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Letters to the Editor Nov. 30, 2013

Hospital volunteers make a difference

I am writing in response to Dale Watson’s Nov. 23  letter (“Report overlooks Sutter’s high administrative costs”). I feel the need to correct some wrong information that is being fed to the community. I will only address that which I know to be incorrect.

I am one of those “volunteers in green” that Mr. Watson referred to. I work at the gift shop at the hospital and am a proud member of the Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary. We are a group of dedicated volunteers whose main goal is to raise money for scholarships relating to the medical field and one-time donations for much-needed medical items for our patients.

We do this by maintaining the gift shop and putting on various fundraisers throughout the year. I can assure you that 100 percent of the money raised by our endeavors is used for the items mentioned above. We have a membership of 30-plus volunteers and a Board of Directors made up exclusively of our members, voted into office each year by our members. This board controls our money, not SCH, as stated by Mr. Watson.

I encourage all of you to stop by our gift shop to see our unique and affordable gift items; and maybe talk to one of our “volunteers in green” about becoming part of a special group of ladies and gentlemen who are making a difference in our community.

Cathy Burdg, Smith River 

Some people were childish about parade

There are things happening in the downtown I think the people of Crescent City should know about. The Business Improvement District Board is being very childish. If the downtown businesses don’t play by its rules, we can’t play with its toys.


Blankenship was a winner in three sports

It is the time of year when I have to stop and realize how blessed I have been to have had the privilege of being a Warrior player, coach and fan and getting to know and work with the hundreds of young people I have grown to love and respect.

It is always fun to look back at individuals or teams that have given me such great memories.

Colin Blankenship, class of ’85, is one of those special people. I had the privilege of being one of Colin’s football coaches while he was at Del Norte.

Colin was a true multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis while a Warrior.

He started his football career as a freshman on the JV team, which had a 5-3 record. He showed that he was going to be a skilled player
both as a defensive back a nd a receiver. As a sophomore he continued football at the JV level and moved to varsity as a junior.
During his senior year he was selected to the Humboldt Del Norte League All-League Team.


Newfound ‘victories’ await you this season

The following was written by Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City. Other local clergy members are invited to email holiday messages to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Having celebrated Thanksgiving, we are now hastily getting ready for another festivity: Christmas.

Both are occasions to be thankful, but are we really grateful? I am reminded of one Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy took one look at his dog food on Thanksgiving Day and said, “This isn’t fair. The rest of the world today is eating turkey with all the trimmings and all I get is dog food.”

So often we too fall into this same victim mentality just like Snoopy. But, just like Snoopy realized he is not a victim but rather victorious, we too, can come to that same conclusion in our life through an “aha moment” called grace.

You see as Snoopy stood there and stared at his dog food for a moment he comprehended finally the message of this sacred season during which we celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and so Snoopy in his newfound understanding through grace said: “I guess it could be worse. I could be a turkey.”

Many times we are just like Snoopy, complaining and ranting and raving about how bad our life is. We have a victim mentality. This holy and grace-filled season reminds us to stop complaining and to rid ourselves of our victim mentality.


Church Notebook: Local Christmas music slated at various venues

I just don’t understand it!

Shopping for Christmas (or just simply trying to pick up a few needed things) is difficult enough without having all these special days when the stores are crowded and people so focused on their own wants that they have no patience for others.

Before I needed a handicap parking space, I never noticed the cars parked in them that displayed neither plate nor placard indicating their legitimacy. Or the obviously healthy young woman who says laughingly to her friend, “It can’t be a problem, I’m only going to be a minute,” as she exits the car she has just parked in a handicap space. Or the folks, gathered in the middle of the aisle in the store deep in conversation who see you using the motorized shopping cart and act as if you aren’t even there. I suppose they think it’s no problem — after all, you are sitting!

Perhaps the pain is making me grumpier than usual. (I’ll be getting this hip replaced in a couple of weeks.)

But what about all those other folks — the ones whose needs for access are even greater than mine?

It’s usually in my New Year’s column that I address the need for more courtesy and understanding of others. A sort of resolution thing for the new year. But lately, in addition to my own hassles, I’ve heard so many others complaining about a lack of respect, both in the stores and on the road, that I decided perhaps before Christmas might be a better time to plead for us all to be more considerate.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 26, 2013

Incompetent group in DA's Office not needed

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read how great of a job the prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office think they are doing (“Micks should fill out DA term,” Coastal Voices, Nov. 23).

Here is a reality check.

The second sentence authored by Lisa Specchio-Wolfe, Annamarie Padilla, Todd D. Zocchi and Rebecca Linkous states, “we are responsible for upholding the law and maintaining order in our community.”

As of today’s date and in the last eight months anyone can walk into a courtroom on any given day and discover that statement couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Our District Attorney’s Office is the most incompetent group I have ever witnessed thus far in the 20 years I have lived here. They do not protect children from child abusers, nor do they protect women from men who have beat them up, held them hostage or otherwise.

And it is laughable that they  state, “Ms. Micks has a pamphlet of victim’s rights mailed to each victim.” I can guarantee you, that is all the victims are getting, because they don’t get fair representation, nor do they get protection when they need it most.

