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Letters to the Editor Sept. 18, 2012

Hospital regionalization would devastate area’s economy

I have never written a letter to the editor before but I feel strongly this letter should be published. This letter concerns the regionalization of Sutter Coast Hospital and the devastating effect it will have on the community.

We will be left with no adequate health care in two counties. It will reach the same status as Gold Beach Hospital. Not only will there not be adequate care but it will devastate the county financially. Doctors and nurses will have to leave the county to find employment. The staff that keeps the facility maintained, housekeeping, medical records personnel, computer staff etc, will find themselves let go or under-employed. 

The financial effect could leave this county with an added burden of unemployment and welfare. Homes will be lost and the tax revenue will be lost. There are many senior citizens such as my husband and I that will have to consider if we can continue to live in the area we love so much. One of the reasons we felt that we could retire here was there was quality medical available to us.

I have spoken to many others in our situation and most of them would consider relocation if medical help should diminish.

Karen Berry

Smith River

Letters to the Editor Sept. 8, 2012

Local public encouraged to take advantage of historical museum

I volunteer at the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum during the summer. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April through September.

The museum is visited by so many people from all over the United States as well as other countries. The visitors log shows so many great responses.

The original large lens from the St. George Reef Lighthouse is one of the many main attractions. Native American, industry, commerce, local society, medical and hobbies are some of the many displays of interest. Farming also. There is a gift show with clothing, souvenirs and many books of historical interest available — good gifts. 

Come visit the museum before it closes for the season.

Bob Ames Jr.

Crescent City 



Letters to the Editor Sept 11, 2012

Extreme right to thank for uncivil discourse in politics

I was pleased to see Sam Allison check in (“Do not simply accept lies about Obama,” Aug. 30) and quite puzzled by Lilyan Wood’s take on his letter (“No longer any civil discourse at critical time in our history,” Sept. 6).  I admit I smirked a bit at Ms. Wood’s asking “the editor to withhold any further letters regarding the upcoming national election,” envisioning that should our editor have acceded to that request, he might not have printed hers.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 6, 2012

No longer any civil discourse at critical time in our history 

It is time to ask the editor to withhold any further letters regarding the upcoming national election! After reading the Aug. 30 letter (“Do not simply accept lies about Obama”) regarding the Republicans, the writer stating his spin on item after item without one shred of evidence, it brings home the fact that there is no longer any civil discourse in this country. There is a total elimination of the truth when it comes to winning. These attacks further divide us and breed hate and mistrust in our fellow man and in our election process.

This is, without a doubt, the most important election of our generation, deciding how our country will be governed and by whom we will be governed. All of us must take on this responsibility by being registered to vote and to vote!


Letters to the Editor Sept. 4, 2012

Annual fire fee is irresponsible, economically devastating

The $150 State Responsibility Area annual fire fee now being levied against rural communities throughout California is the most asinine, irresponsible and economically devastating attempt to balance the cooked books in California.

Who in their right mind would believe the inhabitants of these rural areas, mostly low and fixed incomes and our senior citizens on social security, even have the funds to pay such a huge annual bill?  Our elected officials in Sacramento, that’s who. Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro of District 1 has introduced SB-1040 to repeal this fiasco. At least there is someone using common sense.  Let’s see if there is anyone else in Sacramento who can.



Letters to the Editor Aug. 30, 2012

Do not simply accept lies about Obama

I am a registered independent and have no great love for President Obama. But I have become disgusted with the attempts of right-wing extremists to demonize him. For three years now, I have listened to the following charges over and over again:

Obama was not born in the United States and so his presidency is a violation of the Constitution.

Obama is a Muslim and will try to establish sharia law in the United States.

Obama has a deep hatred of white people.

Obama is a socialist and is bent on the destruction of our capitalist free market.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 27, 2012

A thank-you to two good
Samaritans who helped mom

I would like to thank the two gentleman who took it upon themselves to help save my mother from a very dangerous situation. She was the victim of a freak accident on US Highway 101 at Anchor Way when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in blacked out and ran off the roadway.

My mother, who is 83 and blind, had no idea where she was or what happened. When the vehicle came to rest she opened the door and fell about 10 feet into the creek, which leads to the ocean. She cannot swim, let alone see. She grabbed hold of some weeds and screamed for help.

She was in about 5 feet of cold water and was scared to death as she had no idea where she was. These two men came to her rescue, crawled down the bank and grabbed her arms and pulled her out of the water.

Letters to the Editor Aug. 25, 2012

Reflections on family, politics in memory of grandmother

How does one take an office as a Democrat, then in a few years change to a Republican?

I was born into a hard-core Democrat family. No, not all of us were poor. Our family had an array of characters — military, business owners, farmers, destitute, you name it, we were born and raised Democrats.

I remember having Easter dinner with my family. My grandmother asked me how I was doing. I know I was excited that Reagan had been re-elected president and boasted about it

Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2012

Story on abused puppy overwhelmed reader

Thank you for the article on London the pit bull puppy (“Local pair jailed for dog abuse,” Aug. 18), who was horribly abused.

I had seen this story on Facebook a couple days earlier and realized that I’d heard nothing about it. I was overwhelmed with tears and emotions. I went to London’s page and donated toward the fund for him (surgeries, care).

Then I showed my daughters London and told them the story. We went to a couple stores here and in Brookings and put together a little care box for him with toys, balls, filled bones and a card of thanks to the amazing people like Amanda Giese at Panda Paws Rescue in Vancouver, Wash.

If you watch the video of London on the website, you can see that he now understands what every dog should know, unconditional love and forever happiness.

 Tonya Byrnes

Crescent City

Letters to the Editor Aug. 18, 2012

Crescent City Triathlon a wonderful family event

I love Crescent City!

For the past four years my family has traveled from Humboldt to spend the Fourth of July in your town to see your incredible fireworks display. But it wasn’t until last week’s Crescent City’s annual triathlon that I really got to know your beautiful city and its friendly citizens.

The event itself was incredible, so well organized and a fun family event. It was my first triathlon that I participated in along, with my son and a friend also from Humboldt.

The volunteers, the police cadets, the supporting businesses and the families from Crescent City that participated reflect so well on Del Norte.

We had never been on Pebble Beach Drive before! What a view!

We plan to return to Crescent City in the near future and stay more than one night to ride our bikes and enjoy your area more. Thank you so much for the wonderful event and please continue to support it.

Chris Cook



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