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Did you know: Report from the Wiens, now in living in Hawaii

Under the heading “Whatever happened to them?” is whatever happened to Richard and Laura Wiens. For you folks who may be reading the Triplicate for the first time, Richard was the editor and Laura was the Neighbors Page editor for many years until they left for sunnier shores in Honolulu some three months ago.

I caught up with Richard at lunch at a local IHOP Restaurant on Waikiki recently. Richard is now the managing editor of City Beat, an online-only newspaper based in Honolulu. He manages three editors and six reporters. The major focus of the paper is investigative reporting with an emphasis on government, politics and the environment. I asked him what the major difference was between an online newspaper and a print paper. He says that once a reporter makes a mistake in an article and the paper is printed, that’s it! There is no way to recall the error and make it right; it will be a part of that paper forever, whereas with the online newspaper, if a mistake is made, it can be corrected immediately.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 2, 2014

If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin

At the July 22 Board of Supervisors meeting, in his typically self-serving manner, Roger Gitlin called for the chair, David Finigan, to resign. He also claimed that a comment made by Lisa McKeown at the June 10 meeting could be construed as a “death threat,” including the loaded phrase “post-9/11 environment” to justify his ridiculous claims. 

The phrase “prick your heart” is hardly a death threat. If Roger Gitlin were actually familiar with at least one of the books which are the basis for all of the public praying he wants, he would know that. What is being referred to in Lisa McKeown’s comments is a hope he will practice the religious beliefs he is purporting to support and feel a compunction to do the right thing (compunction — “compungere” or “prick sharply” in Latin, from “com-” [expressing intensive force]  and “pungere” [to prick]). Instead of using the most direct and most rational understanding of the phrase in the context it was presented, Roger Gitlin, without a qualm and following his most hyperbolic and divisive style, chose to throw down the red herring of 9/11 to claim a threat to his life. 


Pages of History: Pacamo Camp ends session

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1958:

Pacamo Camp has just completed its 11th year of camping in Douglas Park and is now in its travel camp. Campers who attended participated in a variety of activities, including archery, swimming, crafts, hiking, outdoor games, campfire programs, code practice, nature trails, etc.

 


Coastal Voices: Poor way to treat visitors to our town

The Hirt family has been proud to call Crescent City their home for 42 years. The Fourth of July weekend showed us another side of our city and how visitors are treated. Our son returned home to vacation over the Fourth and attend his high school’s 25th reunion. He went to the Deck Party, met up with friends and left his car where he parked it, near the Cultural Center. Although there were signs indicating vehicles would be towed if left there, he did not see them. He planned to retrieve the car the next morning.

 


Letters to the editor published July 31, 2014

Gitlin has been attacked, denied items on agenda

On July 22, Supervisor Roger Gitlin called for Chairman David Finigan to step down, as he had every right to do. Mr. Finigan’s disrespectful runaround, refusing to honor Mr. Gitlin’s request to put an idea on the agenda — in this case, a discussion of the possibility of a short, nondenominational prayer — before the Board of Supervisors’ meetings. Heaven knows we need God’s wisdom regarding all the decisions that our board has to make during the year. 

 


Coastal Voices: Tribute to great community as I retire

With heavy heart, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly bid farewell to the wonderful community of Crescent City, as I retire as the Police Chief on Thursday, having just completed four decades in law enforcement.


Letters to the Editor July 29, 2014

Unbelievable that letter writers fail to take issue with Finigan

Anti-prayer in the public square, that is the drumbeat from the secular zealots. While the points raised by the recent writers of letters to the editor on the subject may have validity  and be deserving of debate they logically need to be held in abeyance while the issue of agendizing topics for public input is resolved. It should be noted that one writer applauds Chairman Finigan’s refusal to place the item of prayer before board meetings. He applauds it as a victory for freedom … in the real world it is a victory for atheism and socialism, both of which are diametrically opposed to freedom. A large number of recent letters to the editor blithely ignore the simple core principle, viz, a decision as to what is allowed on the agenda to be discussed  by a singular authority, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. It strikes this writer as pathetic that writers of letters to the Triplicate do not have a problem with a single head of the County Board having the say so as to what is decided  in a public forum. One such  writer singles out Supervisor Gitlin as the problem on the board.


Letters to the editor published July 26, 2014

 

Benefits of recycling lost on Waste Board members

 

Two members of our Solid Waste Authority Board here in Del Norte County, Michael Sullivan and Roger Gitlin, have characterized recycling as “extracurricular stuff” and “bells and whistles” and a third member, Mary Wilson, has agreed. Accordingly, and against the urging of a score or more of ratepayers appearing before the board, they have determined to impair our recycling program “to save money.” They could hardly be more mistaken. The truth is that recycling is not only imperative, it is saving ratepayers more money every year, as recycling increases and recycled material handlers absorb that reusable waste instead of having it hauled off at considerable expense to be buried in Oregon. 


Coastal Voices: Hospital’s plans ‘bad for us’

Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts — Henry Rosovsky

I am writing in response to a recent editorial by Mr. Scott Feller (“Judge hospital facts for yourself,” July 3), Sutter Health’s latest appointee to the Board of Directors of Sutter Coast Hospital.

The title of Mr. Feller’s opinion piece poses a dilemma — how can anyone judge the facts when Sutter Health won’t release the facts? Despite formal requests by our elected officials, Sutter refuses to release meeting minutes and financial documents necessary to discern the suitability of Sutter’s plans for our community. Sutter frequently releases their paid advertisements and editorials by individuals connected with Sutter, but nothing of substance.


Letters to the Editor July 24, 2014

Downsizing Sutter is not an appropriate use of tax funds

As a former hospital administrator in the Good Samaritan system and a former hospital vice president at Marian Medical Center, I have been following this community’s conflict with Sutter Health with great interest. As a retiree to this community, I also have great interest in the future of the hospital, including whether or not Sutter is able to implement their plan to downsize the hospital in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the federally funded Critical Access program. 


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