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Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 


Coastal Voices: Painting over mural was avoidable

I thought there might be more community outrage over the desecration of the student-painted mural at Crescent Elk. Then I reread the story (“Student mural is painted over,” July 26) and realized that if you believed the comments of Jeff Napier, you might believe the painting was warranted. It appears to me that Napier was either misinformed or flat out lying when he said that the stucco had already been compromised when the mural was painted, that the surface wasn’t prepared properly before the mural was painted and that the district wasn’t notified so maintenance could inspect the wall. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.


Coastal Voices: Klamath salmon facing major threat in drought

The drought of 2013–2014 didn’t sneak up on us. For the first half of the winter it simply didn’t rain. Sparse rains arrived late in the season and there was meager snowpack in the mountains. The Yurok Tribe and California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a major drought emergency. 

Water managers scrambled to figure out how to best allot a limited amount of Trinity River water, which flows into the Klamath, amongst many competing interests. Despite the knowledge that migrating Klamath salmon would be in peril from low flows when the fall run started, the Bureau of Reclamation sent an entire year’s worth of cold fish-sustaining flows from the Trinity to the Central Valley. The Yurok Tribe, and others, including the Hoopa Valley Tribe, sent letters to the agency warning that salmon will face a desperate situation by late summer — if preventative flow is not available. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2014

Church, state separation was priority for Franklin

Regarding Virginia Walworth’s letter to the editor last Thursday, Benjamin Franklin must have gotten tired of leading those prayers at the Constitutional Convention. 

He, according to an hour-long documentary about him on cable channel 130 (the History Channel’s secondary documentary channel) last weekend, was one of the strongest promoters of separation of church and state at the Constitutional Convention. 

 


Pages of History: Cabin is destroyed by fire

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1952.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Breenwood cabin at River Bar Lodge yesterday. The fire broke out about 10:40 a.m. 

The first three fire trucks arrived in 15 minutes. The U.S. Forestry Service, the Crescent Fire Protection District and the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department responded.


Coastal Voices: Still a lot of work to keep fair alive

Like many of you, I am strongly supporting the “Save the Del Norte Fair” movement. We have been greeted with substantial enthusiasm for the effort, which will hopefully conclude with the successful passage of Measure F by voters in November.

But I do have some concerns. With all these early cheers for the Del Norte County Fair, a bit of complacency has drifted over the campaign.

Let’s be perfectly clear: It is going to take a lot of hard work by a lot of people to make sure the Del Norte County Fair and the Del Norte Fairgrounds stay open long into the future.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2014

Coastal Connections youth project is doing a great job

The article by Aaron West published July 29 (“Youth Team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft”) highlights both the capacity and commitment of youth working to improve the health of our community. Witnessing the well-organized and respectful Coastal Connections Youth Organization Project (CCYOP) presentation addressing a long-standing concern of underage alcohol use was inspiring, regardless of your age. Rarely do presenters receive a standing ovation; CCYOP was an exception. You can view it in its entirety online.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 5, 2014

Privatizing Solid Waste Authority is misled idea

I have been watching with increasing concern as Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan pursue their ideological agenda at the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority. It has become clear that these three have a preconceived “solution” to a “problem” they have largely created and that they intend to impose their solution on the people of Del Norte County.

Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan believe privatizing the Solid Waste Authority’s functions would save money and improve services. As a university trained economist, I’ve examined their claim from that perspective. Here is what I found:


Did you know: Report from the Wiens, now in living in Hawaii

Under the heading “Whatever happened to them?” is whatever happened to Richard and Laura Wiens. For you folks who may be reading the Triplicate for the first time, Richard was the editor and Laura was the Neighbors Page editor for many years until they left for sunnier shores in Honolulu some three months ago.

I caught up with Richard at lunch at a local IHOP Restaurant on Waikiki recently. Richard is now the managing editor of City Beat, an online-only newspaper based in Honolulu. He manages three editors and six reporters. The major focus of the paper is investigative reporting with an emphasis on government, politics and the environment. I asked him what the major difference was between an online newspaper and a print paper. He says that once a reporter makes a mistake in an article and the paper is printed, that’s it! There is no way to recall the error and make it right; it will be a part of that paper forever, whereas with the online newspaper, if a mistake is made, it can be corrected immediately.


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