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County Commerce: Busy, exciting year ahead for Chamber of Commerce

Changes are apparent at the Del Norte Triplicate, in case you haven’t noticed. This is the first installment of a monthly column to keep the community informed of what the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce is up to. I would like to thank Matt Durkee, editor, and Cindy Vosburg, publisher, for this opportunity. 

Our board of directors and many of our members are aware of what the chamber does. This article is to inform the community about the Chamber of Commerce and its visitors center and the Del Norte County Visitors Bureau. There are some in the business community who question the value of belonging to the chamber and how the chamber benefits them, their business or the community as a whole. So that is my goal for the next couple of months — to let people know what the chamber is doing and how they are doing it. 


Letters to the Editor Jan. 22, 2015

Peanut-fed crows leave unwanted mess

This letter is long overdue, but we kept hoping people would stop feeding whole peanuts in the shell to crows.  

We live close to Pacific and Pebble Beach, where large flocks of crows fly in and plant those same peanuts in our yard, the flower pots and the rain gutters.  


Coastal Voices: A bold new idea: Let DN provide own reps

Well they’re all at the starting line ready to let the race begin. Yes, the race to fill all of the various political slots for 2016. We in Del Norte County will be ignored as usual. None of the candidates for U.S. Senate or other statewide offices will visit us, let alone know that we even exist unless they Google us. For our part, in the primary we will be faced with making a choice among those who have already been selected by big money donors who come from either the Bay Area or L.A. Some choice!

My dream candidate is one who lives right here in Del Norte County, who knows rural issues, who can articulate those issues to others and who has the ability to make good sound decisions that can benefit all of us. Don’t say it can’t happen. We’ve seen it before, when former Del Norte County Supervisor Don Clausen was successful in winning a seat in Congress and served in that body for 20 years. He did not need a map to find us; he was one of us.


Letters to the Editor Jan. 29, 2015

Pick your own doctor, as long as it’s Sutter’s

This letter is regarding the recent insurance offer to CalPERS members in Del Norte County. On Jan. 8, 2015, a letter was mailed to the insureds to offer them Anthem Blue Cross Del Norte Exclusive Provider Organization. Sutter Coast Hospital and Sutter Health-affiliated doctors are the only options for treatment in the EPO network.

The most glaring problem is that this EPO policy would not reach across county lines. Now add to this Sutter’s decision to downsize Sutter Coast to a Critical Access Hospital with a maximum of 25 acute care beds and a maximum average length of stay of four days. If you are the 26th person in need of hospitalization, you get shipped somewhere else!


Coastal Voices: Comments on police based in careful study

I am addressing “Encourage young people to express opinions” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 10) and “Law enforcement risk lives to earn trust” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 14), which were responses to my original article, “Police should be held to a higher standard” (Coastal Voices, Jan. 6). The first criticism is of my wide perspective, which is due to me being a child of the internet and having lots of digital information. For me, my entire country is my responsibility. Every one of my country-mates’ lives is important to me, no matter where they are. Compassion is not a limited resource and can be freely given. Systematic brutality is a problem, and it’s our problem.


Coastal Voices: Letters, obituaries hearbeat of community

Well thank you, Mr. Roger Gitlin, for your opinion article printed on Jan. 6 (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”). I really appreciate your efforts because I was among some of the disgruntled letter writers that almost quit writing after 35 years of letters to the editor. 

Since the very beginning of my frequent letters to the editor, almost every one I wrote was printed in a timely manner and exactly as I had written them. I wrote so often that I was asked at one time by this local paper to write a column. Then a few years ago, the letters I wrote were rewritten; some left out; some not printed in a timely manner, leaving me wondering if they were ever going to print them. 


Letters to the Editor Jan. 27, 2015

Photographer’s column is a welcome addition

I very much enjoyed the Bryant Anderson photos “The little things in a redwood grove” (Northcoast Life, B1) in the Jan. 24 edition of the Triplicate. Both my wife and I have been fans of Anderson’s photography for years. And not just his hard news photos, but his human interest and nature photos as well.  


Pages of History: Match shortage back East

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1945 and 1955:

A card received from Jack Suennen, former owner of the Marigold Auto Camp near Klamath, who is now in Laurel Springs, N.J., the home of his wife’s folks, reminds us to send the Triplicate to his new address. He writes, “It’s rather cold here. We arrived here on Dec. 17 in snow all the way across the continent after leaving California. Had a wonderful Xmas and New Year’s visiting with my wife’s relatives. 


Coastal Voices: A dream worth fighting for

Ever since my Mom bundled me up and took me to see Martin Luther King on a cold February night in Madison, N.J., back in 1964, he’s been a personal hero and, if I had to say, the greatest American of the second half of the 20th century. I had wanted to write something about him for the day we celebrate his life, but realized it couldn’t be printed in my hometown paper until the day after. Which got me to thinking, like so many other times, when it’s late at night and all you can hear is the seals barking and the channel marker clanging out its way home, when the moon’s a sliver and the breeze comes off the ocean, and the pages turn, then fly back and the ghosts return …

 


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.


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