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Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2015

Money at root of Caltrans push on 199/197 project

Many folks are wondering about the push by Caltrans to make highways 199 and 197 STAA-truck accessible. I can propose one answer: Don’t forget who pays Caltrans officials’ hefty salaries — the trucking industry weight fees. We taxpayers only foot the bill for their projects (so our clout is relatively minimal). And there you’ll usually find the hidden agenda.  Always look at Caltrans’ schemes with the trucking industry in mind. They will bend rules or speak with forked tongue when necessary.  Along highways 199 and 197, STAA trucks would be a disaster in the making, and the pristine Smith River would be in as much danger as drivers and cyclists.

Diana Ashley, Gasquet


Coastal Voices: Who cares? It's only your money

Here we are almost three years since since it was discovered that $25,732.15 went mysteriously missing from the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority safe creating a whodunit worthy of an Angela Lansbury mystery. Just to recap the events, here is the timeline of what we know.

Coastal Voices: Keep vital safety net for students

I was moved to tears at the last School Board meeting when the students and their parents spoke about just how much the current academic intervention program had influenced and changed their lives. Redwood and Mary Peacock students who from kindergarten on up have struggled with everything from reading to math pleaded to keep this program. 


Pages of History: Mystery craft refuels in harbor

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1955: 

Mystery still surrounds the Navy vessel which slipped into Crescent Harbor shortly after midnight last Friday, a refuge from the storm en route for more than a week from Seattle to Mare Island.

Crisp “no comments” were dished up by the crew, the Navy civilian technicians and representatives of the Blanchard Boatbuilding Company of Seattle regarding the craft as it refueled at Citizens Dock.


Letters to the Editor April 28, 2015

Why did county need assistance on bust?

On first reading the article in Saturday’s edition of the Triplicate titled “Federal inquiry into cop actions” I had the immediate reaction of reading one of the many Internet articles featuring outrageous and illegal activity on the part of law enforcement agents vis a vis their interactions with citizens. But sadly this one was a neighborhood event occurring in our own backyard. However, we can breathe a sigh of relief as our sheriff assures us it was not our deputies that are the focus of a supposed federal investigation but rather the officers were from “another” agency assisting in the execution of this warrant.


Yes We Can: It's time for community to rally for good of all

Hi, Del Norte. 

I have been given an opportunity by the “Trip” to put together articles for the Opinion section on sharing thoughts and ideas on where we are going in this community in the years to come. I hope you will board this train with me to see if we can move this town to new heights economically and to unify our efforts to make this an even better place to live. 

My dad brought me to the Klamath in 1949 as a 13-year-old boy. It didn’t take me long to have the experiences of learning to run a boat or run up and down the river with a river sled powered by an old Johnson “10.” I loved learning to read the water under the tutelage of my dad, Wes. A few trips to the mouth of the river fishing with Shorty Conner and Dad for the almight chinook excited me and headed me in later years to be a seasonal guide. 


Letters to the Editor April 25, 2015

First responders had busy night with crash

There was a car in the river Thursday night, and there was a lot of teamwork between Gasquet Fire, Smith River Fire, Search and Rescue and CHP. I do traffic control and don’t see everything that goes on when they’re doing their work. I was there about four hours, and I was first on scene from Smith River Fire. Gasquet Fire and Del Norte Search and Rescue were already there — a lot of people there all doing there jobs — so I started traffic control. The car had Oregon plates, and both persons had to be brought out and up the riverbank on a specially made apparatus that is used to move people who are hurt. Search and Rescue have all the equipment to get the job done — a lot of ropes and pulleys and manpower from them and fire personnel.


Letters to the Editor April 18, 2015

C.C. should follow  lead of towns that ban PWCs

In regard to Jet Skis (personal watercraft or PWC) and their impact on South Beach: I, my family and friends have enjoyed this beach for decades. We stay all day, swim, sunbathe, surf, boogie board and skim board. My children and their friends grew up on this stretch of beach and still share stories of time spent here. People from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California play, fish and enjoy the beach. 


Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox

“Who’s going to protect the people of Del Norte County?”

Those words of Kevin Caldwell, M.D., reverberate loudly. It was Dr. Caldwell who first dared to stand up to the multi-billion-dollar goliath Sutter Health by opposing Sutter’s decision to move hospital ownership out of Del Norte County to the Bay Area and lower the 49-bed Acute Care hospital to a 24-bed Critical Access facility. Dr. Caldwell was the first local physician to see Sutter’s malfeasance. As hospital chief of staff, he identified Sutter’s repeated implementation of patient care policies without physician input. Sutter Health was telling doctors how to practice medicine, in violation of California law. With great effort, Dr. Caldwell was able to unwind Sutter’s illegal policies. Later, after Sutter Health executives advised the local hospital Board to dissolve itself and transfer hospital ownership to the Bay Area, Dr. Caldwell asked the hospital board chair for a guarantee Sutter would not close the obstetrics service. Dr. Caldwell could not get that guarantee. He stood alone in defense of our community. Dr. Caldwell joins medical colleagues Mark Davis, M.D., Manfred Ritter, M.D., and Gregory Duncan, M.D., all of whom have experienced the pain of a revengeful, insatiable bully, Sutter Health Corporation. Sutter Health, parent of Sutter Coast Hospital, does not play nicely in the Del Norte sandbox. 

 


Pages of History: Altar Society dance moved out of respect

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1945:

In deference to the death of President Roosevelt, the ladies of St. Joseph’s Altar Society announced they have postponed the dance originally scheduled for Saturday evening, April 7, to Saturday night, April 28. The dance will be at Memorial Hall. 


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