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Coastal Voices: The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?

I could write this Coastal Voices Op/Ed and simply wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year. That would certainly be safe and benign. However, the subject of my opinion contribution is none other than the messenger herself, the Triplicate. 

Over the last several months my focus of criticism is the thrice-weekly published Triplicate of which I hold the opinion is not representing the community well and systemic changes need be implemented so all of us feel invested and have a voice in the community. 


Coastal Voices: Police must be held to a higher standard

We hear about police who abuse their power most often, simply because we can’t pat everyone on the back for doing what they’re being paid to do. With classism and corruption, along with the militarization of officers, comes victims that are all races and genders, and we need to realize that this is a problem that affects everyone. The police force, along with many prosecutors and judges, need to be scrutinized. Protesters across the country and around the world are speaking out against the abuse.

Black civilians need a spotlight, because they are being targeted far more frequently and violently than the rest of us. This is not pointing at individual officers, except perhaps those we have conclusive evidence against that have not been punished. I also understand police apprehend truly dangerous criminals. There is a decided difference, however, in how they handle white and black suspects, whether they prove to be innocent or not. And this is not just a police vs. criminal scenario, since black off-duty cops often get physically harassed and brutalized by white officers. 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 6, 2015

Take a stand against the ‘filth in our midst’

Why have we allowed the street people, alcoholics, addicts and bums to make us fearful on the streets and prisoners in our homes? Why do we allow them to make our parks and beaches unsafe  for our children to play in, unless you want them to see the lowlifes urinating, defecating and puking? Do you know how many local businesses have been driven out by them?  So many men have stories of their wives and daughters being accosted by these poor unfortunates for spare change and other unmentionables. Seniors are robbed and assaulted in their bedrooms, for goodness’ sake.  

Coastal Voices: A group dynamics lens for community building with social capital

Community leadership seldom has one leader and effective leadership is critical to how a shared goal is implemented, for solving problems, and completing projects. 

As a social entrepreneur, community building facilitator, and through pure personal interest and obsession, I am curious about processes that impact human behavior, impact models, and pathways for change within community social movements. Through attending the Ford Family Foundation’s Leadership Institute, I learned an array of strategies, styles, and models for community leadership. In addition to understanding my personal approach, I particularly appreciate lessons about group dynamics. I’m reminded of how critical relationships are to effective change and sustainable systems. 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 3, 2015

Community’s generosity was a big help to girl with autism

First off I want to say sorry this thank-you letter is late. I am the grandmother to Zyon Koon. She has autism. She needed more testing than what she could get done here to help us help her.

I am writing this letter to the citizens of Del Norte County. In November when we needed help with money for transportation costs and lodging, you all came through for her. For this a big thank you very much. We appreciated the help with finances during my granddaughter’s time of need. She made it to UCSF and had the tests done. She still needs more tests done, but for now she is doing fine. We have great businesses in this town that let us put our cans out for collection. To them we especially give you a big thank you.

Pages of History: Local soldier wounded in France

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

Word has been received here that Robert Bolen, who is with General Patch’s Seventh Army in France, was wounded in action. The news came in a telegram from the War Department to his wife, Mrs. Ann Bolen, who resides in Crescent City. The Seventh Army has been engaged in some of the heaviest fighting in the present German offensive. 

Another telegram was received by Mrs. Bolen a few days later saying “nothing serious and nothing permanent. Don’t worry.”

Your community, your newspaper

Got a new year’s resolution?

May we suggest one?

Whether you’ve got a copy of the paper in front of you or you’re browsing online, consider the fact that you must care about what people have to say in the Triplicate or you wouldn’t be reading it.

That’s as it should be — this is your community newspaper. It’s not just a place to find professional reporting on local news and sports. It’s also Del Norte’s magazine, yearbook, bulletin board, shopper and town hall forum.  

Letters to the Editor Jan. 1, 2015

New sewer and water rates not fair to many customers

With regard to the new sewer and water bill, it does not take an Einstein to figure out what is being done to all ratepayers.

The City Council members make me think of the old time carpetbaggers, someone not paying their fair share. 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 30, 2014

Sutter Coast seems to have spending problem

Great article by Curtis Boewer (“Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims,” Dec. 27) in the Triplicate Coastal Voices section. The facts pertaining to our hospital situation ferreted out and presented by Mr. Boewer are interesting and informative, stuff that everyone in our community needs to know. Of course there is a lot of other stuff we need to know about the workings of the Sutter Health Corporation, but because of the secret ways of the people running the outfit, we are probably stuck with a fairly large amount of ignorance.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 27, 2014

Car club’s donation much appreciated

I would like to thank the Northern Knights Car Club for their generous donation to the Major Project Fund of the Crescent City Elks Lodge #1689. 

The monies donated to this fund help California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc. fund 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners hired by CHEMPI to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need. 

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