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Letter to the Editor, April 2, 2016

Action needed to shorten timeline for Last Chance

The Last Chance Grade Town Hall meeting (in Crescent City) left those of us attending frustrated and angry with a plate full of unanswered questions. This was also the case at both the Eureka and Klamath meetings.

Caltrans made their presentation and didn’t allow any dialog with the public. Caltrans stated that keeping the current highway location open will not be a problem. If it continues to sink as it has, over five feet, they will cut into the unstable hillside, dropping old growth redwoods above Last Chance Grade in order to move the road bed and it will only take one or two weeks or maybe a month closure of the highway to keep it passable.

Could that be two months? How long will it take? If they have that solution so easily at hand, can we move the focus to the six bypass locations that need funding in order for Caltrans to begin the environmental studies that will take five to eight years to complete?


Letter to the Editor, March 29, 2016

Ceding oversight not an answer

Let’s see if I have this right. Crescent City Council and the Board of Supervisors are looking at giving up more oversight of the DNSWMA, an agency that has been mired in controversy since it completed the tasks originally set for it. The rationale being the current commission is already made up of elected officials.

I hate to point this out to these two august bodies, but should this go forward with the current crop of commissioners only the city will be truly represented as three of the four commissioners represent people who live in Crescent City. If a public commissioner is seated and is also a resident of the city, how is it the bulk of the county is expected to have a say in the activities of the DNSWMA if the Board of Supervisors cede their oversight.


Coastal Voices: How the community stopped Sutter Health's attempt to grab ownership

It’s been five years since Sutter Health first tried to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital out of Del Norte County. Now, Sutter’s biggest lies are finally unraveling.

This is the story of how our community stood up to the 800 pound gorilla known as Sutter Health, and won. Today, thanks to grassroots community opposition, Sutter Health has failed to complete its plans to take ownership and downsize our locally owned hospital.

Remember the big lie about Sutter Coast needing to downsize to Critical Access in order to be profitable? Sutter Coast spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a carefully crafted PR campaign to convince our community that Critical Access was a financial necessity.


Another View: There is more to Easter than candy, eggs

When I was a kid, Easter was all about sweets — chocolate bunnies and marshmallow eggs, peeps and jelly beans. But now I find it bittersweet.

Death lends some bitterness to it. If Jesus hadn’t died and risen from the dead, there would be nothing to celebrate.

Though pagan fertility symbols like eggs and rabbits may be bitterly reviled by some Christians, I think they’re sweet. Eggs and rabbits, after all, bring forth abundant life through chicks and baby bunnies, just as Jesus brings forth abundant life through his resurrection.


Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2016

Don’t believe Sutter Coast, especially about Dr. Duncan

On March 9, my husband injured his arm and went to Sutter Coast Urgent Care Clinic. We requested a referral to Dr. Gregory Duncan, the only orthopedic surgeon living in our county.

Here is the problem: The clinic staff would not refer my husband to Dr. Duncan. First, the nurse said Dr. Duncan does not take worker’s compensation (not true). Next, the physician assistant stated Dr. Duncan would not see my husband (also not true, Dr. Duncan has done two surgeries on my husband). Then, the physician assistant told us Dr. Duncan is cutting his practice back (also not true and how would the physician assistant know anyway?).


Publisher's View: Team at Sutter saved Rickís life

Most of what you’ve read in our newspaper during the past few years regarding Sutter Coast health care is political in nature about why Sutter should, or shouldn’t, convert to Critical Access status. And although most rooms inside the facility consist of dramas that take place and the medical heroes who save lives and comfort families, seldom do we as the local newspaper cover what is actually going on inside the hospital.


Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2016

Gitlin clear choice for community’s health

Our community will elect its leaders this year. Please vote with care. As a senior citizen and former volunteer at Sutter Coast Hospital, health care is my primary concern. Roger Gitlin is the clear choice when it comes to improving local health care.


Letters to the Editor, March 19, 2016

Hospital ownership is latest of Sutter’s lies

The recent article by David Anderson in last Saturday’s Triplicate finally put to rest the question of who owns Sutter Coast Hospital. First, hospital CEO Mitch Hanna told the Board of Supervisors that Sutter Health owns Sutter Coast Hospital. Next, reporter David Anderson points out that Mr. Hanna’s statement is contradicted by a court filing, which states that Sutter Health does not own any hospitals. Finally, in the face of the truth, Mr. Hanna is forced to take back his prior comment. It turns out that all along, Sutter Coast Hospital, with its local board of directors, owns  Sutter Coast Hospital.


Another View: Letís make homelessness a felony

While writing about homelessness a few years ago, I decided to try living homeless, for accuracy’s sake. I chose a city 100 miles away and left everything behind except my trusty old Honda, a half tank of gas, and the clothes on my back. My days were spent panhandling — a deeply humiliating exercise — and visiting underfunded social service agencies, churches and charities. Sleeping in the backseat of my car was so cold and cramped, I caught very few winks. 

Sleep deprivation and the lack of a home base severely disoriented me. I felt confused, forgetful, frightened and utterly low. I hadn’t realized it was possible to feel so discombobulated. After a hellish week that seemed like a year, I gave up and drove back home to avoid further mental disintegration.


Coastal Voices: People of Curry stand with Del Norters in health care fight

Hello from the other side…

We number over 14,000. We are the majority of the Curry County population. We are old and young. We are wealthy and poor. We have Medicare and insurance. A large number are veterans, and a significant percentage are Native American.


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