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Coastal Voices: Looking beyond the obvious for a Thanksgiving miracle

It was a cold November day in Brookings, the wind-driven rain looked to go to flurries as the sun began to set and the temperature dipped. Jake, just turned 29, had got a late start to work, fixing dinner for his step-brothers and -sisters back in Crescent City, and a later start on life, pumping gas in Brookings to pay for his tuition.

Jake’s parents never known, the Robertsons had adopted him years ago. Somehow the joy he took from tutoring his step-brothers and -sisters led Jake to decide to become a teacher. He’d bloomed late, after having had a taste of the overnight pleasure you could take from a bottle, a bag or the street girls in Eureka, who wrote their name in neon, and thought he knew what he wanted out of life. But tonight, as the rain and cold stung, he was doubting it. His best pal had shacked up with his girl; his pump jockey pay wasn’t enough for next semester’s tuition. For a minute, he thought about bailing and heading for the momentary comforts of Eureka, when the cashier yelled out, “Jake, pump on 3.” 


Letters to the Editor Nov. 27, 2014

Community should rally around local veterans

If this county honors and respects its veterans as you claim you do, why are you letting the county Board of Supervisors get away with the way they are ignoring the disgraceful condition of the veterans building?

Why are you not showing support by being at their meetings en masse and voicing your vet support whether it’s on their agenda or not? You are a free people provided by the cost of your veterans. Act like the free people you are.


Pages of History: Coast Guard crew honors

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

Klamath C.G. honors crew

Nine enlisted men of the Coast Guard, stationed on the Klamath River at various times this summer to protect fishermen, were honored at a prime rib dinner held at Babe’s Café in Klamath Friday night. 


Letters to the Editor Nov. 25, 2014

‘Public debate’ needed to solve air travel issue

This letter is in response to the article “SkyWest to retire prop planes” in the Nov. 20 edition of the Del Norte Triplicate.

On reading the article one might assume that this was a sudden decision by SkyWest, but this is far from the truth. In the Oct. 6 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) in the article titled “Regional Giant” on pages 42–43, SkyWest clearly states that their goal is to transition to larger regional jets than currently in the fleet. In this same article SkyWest mentions its plans to eliminate nearly all of its 50-seat jet aircraft in favor of larger regional jet aircraft such as the 76-seat Embraer 175. Neither of these aircraft can operate from the Crescent City airport at full passenger loads and maximum fuel.


Coastal Voices: Panhandling epidemic a product of governance

It seems a Coastal Voices piece is the only effective way to deal with our Board of Supervisors, so here goes. I, as is true of just about everyone I know, do not have an affectionate place in my heart for panhandlers, especially those who are aggressive. 

“Aggressive” means touching or kicking your car, cussing at you when you look the other way, flipping you the finger, or making other nasty gestures when you won’t stop to give them money. We know from lots of data collected over the years by credible sources that panhandling is most often a business of sorts, oftentimes lucrative. By virtue of their existence on our streets, panhandlers actively working our county insult us for having entrusted bad political representatives with elected public office. 


Coastal Voices: Board lacking respect for vets

Recently, I’ve been reading about the bantering between members of our local Board of Supervisors and I am appalled at the lack of professionalism among members of a panel which is supposed to be focused on the needs and priorities of our community.

For over a year I’ve been volunteering at our local Veterans Hall weekly and have become acquainted with many veterans for whom I have the utmost respect. The public might not be aware of the fact that our county is home to approximately 4,000 veterans, many of whom are housebound and lack resources, which include basic necessities such as access to medical care, transportation and food. Many are homeless.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 20, 2014

Miscommunication on donation to Sr. Center

My name is Charlaine Mazzei. I am the executive director of the Del Norte Senior Center. In response to the Nov. 18 letter from Mr. Ruel Wilson (“$10K donation meant
to save Sr. Center salad”), I would like to apologize for any offense my quoted statements in Saturday’s Triplicate article may have caused. When speaking to the Triplicate, I was not aware Mr. Wilson wished to have his generous donation publicly acknowledged in honor of his wife, Mary Judy Wilson. I identified the donation as coming from an anonymous donor to maintain privacy. I did not intend to slight  Mrs. Wilson or her husband and apologize if I inadvertently did so.


Pages of History: Rare goose visits area

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

Rare bird found at Tule Lake

An Emperor goose, a species infrequently seen in California, was captured on the Tule Lake Refuge this week by Department of Fish and Game personnel.

The bird, an immature male, had been crippled by shot. It was taken to Gray Lodge Waterfowl Management Area near Gridley where it was placed in an exhibit pen.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 18, 2014

Jetty’s relative safety must be considered

Del Norte County presents many hazards for those who participate in exercise or leisure activities. One can be swept out to sea while walking on the beach with a strong tidal flux. One can be mauled by a bear or mountain lion while jogging on a trail. One may even be thrashed to the side of a road while walking or cycling and being hit by a “sneaker” automobile traveling on Pebble Beach Drive or other narrow roads in the area. 


Letters to the Editor Nov. 15, 2014

Veterans deserve better than $6 charge for dinner

Is this the way we treat our Veterans? I was shocked when I read in Saturday’s newspaper (“Honoring their service”) that Veterans not in uniform or active duty would be charged $6 for their chicken steak dinner at the Veterans Day dinner.


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