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Letters to the Editor Feb. 18, 2014

Execs paid millions as Sutter claims hardship

I would like to add my name to the thousands of local residents who are opposing the recent decision by Sutter Health and the Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors to downsize the hospital in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the federal Critical Access program. If Sutter Coast is permitted to downsize, there will only be 25 acute care hospital beds for the communities of Crescent City and Brookings.

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Letters to the Editor Feb. 15, 2014

Government must analyze state of Jefferson proposal

I am writing in response to Sue Sullivan’s letter (“Jefferson backers should provide needed info,” Feb. 13) in which she calls for “an independent fiscal analysis being provided by the group that supports the state of Jefferson.”

Would Ms. Sullivan actually accept such an analysis by the Jefferson proponents as “independent”? Of course not.

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Coastal Voices: Valentine’s weekend could be another Thanksgiving Day

I guess you can say I am a new mom. I had my daughter last August but have helped raise my step-daughter since she was just a few days old and that was December 2010.

I have always heard the love of a mother was a rare one and now I understand. I knew right away the moment I looked into my baby’s beautiful brown eyes that I was the luckiest mom in the whole world. And because of this new found love I have a new appreciation for every day, every holiday.

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H.S. baseball teams now need lots of strong arms

Basketball season is winding down and baseball season is winding up.

With the start of Del Norte baseball it is fun to look back at what baseball was like when I was a Warrior. 

It has really changed, and I really like the changes. During the four years that I played as a Warrior there were only six teams in the league: Del Norte, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Ferndale and Hoopa. South Fork did not field a baseball team and there was no St. Bernard’s or McKinleyville.

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Walnuts for the winter

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Walnuts in the shell. Wikimedia
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my Facebook friends talking about the extra 40 pounds of walnuts she’d collected from her tree and how she hated to see them go to waste.

I immediately wrote her and offered a trade. Some of my handmade chocolates for a big box of walnuts was the deal.

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Church Notebook: World Day of Prayer is coming up

Someone on TV was saying the other day that even if it rained every day from now to the first of May, we still would not be able to “catch up” to our normal amount of rainfall for the year.

I hope that person was wrong. While it may be making things wet and sloppy, and soaking us as we run from house to car to work and back, it is bringing much-needed moisture. It continually amazes me to see plants that looked absolutely hopelessly lost spring back after a night of rain.

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Letters to the Editor Feb. 13, 2014

Thanks to police officer who made week better

The other night at about 9 p.m., I went to McDonald’s on my bike. I ordered five burgers and five fries and on the way home my bag broke. I had five burgers and one order of fries scattered on the ground.

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Candidates declaring for election

From the Pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1958.

Indications that Del Norte County’s primary elections may develop into a hotly contested political race loomed this week as five more announced candidacy for city and county offices, swelling the list of political hopefuls to 13.

Sheriff Ozzie Hovgaard and Donald Pinkerton both announced their candidacy for sheriff as had Larry Johnson of Smith River. 

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Letters to the Editor Feb. 11, 2014

Nothing wrong with public display of love

This morning I was feeling about as happy as I could be, mostly because I share a wonderful, loving relationship with my partner. We stood next to each other — in public — and I kissed her cheek several times as we stood close to each other, embracing.

I was a bit shocked when someone marched over and informed us of his view that this was inappropriate. He said that he “might have to ask us to leave.” I reacted badly, I’m afraid. Something hit me and I became angered, and for that I am embarrassed. But for nothing else will I ever apologize.

It wasn’t aggravation about yet another absurd rule or law — there are plenty of those and I’m almost used to them. Or that someone can be so twisted to deem PDA (public display of affection) as some kind of disorder in a disorder-crazed society.

In that moment I reflected on the whole of human suffering, all of the really serious problems in our world like poverty, hunger, homelessness, teenagers shipped off to fight endless, undeclared wars that kill tens of millions of people around the world, disease and prisons for profit, drug addiction, ubiquitous direct and indirect slavery and oppression, violence and depravity in our neighborhoods, all of it.

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House Calls: How long will you live? It is partly up to you

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Christopher B. Cutter, a physician at Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

I found myself on the Internet looking at life expectancy tables the other day. I followed that up by going to a few of the on-line questionnaires that anyone can sit down with and use. The results are pretty darn interesting.

These quizzes all ask pretty much the same thing. They have a list of basic questions about your age, height and weight. They then ask you the questions about the things you cannot control — the medical history of your parents and siblings (not your aunts, uncles and cousins — they really don’t figure in much).

Then they ask the other obvious stuff — smoking, drinking, drugs, exercise and food choices. Next are the questions about things that you may not think about — your education, your job, your income and marital status. A big factor, it turns out, is your dental care — or lack thereof.

 

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