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Letters to the Editor March 12, 2015

Mystery of wind chimes at Pebble Beach solved

Early one Saturday morning while looking out my front window to see if the whales were showing off, I saw a man with a step ladder and a lady holding a box. Then I saw her hand up what looks like a wind chime and he hangs it in the tree. My curious eyes watched as five different kinds were hung. He folded the ladder and they moved on south along the cliffs.

At this point we decided to walk our small dog over to check out this mystery. As we passed our neighbor out in his backyard, I greeted him and asked if he knew anything about the mystery across the street. He answered yes. 

Letters to the Editor March 10, 2015

Triplicate columnists are informative, interesting

My husband and I routinely read the Triplicate each morning it comes; he gets the front section and I read the “B” section until he finishes. Usually this is pretty quick work for me, but to my surprise this Saturday, there were two very well-written columns that are worth mentioning.

First, thank you, Lucas Brug, for your “Birds of a Feather” column. One of many, I hope. Not being an expert birder, I appreciate the information you shared. I agree that the local economy is benefited by such hobbies; I happened to be at the harbor when the common scoter was visiting. I befriended a woman who had driven all night from Sacramento, taken a sick day off of work to go birding in our area and see the scoter. She asked for lunch recommendations; I was able to give her suggestions. She was headed up to Smith River (another birding opportunity) and I told her about Lucky 7 Casino. 

Coastal Voices: PenAir proposal is best bet for passengers

I am writing in support of the PenAir proposal and Essential Air Service application to serve Crescent City Airport with twice-daily service to Portland (PDX). This letter comes from the perspective of being a local resident, retiree from a major airline and a member of multiple airline frequent flyer programs, including Alaska Airlines. My background includes many years as an airport agent, including handling passenger flights headed for Crescent City back in 1979-81. I eventually retired as an analyst for ticketing automation, airport policy and procedures and customer experience. And I have logged well over 1 million miles as an airline passenger over six continents.

The PenAir application is by far the strongest proposal of the three applicants, which includes SeaPort Airlines and Air Excursions, LLC (dba Alaska Seaplanes, dba Redwood Airlines), and the only one meeting the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority’s request. It also will provide the most benefit at the least taxpayer expense of the three, based on the subsidy amounts requested in their proposals as posted in the “public documents” section of the Fly Crescent City website. 

Coastal Voices: I miss my friend Tommy Sparrow

Del Norte County lost an exceptional human being earlier this week. Tommy Sparrow, 61, passed away early Monday morning. 

Tommy and Donna were two of the first people Angela and I met when we moved up to Crescent City in 2009. The Sparrows and the Gitlins came from Santa Clarita, though we didn’t know each other years back. As Angie and I became familiar with the community, Tommy and I became fast friends. He was just too damn likable; you couldn’t help but want to hang out with him. I just miss my friend Tommy. 

Coastal Voices: Too many cons to choosing Redwood Airlines for C.C.

Sometimes half of a story can paint a really beautiful picture. I’m referring to Kent Craford’s recent letter to the editor and the almost full-page advertisement in the Tuesday, March 3, edition of the Triplicate. Let’s take off the rose-colored glasses for a moment and have a closer look.

If I were a businessperson who needs to be in Oakland or Portland on quick day trips, then I would say that Redwood Airlines might be right for me. I’m not a person who travels for business, though, nor am I a rock star like Beyonce or Kanye. I don’t see any benefit to picking Redwood Airlines over PenAir. In fact, all I can see is positives with PenAir. PenAir partners with other major air carriers so you can use and earn frequent flier miles; they have snack and beverage service and a lavatory, among the other amenities that I have grown accustomed to having with SkyWest.

Chamber Chatter: Chamber springs into year’s events

Welcome, March! We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful area with its temperate climate. While folks back East have suffered through a February of record-breaking snow and cold temperatures, we have enjoyed record-breaking high temperatures in the 70s. Things at the chamber are looking as sunny as the weather! 

Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner, and the chamber is springing into action. Planning is underway for our annual events: the Economic Summit, Fourth of July Celebration, Sea Cruise Classic Car Show — and I am pleased to announce a new event this year, the Multi-Small Business Mixer.

Letters to the Editor March 5, 2015

Time before vaccinations wasn’t the ‘good old days’ 

In the Feb. 24 issue of your paper, you published a long letter (“Vaccination scare preys on ill-informed,” by Dan Schultz) that attempted to dissuade people from measles vaccination. The writer uses current statistics to make a point that only a few people get measles, so it’s not a problem worth the risk of adverse effects of the vaccination. I would hope that your readers would recognize that today’s situation is different from that of the time before vaccination became widespread.

Coastal Voices: Three things to consider in evaluating Sutter Health conflict

For those who missed the recent town hall debate with me and Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna, this article has the highlights. Although the hospital board of directors have still held no public meetings since they voted to downsize SCH to Critical Access and to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County, I appreciate Mr. Hanna’s willingness to attend the event.

Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital are tax-exempt charities. Sutter Health claims to “act openly and truthfully in everything we do.” As you evaluate both sides of the Sutter Health conflict, please consider three questions:


Letters to the Editor Feb. 28, 2015

Disgusted by inclusion of poacher’s comments

I am compelled to comment about the article “Bill takes swing at poachers” in the Feb. 24 issue of the Del Norte Triplicate. 

Those who know me understand that I am a passionate supporter of those people who steward our public lands. In particular, I have been very involved in fundraising for protection of redwood burl. 

Pages of History: 17-year-old walks 17 mi. in the dark

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1965:

A 17-year-old Del Norte County girl is a bit of a heroine around the Sheriff’s Office this week.

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