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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!

Letters to the Editor June 23, 2012

City, county leaders should be speaking out on hospital

The Republican Women have been known for speakers addressing local issues and concerns. They did it again Wednesday with their guest speaker, Dr. Gregory Duncan.

Many of us know Dr. Duncan as a long-time local physician and surgeon. Fewer are aware he is also chief of staff for our Sutter Coast Hospital. His topic at the meeting was the proposed regionalization of our local hospital. That does not sound especially threatening initially and by itself, however, as more details emerge it becomes a monster of concern to every man, woman, and child in our area.

First, it seems what regionalization really means is that the local hospital board is dissolved and duties are taken over by a 32-member regional board in the Bay Area. Even the chief of staff would not be a member of that decision-making board. In one almost-secret move we lose local control of our hospital — taken over by a large impersonal corporation.

Letters to the Editor June 21, 2012

Why does Sheriff Wilson oppose proposal that’s good for DN?

Sheriff Dean Wilson recently traveled to Siskiyou County to declare his opposition to Klamath dam removal.

Pacific Power, though, officially notified me in its last bill that “the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) affirmed the company’s analysis that the KHSA (Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement) would expose customers to less cost and risk than relicensing and continuing to operate the dams.”

Letters to the Editor June 19, 2012

A good preschool education benefits kids later on in life

It breaks my heart that our state preschool budgets are being slashed (“Layoffs mean fewer pupils in preschools,” June 12).

The article says that nearly 100 children in our community will now be denied the chance to attend preschool. This tragedy will have a lasting impact on their lives and our schools.

We know that a good preschool boosts pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math skills for poor and middle class kids — as well as providing incredible advantages in terms of social skills, self-esteem, physical and mental health, and self-control.

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