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Pages of History: Stump fire deliberate?

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1958.

Sheriff’s deputies today were investigating the “strong” possibility that a person or persons unknown deliberately set fire to a large pile of stumps on Redwood Lane Tuesday, the sparks from which ignited a barn filled with cattle and horses a short distance away.

According to Fire Chief Lyle Griffin, whose men battled the blaze for five hours, “the fire was definitely set.” 

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Coastal Voices: Prayer issue about due process, abuse of power

Judging from the hot level of public talk and print, I predict the issue of prayer before government meetings will continue to draw lots of attention in Del Norte County. Some in the community have accused me of grandstanding, lacking sincerity, becoming a divisive force on the Board of Supervisors, including a bevy of assorted catcalls one might not necessarily find on a Hallmark card. Others, many of whom I have never met, have embraced me as some sort of hero for standing firm on a number of issues. I am neither hero nor herald from hell. I would suspect the truth is somewhere in between. 

This commentary is not about prayer. It’s about process and it’s about power — attempting to implement one and curb the other. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 21, 2014

Reckless driving likely due to cell phone use

Just a little note about something I observed on Monday, Aug. 18.

I was driving north on Highway 101 past Suburban Gas, as an Izuzu driver managed to break the law six times within two minutes. I recorded everything with my dashcam! 

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Preserving a way of life for future generations

Our remaining small family farms are worth fighting for. It’s a way of life for many in Del Norte County and a stable income for 256 families, including mine. However, agriculture in Del Norte County has been in sharp decline over the past decade, in large part due to tightening regulations and competing economic forces outside our community’s control. As we look for ways to gain a competitive edge and stay in business, we look to support projects that will have meaningful and long-term economic impacts. One of those projects is Highway 199.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 19, 2014

Red herrings common around prayer issue

Well, let us hope Mr. Turck (“Gitlin tackled prayer issue for constituents,” Aug. 16) can pardon me for not including “from the position of chair” in my letter to the editor on Aug. 2, 2014, (“If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin,” Aug. 2).

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Did you know: Outspoken supervisor livens up local politics

“I don’t give up.” 

If anything sums up the entire philosophy of Supervisor Roger Gitlin, that’s it. Elected just two years ago as county supervisor of District 1, he has been a lightning rod for a number of controversial issues. As a new supervisor, he says, he was expected to keep his mouth shut, get along and not make waves.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 16, 2014

Hospital CEOs’ actions speak louder than words

Most of what we’ve heard from Sutter Coast Hospital CEOs (Suksi and Horn) was about how much money the hospital lost, was going to lose in 2013 and the $16.5 million hit (projected loss) the hospital will take from now to 2022. The CEOs told us the original losses were due to new billing software and billing errors. 

The most recent and projected “serious Medicare cuts” are, according to CEO Horn, due to the federal sequestration and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Both CEOs denied going Critical Access. But Sutter Health executives said we needed to go Critical Access because the hospital could not make money without doing that. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 

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Coastal Voices: Painting over mural was avoidable

I thought there might be more community outrage over the desecration of the student-painted mural at Crescent Elk. Then I reread the story (“Student mural is painted over,” July 26) and realized that if you believed the comments of Jeff Napier, you might believe the painting was warranted. It appears to me that Napier was either misinformed or flat out lying when he said that the stucco had already been compromised when the mural was painted, that the surface wasn’t prepared properly before the mural was painted and that the district wasn’t notified so maintenance could inspect the wall. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.

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