to go one step further and think about who is responsible for our current dysfunctional Congress.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2012

SEIU ladies lend needed support to tough decision 

Today was an amazing day for me. I in the last two weeks have made the decision to leave the Crescent City area, where I’m established with a nice little place, two dogs and a very good job.

My reason for leaving the area is to go care assist in the care for my mother. It was almost a calling sort of feeling today. I’m walking through the little fair our community has and came across the SEIU booth and I met two of the nicest ladies. They answered my questions plus more and made me realize that what I was doing was okay.

Because we have such a stereotype about this idea of caring for family. For some reason when you tell people this they just look at you like you’re nuts. Come on people, it is our responsibility to do this.

Letters to the Editor August 2, 2012

Sheriff is nothing but polite, concerned for our welfare

Every so often I read something in the letters to the editor section that hits a nerve and I have to respond. Well here we go again.

I’m not going to name anyone by name but you have all read the letters saying basically how horrible Sheriff Dean Wilson is. I’ve known Dean well enough to walk up to him and say “Hi” since high school and have never known him to be anything but professional, courteous and caring.

To say that he is anything else because he doesn’t believe in your political views is not right! I would guess that most of these letters are written by ultra-liberal environmentalists, or family members of somebody who keeps getting arrested.


Letters to the Editor July 31, 2012

Doctors exemplify what makes a community worth fighting for

I appreciated Dr. Greg Duncan’s and Dr. Kevin Caldwell’s expertise and knowledge of the critical details at hand regarding Sutter Health’s claims on “regionalization,” the takeover of Sutter Coast Hospital.

These doctors truly have heart for our community! Dr. Caldwell has been practicing medicine for 28 years in Crescent City, and was on the Board of Directors for two years. Dr. Duncan has also been there for quite a long time, and is now on the Board of Directors, so they have first-hand knowledge of what is going on.

From what I understand, they do not believe it will be good for the community to turn over control of Sutter Coast Hospital to Sutter Health and its Sutter West Bay Hospitals Board of Directors in San Francisco.

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?

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