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Coastal Voices: Government grants return tax dollars to community

In Mr. Gitlin’s recent lecture to the public in the Coastal Voices dated Jan. 6 (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”), he refers to grants as “institutional charity.” 

In previous writings, Mr. Gitlin has also stated, “it is all too common that we are hassled by the intrusion of over-government ... waste and the heavy hand of government are omnipresent,” (“Coastal Voices: Over-government everywhere,” April 2011). 

So I am assuming that “institutional charity” refers to government as the institution and grants as waste. Let us think about this.

Letters to the Editor Jan. 17, 2015

DN emergency responders serve with professionalism 

In late December, two friends and I made the drive to Crescent City’s South Beach for a chance to surf some of the fine waves often available when conditions are too rough or stormy down in Humboldt County.

Upon arrival, the sun was out and conditions looked inviting. Wasting no time, we put on our wetsuits and hit the water. After a few waves I got out, dried off and changed into street clothes while watching my friends exchange waves. Soon after, one of my friends also paddled in.      

Pages of History: Flood leaves 3,000 locals homeless

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1965:

Flood damage may well amount to $40 million. However, this figure is, at best, very conservative, according to local economic observers. Civil Defense officials arrived at the figure earlier this week.

Preliminary survey totals will probably be pushed up since only $10 for road and highway damage. 

Coastal Voices: Law enforcement risk lives to earn our trust

Karen Beaver recently wrote a Coastal Voices piece titled “Police must be held to higher standard” (Jan. 6). I agree. I’m sure that every officer in this town would agree too. I can report that they regularly meet and often exceed those expectations. We just never hear about it.  

It is very easy to stir public opinion with anecdotal evidence. Ms. Beaver mentions incidents from Los Angeles, Texas and Michigan. The simple fact is that anyone with access to the internet can cherry-pick incidents to advance their cause. There is, of course, more to each of these stories. 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 15, 2015

Caring treatment after Life Flight to Redding

On Aug. 12 a member of our household fell and broke his hip. 911 was called, and he was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. On arrival there, it was determined that there were no orthopedic surgeons available to operate on him. Sutter Coast located an orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. 

This transfer from Sutter Coast to Mercy was made via Life Flight. The transfer cost was five figures. 

Coastal Voices: Gitlin’s critique lacks real basis

I would like to congratulate County Supervisor Roger Gitlin on adding media critic to his well-padded resume, but with all due respect I must differ with him on a number of points in his Jan. 6 Coastal Voices lecture (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”). 

Here are the highlights: 

I, and everyone I asked in an admittedly small survey, thought the Triplicate printed letters in a timely manner and was overly generous in providing unedited space to letters which were not well-constructed either grammatically, intellectually, or both. 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 13, 2015

Community deserves anwers to questions about hospital

My recent experiences with Sutter Coast shows me the quality of care has gone down, with long waits and less care. 

How come the hospital board is not talking to other companies to come in and expand (not downsize) this hospital? 

Letters to the Editor Jan. 10, 2015

If Sutter values community, why won’t it be transparent?

As a Del Norte resident, I believe we have a right to be informed about our local health care, and I have some questions about that.

If the application for Critical Access Hospital status is denied, will Sutter Coast still be able to stay open? I read that SCH showed a financial profit last year. Is that true or is the hospital still losing money? 

Coastal Voices: Japanese boat’s long journey a symbol of hope

Editor’s note: This column was originally published by the California State Association of Counties on Jan. 8 and appeared at www.publicceo.com.

Almost two years ago I wrote in this blog about a small boat that had washed ashore in Del Norte County. There is nothing unusual about that up here on the North Coast, but there was something special about this small boat called a “panga.” Here’s what I wrote about it back in April of 2013:

Coastal Voices: Encourage young people to express opinions

Well, I have to admit it. I never knew how wrong I could be. The conversation began with her, my college sophomore granddaughter, talking about the problems in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City; then she made the statement that all police officers are corrupt, they all abuse their power and the “police force must answer for their transgressions.” And later, “White supremacists have infiltrated our police force.” Not sure I heard her correctly, I asked, “What about local Crescent City police officers? Are they corrupt?” She responded that they are unwittingly corrupt because of the power establishment that hired them that is also corrupt.

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