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Letters to the Editor Sept. 6, 2014

Editorial ignored Gitlin’s contributions to county

I am not sure Triplicate editor Matthew Durkee has been in town a short time or if he’s been living in a cave the last two years, but he sure doesn’t know anything about Supervisor Roger Gitlin when he questions “salvaging of his term on the Board of Supervisors, if he can” in a recent editorial.  

When I met then-candidate Gitlin in April 2012, he spoke to me in my front yard, sharing his hopes and desires to improve Del Norte County. I believed what he was saying, and I voted for him twice in two elections. Thank God he won. He’s the only one on the board who appears to do anything. 


Coastal Voices: 199/197 wouldn’t make us safer — it would do the opposite

$34 million may be spent to allow trucks over 65 feet long the ability to access Highway 199. But is it worth the risk? People are being misled. Highway 199 is safe enough. 

California State Route 199 is designated as part of the National Scenic Byways network, and the Smith River canyon is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation establishing the Smith River National Recreation Area. Smith River National Recreation Area’s Management Plan was developed to conform to the provisions of this legislation. Currently vehicles that travel the Highway 199 Scenic Byway are required to be under 65 feet in length, regardless of load content. 


Pages of History: Dock repairs nearly done

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1958:

Citizens Dock will be ready for lumber shipment Monday, J. Lyle Prickett, harbor commission secretary, announced.

Final repairs and additions to the lumber wing have been rushed by D.W. Scott, supervising contractor, to meet a request for berth space. 

All piling, lumber and hardware for wharf repairs and additions was purchased by the harbor board. The board is hiring workers with Scott, an acknowledged wharf and piling expert, supervising the job. 

Letters to the Editor Sept. 4, 2014

County statute’s meaning needs further clarification

A recent editorial regarding Chairperson Finigan and Supervisor Gitlin (“Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can,” Aug. 30) included a quote from the Policies and Procedures Manual section 1.10.010 and a statement that “Supervisor Gitlin’s interpretation of the statute appears to place a great deal more emphasis on the first part of the sentence, virtually ignoring the second.” 

The statute reads: “Any member of the board may place an item on the agenda for action after first consulting with the chairperson of the board.” Therefore the part in question is “after first consulting with the chairperson of the board.” 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 30, 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped care for husband

I would like to thank everyone who participated in caring for my husband, Melvin Boyles. 

The first group was the volunteer fire department of Klamath. They are truly caring people and very skilled. 

Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can

Nothing has attracted more attention in letters sent to the Triplicate during the past several months than the issue of whether Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin is being disenfranchised by Board of Supervisors Chairman David Finigan.

Supervisor Gitlin made the case in a Coastal Voices op-ed last week (“Prayer: It’s about due process, abuse of power,” Aug. 21) that Chairman Finigan has consistently and deliberately denied the supervisor’s right to place items on the board’s agenda, including a declaration of support for forming the state of Jefferson and placing signs on county borders welcoming veterans. The most recent conflict has been over the supervisor’s proposal to introduce nondenominational prayers at board meetings.   

Letters to the Editor Aug. 28, 2014

Community is clearly against Sutter proposal

Let’s be clear. The Sutter Health regionalization issue is no longer up for debate. The community is solidly against it. We win. They lose. But if you read the newspaper or listen to the radio, it appears that the debate is ongoing because of all of Sutter Health’s paid advertisements and promotional pieces.

Sutter’s propaganda machine deviates from what the core issue is. In 1985, Sutter Health was invited into this community to work with the community to manage the hospital, which is a locally owned corporation within Del Norte County. It worked very well for 25 years. Now they are unilaterally ending that relationship. Sutter Health executives are trying to take all ownership and control away from the community and transfer hospital ownership to a Sutter-controlled corporation in San Francisco. That’s the core issue.

Pages of History: Fine clay found by builder

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1952:

O.R. Griffin, Crescent City street superintendent, has discovered a deposit of what he believes is pottery-grade clay. Griffin found it in the process of digging curbing at the edge of Taylor Street between 8th and 9th streets.

“I’ll be happy to show the clay to anyone who might be interested in it,” Griffin said.

Coastal Voices: Feller ‘facts’ misleading on Sutter’s intentions

Another steering committee member has presented his reasons for concurrence with the Sutter Health-financed Camden Study conclusions (“Judge hospital facts for yourself,” July 3). Scott Feller is to be commended for his active participation on both the steering committee as well as his own research of available data from a variety of sources. Hopefully, we shall hear from the remaining committee members on the subject. It should be recalled that the steering committee was in unanimous concurrence with the recommendations of the Camden Group study even though key data was withheld from that study group.

Coastal Voices: Country’s Biblical roots evident in history

In response to Linda Sutter’s diatribe of July 31 (“Fanatical agendas do not belong in board’s meetings”), her opening paragraph indicates how hateful her thinking is. Ms. Sutter apparently knows very little about our Founding Fathers’ view of religion, especially that found in our Bible. Our roots are deep in the Judeo-Christian faith. Let’s look at just a few examples.

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