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Letters to the Editor Jan. 30, 2014

Finigan obstructing effort to join Jefferson

Why is Supervisor David Finigan ignoring the will of the residents of Del Norte County and his own fellow supervisors? Why is Supervisor Finigan erecting barriers along the road to the state of Jefferson?

Letters to the Editor Jan. 28, 2014

Research needed before decision to breach lake

I and members of the Friends of Del Norte have concerns about breaching Lake Earl during this period of severe drought, which is on the Board of Supervisors agenda today.

This morning the supervisors will be voting on a staff recommendation to breach the Lake Earl Lagoon in mid-February. The staff recommendation to breach offers absolutely no data or analysis of what is at stake.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 18, 2014

Coast to Crest Trail a worthy career highlight

Congratulations to Mary Kay Vandiver on her retirement from the Forest Service “Looking back on 11 years in NRA,” Jan. 7. Mary Kay has done an outstanding job over the last 11 years as district ranger for the Smith River National Recreation Area.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 16, 2014

Praise makes me feel more worthy of being vet

“Good morning Del Norte County.” Not Vietnam anymore.

As a ’Nam combat vet, I would like to thank the members of my community for training the young adults and children to respect veterans.

They say, “Thank you for serving our country, sir.” That makes me cry. Why?

Letters to the Editor Jan. 11, 2014

Courageous woman restores faith in DN

Just a brief note to express my admiration for the woman described in the Jan. 9 article, “Burglars flee from armed woman.”

This one courageous elderly woman with her gun has restored my faith and pride in Del Norte County and has done more for the betterment of our society than the thousands of wimpy anti-gun “liberals” infesting our governments and our media. She deserves national headlines and a presidential medal, but I doubt that will happen.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 9, 2014

American ingenuity could make tunnel idea work

In regard to Larry Fortier’s response (“Japanese construction is no model for us to follow”) in the Dec. 31 Triplicate to my “tunnel” suggestion for Last Chance Grade (“Tunneling is best way to get around Last Chance,” Dec. 24), he is right to an extent.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 2, 2014

Sutter practices warrant tax-exempt status loss

I would like to make local readers aware that many of the same problems we are having with Sutter Health have been experienced by other communities where Sutter Health operates. 

I am a member of the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association. In San Leandro, Sutter Health planned to close the hospital, but in the face of organized community opposition, Sutter donated the hospital and it remains open as an Acute Care hospital.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 31, 2013

Letter's criticisms of dog park effort are unfounded

In response to Timmy Kramer’s letter, “Better causes than dogs to raise funds for” (Dec. 12), I would like to say a few words.

Dog parks are wonderful. Not only are they a great outlet for dogs, they are family-friendly places to have fun. You don’t honestly think just the dogs go to a dog park do you? Crescent City could most definitely use more family-friendly places that encourage physical activity and positive family time.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 26, 2013

Bottom line on hospital is rising cost of health care

The Dec. 7 Triplicate presented more information than I’ve heard from the Sutter Coast Board of Directors in more than two years (“Hospital Board makes its move”).

God knows I’ve sent many letters and an email or two to the Hospital Board over that time (all unanswered but hopefully received!). My most recent email to the board was a New York Times newspaper article sent a day or two before its vote to convert to a Critical Access Hospital (“CAH”). The article was titled, “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500”; it’s on line at: www.nyti.ms/186QIJM .

In the Dec. 7 Triplicate article, the Sutter Coast Hospital Board chairman referred to “the spark that ignited the community.” The real spark was the secret original vote to “regionalize” in 2011 that started the community thinking SCH was trying to hide something.


Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2013

Slow down, obey laws and live into the new year

Traveling U.S. Highway 101, there are several areas where traffic laws are  completely ignored.

Driving south, just passing the KOA, cars begin tail-gating, making sure that they can pass you on the left when the lane opens up.

The speed limit is still 55 mph, the law is “no passing at a cross road,” yet the speeders go by, before the freeway, at 70 mph passing at Elk Valley Cross Road.


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