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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 11, 2016

Billboard advertising legal product isn’t really a problem

In response to, 'Recreational Marijuana billboard needs to go.”

Mr. Smith, I too am disgusted every time I pass a billboard promoting alcohol (88,000 deaths in U.S. annually), cigarettes (6 million deaths worldwide annually), sleeping aids (320,000-507,000 U.S. deaths annually) and pain killers (44 people die daily in U.S. as a result of prescription opioid overdose). Yet, your concern is a marijuana billboard?

Now, I am not naive enough to believe marijuana hasn't contributed to deaths while operating machinery but there have been zero deaths as of yet, contributed to overdose or prolonged use of marijuana.


Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9, 2016

DV series should get the conversation going

My name is Benita Cabrera and I am a member of Soroptimist International of Crescent City. I would like to thank you for doing this three part series on Domestic Violence. We must keep talking about this issue and it is people like you who are making a difference by taking on this taboo subject. Keep writing and educating. This is the only way to end violence against such a vulnerable population.

As our international project, Soroptimist has taken on the task of educating our communities about human trafficking. In this process I myself have learned a great deal about the issue. One of the things I learned was that, often human trafficking violence is considered by the victim as DV. It is so because she is considered to belong to him (boyfriend/captor) all the same thing.

To the outside world they appear to be a couple and so when there is a report by a concerned citizen it is reported and investigated as DV. Most often the victim won't disclose any details that would lead the officer to suspect anything more.


Another View: If it shakes 5 minutes get to high ground

Last week, I wrote about a man-made disaster — an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. But Del Norte County is more likely to experience a deadly tsunami caused by a massive undersea earthquake just off the coast.

A quake that close to shore could send a wall of seawater 60 feet high, or higher, surging through low-lying neighborhoods, obliterating everything in its path. Experts say it's only a matter of time.

Since 1933, 31 tsunamis have reached our shores, triggered by distant earthquakes. Four caused damage, and the one that devastated Crescent City in 1964 remains the West Coast's largest and most destructive.


Coastal Voices: Society held back by greed and inequality

Over the last three years I have written numerous letters to the editor regarding Sutter Coast Hospital and its failure to meets its commitment to provide adequate and affordable healthcare to our community. Borrowing from Arlo Guthrie in his song “Alice’s Restaurant,” Sutter is not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about greed and inequality.

The Declaration of Independence states that all men are entitled to “certain unalienable Rights that among these are life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

It is difficult for the people of our country to obtain these rights if the leaders of banks, financial institutions, utilities, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals continue to compete in the market place by not playing by the rules expected of a level playing field.


Pages of History: Show your appreciation

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

Every year for the past 45 years, the people of the community turn out to honor the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department just before Lent. This year, 1945, will be no exception with the department all set to stage the big dance on Saturday night, Feb.10th at Memorial Hall.


Coastal Voices: Stop the witch hunt: Cannabis may just be the solution to our problem

In the light of public reaction to our leaders handling of state level cannabis reform, Evelyn Cook in her Jan. 2 column has painted cannabis users into a corner, much like addicts, homosexuals and discontent women of the past, we have psychosis. How do I argue when after my coffee and cannabis I might be hallucinating even reading this paper, and Evelyn Cook might just be a voice in my head.

Evelyn cites a study out of London that finds you are 3 times more likely to suffer psychosis if you use cannabis regularly. The meat of this conclusion comes from a sample group of people suffering from schizophrenia, of which 25 percent used cannabis regularly.

Many anti-cannabis studies get their results by assuming the adult population uses cannabis at the rate of about 4-8 percent (1 in 12 to 25). The real question is, did cannabis cause the mental health problem or did the mental health problem lead the person to self medicate, something most physicians who specialize in cannabis medicine believe all cannabis users are doing.


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.


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