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Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2015

Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues

I look forward to a time when the concept of separation of church and state becomes a reality. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has inscrutably approved the posting of the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building where people of Christian, non-Christian and no faith come to do business.


Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2015

Money at root of Caltrans push on 199/197 project

Many folks are wondering about the push by Caltrans to make highways 199 and 197 STAA-truck accessible. I can propose one answer: Don’t forget who pays Caltrans officials’ hefty salaries — the trucking industry weight fees. We taxpayers only foot the bill for their projects (so our clout is relatively minimal). And there you’ll usually find the hidden agenda.  Always look at Caltrans’ schemes with the trucking industry in mind. They will bend rules or speak with forked tongue when necessary.  Along highways 199 and 197, STAA trucks would be a disaster in the making, and the pristine Smith River would be in as much danger as drivers and cyclists.

Diana Ashley, Gasquet


Letters to the Editor April 28, 2015

Why did county need assistance on bust?

On first reading the article in Saturday’s edition of the Triplicate titled “Federal inquiry into cop actions” I had the immediate reaction of reading one of the many Internet articles featuring outrageous and illegal activity on the part of law enforcement agents vis a vis their interactions with citizens. But sadly this one was a neighborhood event occurring in our own backyard. However, we can breathe a sigh of relief as our sheriff assures us it was not our deputies that are the focus of a supposed federal investigation but rather the officers were from “another” agency assisting in the execution of this warrant.


Letters to the Editor April 25, 2015

First responders had busy night with crash

There was a car in the river Thursday night, and there was a lot of teamwork between Gasquet Fire, Smith River Fire, Search and Rescue and CHP. I do traffic control and don’t see everything that goes on when they’re doing their work. I was there about four hours, and I was first on scene from Smith River Fire. Gasquet Fire and Del Norte Search and Rescue were already there — a lot of people there all doing there jobs — so I started traffic control. The car had Oregon plates, and both persons had to be brought out and up the riverbank on a specially made apparatus that is used to move people who are hurt. Search and Rescue have all the equipment to get the job done — a lot of ropes and pulleys and manpower from them and fire personnel.


Letters to the Editor April 18, 2015

C.C. should follow  lead of towns that ban PWCs

In regard to Jet Skis (personal watercraft or PWC) and their impact on South Beach: I, my family and friends have enjoyed this beach for decades. We stay all day, swim, sunbathe, surf, boogie board and skim board. My children and their friends grew up on this stretch of beach and still share stories of time spent here. People from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California play, fish and enjoy the beach. 


Letters to the Editor April 23, 2015

Supervisor Gitlin’s column on Sutter Health proves he’s a champion for DN

Many thanks to our supervisor, Roger Gitlin, for his excellent and very clear editorial titled “Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox” (April 18). We need more champions like Supervisor Gitlin who are not afraid to call it as it is and to make sure that the citizens of Crescent City are kept aware of what this powerful conglomerate is trying to do to this community and to the physicians who will not bow to its corrupt attempt to take our hospital entirely out of local control and ownership. If you haven’t read this editorial, please go online to the Triplicate and read it.


Letters to the Editor April 21, 2015

Caldwell’s dedication to Del Norte is obvious

It seems Dr. Kevin Caldwell, one of our county’s most senior and well-respected doctors, is not afraid to speak out on our behalf. On Thursday, Dr. Caldwell was chosen by Triplicate readers as their favorite health professional.  Then on Saturday, we read the op-ed by Supervisor Roger Gitlin (“Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox,” April 18) which recognizes Dr. Caldwell for taking a stand against the corporate plans of Sutter Health, which are not in the best interest of our community. I applaud Dr. Caldwell for standing up for us, and Supervisor Gitlin for getting involved and telling the story.


Letters to the Editor April 16, 2015

Picking McClure would be ethical violation

I attended last Thursday’s Local Transportation Commission meeting to verify what I had heard through the grapevine — that Supervisor Martha McClure had applied for a $34,000 contract to be the project manager for the state-funded Safe Routes to Schools program. Although I had never previously attended any of the obscure LTC meetings, it was confirmed there that Ms. McClure was the recommended choice by Director Tamera Leighton. 


Letters to the Editor April 14, 2015

Jet Skiers will respect others and environment 

This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Rick Smith (“Jet Skiers will ruin weekend for others,” April 9) regarding the local Jet Ski gathering that will be hosted on the weekend of April 17–19. 

First, let me clarify: This is a gathering of friends and family — not an organized “event.” Several of the local residents have simply invited some of their out-of-town friends and family to join them at the beach that weekend to enjoy a few days of fun surfing the waves. We love our hometown, and we are excited and proud to show our friends and family all our beautiful area has to offer. 


Letters to the Editor April 11, 2015

Watercraft users show little regard for others

Hello. My name is Lori Ridgway, and I live in Crescent City with my husband and two young children, ages 6 and 3. At the south end of town on Highway 101 there is a designated bathing beach called South Beach, one of Crescent City’s finest natural attractions. The problem is within the past couple of years the beachgoers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, boogie boarders, kids playing in the waves, even animals have been unable to enjoy freely in a peaceful and positive way.


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