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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 4, 2016

Carol Schach wrote a great book

I have so enjoyed the book “Fleeting Miracles” by Carol Schach. I have given both my granddaughters a copy. I am inspired each time I pick it up. What a tribute to the area, in particular Trillium Dream on Holland Hill roadside.

Coastal Voices: Improvements on U.S. 199, 197 needed, STAA trucks are not

I must add my voice to the chorus of locals who understand that the proposed work for Highways 199 and 197 in Del Norte County will not solve current road problems but will worsen already dangerous driving conditions if the work is completed and STAA-sized trucks are permitted to use both roadways.

I live off Highway 197 in Hiouchi and use the road virtually every day either heading north or south. I also use Highway 199 regularly, not just to come into town from home, but also to visit friends in Gasquet, or to travel further north into the mountains or all the way into Oregon.

I have studied the proposed plans for both roads and I know that, even though the work is needed, it will not make the roads compliant with STAA standards nor significantly safer. There are numerous sections on both roads which are more dangerous and in need of widening and straightening. Even if the proposed work is completed, mandated four-foot minimum shoulder widths will still not be created at too many spots on both roads, neither on the upslope mountain side nor on the downslope river side.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2, 2016

Busy signal for 911 is unacceptable

The other night my neighbor showed up screaming, “He won’t wake up!” I ran there as fast as I could to find that their infant wasn’t breathing.

I dialed 911 three times, all of which I received a busy signal. After a couple minutes I was finally connected. By this time my boyfriend was present and attempting infant CPR. Unfortunately, the baby did not make it.

Another View: From tsunamis to EMPs, it's a scary world

Some people are afraid a bombastic billionaire blowhard may become commander in chief. Others fear a self-absorbed granny with more ambition than scruples will win the presidency.

But that’s not as frightening as the possibility of a monster tsunami washing us away, or Yellowstone’s super-volcano burying us under ten feet of ash. Asteroids, solar flares, global warming, nuclear war and bioweapons could wipe out much of the human race, as could antibiotic-resistant diseases, pandemics and famine, to name just a few mass-kill-off possibilities.

One of the scariest by-products of modern science and technology is something called an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. The enormous destructive power unleashed by one of these man-made disasters is hard to imagine. Not only is it being imagined, it’s being prioritized as a weapon by the militaries of Russia, China, North Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran and other nations that hope to defeat the U.S. in the event of war.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 30, 2016

Coastal Commission director being fired for support of public interests

The California Coastal Commission, charged with oversight of coastal land use and public access, is about to fire its executive director, Charles Lester. Lester’s sin is his support of public coastal access over the profit-mongering of billion dollar corporations intent on using the land for luxury home developments.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s four appointees to the commission are said to be behind this outrage. Martha McClure was appointed to the commission by Brown.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2016

Raccoons can only see 5 feet ahead, watch out for them

This note is sent in to your paper to share some interesting information with our community about raccoons. Now that daylight is much shorter and the darkness much longer during the winter equinox, there appear to be many dead raccoons on our streets.

Do you know that the raccoon’s field of vision is only 5 feet? That is it. They can see only 5 feet around them. So, when you are driving your automobile and there is a raccoon ahead, please be aware that it literally cannot see you until you are within its 5-foot field of vision. Further, your headlights are blinding to it.

You may view these nocturnal raccoons as pests but they are really very intelligent, social mammals, who can manipulate their 5-digit paws similarly as we do our hands. They are important to the environment because they eat insects, garden pests and carrion. It’s a small inconvenience for the benefits they provide.

Coastal Voices: Misinformation's source hidden within Sutter's vault of secrets

In the ongoing Sutter conflict, a pattern emerged: four public officials reportedly signed confidentiality agreements for a private corporation, followed by their support for corporate plans.

The story begins in 2011 when the Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors voted in secret to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County to a corporation in San Francisco controlled by Sutter Health — a process called “Regionalization.”  

The hospital Board’s action triggered a firestorm of opposition. In response, Sutter Coast paid a consulting firm, the Camden Group, to conduct a closed door study, using local residents as advisors. Amid concerns of study bias, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and Del Norte Healthcare District Board declined to participate. Nevertheless, one supervisor, Martha McClure, and one healthcare district director, Clarke Moore, decided to join the group.

Pages of History: To be or not to be?

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January of 1949:

Harry W. Malpas, road commission of Crescent City, and Frederick Merriman, of Los Angeles, were cited by Sheriff Charles W. Glover for parking their cars on the runway of the Crescent City airport on Dec. 29.

When the call came in the sheriff sent Deputy Sheriff Ronald McClish to arrest the trespassers. Glover had to attend an inquest at the time and did not come back until later.

It seems that both men were digging clams, which is forbidden in that area,  although Mr. Malpas said that he was at the airport on official business. Sheriff Glover firmly maintained that the law was no respecter of persons and, as he had the ordinance carefully looked up, he felt quite within his rights in asking the two men to report to the Justice Court early next morning. Mr. Merriman posted his $20 bond, but Mr. Malpas was asked to report to the Justice of the peace the following day.

Coastal Voices: Soundtrack of my life lost several special artists

Ever since my old man had us singing three part harmony in the car on family vacations, music, like it is for many of my brothers and sisters out there, has been a part of my life, indeed with many of the songs and artists in some way feeling like they’d scored parts of it. And if that’s true, for many of us, these recent weeks had to feel like hitting the wall in turn four at Daytona.

On Dec. 26, we lost Motorhead founder, bassist and lead “Lemmy” Kilmister. The original “Ace of Spades,” throughout 23 studio albums, the group with Lemmy fronting defined British heavy metal. As the music and life he lived, Lemmy was loud, large and a rock warrior. As the band noted in their farewell tribute, “Lemmy was born to lose — and lived to win.” Amen.

I recall seeing David Bowie in the mid-70s in Memphis with the Spiders from Mars, several years after his initial hit, “Space Oddity,” with it‘s “Ground Control to Major Tom” intro that few of us forgot and was the biggest act to invade America since the Beatles and the Stones. I don’t know if the phrase “freaked out” had entered our vernacular on that night, but it would have been appropriate.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 26, 2016

Specialists in short supply, but plenty of urologists ... now

You could find yourself in the back of an ambulance with siren blaring as you blaze down the highway to Sutter Coast Hospital with EMTs feverishly taking your vitals. Even fairly young people can suddenly find themselves stricken with agonizing chest pains.

Upon arriving in the ER the staff begins stripping off your clothing and bedding you. Bright lights, tubes, needles and intense faces form a collage of swirling pain and nausea. Thankfully, under the ER doctor’s skilled actions and directives you are relieved to learn that your situation has been stabilized… attenuated... not healed.

Your heart sinks when you are informed that you will be flown to San Francisco since Sutter Coast Hospital does not have a specialist nor the support facilities required to restore your system to a viable level. The realization that your family will be left to their own devices to join you as you are wheeled to the ambulance bay compounds your already stressed system.

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