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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Church Notebook: Ladies Christian Fellowship mulls 2014 mission

It’s all over and done for another year.

My biggest regret is that we have to pack away all that beautiful music! And, of course, all those lights and decorations that are so pretty — but it’s the music that stays with me. But as fast as time seems to fly anymore, before we know it Christmas will be back again!

In the meantime, I’ll get back to writing, and hopefully, my book will become a reality. Two chapters isn’t much, but it is a beginning. Funny, though, how despite my outline, the story seems to take on a life of it’s own, changing direction, and the importance of various characters. I think this is going to be a very interesting journey!


Work at mills picks up after the slowdown

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1952.

Del Norte’s labor situation took a turn for the better this week. The Klamath plant of the Simpson Logging Company reopened Wednesday, Jan. 2, after its holiday shutdown of Dec. 22. A total of 211 men went back to work, according to Henry Rinne of the U.S. Employment Office.


Letters to the Editor Jan. 2, 2014

Sutter practices warrant tax-exempt status loss

I would like to make local readers aware that many of the same problems we are having with Sutter Health have been experienced by other communities where Sutter Health operates. 

I am a member of the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association. In San Leandro, Sutter Health planned to close the hospital, but in the face of organized community opposition, Sutter donated the hospital and it remains open as an Acute Care hospital.


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