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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 9, 2015

Solid Waste facts ignored on front page of Triplicate

I’m writing in order to correct misrepresentations in your recent front page article of the Triplicate, with regard to the Grand Jury report about the Solid Waste Authority. Are you kidding me? I can see why no one wanted their name showing as the author of this distasteful, distorted and unethical article.  

Pages of History: Barnacle Bill guards our harbor

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1948:

There’s a whale of the humpback variety, here in the harbor, that’s adopted these waters hereabouts as his home. He has the whole ocean to swim in and although we humans know nothing about the housing shortage in the Pacific Ocean, and certainly hope there isn’t any, this marine mammal only travels back and forth a good 1,000 feet, surfacing and in the best of spirits.

Coastal Voices: Where do your property taxes go?

I recently paid my property tax and decided it was time to find out what I was paying for. I found the Del Norte County site on the Internet: Board Of Supervisors, Resolution # 2013-039 - Allocation Fund.

There is a list of groups (by percentage) getting a share of our tax dollars. One of the groups that jumped off the page was the “Del Norte County District Hospital Board,” at 2.8 percent (annually) of my tax dollars.

There are two boards:

Our View: Del Norte Healthcare District's lack of transparency starting to stink

Something is festering at the Del Norte Healthcare District and it is beginning to smell.

If the district wants to spend $50,000 in taxpayer money on a public relations campaign to smear Sutter Health, it is more than the secret business of a few board members.

It is the public’s business. It is this community’s business.

This kind of business needs to be conducted in the open. It hasn’t been. That much is obvious from Triplicate Staff Writer David Anderson’s recent story based on a memo to the healthcare district board’s attorney from a prominent and very expensive Sacramento public relations firm.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 7, 2016

Trigg looking out for community health

As a senior citizen, living on a fixed income, I worry about the impact of Sutter Health’s conduct on our health and our community. I learned recently that our District Attorney Dale Trigg is preparing subpoenas so that he can investigate possible illegal activity that came to light in the Hussey vs. Sutter lawsuit. I commend Mr. Trigg for looking out for all of us. This could be a turning point in our community’s effort to stop Sutter’s plans, which include the ongoing threat of Sutter taking hospital ownership out of Del Norte County and downsizing our hospital to Critical Access status.

Harley Hiscox, Crescent City


Meager projections another Sutter ploy proven false

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and (Crescent) City Council issued a joint resolution (2015-055) supporting the (Del Norte) Healthcare District’s efforts to ensure high quality health care in our region. www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/board-of-supervisors

One section in the resolution jumped out at me. It said the Camden Group study’s reports regarding profitability, numbers of in-patients and the need for Critical Access designation at Sutter Coast Hospital “have proven not accurate.”

Coastal Voices: Healthcare Dist. mired in secrecy, extravagant spending

As a board member of the Del Norte Healthcare District, I have raised concerns regarding the transparency of the decision making process by the District. As a government agency, the district is required to follow the Brown Act, a state law that requires that all decisions must be made in open public meetings following advance notification of the action that is being considered. There are few exceptions to this legal requirement.

My primary concerns center on the extravagant sum of public money that has been spent on legal fees over the last three years and the secrecy that has surrounded these decisions.

In 2012, the district sued Sutter Health to prevent the conversion of Sutter Coast Hospital to a critical access hospital. I initially supported the legal action due to the purported facts that critical access was limited to a maximum 15 acute beds and profiteering was occurring. Once those myths were dispelled it became apparent to me that legal action was not worthwhile.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5, 2016

Questions Sutter still hasn’t answered

To Scott Feller, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, and Mojgan “Mosh” Arshi:

You are Del Norte County residents who were appointed to the Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors by Sutter Health. We all know that your hospital board meetings are closed to the public and that Sutter Coast will not release its meeting minutes. In November 2011, your board voted to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County to a Sutter Health controlled corporation in San Francisco, over the objection of Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Caldwell. Sutter Coast Hospital is locally owned. Sutter Health is contracted to manage the hospital, not to steal it from us, for nothing in return.

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 2, 2016

Exec’s arrogance shows why we need alternative to Sutter

Oh my gosh. Is this gentleman for real? Does Mr. (Mitch) Hanna think that all of Del Norte County is composed of ignorant, uninformed, uneducated, disinterested people?

His arrogance and attitude are infinitely offensive and telling. He reflects the attitude and behaviors of Sutter Health and reinforces the absolute necessity for Del Norte to go elsewhere for health care. Now is the time to request Asante and others to please, please, please consider establishing themselves within our community.

Another View: Taking stock of the good things we have here

As a new year begins, and an increasing number of disturbing events unfolds around the globe, it may lift our spirits to look at some of the good things we have going on here at home.

In days of yore, when Del Norte downpours never seemed to cease from November to April, grumbling about wet weather was the favorite local pastime.

But after four years of drought, forest fires and water restrictions, the only thing I hear these days on the subject of rain is approval and relief.

Pages of History: News from Smith River

Loitering at the Corners is replete with fascinating encounters. Last week, Rowdy Creek Joe, Smith River’s most pessimistic weather prophet. This week, it’s Santy Claus, and on his way to Sunday school Christmas festivities too.

Materializing out of nowhere, that jovial old soul claimed his reindeers were tired so he pastured them up at Johnny Cooper’s field until he made a pre-Christmas call on the kiddies to ascertain their heart’s desire.

Sunday night, the Corners took on the scene of a living Christmas card scene, a miniature village with a backdrop of forested hills. Several wisps of fog plumes were tucked here and there among the redwoods up Rowdy Creek, while High Divide wore a full moon above its crown.

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