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Church Notebook: Game nights and Bible studies spice things up

It happens once in awhile.

And summer is the most likely time.

We have a week with no special programs to tell you about. But just because there are no special events doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on at church!

Most churches have lots of scheduled activities that occur on a regular basis. Some are well attended, some are not.

Lots of folks seem to feel that going to church on Sunday (or Saturday) morning is sufficient, electing to skip mid-week studies and things like game nights and movie nights. Some churches have various classes — sewing, crocheting, quilting — where ladies can gather and work on projects together.

Often these classes welcome the younger ladies to come and learn the various crafts. In the old days, most homes had an older aunt or grandmother to help teach young girls these skills, but as more and more women found it necessary to join the workforce, these skills dropped by the wayside.

Game night is one regular activity at my church that I thoroughly enjoy. Once a month we gather, bring snacks and our favorite games, and spend two to three hours together just having fun. It makes not only for a very enjoyable evening but allows those of us who participate the chance to get to know each other so much better.


Boy Scout Tree largest found so far

From the pages of the Crescent City American, July 1931.

The redwood tree in Elk Valley, known as the Boy Scout Tree, is the largest yet discovered according to Fred Patterson, the man who makes Patterson’s pictures of the redwoods.

Mr. Patterson made a trip here this week from Santa Rosa, where he now resides, to take the measurements of the tree and found it to be 31 feet in diameter. It is larger than the General Sherman tree in the Mariposa group, the big tree in Bull Creek Flat in Humboldt County, or any tree yet discovered.

The big tree is 87 feet in circumference, it being of oval shape, and was probably at one time two separate trees. The trees have merged and grown together until they reach a height of 250 feet above the ground.

Mr. Patterson has searched for a long time to find the largest tree and was much delighted to find it in Del Norte County.

Oh, girls, the fleet’s in!

Uncle Sam’s U.S. Navy arrived in port yesterday and was greeted by a boarding party that piloted the two destroyers into the harbor, and as a consequence of the arrival of the two ships the city is full of fine, manly-looking, clean-cut sailors!

There are lots of pretty girls in Crescent City and plenty of amusements for all who care to be entertained so. 


Letters to the Editor July 25, 2013

Sutter brings strife; go with Asante instead 

Having watched Sutter Health’s attempt to make our local hospital a Critical Access facility (with its loss of beds, loss of staff, and many more patient aircraft transfers to out of area hospitals), it is obvious the only solution is to get rid of Sutter Health and replace it with an honest healthcare administration company that has integrity.

Asante has publicly expressed an interest in a stronger affiliation with our region (as reported in The Del Norte Triplicate on Oct. 15, 2012), but the hospital Board has ignored the offer.  Sutter Health wants to downsize because it will make more money, period.  The health of our community does not matter to Sutter.  If you want more of the same, keep trying to work with Sutter Health.

This includes more lawsuits, more money diverted away from the community and toward legal matters, more “studies” that are rigged to get the results Sutter Health wants, more deception from Sutter Health about its true intentions, higher cost, more unethical behavior at board meetings, and more attacks on people of integrity, such as Doctors Greg Duncan and Kevin Caldwell. I am sure these two doctors could make a much longer list.


Coastal Voices: Regionalization, critical access: setting the record straight

Spending time at a recent two-by-two meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Del Norte Health Care District Board gives me the opportunity to address concerns I heard.

The public seems eager to get the facts and we want to offer them. As a reminder, we are in the midst of the Strategic Options Study with The Camden Group because of very real financial issues. Our No. 1 goal is to ensure this community has access to health care.

The first misconception continues to be that regionalization/centralization equals Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation. This is not true. Regionalization is strictly a governance structure. Sutter Coast Hospital will continue to have a local administrative team and input into governance matters and a local advisory board.

The regional bylaws require that the Board be representative of the communities it serves. The current West Bay Board has individuals from each of the four counties in which it has facilities. If Sutter Coast becomes part of the West Bay, I have every reason to believe there would be at least one individual from Del Norte County.

Some have speculated that if we regionalize, we impose CAH designation. We have not made that statement, or that decision. In fact, The Camden Group, as discussed in my last “Coastal Voices,” has been enlisted to guide us through the process of analysis about the best options to ensure that the hospital can meet the health care needs of our community now and in the future.

A significant focus of The Camden Group is patient safety, quality of care and the financial impact to access that care. This study is currently under way and we look forward to the evidence-based interactive process. The Steering Committee plays an active role.    


Letters to the Editor July 23, 2013

Let go of the past and stick with Sutter Health

I have worked in health care for 41 years, the majority of this time as a manager or director of diagnostic imaging departments. Nine years ago I relocated from the San Francisco East Bay to Crescent City, taking a position as the director of diagnostic imaging at Sutter Coast Hospital. 

There were numerous reasons why I chose to relocate to Crescent City: the ocean, the climate, no mass of people or traffic, but the biggest reason was because I was still able to work in a profession I loved and continue to be a part of Sutter Health. Sutter Coast is the fourth acute care hospital that I have worked for. I have also worked for Los Medanos Community Hospital (a small district hospital) in Pittsburg, Calif., Children’s Hospital in Oakland and Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch. 

I worked for Los Medanos Community Hospital for 21 years. Los Medanos was an independent facility that eventually declared bankruptcy. When the hospital closed, it left 600-plus employees jobless, with many losing all or most of our pensions. Los Medanos closed because it did not have the vision to affiliate with a strong partner, and when it finally tried it was too late and no one was willing to take on such a mess. That all happened around the time that Seaside Hospital in Crescent City made a decision to affiliate with Sutter Health.

