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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.

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!

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