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Newsroom Dispatch: Still here and loving what I do

It was a bittersweet end to last week. The Saturday paper had been “put to bed,” and I had just one task left on my to-do list. On my computer I opened the layout template for page A4. Where letters and op-eds go, the page was blank. But the text at the bottom right, with the words of the First Amendment and below that the masthead and subscription policy, is kept on the template because it never changes. Or at least, nearly never.

Pages of History: Jubilation at news that war is over

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

News of the Japanese surrender last Tuesday, Aug. 7, touched off an enthusiastic celebration in Crescent City with spontaneous parades and noisemaking continuing until the early hours of Wednesday morning. When Pres. Truman electrified the nation with word that the war was over, it was the signal that set off automobile horns, sirens, whooping, hollering and singing that was kept up for hours. A grand jubilee was staged at Memorial Hall under sponsorship of the local VFW post. 

Coastal Voices: Bullying Grand Jury overstepped its bounds to defame me

My life since the release of the Grand Jury report has been greatly impacted as a lifelong member of this community. 

To be publicly called a liar and unethical in a very public forum is embarrassing and hurtful, and I believe that this was the intent of the Grand Jury Foreman, Tod Roy.

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 4, 2015

Targeting Safeway unfair and unwise


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 1, 2015

Bob Berkowitz should heed his firm's findings

The article in last Thursday’s paper, (“Survey: Local voters value honesty”, July 23) is ironic. Why? Because its author, former politician and current campaign consultant Bob Berkowitz recently paid for a full-page ad in this paper (June 25) that was full of untruths and distortion of facts. In addition, his July 2 Coastal Voices op-ed (“Yes we can: Ordinary citizens are making a difference in DN”) was similarly inaccurate, stating: “RHS serves a lot of needs of the area and is not a government program. It is almost entirely self-supporting by the generous donations of Del Norters.” As a former employee, I would challenge that statement, knowing that nearly every program has some form of government funding. For example, the Supportive Living Services Program is fully funded by the Redwood Coast Regional Center, Harrington House and the Food Bank are funded by Community Development Block Grant monies, and the Work Force Center is government funded as well.

Pages of History: Our harbor, Grants Pass' outlet to sea

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

“Grants Pass and the Illinois Valley businessmen consider Crescent City’s harbor as their own harbor and outlet to the sea,” William W. Speer, Chamber president reported Monday.

Letters to the Editor, July 30, 2015

Get rid of Gitlin to start work on eliminating blight

I have had several disagreements with Safeway’s staff when it parroted the company line to me rather than answering my question straightforwardly. However, I find it to be a rather well-run store, and I have never encountered “blight” in my hundreds of trips to its parking lot.

Coastal Voices: This is a helluva good community to fight cancer with

The following remarks were delivered as the keynote address at the Relay for Life cancer fundraising event on July 18:

Letters to the Editor, July 28, 2015

Gitlin's conduct justifies removal from all boards

From the United States Department of Labor: “Intimidating or Harassing Behavior. Threats or other conduct which in any way create a hostile environment, impair agency operations; or frighten, alarm, or inhibit others. Psychological intimidation or harassment includes making statements which are false, malicious, disparaging, derogatory, rude, disrespectful, abusive, obnoxious, insubordinate, or which have the intent to hurt others' reputations.”

Senior Sleuth: Interview with Solid Waste Director Ward

The words of Tedd Ward, director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, from a recent interview:

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