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Letters to the editor published May 15, 2014

Jefferson would hurt health care, education

In the Deep South, some people dress up every year to re-enact the Civil War … like this time it will turn out differently. It appears that Del Norte has joined a similar theatrical event in which some folks wish to re-enact the Wild Wild West. 

I don’t think people understand that a State of Jefferson in Del Norte County would have no health care and no education. All of the health care professionals, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists and ophthalmologists would flee before the state was ever enacted. These professionals rely on state licensure and insurance to perform their jobs. In addition, they rely on a paycheck, health insurance and some form of retirement. I doubt anyone would forgo these basic accommodations in order to be paid with berries, wood or weed in the State of Jefferson. 

 

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A time of many changes in the Triplicate newsroom

Please pardon our dust. 

2014 has been a year of major change in the Triplicate newsroom. Longtime crime, courts and prison reporter Anthony Skeens left in February, and editor Richard Wiens wasn’t the only Wiens who left for Hawaii in April — his wife Laura, our Neighbors and Coming Attractions page editor, community calendar guru and able typist of letters to the editor, left with him. By the end of April, we found ourselves short-staffed by 40 percent in the midst of a hopping local election season. 

It’s difficult to imagine less ideal circumstances in which to become editor, but that is the situation I find myself in. Two weeks after my family moved into a new home, I was named the new editor of the Triplicate. Tall stacks of as-yet unopened boxes at home are testament to the 14-hour days I’ve been working for the past several weeks. 

 

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Pages of History: ‘Serving the Del Norte Tourist’ class

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1958.

As registration for the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce short course on “Serving the Del Norte Tourist” moved towards its deadline this week, enthusiasm and acceptance of the program was extremely high, Charles Thielen, chamber president, reported today.

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Letters to the editor May 15, 2014

Jefferson would hurt health care, education

In the Deep South, some people dress up every year to re-enact the Civil War … like this time it will turn out differently. It appears that Del Norte has joined a similar theatrical event in which some folks wish to re-enact the Wild Wild West. 

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Letters to the editor May 13, 2014

Rep. Huffman appears unconcerned about us

On March 29 Congressman Huffman held a controlled town hall meeting. It was controlled because the congressman wanted questions only on two subjects: Social Security and Medicare; questions on other subjects were discouraged. All questions had to be submitted in writing. 

When he read my question he stated he would call me; he did three weeks later. My question had to do with not receiving replies to 13 of my letters. (On his e-mail page he states if a reply is wanted to check a box next to the request. I always check the box.) On the telephone he told me his staff is too busy to respond to correspondence. 

 

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Coastal Voices: Berkowitz v. Del Norte Board of Education

Editor’s note: It is the Triplicate’s election season policy to limit election-related missives to letters of 400 words or less. This Coastal Voices is an exception to allow fairness in response to regular Triplicate columnist Bob Berkowitz’s “Did You Know” column on the same topic printed last week (“Was Measure A fix in all the time?” May 3).

Since February, political consultant Bob Berkowitz has been writing an opinion column in the Triplicate. Although I rarely agree with Bob, I respect his right to express his view. However, Bob’s column last Saturday crossed the bounds of propriety. His irresponsible accusation that a recent vote by the County Board of Education was “fixed” is not supported by a shred of evidence.

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Letters to the Editor May 10, 2014

Exercise your right to say no to rate increase

Do you want to pay for developer expansion?

California law says you don’t have to.

The City Council is pursuing another rate hike. Our right to protest this was given to us in Proposition 218. It spells out that ratepayers like us are only obligated to pay for operations and maintenance, not for developer expansion! Developers are legally obligated to pay for expansion. Not the ratepayers.

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Letters to the editor May 8, 2014

Trigg shows attention to domestic violence issues

Domestic violence is a hot topic and a substantial concern for our community today. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) reported domestic violence-related calls for assistance to law enforcement in 2012 with Del Norte County holding the highest rates of the entire state. Consider that is compared to Los Angeles County; Alameda County, where the City of Oakland resides; San Diego County; Humboldt County and rural counties similar to Del Norte County as well. 

 

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California Focus: Natural gas exports will raise prices, and soon

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than anytime in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.

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Letters to the editor May 6, 2014

Team of candidates good for Del Norte

It takes a team to win. Though individual effort is highly appreciated and valued, it is the team concept that ultimately prevails and effectuates real change. The Del North County team I am voting for in June, the one I endorse is:

Dean Wilson for sheriff

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