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Coastal Voices: Is status quo on Highway 199 worth the risk?

Improvements to Highway 199 have been a top priority for the Del Norte community for over 20 years. The improvements will remove 32-year-old restrictions on commercial truck traffic, improve public safety, and encourage economic development. It has taken the widespread and unwavering support of elected officials and the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission to see these improvements implemented, and they were tantalizingly close to becoming a reality this past spring when ground was broken on the Middle Fork Smith River Bridge.

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Letters to the Editor July 1, 2014

Acknowledge higher power at meetings

Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) must be turning in their graves if they read some of the recent letters and attended some of our recent Board of Supervisors meetings regarding prayer at the beginning of a meeting. Since when have we become so self-assured and sufficient that we do not acknowledge we are not the center of the universe?

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Pages of History: Longest parade in memory

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952.

The Fourth of July parade was so long that its head met its tail. Floats and marchers stretched from the Hotel Lauff south on Front to L Street, back along Second Street to Seaside Hospital and back to the starting point. This was roughly two miles.

This is the longest Fourth of July parade that we have ever had, remarked Billy Boone, chairman of the annual celebration.

Eric Hanke of the Crescent Shrine Club drum and bugle corps blew his whistle at 10:16. The signal started the city police car, followed by Sheriff C. W. Glover on horseback.

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Did You Know: ‘Who done it?’

A thief breaks into the building that houses a safe and makes off with it. The thief is caught on camera but is not identified. Four people have access to the safe. In a later incident $25,732.15 turns up missing from the Solid Waste Authority accounts. The sheriff’s office completes its investigation, but the county counsel seals the sheriff’s report. The news media’s request to release the investigative report concerning the missing funds is denied by the county counsel on three different occasions. The executive director retires with a $35,000 severance package.

It’s a puzzle worthy of an Angela Lansbury mystery, and it happened right here in Del Norte County.

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Coastal Voices: ‘Dapper Dutch’ leaves legacy of honesty

It was early evening on the first Tuesday in June. The results came trickling in. After 6 months of banging the phones and door bells, fighting clean and hard, it appeared we had a shot at winning.

 We looked around at each other, half giddy in disbelief that a former addict could get elected district attorney. I sat there with my dear friend, Dutch Dremann. His artistry on the dials and needles at KCRE had crafted our radio spots. I recall telling Dutch how after getting shellacked in ’06, I doubted our chances. He replied that we didn’t lose in ’06 either because we never quit; we played the game right; and the only one who ever beats us is us. Many knew him as the “voice” of our campaign, but to us he was its heart.

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Letters to the Editor June 28, 2014

Accusations against sheriff misguided

Following several reads of Mr. Jensen’s almost incoherent rant (“Sheriff’s politicization is anti-democratic,” June 7), I have to say that it is perhaps Mr. Jensen who needs to get a firm grip on his political posturing. 

To begin with, it should be ludicrous to suggest that any peace officer in this day and age would perform his duties unarmed. Next, it is the primary duty of the sheriff to be both the chief law enforcement officer and protector of public safety in the county. And finally, he is bound by oath to enforce all laws and protect public safety regardless of personal political position. To suggest that Sheriff Wilson has established a policy of political preferences is without merit or any factual basis. Mr. Jensen makes these allegations without any evidence of someone being asked his or her party preference as the basis for being arrested, harassed, or intimidated. 

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Letters to the Editor June 26, 2014

Perez column well-thought, compassionate

Thank you, Steven Perez, for a thoughtful, reasonable and compassionate response to Supervisor Gitlin’s calculated attack on his colleague, Supervisor David Finigan (“Coastal Voices: Prayer should not be used divisively,” June 21). 

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Pages of History: Public asked to share info on streams to help fish

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1958. 

In order to save the fish we do have in Del Norte County, Game Warden Otis Wright today urged persons having knowledge of streams that are drying up, or of streams that have been blocked and in which fish are stranded, to contact the sheriff’s office and leave word as to where he can get in touch with them.

Wright said that in that way he and his fish rescue crew, which will be working in Del Norte this summer, can take the necessary steps toward saving the fish.

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California Focus: Lawmakers choose money over trust

There was a clear message when the state Senate in early June first amended and then utterly rejected a ban on all contributions to legislators during the last 100 days of each lawmaking session.

That message: “We would rather have money than trust.”

The Senate action came just over two months after it refused to expel three senators who had been either indicted or convicted for perjury or selling their votes and services. Instead, the senators were suspended, leaving millions of citizens with no representation and no hope of getting any very soon.

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Letters to the Editor June 24, 2014

Board’s prayer debacle is just a smokescreen

For those of you who have been following the great prayer debacle, let me interject my opinion on what I see as an outsider and interested citizen. 

It’s a smokescreen. Wannabe Imperial Majesty Emperor Finigan seems to be haranguing Supervisor Gitlin over the prayer idea, along with refusing Supervisor Gitlin to speak after he gets lambasted by a woman holding a Bible and blaspheming him. That little tirade alone shows that Finigan lets anything go by as long as it suits his perverse pleasure at other folks’ distress. 

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