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Coastal Voices: Transitioning Town Movement comes to Del Norte

The new Transition Del Norte group seeks to lessen dependence on “the system,” build local resilience.

Understandably, it can feel pretty pointless to try to change anything in the world. The “news” can be so disheartening and discouraging. We hear about accelerating climate change, systemic corruption and income inequality, economic instability and a host of other serious challenges to humanity. Hollywood and reality TV help us imagine apocalypse and the lengths some people take as “preppers.” But imagining the transformation of our society into something better — that’s something we’re not as good at. 

Letters to the Editor Sept. 11, 2014

Board positions aren’t free rein to waste funds

Note to supervisors Gitlin and Wilson: Your seats on the Solid Waste Authority were not intended to give you “authority” to “waste” unlimited amounts of public funds. 

Coastal Voices: Bigger trucks on 199/197 would deter tourism, compromise safety

Once again I feel compelled to address the issue of Caltrans projects to allow STAA trucks to enter our county on highways 199 and 197. Both the Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors have recently passed resolutions in support of these projects. But what is missing in these resolutions and the process leading up to them is any serious discussion of motorist safety being compromised by STAA truck access or consideration of the negative impacts a big truck route may have on our most important economic driver: tourism.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 9, 2014

Finigan didn’t help with vets welcome signs

I am a proud veteran and life member of VFW Post 1381, and I am not going to listen to these mistruths when Board Chairman David Finigan tells this community the Board of Supervisors had already been working on “Where Veterans are Welcome” signs to be places at Del Norte County lines. The absolutely inaccurate Triplicate editorial paraphrasing Chairman Finigan’s claim that “intercession by Caltrans was required before signs welcoming veterans could be placed on the highway” is simply not what took place.

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.   

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