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Letter to the Editor, Dec. 3, 2015

Actual wording of Constitution

I want to thank Evelyn Cook for her comments on Christmas in last Saturday’s paper (Christmas under fire, follow Jesus’ teachings).

It amazes me what people really think the Constitution says. “Separation of Church and State” is a statement in writings among several constitutional authors.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Coastal Voices: Hard look at Ward, grand jury needed

It has now been nearly six months since the publication of the 2014 Grand Jury findings and the subsequent uproar over those findings regarding the DNSWMA. After a laughable and tepid response by the Authority's director to the charges laid by the Grand Jury and continued questions concerning both the report and the direction of the Commission in the current year isn't it about time someone actually looked into both the 2014 Grand Jury's path to the findings in the report as well as looking into Mr. Ward's empire.

If anyone with an open mind had attended just a few of the meetings of the DNSWMA in 2014 and simply listened, It was plainly obvious that Mr. Ward and his cabal were actively working against the three commissioners on the 2014 board to pursue a certain agenda.  The R3 Consulting Group's report quite clearly put a stake in the heart of Mr. Ward's agenda, placing certain members of the  2014 Commission squarely in the path of the ire of Mr. Ward and his Group.  When they didn't get their way, low and behold along comes a Grand Jury report placing the entire blame on certain members of that commission.  Maybe once an investigation of that Grand Jury occurs the Public can have some confidence in Del Norte Grand Juries going forward.

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1, 2015

Fight continues against Sutter Coast’s greed

First, I would like to thank the Triplicate for assigning reporter David Anderson to cover the Healthcare District Board meetings. There are many in the community who believe that the fight against Sutter Health is lost. Be assured that four of your Healthcare District board members are working diligently to take action that will bring a full service hospital back to our community.

As reported in the Triplicate, board member Clarke Moore has managed to obstruct the board from moving forward.

Thanksgiving Thoughts: Choosing between the two for a happy Thanksgivng

I was driving home tonight from Klamath, where I’m blessed to have a job working in child protection for the Yurok Tribe. It was one of those nights, windblown with the rain descending in sheets, the sparse traffic crawling along the 101, cursing some of those turns you can meet yourself on, when I went to one of those default settings that can come unannounced out of left field sometimes when the gas in your tank goes somewhere between half empty and dry. You look in the rear view mirror, taking a gut check, and then the pages somehow turned to some words I put to paper six years ago…

Pages of History: Humbug timber sold

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1955: 

R.I. Applegate of Hornbrook offered a successful bid of $30,970 for 3,760,000 board feet of salvage timber in the Humbug area of Klamath National Forest.

Applegate was high bidder last week on 2,300,000 board feet in the same area. The Federal Forest Service is conducting salvage sales on timber damaged in last summer’s forest fires.

Coastal Voices: Missing crab on Thanksgiving, but safety comes first

The North Coast is undeniably crab-country. Our traditionally cold coastal waters have been perfect for producing some of our nation’s healthiest crab harvests.

This harvest, a time honored tradition since the mid 1800s here in Northern California, represents a change of season. We gather with our neighbors at local markets to purchase the freshest crab just days after the season opens. We come together to celebrate the holidays with friends and family by cracking crab and thousands of us roll up our sleeves and attend crab feed after crab feed to support our best local charities — usually toting personal butter warmers and lemon wedges.

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26, 2015

Dr. Cutter’s great care will be missed

Once again, Sutter Health downsizing in order to show a bigger profit image, has cost the patients of this small community in Del Norte County. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 24, 2015

Letter policy too restrictive for our vocal community

I would like to add my voice to those of my neighbors and fellow readers of the Triplicate who are not happy with the new word limit and frequency of letters policy instituted by Editor Robin Fornoff.

Another View: No easy way to tell whos 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. 

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