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Letters to the Editor July 10, 2014

Trucking could destroy Smith River-area forests

Mr. Sullivan’s op-ed (“Is status quo on Highway 199 worth the risk?” July 1) brought to mind a home I once owned. It had five large mature pine trees bordering the front yard about 10 feet from the edge of the paved road. These trees were beautiful and added to the park-like setting of the property. A trucker who owned a diesel tractor and trailer moved across the street. He parked his rig on his property at night and each morning he would move it and park in front of his house, leaving the motor idling for about 10 minutes.


California Voices: California faces dicey round of base closings

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked Congress recently to authorize a new round of military base closings and consolidations in 2017, alarm bells should have gone off in many parts of California.

For this state has been victimized more than any other in the last two such rounds, with profound economic effects in many parts of the state.


Letters to the Editor July 5, 2014

Vote for new library leadership in November

We started attending meetings of the library’s Board of Trustees last September to speak out against a very restrictive new borrowing policy. This policy was changed a few months later, but we continued to attend the meetings because we were bothered by what we saw. 

The conversation was always about cutting or avoiding costs, never about what the library needed or the community deserved. They talked for six months about replacing broken computers. They put off making repairs to the front doors and the heating system (that was a cold meeting!). Light bulbs burned out and weren’t replaced for months or years. They replaced full-time employees with part-time employees to avoid paying benefits.


Coastal Voices: Judge hospital facts for yourself

Approximately a year ago there were a number of community meetings that raised concerns about the operation and future of Sutter Coast Hospital. I attended many of these meetings, and based on the information I was provided I was not in support of Sutter Coast leadership and Sutter Health and became very concerned. In order to validate the information I was provided I conducted an independent investigation. My goal was to ensure I had the facts and not spins or half truths about Sutter Coast and Sutter Health. 

As part of my quest for the truth I became a member of the strategic options steering committee comprised of 15 local community leaders who actively participated in the Camden Group Study. Since participating in the strategic options committee, I have been appointed as a voting member of the Board of Trustees for Sutter Coast Hospital. 


Coastal Voices: Is status quo on Highway 199 worth the risk?

Improvements to Highway 199 have been a top priority for the Del Norte community for over 20 years. The improvements will remove 32-year-old restrictions on commercial truck traffic, improve public safety, and encourage economic development. It has taken the widespread and unwavering support of elected officials and the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission to see these improvements implemented, and they were tantalizingly close to becoming a reality this past spring when ground was broken on the Middle Fork Smith River Bridge.


Letters to the Editor July 1, 2014

Acknowledge higher power at meetings

Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) must be turning in their graves if they read some of the recent letters and attended some of our recent Board of Supervisors meetings regarding prayer at the beginning of a meeting. Since when have we become so self-assured and sufficient that we do not acknowledge we are not the center of the universe?


Pages of History: Longest parade in memory

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952.

The Fourth of July parade was so long that its head met its tail. Floats and marchers stretched from the Hotel Lauff south on Front to L Street, back along Second Street to Seaside Hospital and back to the starting point. This was roughly two miles.

This is the longest Fourth of July parade that we have ever had, remarked Billy Boone, chairman of the annual celebration.

Eric Hanke of the Crescent Shrine Club drum and bugle corps blew his whistle at 10:16. The signal started the city police car, followed by Sheriff C. W. Glover on horseback.


Did You Know: ‘Who done it?’

A thief breaks into the building that houses a safe and makes off with it. The thief is caught on camera but is not identified. Four people have access to the safe. In a later incident $25,732.15 turns up missing from the Solid Waste Authority accounts. The sheriff’s office completes its investigation, but the county counsel seals the sheriff’s report. The news media’s request to release the investigative report concerning the missing funds is denied by the county counsel on three different occasions. The executive director retires with a $35,000 severance package.

It’s a puzzle worthy of an Angela Lansbury mystery, and it happened right here in Del Norte County.


Coastal Voices: ‘Dapper Dutch’ leaves legacy of honesty

It was early evening on the first Tuesday in June. The results came trickling in. After 6 months of banging the phones and door bells, fighting clean and hard, it appeared we had a shot at winning.

 We looked around at each other, half giddy in disbelief that a former addict could get elected district attorney. I sat there with my dear friend, Dutch Dremann. His artistry on the dials and needles at KCRE had crafted our radio spots. I recall telling Dutch how after getting shellacked in ’06, I doubted our chances. He replied that we didn’t lose in ’06 either because we never quit; we played the game right; and the only one who ever beats us is us. Many knew him as the “voice” of our campaign, but to us he was its heart.


Letters to the Editor June 28, 2014

Accusations against sheriff misguided

Following several reads of Mr. Jensen’s almost incoherent rant (“Sheriff’s politicization is anti-democratic,” June 7), I have to say that it is perhaps Mr. Jensen who needs to get a firm grip on his political posturing. 

To begin with, it should be ludicrous to suggest that any peace officer in this day and age would perform his duties unarmed. Next, it is the primary duty of the sheriff to be both the chief law enforcement officer and protector of public safety in the county. And finally, he is bound by oath to enforce all laws and protect public safety regardless of personal political position. To suggest that Sheriff Wilson has established a policy of political preferences is without merit or any factual basis. Mr. Jensen makes these allegations without any evidence of someone being asked his or her party preference as the basis for being arrested, harassed, or intimidated. 


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