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Coastal Voices: Still time to make charitable donations

As we get closer to the end of 2014, thoughts go to finding the perfect gift for loved ones. ’Tis the season of giving: of gifts, of parties, and of donations to charities. Some 40 percent of all individual charitable donations are made in December.

I first experienced my own taste of “philanthropy” when I was very young from my parents. My parents raised us seven kids on a very modest budget, but always found a way to give back. 

Pages of History: Bumper crop of babies at the hospital

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1952:

A bonanza crop of babies had Seaside Hospital staffers in a dither this week. The nursery Tuesday afternoon was considerably over-populated, with 12 very young infants occupying the space originally designed for six.

Monday and Tuesday set some sort of a record in hospital annals, with a total of nine babies being born and a strong possibility that more would arrive before long.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 11, 2014

Rare moonlight rainbow highlights nature’s beauty

It started out as another typical duck hunting day, getting up early to head out to the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.  As I headed through Pacific Shores toward Lake Tolowa and the Pacific Ocean, a very bright full moon hung halfway up the western sky illuminating the landscape and road. Out on the ocean the glow of high-intensity lights from crabbers spread across the low westerly view. In the eastern sky a cloud bank hung low over northern Crescent City and Fort Dick. 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 9, 2014

Handicapped and disabled in county rely on having ‘real’ hospital in town

Despite my unpleasant view of our local hospital, I do not want it to change from what it is now to a smaller version.


Coastal Voices: Sutter Health: ‘We plus you’ or ‘smoke plus mirrors’?

As you read this article please ask yourself if Sutter is acting like a for-profit or a not-for-profit corporation.

It’s been just about a year since the webinar report of Sutter’s $170,000 “independent” Strategic Options Study that was followed by an extensive radio and newspaper advertising campaign. Ironically, after two years of Sutter Coast Hospital denying they were considering downsizing the hospital to Critical Access, “the Study” reported the bestoption was to convert to a Critical Access hospital. That means more money for Sutter Health. Go figure.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 4, 2014

Tragic reminder that life jackets save lives

My husband, Kevin, was the bystander who pulled Jay Jackson from the Smith River last Saturday. 

The two of us, along with another bystander, performed CPR for at least 20 minutes on the shore until help arrived. There were several other bystanders who offered assistance in one way or another, from blowing a whistle  to hiking up the trail to the road to help first responders find us. Given the remote location and rough terrain, the first responders had understandable difficulty in getting to the scene quickly.

Pages of History: Car topples town tree

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1952:

Community tree toppled

Unless some civic-minded citizen figures out some way to re-erect Crescent City’s Christmas tree at Second and H streets, or in some other spot, some of the community’s Yuletide spirit seems doomed to be lost.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 29, 2014

‘Politicians don’t lie only if the truth serves better’

My father was born in 1899, grew up in West Texas, had a third-grade education and served his country in WWI.

He tried to instill in his two sons the American Dream and right and wrong, especially when it came to politics. He had a few “laws” he lived by and I would like to pass them on:

Coastal Voices: Looking beyond the obvious for a Thanksgiving miracle

It was a cold November day in Brookings, the wind-driven rain looked to go to flurries as the sun began to set and the temperature dipped. Jake, just turned 29, had got a late start to work, fixing dinner for his step-brothers and -sisters back in Crescent City, and a later start on life, pumping gas in Brookings to pay for his tuition.

Jake’s parents never known, the Robertsons had adopted him years ago. Somehow the joy he took from tutoring his step-brothers and -sisters led Jake to decide to become a teacher. He’d bloomed late, after having had a taste of the overnight pleasure you could take from a bottle, a bag or the street girls in Eureka, who wrote their name in neon, and thought he knew what he wanted out of life. But tonight, as the rain and cold stung, he was doubting it. His best pal had shacked up with his girl; his pump jockey pay wasn’t enough for next semester’s tuition. For a minute, he thought about bailing and heading for the momentary comforts of Eureka, when the cashier yelled out, “Jake, pump on 3.” 

Letters to the Editor Nov. 27, 2014

Community should rally around local veterans

If this county honors and respects its veterans as you claim you do, why are you letting the county Board of Supervisors get away with the way they are ignoring the disgraceful condition of the veterans building?

Why are you not showing support by being at their meetings en masse and voicing your vet support whether it’s on their agenda or not? You are a free people provided by the cost of your veterans. Act like the free people you are.

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