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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. 

Letters to the Editor April 23, 2015

Supervisor Gitlin’s column on Sutter Health proves he’s a champion for DN

Many thanks to our supervisor, Roger Gitlin, for his excellent and very clear editorial titled “Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox” (April 18). We need more champions like Supervisor Gitlin who are not afraid to call it as it is and to make sure that the citizens of Crescent City are kept aware of what this powerful conglomerate is trying to do to this community and to the physicians who will not bow to its corrupt attempt to take our hospital entirely out of local control and ownership. If you haven’t read this editorial, please go online to the Triplicate and read it.

Letters to the Editor April 21, 2015

Caldwell’s dedication to Del Norte is obvious

It seems Dr. Kevin Caldwell, one of our county’s most senior and well-respected doctors, is not afraid to speak out on our behalf. On Thursday, Dr. Caldwell was chosen by Triplicate readers as their favorite health professional.  Then on Saturday, we read the op-ed by Supervisor Roger Gitlin (“Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox,” April 18) which recognizes Dr. Caldwell for taking a stand against the corporate plans of Sutter Health, which are not in the best interest of our community. I applaud Dr. Caldwell for standing up for us, and Supervisor Gitlin for getting involved and telling the story.

Pages of History: 'Ship Ashore' makes final journey

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1965:

It was perhaps the mightiest moving day of them all. While spirals of black smoke sifted up from its crawler tractors straining to tug the S.S. Castle Rock or Ship Ashore, as she is known by tourists, history was slowly being made in Del Norte County on Tuesday, March 30.

Chuck Thielen, manager of the tourist attraction, once located ¼ mile from its U.S. 101 location, played the role of expectant father awaiting the “berth” of a new offspring.

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2015

Picking McClure would be ethical violation

I attended last Thursday’s Local Transportation Commission meeting to verify what I had heard through the grapevine — that Supervisor Martha McClure had applied for a $34,000 contract to be the project manager for the state-funded Safe Routes to Schools program. Although I had never previously attended any of the obscure LTC meetings, it was confirmed there that Ms. McClure was the recommended choice by Director Tamera Leighton. 

Coastal Voices: Enforce, set limits on PWC use

Within the past two years, a handful of people have begun riding their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach in and among swimmers and surfers — often at high speeds while using the waves as ramps to jump into the air. While this might be exciting to watch from shore, it can be unnerving and leave you concerned for your safety if you are in the water and within close proximity to them. 

One would never imagine someone riding an ATV through the Kid Town or Brother Johnathan playgrounds. But that is essentially what I watched last October as four operators launched their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach while my wife and I played with our two children in the surf. Not only did they launch their craft within 10 feet of us, they left their hand trailer floating in the water, forcing my family and I to move down the beach to avoid the trailer that was floating unattended. My wife and I observed for the next hour the four operators of the PWCs zip around in the surf zone that was also being used by swimmers and surfers. The PWCs kept coming back and forth from the surf zone to the shore every 10 minutes to take a break on shore, each time launching around swimmers and surfers and zipping out to open water. When it became clear that the PWCs were not going to be leaving us alone to enjoy the water with our family without worrying about being run over by the constant launching and re-launching from shore, we packed our family up and went home.

Letters to the Editor April 14, 2015

Jet Skiers will respect others and environment 

This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Rick Smith (“Jet Skiers will ruin weekend for others,” April 9) regarding the local Jet Ski gathering that will be hosted on the weekend of April 17–19. 

First, let me clarify: This is a gathering of friends and family — not an organized “event.” Several of the local residents have simply invited some of their out-of-town friends and family to join them at the beach that weekend to enjoy a few days of fun surfing the waves. We love our hometown, and we are excited and proud to show our friends and family all our beautiful area has to offer. 

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