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Letters to the Editor Jan. 11, 2014

Courageous woman restores faith in DN

Just a brief note to express my admiration for the woman described in the Jan. 9 article, “Burglars flee from armed woman.”

This one courageous elderly woman with her gun has restored my faith and pride in Del Norte County and has done more for the betterment of our society than the thousands of wimpy anti-gun “liberals” infesting our governments and our media. She deserves national headlines and a presidential medal, but I doubt that will happen.

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Girls hoops team began back in ‘74

It was a long time coming and long over due.

The league and the state finally recognized that girls deserved the same opportunity to display and receive recognition for their athletic talents as do the boys.

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Walk Your World: The South Fork: Can you ford it?

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Staying on the trail means fording the South Fork of the Smith. Del Norte Triplicate / Richard Wiens
We’ve never been walking-stick hikers, much less users of the fancy poles that look like they belong on ski hills. But we could’ve used them last Saturday on a stretch of the restored Kelsey Trail that calls for fording the South Fork of the Smith River.

Someone had actually left a decent-looking stick leaning against a sign at the trailhead for the Ford-to-Canthook section, but we left it there.

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Church Notebook: DN churches: There’s no shortage of choices

The cat did it.

No, he didn’t eat my homework — he dialed my phone.

A few mornings ago, I awakened to find the red light on my cell phone blinking. A text message from my daughter was asking if everything was all right because I had called her just after midnight but did not say anything.

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Pages of History: The turkey dinner that got away

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1958.

Candidates for 1957’s “Meanest Man of the Year” aren’t being sought, but here’s one that would probably win hands down.

Expecting guests for Christmas dinner, Mrs. Clara McIndoe of Ocean Drive thoughtfully cleaned and stuffed her turkey on Christmas Eve, then placed it in the refrigerator all ready to pop in the oven the next day.

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Letters to the Editor Jan. 9, 2014

American ingenuity could make tunnel idea work

In regard to Larry Fortier’s response (“Japanese construction is no model for us to follow”) in the Dec. 31 Triplicate to my “tunnel” suggestion for Last Chance Grade (“Tunneling is best way to get around Last Chance,” Dec. 24), he is right to an extent.

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Coastal Voices: Be angry, but don't let anger control your life

The horrific, violent, and senseless murder of Eureka’s Father Eric Freed has left many of us very wounded, angry, and disillusioned, asking the question: what now?

There are those who in their anger want revenge or someone to blame. But, those of us who approach life with a sense of faith know that the only way forward and the only way to heal the wound is by way of forgiveness.

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California Focus: Warnings from candid, and outgoing, treasurer

Every once in awhile, California gets a major public official who thrives on telling the unvarnished truth. In recent history, these have usually held the office of state treasurer, a low-visibility post that can give its occupant plenty of time to ruminate.

First in this line in the modern era was Jesse Unruh, for whom a political studies institute at USC is now named. Unruh, the ultimate politician during his 1960s tenure as speaker of the state Assembly, predicted while treasurer in the 1970s precisely the kind of budget conundrums California would face for almost 20 years starting in the mid-1990s.

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Coastal Voices: Indian mascots can be respectful

On Monday night the Florida State University Seminoles will play for the college football national championship. I would encourage everyone to watch this game with open eyes.

The FSU mascot is the product of cooperation between FSU and the Seminole people. A student wears a black wig, war paint, rides a horse named “Renegade,” and carries a flaming spear onto the field.  He is a portrayal of the great Seminole Chief Osceola.

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DN sports about more than wins and losses

I have said for a long time that while most people’s calendar has the four seasons as fall, winter, spring and summer, my calendar is different with the seasons being football, basketball, baseball and hunting.

I am still not sure which is my favorite, but since it is basketball season, that is my favorite for now. I look forward to watching our boys and girls teams play in Thunen Gym this season; it is still fun to look back to seasons that were played in what is now the Rec Gym.

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