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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 29, 2015

Bus driver: Claims of racial profiling untrue

I am a 13-year school bus driver for Del Norte Schools and have spent the last four years transporting students to and from Klamath every day. 

I disagree with racial profiling and my colleagues and I were highly offended by statements attributed to Ms. Helton regarding racial profiling on our buses. Her stating (Sept. 25 “Pilgrimage” story) that kids are pulled off the bus regularly and entangled with law enforcement is untrue and is an example of race-baiting or reverse racism.

Coastal Voices: Getting off the chemical treadmill

New EPA water quality laws expanding protection to tributaries as well as main stem rivers will be another layer of regulation for the Smith River lily bulb growers.

While their new agricultural discharge permit now being devised by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board will not be issued for several years, growers should be more pro-active and take voluntary steps to reduce chemical discharges from lily fields into the estuary.

Initial bioassay findings from the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB) indicated high levels of copper at some test sites that either inhibited zooplankton reproduction or directly killed these two indicator species, both vital in the food chain. For coho salmon and tidewater goby, Smith River sloughs and tributaries are essential fish habitat and crucial fish nurseries and rearing areas. Both species are federally listed as threatened or endangered and both require zooplankton as their primary prey species during part of their life cycles.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 26, 2015

Change in paper looks, feels good

Recent changes in content and layout have made The Triplicate more informative and enjoyable to read. It has the feel of an authentic newspaper. As a loyal reader, I wanted to pass on my appreciation.

Aimee Bolender, Crescent City


Physician shortage is a very real issue

I didn’t “chuckle” at all when I read Mr. Cooper’s article to the editor regarding the shortage of medical services in our county. In fact, I became furious when Mr. Richard Cooper made light of our serious problem. (See letter to the editor “No critical shortage with 29 physicians,” Sept. 22.)

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24, 2015

Values mostly the same, solutions are different

It was with interest I read the Sept. 15 edition of the Triplicate; Mr. Shepard’s listing of the conservative values upon which he states the policies of the Republican Party are based.

I do hope others of his party will not be upset or shocked to learn these values are not theirs exclusively. Rather, these are the values of the civilized world encompassing all political, economic and religious philosophies. The programs and policies designed in the name of these values is where the differences occur.

Could it mean traditional means we tend to find it difficult to change with the times?

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22, 2015

Liberals hold traditional values too

Once again, I must respond to Mr. Shepard’s rebuttal. Perhaps he does not realize that we liberals have similar traditional values.

We believe in the preservation of the Constitution, just as he does.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 19, 2015

McClure is not perfect, but neither is the criticism

In my 13 years in Crescent City I’ve read many letters that were critical of Martha McClure.

Some were logical and well written; others quite the opposite. Sparky Countess’s recent letter fell in the latter category.

Sparky seems to be of the opinion that most of what is holding this county back can be attributed to McClure and her “power-monger” partner, Supervisor (David) Finigan.

Pages of History: Spaceman and local lads

Pages of History for September of 1965 from the Del Norte Triplicate.

When the astronauts returned to earth after a 3,338,200 mile jaunt, a Crescent City lad, Charles Rutherford, was waiting aboard the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain to meet them.

Rutherford, 19, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rutherford of Crescent City. He is serving aboard the ship where spacemen Gordon Cooper, Jr. and Charles Conrad, Jr. were landed Sunday morning, working as an electrician’s mate.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 17, 2015

Murray’s knowledge, experience would be great as supervisor

I am pleased Kathryn Murray is running for election to the (Del Norte County) Board of Supervisors. Her life and work experience — and her many services as a City Council member — make her an ideal candidate. Kathryn is knowledgeable about both city and county issues having served on numerous committees and boards with her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors.

Kathryn has also successfully advocated Del Norte County’s needs at the state level, recently serving as president of the Redwood Empire division of the League Of California Cities. She has built a good working relationship with our two newly elected state representatives, Assemblyman Jim Wood and Sen. Mike McGuire, keeping them aware of the particular needs of Del Norte County.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15, 2015

Smith River Post Office needs better markings

I’d like to thank Northcrest Towing for their timely assistance in getting my van from a shallow ditch in Smith River on Sept. 9 around 8 p.m. 

Coastal Voices: Saying no to hatred, insanity in tough times

Once again, 14 years later, as the sun rose and set upon America, we gathered collectively in an attitude of mourning, of celebration and of prayer. Like each of us, I recalled where I was when I first heard of the attack upon the towers and then the Pentagon, where I was later to learn my cousin had perished, along with 43 people from the county of my birth. 

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