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Coastal Voices: Time to face reality, work with Sutter Health

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify my understanding of the current hospital situation and the framework within which my decision making occurs:

• Seaside Hospital; 1972-87; nurse’s aide, LVN (C/R Del Norte, 1977-78), respiratory therapy technician, registered respiratory therapist, Cardio-Pulmonary Department manager.


California Focus: Allowing anti-Semitism sets dangerous precedent

Less than two years ago, Palestinian students and sympathizers on the University of California’s flagship Berkeley campus dressed up in combat fatigues, “armed” themselves with genuine-looking mock firearms and set up “checkpoints” where they demanded that students attempting to pass tell them if they were Jewish.

There was no immediate outcry on campus, nor any response from administrators or campus police, as there surely would have been if students set up similar “checkpoints” to determine whether students with tan complexions are really African-Americans or whether students conversing in Spanish are undocumented immigrants.


Letters to the Editor Dec. 31, 2013

Letter's criticisms of dog park effort are unfounded

In response to Timmy Kramer’s letter, “Better causes than dogs to raise funds for” (Dec. 12), I would like to say a few words.

Dog parks are wonderful. Not only are they a great outlet for dogs, they are family-friendly places to have fun. You don’t honestly think just the dogs go to a dog park do you? Crescent City could most definitely use more family-friendly places that encourage physical activity and positive family time.


Recalling strong sophomore DN athletes

With basketball season here I can’t help looking back at my senior season as a Warrior in 1951.

For the second year in a row we needed one more win to take the league championship — for the second year we came up short. As had happened too many times it was the Eureka Loggers that took the victory from us on our home court by the score of 49-45.

The 1951 Warrior team was an interesting group. The starting five consisted of two seniors, a junior and two sophomores. Not very often do you find a varsity team make a serious run at the league title with two sophomores in the lineup.


Church Notebook: New Year’s Eve services slated at several churches

Valentine’s Day candies on display! I could hardly believe it.

Christmas was just Wednesday, and we still have New Year’s Eve to go! While all these days can be enjoyable, we just don’t seem to catch a breath in between anymore before there are more things they want us to buy for the next event!


Pages of History: Front St. work bringing back some memories

From the pages of the Crescent City American, December 1928.

The improvements on Front Street, the contract having been recently let, reminds old-timers of its condition years ago. During the the winter of 1861-1862, the waterways carried a large amount of drift, the water cutting the river banks and uprooting trees and brush, many redwood trees 10 and 12 feet at the butts, and several hundred long, lodging on the beaches north of the Klamath.

The Crescent City beach was gradually worked up into firewood, posts, etc. There are yet many redwood stumps along the beach.

For a number of years a great portion of Front Street was impassable for vehicles. From G to J streets, eastward of Front and G streets, the driveway was only 12 feet wide with a bank six or eight feet, the ocean coming up to it. From G to D streets, westward, the ocean had encroached many feet inland.

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 26, 2013

Bottom line on hospital is rising cost of health care

The Dec. 7 Triplicate presented more information than I’ve heard from the Sutter Coast Board of Directors in more than two years (“Hospital Board makes its move”).

God knows I’ve sent many letters and an email or two to the Hospital Board over that time (all unanswered but hopefully received!). My most recent email to the board was a New York Times newspaper article sent a day or two before its vote to convert to a Critical Access Hospital (“CAH”). The article was titled, “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500”; it’s on line at: www.nyti.ms/186QIJM .

In the Dec. 7 Triplicate article, the Sutter Coast Hospital Board chairman referred to “the spark that ignited the community.” The real spark was the secret original vote to “regionalize” in 2011 that started the community thinking SCH was trying to hide something.

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2013

Slow down, obey laws and live into the new year

Traveling U.S. Highway 101, there are several areas where traffic laws are  completely ignored.

Driving south, just passing the KOA, cars begin tail-gating, making sure that they can pass you on the left when the lane opens up.

The speed limit is still 55 mph, the law is “no passing at a cross road,” yet the speeders go by, before the freeway, at 70 mph passing at Elk Valley Cross Road.

 


Coastal Voices: Some tips for giving before year’s end

During the holiday season many Del Norte and Curry County residents, from all walks of life, support causes they care about with financial contributions, large and small.

For many nonprofits, a high percentage of donations are made in December (often in the last days or even hours of the year), which allows donors an opportunity to deduct their charitable contributions on their upcoming tax returns.


Coastal Voices: Crucial partnership between state, tribe

As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S.  It is a foreign concept to me.

As an indigenous person, I cannot separate myself and my family from the lifeline of our redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and the Smith River; we are from and of the land and waters of Northern California. I am a part of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, of the Smith River Rancheria. We have fished and gathered and lived among the redwoods and on the shores of the Pacific since our genesis, and our stewardship of ocean resources like seals, salmon and seaweed resulted in the abundance Europeans found when they came to our land.


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