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Letters to the Editor, March 1, 2016

Sutter Coast can’t look down a throat?

As a long-term resident of Del Norte County, I write to share my concerns with Sutter Coast Hospital.

Another View: Crabbing is hard work and dangerous

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been amazed how calmly most crab fishermen are taking the economic storm that’s threatening to sink them. I haven’t met one yet who seemed to be panicking. Maybe it’s because they’ve survived worse storms at sea and have learned to keep their cool no matter what. To my mind, they’re handling this disaster remarkably well.

Coastal Voices: Smoking pot (or anything else) is not harmless

I was appalled to read Mr. (Robert) Derego’s Coastal Voices promoting smoked marijuana. 

Pages of History: Storm swells river, washes out highway

From the pages of the Crescent City American, February 1927.

A storm that has been dealing destruction to the entire Pacific Coast for the past two weeks abated Tuesday after having caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to ranchers, townspeople and highways in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Yes We Can: 2031-39 isnít soon enough to have Last Chance Grade fixed

I would like to thank this community for the way it’s embraced my presence, starting with being a dock boy on the Klamath River and all of those many years that have passed since then.

As I grew up in this place, I have learned so much from the loggers, truck drivers, mill workers, commercial fishermen, agricultural people and business people that have blessed my life in who I became.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 25, 2016

Fisherman’s Association helping during crab closure

As a member of the newly formed Crescent City Commercial Fishermen’s Association, formerly the Del Norte Fishermen’s Marketing Association, we feel that we were left out of the article on Feb. 18 “Crab season depends on whole state.”

Coastal Voices: Changes in ocean due to radiation?

I read with interest the article regarding the “Bleak outlook at fishery  meeting”  in  the Feb.16 Triplicate. What is reported is the flat out admission by Chuck Bonham, the director of California Fish and Wildlife, to members of the joint legislative committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture that he is clueless to the”dramatically`different” condition of the (Pacific)ocean.

Punctuating that condition he recites a litany of sorrows aquatic life is experiencing, e.g., increased whale entanglements,  sea star wasting syndrome, marked decrease in squid landings and nearly extinct kelp beds. Presumably “whale entanglements”refers to whales becoming entangled in nets, what else? If that’s what is meant why would”dramatically different “ocean conditions increase entanglements? I have come across at least two websites on the Internet that report beached, dead whales along numerous beaches; signs of entanglement were not mentioned.

The Triplicate article also is silent on the multitude of dead seabirds counted so presumably the topic was not mentioned by Bonham at the meeting.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 23, 2016

Addie Meedom great with our loved ones

I am writing this letter for two reasons. First off, I am thankful our community has a facility such as Addie Meedom to care for our loved ones. I know first hand how well the elderly are being loved and cared for, due to the fact that I worked as part of the team for 16 years and under five administrators. I am now retired but continue my involvement with the current administration and staff.

I worked with the current Administrator Paul Silva for over two years and I do believe in his ability to oversee and run Addee Meedom. It takes a certain kind of person to work with the elderly. Paul and his staff take this job very seriously and have the residents’ care and safety as a top priority. Any time the families or residents had a complaint, Paul would always stop what he was doing to investigate and work with all involved to come up with a solution.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 20, 2016

We are watching McClure’s every move

Recently the (Eureka) Times-Standard printed a succinct but scathing editorial re: the Coastal Commission’s ouster of Charles Lester. One of the “back room villains” it referred to was the North Coast’s very own Martha McClure, who not only voted to remove Lester, but also propelled the commission’s decision to hide the process behind closed doors.

When McClure stated her desire for her district to “update their coastal land use plans without more aid from the commission’s staff,” I had to laugh at her use of the word “aid” (translation: inconvenient oversight). Now that it’s quite clear she stands with the local Good Ol’ Boys Network, she should be prepared to feel a bit uncomfortable in her post, since we will be watching every move she makes as commissioner.

Another View: Fishermen need any assistance we can give

Fishermen in trouble need our help —now.

Due to the closure of the crab fishery, fishermen have lost nearly three months of income at the peak of the season. And they aren’t the only ones hurting. Without the millions of dollars the sale of crab normally brings to Crescent City, a number of businesses in town are suffering. Normally bustling restaurants are empty, and even Walmart’s sales have taken a dive.

No emergency funds have yet been released by the state or the feds, and likely won’t be made available until many months down the road.

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