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Letters to the Editor Nov. 16, 2013

Our president, what a guy ...

I can’t understand why some people are being so hard on Obamacare.  Our president just may be ahead of his time with mandatory coverages.

Science is moving so fast that it is conceivable (no pun intended) that men will one day be able to get pregnant and bear children. That’s probably why Obamacare mandates that men be covered for maternity and newborn care.

Yes, I believe that he is a true visionary. He realizes that many people losing their current health insurance coverages may become depressed because their new Obamacare insurance will double their existing premium and increase their deductibles, causing many people turn to illegal drugs. That’s why he made sure that mental health services and addiction treatments were included in every policy.

Yes, I am sure that’s why the president made sure that insurance companies cancel all policies that failed to include those essential elements.

Our president, what a guy ... always looking out for us.

Bob Berkowitz, Crescent City

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Coastal Voices: Clark Wade

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Of all tyranny, the tyranny exercised for the good of the people is the most oppressive.”

C.S. Lewis

This is in response to Bret Raushenbush’s Oct. 24 letter, “Lies mask GOP’s selfish, extremist obstructionism.” He describes the Republicans as having nothing to offer but to “the fanatics in their base.”

Webster defines “fanatic” as “marked by intense uncritical devotion.” I say this instead: There is no more curious political devotee than the one who lends cover to this man no matter the scandals, the lies and the suffering.     

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Dean Williams was a DN star back in the ’50s

It is always fun to look back at former Del Norte athletes who played shortly after I graduated and I got to know not only for their accomplishments on the athletic field but also as friends.

Dean Williams, 1955 graduate, is one of those special people. Dean started his Warrior career on the football field during his sophomore year. This was the 1952 season, and he had the pleasure of playing with an outstanding group of seniors that included Lee Templeton, Rod Griffin and Nick Parry on a team coached by Tex Gatlin and Mike Whalen.

 This is a group that I had the privilege of playing with during my senior season as a Warrior. Dean continued his football career and became an outstanding defensive player.

When football season was over, Dean headed to the basketball court, where he made the varsity team as a sophomore and stayed throughout the rest of his high school years.

Dean also had interests in other school activities. He was regularly elected to class or student body offices. As a junior he was elected to be the school’s rep for the PTA. At that time the Parent Teachers Association was a very active group.

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Del Norte Gardening: Before the big rains, clean up your garden

Greetings from the farm!  As the holiday season arrives, and most certainly the “wet and cold” season, we are scrambling to put things to rest.

Thankfully, a year like this provides us with a November that is suitable for cleaning up the gardens, ripping out exhausted plantings, planting cover crops and even planting garlic and strawberries.

It looks like some solid stretches of rain are not far off, so, if you haven’t already put things to rest, we advise you do so quickly. One of our most helpful tasks of the late fall is combing the property of all items that are likely to blow all over the place in a storm. The alternative can really be a mess, and we’ve found ourselves all kinds of reluctant to be tidying in the wind and rain.

So take advantage of what dry weather we’ve had and make a push to clean up your space. You won’t regret it in December.

In the garden, there is still plenty of time to plant garlic and strawberries, and this is the time of year we plant those crops. Rain and soil moisture are the biggest factors in planting right now, so if there’s a window, you might as well take it.

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Church Notebook: End-times evangelist to speak at Redwoods Family Worship Center

All those beautiful leaves, almost gone!

There are a few bright bits of yellow still clinging to those maples, just not very many. Soon, all there’ll be are bare branches — but along with those, we know that come spring, the cycle will start all over again. And not just new green buds in the trees, but daffodils and tulips, crocuses and other spring flowers that brighten our days as the winter finally begins to lose its grip.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I kind of miss those days, many years ago, at my grandmother’s table. I didn’t have to travel to get there, because she raised my sister Mary and me.

And oh, those meals! I don’t do anything near what she did back then. Seems like today families are spread so much farther apart, and lives are so busy it just doesn’t happen so much any more. We settle for phone calls and emails to keep in touch and get to see the grandkids growing up via the Internet.

When I count the numbers of my own descendants, the number is rather shocking. Six kids, however, do translate to lots more grandchildren and great-grands to boot. I try to imagine them (and their spouses)  all at one table and then realize how big it would have to be!

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Pet bear gets loose, then he gets shot

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

Teddy the black bear, belonging to Dolph Dyer at Dolph’s Service Station at the corner of Second and K streets, is no more. 

It was on Friday afternoon that Teddy began to act queerly in his pen at the rear of the service station, where he has been for the past year and was the source of much attraction to tourists.

