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Letters to the Editor March 21, 2015

Kids’ march against tobacco, drugs inspiring

March 18, 2015, has marked the second and now annual anti-tobacco march to City Hall, where kids held their handmade signs and marched through the streets of Crescent City to help spread awareness of the horrible effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and how they felt about it. The march started at Crescent Elk Middle School and ended at Tri-Counties Bank, with 238 students, 8–10 Reach for Success mentors, full A.S.P staff and a whopping 40 parent volunteers! 

Pages of History: Boy rescued after falling into harbor

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1955 and 1965:

An 11-year-old Crescent City boy, Lester Berry, was rescued from water near Citizens Dock when he fell in on Saturday, March 6. L.D. Subbert, an employee of the harbor district, was standing on the dock after skin diving when he heard the splash. He dove into the water and found the boy hanging onto a piling. 

Letters to the Editor March 19, 2015

Wind chimes add to Pebble Beach visit

First, I would like to thank the man and lady from Bend, Ore., who shared their mother’s wind chimes with the people of Crescent City. 

Then I would like to thank Donna Trone for sharing what she discovered about the wind chimes that were hung along Pebble Beach, (“Mystery of wind chimes at Pebble Beach solved,” March 12). I was blessed to be able to enjoy some of them. 

Coastal Voices: Peace of mind in ‘death with dignity’ laws

If you want to understand the benefit of a death with dignity law like the one being considered by the California legislature, you should know how it helped my father.  

My father lived most of his life in California, where he operated a small business and raised a family. When he was in his 90s, my mother died, and my dad decided to move in with my wife and I in Oregon. 

Coastal Voices: Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. 

If you are age 62, unmarried and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more. If you have since remarried, you can’t collect benefits on your former spouse’s record unless your later marriage ended by annulment, divorce or death. Also, if you’re entitled to benefits on your own record, your benefit amount must be less than you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work. In other words, we’ll pay the higher of the two benefits for which you’re eligible, but not both.

Letters to the Editor March 14, 2015

Upgrades to swimming pool are appreciated

I’m very grateful for all the city and county folks who recently upgraded our Crescent City swimming pool. It’s a marvelous place that I visit daily. The murals are spectacular and the water is always warm. 

Letters to the Editor March 12, 2015

Mystery of wind chimes at Pebble Beach solved

Early one Saturday morning while looking out my front window to see if the whales were showing off, I saw a man with a step ladder and a lady holding a box. Then I saw her hand up what looks like a wind chime and he hangs it in the tree. My curious eyes watched as five different kinds were hung. He folded the ladder and they moved on south along the cliffs.

At this point we decided to walk our small dog over to check out this mystery. As we passed our neighbor out in his backyard, I greeted him and asked if he knew anything about the mystery across the street. He answered yes. 

Letters to the Editor March 10, 2015

Triplicate columnists are informative, interesting

My husband and I routinely read the Triplicate each morning it comes; he gets the front section and I read the “B” section until he finishes. Usually this is pretty quick work for me, but to my surprise this Saturday, there were two very well-written columns that are worth mentioning.

First, thank you, Lucas Brug, for your “Birds of a Feather” column. One of many, I hope. Not being an expert birder, I appreciate the information you shared. I agree that the local economy is benefited by such hobbies; I happened to be at the harbor when the common scoter was visiting. I befriended a woman who had driven all night from Sacramento, taken a sick day off of work to go birding in our area and see the scoter. She asked for lunch recommendations; I was able to give her suggestions. She was headed up to Smith River (another birding opportunity) and I told her about Lucky 7 Casino. 

Coastal Voices: PenAir proposal is best bet for passengers

I am writing in support of the PenAir proposal and Essential Air Service application to serve Crescent City Airport with twice-daily service to Portland (PDX). This letter comes from the perspective of being a local resident, retiree from a major airline and a member of multiple airline frequent flyer programs, including Alaska Airlines. My background includes many years as an airport agent, including handling passenger flights headed for Crescent City back in 1979-81. I eventually retired as an analyst for ticketing automation, airport policy and procedures and customer experience. And I have logged well over 1 million miles as an airline passenger over six continents.

The PenAir application is by far the strongest proposal of the three applicants, which includes SeaPort Airlines and Air Excursions, LLC (dba Alaska Seaplanes, dba Redwood Airlines), and the only one meeting the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority’s request. It also will provide the most benefit at the least taxpayer expense of the three, based on the subsidy amounts requested in their proposals as posted in the “public documents” section of the Fly Crescent City website. 

Coastal Voices: I miss my friend Tommy Sparrow

Del Norte County lost an exceptional human being earlier this week. Tommy Sparrow, 61, passed away early Monday morning. 

Tommy and Donna were two of the first people Angela and I met when we moved up to Crescent City in 2009. The Sparrows and the Gitlins came from Santa Clarita, though we didn’t know each other years back. As Angie and I became familiar with the community, Tommy and I became fast friends. He was just too damn likable; you couldn’t help but want to hang out with him. I just miss my friend Tommy. 

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