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Another View: No easy way to tell who’s who

America was built by immigrants and refugees. Inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty is this: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” When we hear about refugees fleeing from terror and death in Syria and Iraq, our first best impulse is to open our arms wide and welcome them. Then we recall the massacre in Paris, and hesitate. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21, 2015

Hussey saw local need, Sutter only sees profits

While I’m hopeful that mediation will produce a just settlement in the lawsuit brought against Sutter by Beverly Hussey, I’m not optimistic. Sutter’s intransigence to date and the complete lack of transparency at high levels in the organization are not encouraging signs. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 19, 2015

One letter per month eliminates chance for debate, discussion

This letter is addressed to “Editor” but more properly should be addressed to the readers ofthe Triplicate because I want to talk about the editor to the readers.

The current editor, Robin Fornoff, has made some changes to the rules governing the Opinion page. One change is to limit letters to 300 words. Another change is to limit letters from any individual to one letter per month.

Some of us readers think these rules are too restrictive. One of the most vocal being Dale Bohling. And, I agree with Mr. Bohling.

Pages of History: Even the OPA isn't to blame

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1945:

It rained last week

Monday it started to rain.

Tuesday it did the same.

Coastal Voices: Why the silence about radiation?

Is it a stretch to look at a faraway and long ago event being the root cause of the current crab harvesting crisis in the Pacific Northwest?

I hardly think so when that event was the earthquake that  devastated a nuclear power plant at Daichi in  Fukushima, Japan. Radioactive elements have been spilling and purposely  released into the  Pacific Ocean ever since. Once the initial event occurred  and statistics were compiled/disseminated the China Syndrome event dropped from the radar and not a word has been whispered about it since.

Being so closely aligned with California commerce/recreation it is a veritable hot potato. The recall of a movie “Jaws” illustrates the point well, wherein a seaside community beach    became infested with a great white shark  with an appetite for human flesh. The mayor, realizing the loss of revenues to the city, went to great lengths to downplay the danger to surfer/swimmers.

Letter to the Editor, Nov. 17, 2015

Paper subscription dropped due to Pitts

Having read the Del Norte Triplicate and often subscribed to it since 1957 and having lived with the knowledge that you never had a real reporter (not even one that could compare to Geraldo Rivera), and rarely had a functional editor, I now find that it is time to drop you.

I know you have to cater to the local mentality. But I feel that you have overstepped the bounds of decency and rationale by paying for and printing the Leonard Pitts Jr. columns.

Fred Storr, Fort Dick

Coastal Voices: Computer scams and hackers on the rise recently

Scams are hitting the computer industry harder than ever before and things are about to get worse. Most of the time these scams hit the unsuspecting individuals with little or no computer savvy. But, anyone can be a victim of these scams. Being a business owner in Crescent City who specializes in computers, networks and telephone systems, I see this on the rise more than ever before. I have been in the computer industry since 1981.

The problems with these scams is we allow it to happen to us. Sure it sounds good, but most of the time it isn’t. Once a month I get a personal call from someone notifying me that they detected a problem on my computer and it needs to be fixed. Now and then I let them talk the talk and it ends up with them telling me that in order to fix my computer they need to get access to it. Never allow anyone that you don’t know to get access to your computer, ever. I will tell you more about this later.

Another scam is someone claiming to be from Microsoft and they inform you that they detected a problem with your operating system or you are running illegal software and they are about to inform the FBI. Right. First and foremost, Microsoft never calls an individual (unless you first called them and opened up an event ticket). Could you imagine the logistics that Microsoft would have if they tried to call everyone? Also Microsoft would contract the FBI if you were doing something illegal not the people calling you.

Pages of History: County is a $4,412,000 food market

Pages of History for November of 1955 from the Del Norte Triplicate:

With incomes of Del Norte residents running at a high level, the questions arise: How much of this money are they spending? Where are they spending it and for what?

Answers to the questions are contained in a copyrighted study made by Sales Management of the spending habits of people locally and in other parts of the country. Put under the spotlight are each community’s purchases of food, autos, general merchandise and the like.

In Del Norte County, most of the earnings in 1954 went into the cash registers of the local retail stores. These expenditures produced retail business in the amount of $15,796,000 for the year, an increase over the $11,491,000 recorded in 1953.

Coastal Voices: Caltrans too slow with Last Chance

Albert Einstein said it first but it is applicable to our current situation — the height of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

One of the most important issues that affects Del Norte is Last Chance Grade. We’ve known that this was a huge problem since Kurt Stremberg lost his family when this area of Highway 101 fell into the sea, 43 years ago in the middle of the last century.

At the recent town hall meeting, when Caltrans District Director Charlie Fielder was asked about the progress of a long term replacement of Last Chance Grade, he stumbled for the words and basically he just said a long term solution is necessary.

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 12, 2015

A quick reminder of the good in people in Crescent City

So many times, we read about horrible people and events in the paper. I would like to share my recent story of the good in people.

Last Thursday, Nov. 5, I was driving on Pebble Beach Drive. I had just been for a long walk with a friend. I began coughing furiously. When I pulled up to the stop sign at Pebble Beach and Washington Boulevard, I began to feel very dizzy. I remember thinking, “I have never felt this dizzy.” The next thing I saw was a big bush outside my front windshield.

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