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Did you know? Supermajority: Sing kumbaya!

Have you noticed how quiet and peaceful the political climate is in Sacramento these days? Not one political fight has broken out between Democrats and Republicans. Every single piece of legislation easily passes through the committee process then on to the full Senate and Assembly and then is signed by the governor. You could almost call it a love fest. Let’s all sing kumbaya?

It certainly is a significant change from the old days just several years ago when state budgets were bitterly fought over. Increasing taxes was a big issue between the two parties and the state budget would even be days, if not weeks, late. But not today.

 

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Letters to the Editor March 22, 2014

Cost of referendum should be on backers

I’m proud to be a Californian! Ours is the state that has led the way for much of the progress in the country. As California goes, so goes the country! 

Paying taxes certainly is a duty to which none of us look forward to. However, every day, at home or anywhere we go, we see what our state taxes provide that we as individuals we could not afford: schools, parks, roads, enforcement of the laws requiring standards for building, vehicle operation, professional services, etc. We often find meeting the requirements upsetting and annoying when we must comply, but are appreciative of those that others must follow.

 

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Church Notebook: Spring is here, with Easter and Passover services near

Thursday was pretty nice for the first day of spring. The sun was bright even if it wasn’t too warm.

I’m looking forward to days when I can sit on the back porch with my coffee in the morning, soaking up the sun and admiring the special things that are growing in the backyard. A friend at the hospital gave me two rhubarb roots a couple weeks ago, and they are doing nicely — maybe some strawberry rhubarb pie next year; they’ll need this year to settle in to their new “home.”

The race is officially on between me and the masked bandits — my apple trees are in full bloom.

 

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Pages of History: Highway 101 relocation considered

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1958.

The California Highway Commission announced today that it is taking under consideration relocating about eight miles of U.S. Highway 101 (the Redwood Highway) in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

State Highway Engineer G.T. McCoy has recommended a route which would extend from the vicinity of Prairie Creek Redwood State Park south of the Humboldt–Del Norte County line 0.06 miles south of Minot Creek in Del Norte County.

 

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Letters to the Editor March 20, 2014

How School Board treated children was disgraceful

I feel compelled to write this letter after the School Board meeting last night, when KRECR’s school meal request was on the agenda. My daughters feel strongly about this issue. I was filled with pride, as my daughters wanted to stand up for those in need, to be the voice for those who cannot/will not speak up.

My third-grader had a speech with her friend. My first-grader wanted to plead for the poor, hungry kids she sees at school every day. This was their request. We did not parade little kids in front of the board to manipulate them. The way the children were treated makes me believe the Board resented their input.

 

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Letters to the Editor March 18, 2014

Mann case a great miscarriage of justice

Being a Del Norte county resident for 30 plus years, I for the first time am ashamed to let anyone know where I live. I usually brag about what a beautiful place this is, having the beautiful redwoods, rivers full of fish and nice clean air to breathe. But we have to put up with one of the most foul-smelling judicial systems I have ever seen, or heard of. 

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Coastal Voices: New-state plan vague, dangerous to Del Norte

Given the small amount of information provided, and having had a discussion with the proponents of the state of Jefferson advisory measure for the June 3 ballot, the Executive Board of the Del Norte County Employees Association SEIU 1021, representing the miscellaneous and mid-management/professional employees of the County of Del Norte, cannot in good faith support this advisory measure.  

We have grave concerns on the impact the proposed state of Jefferson will have on the dedicated employees of the County of Del Norte as well as the negative repercussions on the general public who we serve.

 

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Letters to the Editor March 15, 2014

Appalling lack of remorse, responsibility in Mann case

It was very frustrating and sad to learn that Coulter Mann refused to take responsibility for his inappropriate actions in taking a life of an innocent man. Coulter made the choice to drink alcohol and drive his vehicle under the influence, putting himself and others in danger.

The excuse he used in his defense is equally appalling. The people of Del Norte County should be outraged at the stupidity of Mann and his legal team, of which one member is his father, presenting to the jury such inaccurate and laughable fallacies.

Equally disturbing is the pointed testimony of various employees of the Del Norte County Unified School District, including the superintendent. It is OK to be friends with someone but not support such behavior.

 

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Letters to the Editor March 13, 2014

Heroes of another kind, doing acts of kindness

We see them. When we thumb through our newspapers or turn on our televisions, we see them. Each day they sacrifice the most precious thing that any of us can ever think to give. Their lives. 

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Coast Guard may leave Klamath

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1958.

The future of the Klamath River’s three-man Coast Guard rescue boat crew was shaded with doubt this week as Klamath Chamber of Commerce President Pat Caldwell told members of the local chamber that for budget reasons Rear Admiral Wood had expressed the opinion that this service not be continued. 

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