So queer was the poor bear acting that he had attracted more than the usual attention. Ed Bayliss, well-known fisherman and the champion at becoming lost on Howland Hill while hunting rabbits, and Calvin Getchell, employee at the service station, were watching Teddy go through some of his capers when all at once the chain on the bear’s neck came loose and Teddy made a mad dash for a hole in the fence while Bayliss and Getchell made a mad dash for the service station office.

It seems as though Ed had been laid up with the rheumatism and had gone to the service station to see if anyone knew where he could borrow a pair of crutches. Ed was very lame, but when the bear got loose Ed started to run. He slipped and fell down twice and then beat Getchell to the office. This is said to be the best record made in the county this summer.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 14, 2013

Would like to have seen more Hmong coverage

Monday was a nice day for a parade; sunny, warm. The Veterans Day Parade was not so large this year, yet as a Vietnam combat veteran it is always nice that we have it.

The Tuesday paper left me confused. The largest group, and for sure the most colorful, and even one of the grand marshals, rated no photo and little press.

I took many very nice photos of beautifully dressed Hmong people. I shared combat stories will them, as I was on the Laos border during my time in Vietnam.

Here are real combat veterans working for our country, here is a group of people who have found a new place to live.

If the Hmong had not been in the parade, much of its size and color would have been lost. I send photos of them to my veteran buddies throughout the United States, to friends in England; all have replied on the beauty and the fact that these people are so much a part of this community.

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E & P: Thanks for the tributes to our WWII veterans

Kudos to the organizers of Del Norte’s Veterans Day activities for recognizing the pressing need to show appreciation to our World War II service members while we still have them around.

And while organizers stopped at naming five WWII vets as parade grand marshals, hopefully the message came through to all of our oldest veterans: Monday was about honoring U.S. military personnel in general, but this one was especially for those of you who fought in the ’40s.

I was pleased to see Frank McNamara among those grand marshals. He served at Okinawa — scene of the bloodiest of the island-hopping invasions that helped bring an end to the war against Japan. Back home, he became a veteran of a different sort, narrowly escaping the two biggest surges of the ’64 tsunami, one of which rose to mid-torso at the downtown paint store he managed, and the other of which chased him up L Street toward higher ground.

Now 92, Frank is a survivor, and Crescent City is the better for it.

Another nice touch by the organizers was adding a sixth parade grand marshal, Sua Phia Lo, a captain in the Hmong Army that fought Communist forces in the Vietnam era. He cut a striking figure as the commander of a guerrilla unit in the 1966 photo on Saturday’s Northcoast Life page. And his inclusion was an appropriate gesture of appreciation to Del Norte’s Hmong community, the eldest of which migrated to America after Laos fell to the Communists in the ’70s.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 12, 2013

McClure not appointed to serve on hospital study committee

The Nov. 7 Triplicate printed a list of the 15 members of the Camden Study Steering Committee.

On this list was 2nd District Supervisor Martha McClure. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors chose not to send a representative to the Camden Study. If Supervisor McClure participated on the study, she did so as an individual and not as a duly appointed representative of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Roger Gitlin, Crescent City

Homeless basically told to wander off and die in woods

Five minutes is all I ask. I want you to think about what you would do if by no fault of your own you become homeless with little more than the clothes on your back.

You’re a good person that wants to be a productive member of our society and want your life back desperately. The only problem is everywhere you go people treat you like a leper, call you lazy and treat you like trash.

What a sad world we live in when we can’t reach out and at least try to help the good homeless people. Why do we let the bad homeless dictate how we treat them all? If we treat them all as unwanted or criminals, does that not promote even more lawlessness and discontent?

It just sickens me that they have basically been told to wander off and die in the woods because we don’t want them.

Robert Allen, Smith River

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Coastal Voices: There should be no hurry regarding hospital's next move

According to the chairman of the local Sutter Coast Hospital Board, it may vote on whether to downsize the hospital to a Critical Access facility, and to “regionalize” the hospital, which will dissolve themselves as the governing body, and transfer hospital ownership to Sutter Health’s West Bay Region in San Francisco, before the end of the year.

What’s the hurry? 

Two years ago, the Del Norte Healthcare District filed suit to slow down the regionalization process, which Sutter Health had initiated without informing our community.

It has been wrongly stated several times and again recently in a Coastal Voices piece by a local physician that Sutter Health owns Sutter Coast Hospital. When Sutter Health and the Del Norte County Local Hospital District negotiated a contract to build a new hospital  in 1985, it was agreed that Sutter Health would manage the hospital for an annual fee, the profits that Sutter Coast Hospital generated from its local patients paid for the facility and Sutter Health did very well managing the facility over the years.

It was also agreed that Sutter Coast would be operated as a locally owned entity, with a local Board.  

If ownership is transferred it will be to the Sutter Health subsidiary The West Bay Region.

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