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Coastal Voices: Opinion or false statements? The facts about safety on 199

My opinion is that there is a difference between an opinion and a false statement. 

“We are a travel destination,” is an opinion. “The design is so deficient that there are absolutely no improvements proposed between Hiouchi and Gasquet, which has some of the most accident-prone areas,” is a false statement. 

On Sept. 9, 2014, the Del Norte Triplicate printed a Coastal Voices column by Friends of Del Norte president Don Gillespie (“Bigger trucks on 199/197 would deter tourism, compromise safety”) that was treated as an opinion but was actually a misrepresentation of fact. While it’s unreasonable to believe that the Triplicate can fact-check everything, my opinion is that they have an obligation to basic fact-checking. 


Pages of History: Fundraiser to provide TV for elderly

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1955 and 1965:

The rainy, dreary days of winter time in Crescent City can also be lonely days, especially to an old man or an old woman who has no family. 

This thought came to the mind of Mrs. Harry Bienick recently, and she decided to do something about it. She called Tom Gooch, local television dealer, and she called Crescent City Grange, which immediately announced the Grange would sponsor a “Brigade of Dollars” to raise funds to purchase a television set for the old people at Casa de Manana, a rest home for the aged on Cooper Street. 


Letters to the Editor Feb. 5, 2015

Japanese delegation loved visit to Del Norte

Dear Editor, please allow me to use your newspaper to reach the greater Crescent City and Del Norte County communities to formally express gratitude on behalf of the delegation from Rikuzentakata who visited in early January.  

Your hospitality, openness, warmth, receptiveness, and acceptance left the group moved and humbled.  To those who opened their homes, to the administration and staff of Del Norte High School, to the businesses that offered food and lodging, to the Rotary members who listened to stories, and to the many from the Yurok and Tolowa communities who accepted the students, we extend our deep and profound thanks.  


Coastal Voices: State lawmakers may be last hope for lighthouse

Three years ago, I experienced the thrill of a lifetime. In November of 2011, Angela and I were at the right place at the right time. A cancellation opened up two seats on the helicopter flight out to St. George Reef Lighthouse. Without hesitation, I seized the opportunity to experience a part of American history few have been afforded. I didn’t realize then the long reach of Sacramento would close the door to one of the most famous lighthouses in the world just a few months later. 

Lady St. George rests atop an acre-wide reef, much of it submerged, 6 miles off the Del Norte County coast. She rusts away day after week after month after year. The lighthouse, an historic relic, is falling prey as you read this article to the stark reality of some of the roughest oceans and harshest climates in the world.  


Letters to the Editor Feb. 3, 2015

Airport working hard to secure new carrier

I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update regarding our commercial air service and to clarify details of our work in response to SkyWest Airlines’ intention to withdraw its service from Crescent City as United Express.

On Nov. 18, SkyWest Airlines notified the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) of its intention to end service at Crescent City, effective April 6. SkyWest cited the retirement of the aircraft type it presently uses for our market, the 30-seat Embraer Brasilia, as the sole reason for its decision. Crescent City is an Essential Air Service (EAS) market, which provides commercial air service to select markets under the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act.  Immediately following SkyWest’s notification, DOT issued a hold-in order to prevent SkyWest from leaving Crescent City.


Coastal Voices: School counselors doing great things in Del Norte

A recent Triplicate article discussed the lack of school counselors in California. Our state is last in the student-to-school counselor ratio in the nation. Del Norte schools, until recently, suffered the same fate of districts throughout our state. Four school counselors (two at the high school and two for the middle and elementary schools) attempted to serve over 4,000 Del Norte County students. The result was triage and “random acts of counseling.” Only the students in crisis or suffering great need were being helped. Little time was available for career, college and academic counseling.


Letters to the Editor Jan. 31, 2015

Warren Tanquary’s big heart will be missed

I want to thank the Triplicate for putting Warren Tanquary’s death notice in your paper. He was a wonderful man. He had a heart. We are going to miss him a lot.

He served in the Navy. He has been sick for awhile. He is out of pain now.

 


County Commerce: Busy, exciting year ahead for Chamber of Commerce

Changes are apparent at the Del Norte Triplicate, in case you haven’t noticed. This is the first installment of a monthly column to keep the community informed of what the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce is up to. I would like to thank Matt Durkee, editor, and Cindy Vosburg, publisher, for this opportunity. 

Our board of directors and many of our members are aware of what the chamber does. This article is to inform the community about the Chamber of Commerce and its visitors center and the Del Norte County Visitors Bureau. There are some in the business community who question the value of belonging to the chamber and how the chamber benefits them, their business or the community as a whole. So that is my goal for the next couple of months — to let people know what the chamber is doing and how they are doing it. 


Letters to the Editor Jan. 22, 2015

Peanut-fed crows leave unwanted mess

This letter is long overdue, but we kept hoping people would stop feeding whole peanuts in the shell to crows.  

We live close to Pacific and Pebble Beach, where large flocks of crows fly in and plant those same peanuts in our yard, the flower pots and the rain gutters.  


Coastal Voices: A bold new idea: Let DN provide own reps

Well they’re all at the starting line ready to let the race begin. Yes, the race to fill all of the various political slots for 2016. We in Del Norte County will be ignored as usual. None of the candidates for U.S. Senate or other statewide offices will visit us, let alone know that we even exist unless they Google us. For our part, in the primary we will be faced with making a choice among those who have already been selected by big money donors who come from either the Bay Area or L.A. Some choice!

My dream candidate is one who lives right here in Del Norte County, who knows rural issues, who can articulate those issues to others and who has the ability to make good sound decisions that can benefit all of us. Don’t say it can’t happen. We’ve seen it before, when former Del Norte County Supervisor Don Clausen was successful in winning a seat in Congress and served in that body for 20 years. He did not need a map to find us; he was one of us.


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