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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.


Letters to the Editor June 16, 2012

Signs warning motorists about pedestrian traffic needed on 101

Highway 101 in Northern California is a deadly highway. I think signs warning motorists of possible pedestrian cross traffic should be used near the Klamath townsite.

The townsite has a lot of pedestrian traffic. Combine the high pedestrian traffic with increased summertime tourist traffic and it becomes easy to see how some highway signage could help.

How much could a pair of signs cost? How many people have to die before something is done?

Chris Valvo



Letters to the Editor June 14, 2012

Jon Alexander unselfishly donates his time and money

I am writing in regards to the June 12 letter, “Jon Alexander only seems to care about drug abusers.”

It’s true Jon does care about drug abuse and he unselfishly donates his time in helping others such as the Jordan Recovery House and also teens in need within our community, and he sends the drug dealers to prison, but I have personally seen Jon donate money to our baseball Little League.


Letters to the Editor June 12, 2012

Jon Alexander only seems to care about drug abusers

I’m writing in regard to the June 5 letter, “Alexander a good man who doesn’t deserve persecution.”

I do not agree that we know who Jon Alexander is! We do know what he pretends to care about and wants our town to believe, but in all honesty I think Jon Alexander is one of the most self-centered, selfish people I have ever had a chance to meet.

I do not believe that he cares about any case that comes across his desk unless it involves drug abuse, in which he tries to make an example of the people and prosecutes to the fullest extent.


Letters to the Editor June 9, 2012

Your vote might make the difference on Election Day

Tuesday, Election Day, was a new experience for me. Oh, I voted.  Wouldn't miss it.

But for the first time, I worked at a polling place. And what an experience.

We got there at 6 a.m. to set up.  The polls open at 7 and there is a lot to do beforehand.  We got to go home at 9 p.m., after the sheriff picked up the ballots. It was a long day of cold coffee and cold sandwiches. I am glad I did it, and I'll do it again. Wouldn't miss it.


Letters to the Editor June 7, 2012

Half a dozen reasons why Alexander is a good man

Does the district attorney have problems? You betcha!

1) He has a great big heart; too big for his own good.

2) He is a real friend. When you cry help, he comes running. He doesn’t stop to think if he is going to get into trouble; helping you is all that matters.

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