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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 26, 2015

Fetal tissue, mercury and more in our shots

Let me get this straight. Obama lets every Tom, Dick and Harry over our southern border without a health check, no ID check, no nothing. Then he loads them up in buses and distributes them all across the country.

No one really knows how many because they ran the press off and blackened the windows on the buses, and it’s Americans’ fault that there are 26 cases of measles. Oh please.


Pages of History: Midnight flight to safety

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1955:

What did the Klamath evacuees think and do when the Klamath River took over their homes is told as follows:

H. B. Rauht: “We were in Cabin 15 of Kamp Klamath where we had lived for the past two months. After being warned of the high water we took off at 3 a.m. We soon discovered the highway was blocked by water in both directions. We left the car and were picked up by boat and taken to safe ground. My wife and daughter, Mrs. Lois Gane, are thankful to be here. We saved nothing except the clothes on our back.”


Coastal Voices: Community support growing for housing homeless Del Norters

“If you build it, they will come” is a transposed meme from the fantasy-drama film of 1989, “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner and others. Today it is a phrase that describes the perception of some Del Norte County stakeholders (supervisors, council members, and some of the general public) to argue against the development of emergency and transitional housing for the unhoused (homeless) citizens of Del Norte County.


Letters to the Editor, Dec. 24, 2015

Our only recourse is to press Sutter to be open

Now that the Hussey vs. Sutter Coast Hospital lawsuit has settled, we can no longer rely on Mrs. Hussey to stop Sutter from downsizing and taking hospital ownership out of Del Norte County. If we want better local healthcare, at a more reasonable price, we need to keep asking Sutter to come forward, open its books and meeting records, and start being open and honest with our community.


Another View: Light of the World is too powerful to extinguish

Not everyone believes Dec. 25 is the day Jesus was born. 

Some Bible scholars say biblical texts prove he arrived in Autumn. Others say it was spring. It’s commonly believed that no one knows, and that the date was chosen to Christianize an ancient pagan festival involving the sun god and the winter solstice.


Letters to the Editor, Dec. 19, 2015

Compassion for others beats self-pity any day; life is good

Wanted to say that last Sunday after church, I stopped to check mail at the post office.  There on the floor at the far left corner was waking up, a homeless man, having slept a while there.  It just happened I had been thinking on a Christmas story where I had written about what seemed a homeless man visiting a home just as Christmas Day arrived, and how he got to come in and “visit” as he warmed up from the cold.


Congressí ineptitude hits home on Klamath River

It’s easy to get angry, sometimes even laugh off this Congress so deeply divided it can’t seem to pass any legislation. Washington is far removed and, well, that’s just politics. 

Except, every odd once in awhile, they manage to pass a law and this one hits home.

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s latest proposed bill is a knife in the heart of Del Norte County and much of the North Coast.

Walden is Oregon’s lone Republican in Washington. His proposed legislation unleashed two weeks ago guts the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, an accord five years in the making now lingering before our do-nothing Congress since 2010.

The agreement is historic, one of those rare moments when opponents on all sides manage to somehow get together to agree the Klamath River and its fishery are far more important to the local economy and our way of life than any petty political differences. 

All except Walden. 

When it comes to the Klamath agreement, Congress, Walden in particular, could learn a thing or two about how to strike a deal. Farmers, environmentalists, Native American tribes, the utility company that owns the dams...45 stakeholders, including every state and federal agency with any jurisdiction over the river, all agree it should become federal law.


Pages of History: Smith River's light troubles

“Well, anyway,” says father, “the new light company certainly has cut down the bills since they took over.”     

“Why not,” pipes Junior, “there’s no juice to burn.”

The rest of the family just go on groping for last year’s holiday candle stubs and that antique lamp lovingly hoarded as a collector’s item.


Letters to the Editor, Dec. 17, 2015

Sewer rate changes just another way to get more money from citizens

I see where a new water/sewer rate structure is being proposed with larger charges based upon the amount of water each household uses during each billing period. At first glance that may seem fair, at least until you realize that you are being billed extra for water that never goes down the sewer.

Water used for cooking, drinking, gardening, decorative bird baths and ponds, childrens toys, even car washing, never goes into the sewer, yet you would pay extra for that water and the sewer.


Coastal Voices: Communities need to step up to end human sex trafficking

The U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution to make Jan. 11 a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.

In every country throughout the world—including the U.S. — women and girls are trafficked and enslaved for sex. They are someone’s mother, daughter, sister, friend — hidden behind locked doors and pulled shades, forced against their will to engage in sex acts with dozens of men a day.

Sex trafficking — the transport of women and children within and across national borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation — is a $32 billion dollar annual industry. Right here in the U.S., an estimated 14,500-17,500 victims of human trafficking are brought in each year, most of them women and girls trafficked for sex.


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