Health care has been a very difficult industry to survive in ever since the early ’80s, when the federal and state governments started reducing reimbursement, and this will only become more difficult in the next 10 years. 

I have been at Sutter Coast for nine years and have seen many patients leave our area for care elsewhere, some because they needed a higher level of care, others because it was their choice and others because there were not providers that would accept them.


Health District, hospital have more they can do

In light of the recent meetings, blogs, guest opinions, letters to the editor and general public discussion regarding the plans of Sutter Health to regionalize our local hospital, I felt compelled to discuss the issue and hopefully provide some much-needed clarification as to the involvement and position of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

At the request of doctors Greg Duncan and Kevin Caldwell, the Board of Supervisors has considered the potential impacts of a possible regionalization and designation of Sutter Coast Hospital as a Critical Access facility. After considering the information provided and available, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support the doctors and the Health Care District in its opposition to regionalization and Critical Access designation.

The Board of Supervisors followed up with letters demanding the disclosure of information being held by Sutter Health and the local Hospital Board to allow for a full and accurate discussion of the decisions being made behind closed doors.

To reiterate, the County Board of Supervisors has from the beginning opposed any designation of Sutter Coast Hospital that would negatively impact our residents.

Recently, the Board of Supervisors and the Health Care District conducted a “two-by-two” meeting between the appointed committee members to discuss the settlement of a lawsuit brought forward against Sutter Health by the Health Care District.


Letters to the Editor July 20, 2013

Taking inmates' food an overreach

According to the prison system’s own rules, any inmate of the California state prison system is on a hunger strike when they refuse prison food for nine consecutive meals. Nothing in that rule says they cannot eat of their privately purchased canteen food. 

“Fasting” does not mean a person refuses to eat. Sometimes it means that people will abstain from certain foods. In this case state prison food is the target. 

Confiscation of prisoner’s canteen food is overreaching the authority of the California prison staff and further points out the unjust conditions of life in the prison industrial complex. 

Kathy Anderson, Eureka

Don't let Pastels in the Park fade away

My husband and I have been attending your glorious Fourth of July celebration for over ten years. We drive up from Sonoma County, and spend several days in the area, camping, moteling, visiting with family and friends. 

This year, it took some effort to find one of our Fourth favorites, the Pastels in the Park. These chalk drawings are frequently the best part of our Fourth and are often spectacular. I was shocked to learn that their allocated space in the community park has all but disappeared. 


California Focus: Non-citizen jurors simply a bad idea

It’s one thing to give undocumented immigrants an opportunity — however limited and lengthy and expensive — to gain American citizenship if they’ve lived and worked in this country for a long time while contributing and without committing any criminal offenses.

Drivers licenses for the undocumented also make some sense, especially since many law enforcement officials say that could compel those here illegally to obey laws requiring car insurance, thus cutting down the expenses of other drivers who may be involved in accidents with them.

But one bill that has passed the state Assembly and is now in the Senate simply makes no sense: Called AB 1401, this proposal would allow non-citizens to serve on juries in California’s state courts.

Never mind the longstanding American tradition of a having a jury of the defendant’s peers determine whether criminal charges are valid. That’s merely a custom, not a constitutional right.

The Sixth Amendment says only that every American is entitled to an “impartial jury” and that its members should live in the state or district where the crime under consideration took place. Courts have interpreted this to mean jury pools should contain a cross section of the population of the area, in terms of gender, race and national origin.

No one yet has specified that jurors must be U.S. citizens, perhaps because at the time the Bill of Rights — the Constitution’s first ten amendments — was written in 1789 and finally ratified by the states two years later, it could be difficult to determine who was a U.S. citizen. Birth and immigration record-keeping was far from comprehensive.


Crager anchored the Del Norte line

It is always fun for me to look back at the 1982 Warrior football team. 

This was the team that won the Humboldt-Del Norte League title and became the first Warrior team to represent the Del Norte in the Northcoast Section football playoffs. 

It was a team that entered the last game of the regular season needing a victory over Arcata to win the league. A win by Arcata would put them in the playoffs. The Warriors overcame a seven-point Arcata lead late in the game and won 8-7 on a successful two-point conversion. 

The team featured several outstanding skill players, like quarterback Reece Stacy, running back Jason Seybold and wide receiver Terry Vance, but one young man that really helped the Warriors was lineman Mike Crager. 

All too often lineman don’t get the credit they deserve. Mike’s outstanding play during the whole season won him first team all-league honors. Mike started his Warrior football career as a freshman playing on the junior varsity team. As a sophomore he moved to the varsity, where he became a three-year letterman.


Church Notebook: Find the church you’re comfortable with and start attending

You can tell that summer has arrived and folks are going on vacation. Or perhaps taking the weekend days to relax at the beach. Or finally taking the time to do all those outside repairs or landscape changes that can’t be done when the winds are driving the rain at you sideways.

Church attendance seems to be down — at least from what I observe lately on my way to church Sunday mornings.

Between my house and my church, I pass four other churches and can see a couple others, and it sure seems like there are significantly fewer cars in the parking lots lately.

I hope summer activities are the reason for all those absences.

The Bible tells us that in the last days there will be a “great falling away” from our faith, and I sure hope we aren’t seeing the beginning of that. Some of the things happening in the world today sure make me wonder!

We have so many great churches here in Crescent City — just about every denomination, and even more than one church in some of them.

People have such varied choices in styles of worship today — it’s so different from when those of us who have reached senior citizen status were growing up. The music, too, has evolved. Often, the traditional hymns have been replaced by choruses of praise, and the piano and organ have been supplanted by praise bands with many more instruments.

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