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Another View: Elections keep offering un-electable candidates

The presidential election is 11 months away, and I’ve already tuned out.

None of the candidates rings my bell. I yearn for a George Washington or an Honest Abe. I think it’s time to radically transform the way we elect our commander in chief.

The present system keeps shoving self-serving political hacks at us, until we can’t help but cheer when untested outsiders take center stage. At first they seem so fresh and appealing, but after we’ve had a chance to examine their track records and qualifications, we realize they’re no more fit to govern than we are.


Yes We Can: Last Chance need an emergency designation

The issue of the unstable condition of Last Chance Grade has been in the minds or residents for many years. It is in the minds of many old timers that rely on this major north-south link for commerce, business, medical, recreation, schools and untold other reasons.

When I was on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, my colleague David Finigan and I served on a 2-on-2 Committee with state and national parks and our goal was to be able to get a route planned that went through park land at some point on a projected eastern path. I spent five years on the transportation committee and a year and a half as its chair, working with Crescent City and Caltrans to get the ball rolling on a complex project. I felt we were making headway.

Three years ago after much discussion with now-Supervisor Roger Gitlin, Roger asked Kurt Stremberg and I to co-chair a Last Chance Grade bypass committee. This proved to be great partnership, what with Kurt’s loss of his parents at Last Chance in March 1972.


Coastal Voices: Sutter Coast still working to sustain, improve area's healthcare

A few days ago I heard a story on the radio about the people of Ft. Bragg who are very concerned about the possible closure of their only hospital. The facility is bankrupt and “is barely hanging on,” according to the report.

Sutter Coast Hospital—like so many small rural hospitals—also continues to have its share of financial ups and downs, but our leadership team remains vigilant in exploring and implementing prudent operational changes that have helped provide some near term financial stability. In addition, the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), provided much-needed health insurance coverage for many in our region. As a result, some care that would have traditionally been provided for free by Sutter Coast is now being at least partially reimbursed by the state Medi-Cal program.

At the same time that our leadership team has been working hard to preserve high quality service offerings and improve Sutter Coast’s financial health, we’ve also had to invest a lot of time and money over the past several months into fighting a lawsuit having to do with details relating to the donation of the property where Sutter Coast Hospital stands today.


Pages of History: Help save flyers' lives

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December of 1945:

The residents of every farm, village, town and city in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho are being asked to assist a new search and rescue  program of the Fourth Air Force, which has been organized to save the lives of flying personnel who crash or parachute from their planes,  Maj. Gen. Willis H. Hale, commanding general, Fourth Air Force, has announced.

If you see a plane crash, call the authorities, giving them all the pertinent information at once.


Letter to the Editor, Dec. 3, 2015

Actual wording of Constitution

I want to thank Evelyn Cook for her comments on Christmas in last Saturday’s paper (Christmas under fire, follow Jesus’ teachings).

It amazes me what people really think the Constitution says. “Separation of Church and State” is a statement in writings among several constitutional authors.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”


Coastal Voices: Hard look at Ward, grand jury needed

It has now been nearly six months since the publication of the 2014 Grand Jury findings and the subsequent uproar over those findings regarding the DNSWMA. After a laughable and tepid response by the Authority's director to the charges laid by the Grand Jury and continued questions concerning both the report and the direction of the Commission in the current year isn't it about time someone actually looked into both the 2014 Grand Jury's path to the findings in the report as well as looking into Mr. Ward's empire.

If anyone with an open mind had attended just a few of the meetings of the DNSWMA in 2014 and simply listened, It was plainly obvious that Mr. Ward and his cabal were actively working against the three commissioners on the 2014 board to pursue a certain agenda.  The R3 Consulting Group's report quite clearly put a stake in the heart of Mr. Ward's agenda, placing certain members of the  2014 Commission squarely in the path of the ire of Mr. Ward and his Group.  When they didn't get their way, low and behold along comes a Grand Jury report placing the entire blame on certain members of that commission.  Maybe once an investigation of that Grand Jury occurs the Public can have some confidence in Del Norte Grand Juries going forward.


Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1, 2015

Fight continues against Sutter Coast’s greed

First, I would like to thank the Triplicate for assigning reporter David Anderson to cover the Healthcare District Board meetings. There are many in the community who believe that the fight against Sutter Health is lost. Be assured that four of your Healthcare District board members are working diligently to take action that will bring a full service hospital back to our community.

As reported in the Triplicate, board member Clarke Moore has managed to obstruct the board from moving forward.


Thanksgiving Thoughts: Choosing between the two for a happy Thanksgivng

I was driving home tonight from Klamath, where I’m blessed to have a job working in child protection for the Yurok Tribe. It was one of those nights, windblown with the rain descending in sheets, the sparse traffic crawling along the 101, cursing some of those turns you can meet yourself on, when I went to one of those default settings that can come unannounced out of left field sometimes when the gas in your tank goes somewhere between half empty and dry. You look in the rear view mirror, taking a gut check, and then the pages somehow turned to some words I put to paper six years ago…


Pages of History: Humbug timber sold

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

R.I. Applegate of Hornbrook offered a successful bid of $30,970 for 3,760,000 board feet of salvage timber in the Humbug area of Klamath National Forest.

Applegate was high bidder last week on 2,300,000 board feet in the same area. The Federal Forest Service is conducting salvage sales on timber damaged in last summer’s forest fires.


Coastal Voices: Missing crab on Thanksgiving, but safety comes first

The North Coast is undeniably crab-country. Our traditionally cold coastal waters have been perfect for producing some of our nation’s healthiest crab harvests.

This harvest, a time honored tradition since the mid 1800s here in Northern California, represents a change of season. We gather with our neighbors at local markets to purchase the freshest crab just days after the season opens. We come together to celebrate the holidays with friends and family by cracking crab and thousands of us roll up our sleeves and attend crab feed after crab feed to support our best local charities — usually toting personal butter warmers and lemon wedges.


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