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Letters to the Editor Feb. 4, 2014

It's my duty to ensure informed decisions

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is elected by its constituents to pass and repeal local laws called ordinances. The Board is also tasked with a myriad of responsibilities including levying taxes, collecting taxes, and adopting a fiscally sound budget.

One of the most important roles the Board plays is as a facilitator of discussion and open dialogue relating to issues pertinent to the community it serves. The responsibility to ensure decisions are made with the best available information and with respectful dialogue cannot be overstated.

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Coastal Voices: Seeger, Bonnie Green had a lot in common

I was driving through Klamath on Monday last week when I heard that Pete Seeger had died. I listened as the station played Pete and Bruce Springsteen’s duet on “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” an ode to the dispossessed of  Steinbeck’s Depression-era Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

As the river mist parted, the pages turned back to July of 1997 and I was approaching a podium to give closing argument in Orange County’s North Court in  pro bono defense of Pastor Wylie Drake, who was being criminally prosecuted for housing the homeless in his First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.

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Letters to the Editor Feb. 1, 2014

Chamber brings attention to great businesspeople

Wow, we’ve come a long way, baby!

The annual Chamber of Commerce dinner was wonderful, one of the best yet, from the perfectly prepared dinner by the chefs at the Tolowa Events Center to the entertaining host Kevin Hartwick.

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It’s OK to take time on new-state plan

What’s the rush?

If Del Norte County supporters of a breakaway state of Jefferson are serious about their proposal, why wouldn’t they want it to be thoroughly examined, as the county Board of Supervisors has suggested?

True, the concept is not new. And neither is the North Coast’s widespread dissatisfaction with state government. It’s not a news flash that the local electorate is out of step with the more populated portions of California.

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Boys hoops joined league back in ‘46

After writing about the first season the girls entered CIF competition in basketball which was  1974, I was asked, when did the boys start?

I didn’t know but decided to find out. I knew that it was a long  time before the girls. While basketball had been played by the boys for a long time, I found that the first CIF basketball competition was the 1946 season.

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Del Norte Gardening: Sowing more seeds than ever

Get a start on this year’s garden, but don’t forget it’ll still be getting cold

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The bounty of winter continues with the latest carrot crop. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Gardening runs monthly. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick. 

What to do in the garden with weather like this?

Perhaps you’re pulling out irrigation when in the past you’ve pulled out moldy rotten plants.  As long as the well doesn’t dry up, I think we’ll all survive and probably enjoy the extra vitamin D while it’s here.

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Grist for the mill: Good, bad news about local food

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a new local food column by Angela Glore. 

When I first moved to Crescent City in October, 2009, people would ask how I liked living here, usually in a voice that suggested my answer would be negative.

But we had moved from the middle of the Mojave Desert, where buying a gallon of milk meant driving over an hour to Las Vegas.

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Church Notebook: It all added up to a lot of shoeboxes for kids

It may not be Christmas season, but we’ve certainly had some days cold enough. I’m very glad not to be living on the other side of the country right now. After all, a good part of my reasoning in moving back to Crescent City was to get away from all that stuff.

If you’ve never had to drive to or from work at midnight in the midst of a blizzard, you can’t imagine what it’s like.

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Letters to the Editor Jan. 30, 2014

Finigan obstructing effort to join Jefferson

Why is Supervisor David Finigan ignoring the will of the residents of Del Norte County and his own fellow supervisors? Why is Supervisor Finigan erecting barriers along the road to the state of Jefferson?

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Letters to the Editor Jan. 28, 2014

Research needed before decision to breach lake

I and members of the Friends of Del Norte have concerns about breaching Lake Earl during this period of severe drought, which is on the Board of Supervisors agenda today.

This morning the supervisors will be voting on a staff recommendation to breach the Lake Earl Lagoon in mid-February. The staff recommendation to breach offers absolutely no data or analysis of what is at stake.

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