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Pages of History: Fine clay found by builder

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1952:

O.R. Griffin, Crescent City street superintendent, has discovered a deposit of what he believes is pottery-grade clay. Griffin found it in the process of digging curbing at the edge of Taylor Street between 8th and 9th streets.

“I’ll be happy to show the clay to anyone who might be interested in it,” Griffin said.


Coastal Voices: Feller ‘facts’ misleading on Sutter’s intentions

Another steering committee member has presented his reasons for concurrence with the Sutter Health-financed Camden Study conclusions (“Judge hospital facts for yourself,” July 3). Scott Feller is to be commended for his active participation on both the steering committee as well as his own research of available data from a variety of sources. Hopefully, we shall hear from the remaining committee members on the subject. It should be recalled that the steering committee was in unanimous concurrence with the recommendations of the Camden Group study even though key data was withheld from that study group.


Coastal Voices: Country’s Biblical roots evident in history

In response to Linda Sutter’s diatribe of July 31 (“Fanatical agendas do not belong in board’s meetings”), her opening paragraph indicates how hateful her thinking is. Ms. Sutter apparently knows very little about our Founding Fathers’ view of religion, especially that found in our Bible. Our roots are deep in the Judeo-Christian faith. Let’s look at just a few examples.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2014

If lawmakers were VA patients, it’d be fixed

I can fix the VA system. 

Tear down Walter Reed Hospital; make it a world-class parking lot. Senators, congressmen, the president and world-class visitors would then be eligible to use our most excellent Veterans Administration for all their health needs. Call about 30 days in advance for an appointment. Visit with the most advanced medical personnel from around the globe; they are so good they can’t be at fault or sued for mistreatment. 


Pages of History: Stump fire deliberate?

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

Sheriff’s deputies today were investigating the “strong” possibility that a person or persons unknown deliberately set fire to a large pile of stumps on Redwood Lane Tuesday, the sparks from which ignited a barn filled with cattle and horses a short distance away.

According to Fire Chief Lyle Griffin, whose men battled the blaze for five hours, “the fire was definitely set.” 


Coastal Voices: Prayer issue about due process, abuse of power

Judging from the hot level of public talk and print, I predict the issue of prayer before government meetings will continue to draw lots of attention in Del Norte County. Some in the community have accused me of grandstanding, lacking sincerity, becoming a divisive force on the Board of Supervisors, including a bevy of assorted catcalls one might not necessarily find on a Hallmark card. Others, many of whom I have never met, have embraced me as some sort of hero for standing firm on a number of issues. I am neither hero nor herald from hell. I would suspect the truth is somewhere in between. 

This commentary is not about prayer. It’s about process and it’s about power — attempting to implement one and curb the other. 


Letters to the Editor Aug. 21, 2014

Reckless driving likely due to cell phone use

Just a little note about something I observed on Monday, Aug. 18.

I was driving north on Highway 101 past Suburban Gas, as an Izuzu driver managed to break the law six times within two minutes. I recorded everything with my dashcam! 


Preserving a way of life for future generations

Our remaining small family farms are worth fighting for. It’s a way of life for many in Del Norte County and a stable income for 256 families, including mine. However, agriculture in Del Norte County has been in sharp decline over the past decade, in large part due to tightening regulations and competing economic forces outside our community’s control. As we look for ways to gain a competitive edge and stay in business, we look to support projects that will have meaningful and long-term economic impacts. One of those projects is Highway 199.


Letters to the Editor Aug. 19, 2014

Red herrings common around prayer issue

Well, let us hope Mr. Turck (“Gitlin tackled prayer issue for constituents,” Aug. 16) can pardon me for not including “from the position of chair” in my letter to the editor on Aug. 2, 2014, (“If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin,” Aug. 2).


Did you know: Outspoken supervisor livens up local politics

“I don’t give up.” 

If anything sums up the entire philosophy of Supervisor Roger Gitlin, that’s it. Elected just two years ago as county supervisor of District 1, he has been a lightning rod for a number of controversial issues. As a new supervisor, he says, he was expected to keep his mouth shut, get along and not make waves.


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