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Letters to the Editor Jan. 6, 2015

Take a stand against the ‘filth in our midst’

Why have we allowed the street people, alcoholics, addicts and bums to make us fearful on the streets and prisoners in our homes? Why do we allow them to make our parks and beaches unsafe  for our children to play in, unless you want them to see the lowlifes urinating, defecating and puking? Do you know how many local businesses have been driven out by them?  So many men have stories of their wives and daughters being accosted by these poor unfortunates for spare change and other unmentionables. Seniors are robbed and assaulted in their bedrooms, for goodness’ sake.  

Coastal Voices: A group dynamics lens for community building with social capital

Community leadership seldom has one leader and effective leadership is critical to how a shared goal is implemented, for solving problems, and completing projects. 

As a social entrepreneur, community building facilitator, and through pure personal interest and obsession, I am curious about processes that impact human behavior, impact models, and pathways for change within community social movements. Through attending the Ford Family Foundation’s Leadership Institute, I learned an array of strategies, styles, and models for community leadership. In addition to understanding my personal approach, I particularly appreciate lessons about group dynamics. I’m reminded of how critical relationships are to effective change and sustainable systems. 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 3, 2015

Community’s generosity was a big help to girl with autism

First off I want to say sorry this thank-you letter is late. I am the grandmother to Zyon Koon. She has autism. She needed more testing than what she could get done here to help us help her.

I am writing this letter to the citizens of Del Norte County. In November when we needed help with money for transportation costs and lodging, you all came through for her. For this a big thank you very much. We appreciated the help with finances during my granddaughter’s time of need. She made it to UCSF and had the tests done. She still needs more tests done, but for now she is doing fine. We have great businesses in this town that let us put our cans out for collection. To them we especially give you a big thank you.

Pages of History: Local soldier wounded in France

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

Word has been received here that Robert Bolen, who is with General Patch’s Seventh Army in France, was wounded in action. The news came in a telegram from the War Department to his wife, Mrs. Ann Bolen, who resides in Crescent City. The Seventh Army has been engaged in some of the heaviest fighting in the present German offensive. 

Another telegram was received by Mrs. Bolen a few days later saying “nothing serious and nothing permanent. Don’t worry.”

Your community, your newspaper

Got a new year’s resolution?

May we suggest one?

Whether you’ve got a copy of the paper in front of you or you’re browsing online, consider the fact that you must care about what people have to say in the Triplicate or you wouldn’t be reading it.

That’s as it should be — this is your community newspaper. It’s not just a place to find professional reporting on local news and sports. It’s also Del Norte’s magazine, yearbook, bulletin board, shopper and town hall forum.  

Letters to the Editor Jan. 1, 2015

New sewer and water rates not fair to many customers

With regard to the new sewer and water bill, it does not take an Einstein to figure out what is being done to all ratepayers.

The City Council members make me think of the old time carpetbaggers, someone not paying their fair share. 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 30, 2014

Sutter Coast seems to have spending problem

Great article by Curtis Boewer (“Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims,” Dec. 27) in the Triplicate Coastal Voices section. The facts pertaining to our hospital situation ferreted out and presented by Mr. Boewer are interesting and informative, stuff that everyone in our community needs to know. Of course there is a lot of other stuff we need to know about the workings of the Sutter Health Corporation, but because of the secret ways of the people running the outfit, we are probably stuck with a fairly large amount of ignorance.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 27, 2014

Car club’s donation much appreciated

I would like to thank the Northern Knights Car Club for their generous donation to the Major Project Fund of the Crescent City Elks Lodge #1689. 

The monies donated to this fund help California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc. fund 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners hired by CHEMPI to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need. 

Coastal Voices: Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims

As a former hospital administrator now retired in Crescent City, I became very interested in the ongoing community concern over Sutter Health’s effort to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital (“SCH”) out of the community, and to downsize the hospital by 50 percent in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the Critical Access Hospital program. Sutter Health executives have promoted both of these changes as necessary steps to restore profitability to the hospital.

But is SCH really losing money as the Sutter executives have so often claimed? Sutter refuses to release its internal financial records so I reviewed the most recent publicly available financial data for SCH, Mad River Hospital in Arcata and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.

Pages of History: Barracks names new officers for year

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

New officers for Barracks No. 672, Veterans of World War I, were installed at official ceremonies at Memorial Hall Tuesday night by Edward J. Neron, department commander from Pasadena, and Harry T. Murphy, department chief of staff from Santa Rosa.

Taking office for the coming year were Charles Southworth, commander, Herb Moore, senior vice commander, Carl Jacobson, junior vice commander, C.L. Wissinger, quartermaster and adjutant, and A.A. Scott, chaplain.

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