I found it especially interesting when they noted that, “she also has an open door policy for the law enforcement agencies to contact her about any cases.”


Letters to the Editor Nov. 23, 2013

Report overlooks Sutter’s high administrative costs

After reading the conclusions of the Camden report on the Sutter Coast Hospital problem in your paper some time ago, several inconsistencies still stand out in my mind.

Each alternative explored by the committee assumed that Sutter Health’s “administrative expertise” was an advantage or that losing it would be a disadvantage. If one looks at Dr. Greg Duncan’s figures showing what huge fees Sutter Coast pays to Sutter Health, one has to conclude that the burden of supporting the corporation’s administration with its mega- bunks salary for its CEO is a definite disadvantage.

The report states that Sutter Coast is losing large sums of money. The expertise that it is paying so dearly for may not be so expert after all and of no advantage. These are the expert administrators that took over the profits that the volunteers in green earned in the gift shop.

The most attractive option considered by the report includes a governing board containing local representation. It does not specify any method of selecting these representatives other than appointment by Sutter Health.


Coastal Voices: Micks should fill out DA term

We sent this letter recently to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors:

The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes the criminal cases in Del Norte County. We are responsible for upholding the law and maintaining order in our community. The four criminal prosecutors work under the leadership of the district attorney or acting district attorney to ensure that justice is done in every case.

It is a difficult task, considering the numerous criminal cases we file each year. Every case is unique. Many of the cases are complex. The criminal prosecutors need an intelligent, strong, and ethical leader who can establish teamwork, trust, and continuity in our office.

Ms. Katherine Micks has done an exceptional job facilitating all of that. Ms. Micks stepped into the role of acting district attorney after our office fell into disarray. She is an intelligent, strong, and ethical leader, who already had the trust of the office from her prior years of service here as the assistant district attorney. We, as the prosecutors, work well under her and fully support her.

She has established the teamwork and continuity that we need and also improved efficiency and morale.

Ms. Micks reorganized the office and also streamlined the prosecution process. She initiated team meetings with the prosecutors, investigators, and support staff. She also has an open door policy for the local law enforcement agencies to contact her about any cases.


The year DN hoops went all the way

Football season for the Warriors is getting close to an exciting close and Warrior basketball head coach Blaine Lopez is welcoming the 2013–2014 hoopsters to the basketball court.

This is always a great time of the year as Thunen Gym will again be packed with loud, supportive fans. It is also a time of year when I look back at the Del Norte basketball season that turned out to be one of the most exciting, most fulfilling experiences of my athletic career.

This was the 2001–2002 Warrior season, and I was neither a player nor a coach. The team’s head coach was Kirk Burrows, who had a very successful career with the Warriors during one stretch. He was assisted by Dale Thomas, who is a former Warrior head basketball and football coach and a recent inductee into the Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame.

While attending an early season game, I saw that an athletic trainer was needed to help with the care of one of the players with a sprained ankle. I volunteered to help and from that day forward I got to attend every practice and every game, home or away, to take care of their training needs.


Church Notebook: Church hosts early Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is almost here. Most likely your plans are made and you are preparing either to travel or entertain guests.

Those of my family who are here will be getting together, but it’s a small number compared to the total. There’s one change for me here — I have a new son-in-law. Out of the area, I have a new great-granddaughter.

At any rate, being a major holiday, we can expect visitors to our little city, in our stores and our churches, and we certainly want them to leave feeling good about us. Be sure to smile even if they are strangers — it makes a difference!

I was coming out of Safeway recently, tired, and my pain level with this hip was “way up there.” All I wanted was to get home and flop in my recliner for a while. A gentleman I did not know passed me, and as he was entering the store flashed me a beautiful smile — it could not relieve my pain, but it sure gave my attitude a big lift!

We’re going to be fairly busy from here on out, I think.

• Sunday the Redwoods Family Worship Center will be hosting a special Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m., followed with a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. The church invites you to attend.

Sunday evening at 5 p.m., there will be a “Soup Surprise and Movie Night.” A beef broth soup is provided, and members are encouraged to bring their favorite ingredients to add to it making it a surprise. The movie will be a surprise as well. All are invited to come and celebrate the beginning of the holidays.


Golden Gate Bridge means more visitors

From the pages of the Crescent City American, November 1930.

The proposed bridge across the Golden Gate will, in our opinion, be one of the finest improvements that the people of the bridge district could make.

It will mean thousands upon thousands more cars over the Redwood Highway yearly, and tolls will pay for it all as the bonds are merely for the securing of the investment.

All those interested may see a whole window full of pictures of the bridge and how it is to be constructed at the American office. We also have a limited number of beautiful rotogravures for distribution to those who wish them. 

In need of a boost

What Crescent City needs is boosters.

We have all the materials, all the resources, and the natural setting for one of the finest man-made harbors on the Pacific or Atlantic coasts.

Boost your town, tell the world that you are proud that you live in Crescent City, and if you can’t boost Crescent City, don’t knock the town that is furnishing you employment and a home. 


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