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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.” 


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.


Coastal Voices: Bridging the party divide for Del Norte

My name is Richard Enea. I am the recently re-elected Crescent City Council member and a proud member of the Del Norte Democratic Party.

My name is Roger Gitlin. I am the Del Norte County supervisor for District 1 and am a proud Tea Party supporter and member of the Del Norte Republican Party.


Coastal Voices: Rural Human Services: ‘Help us help people’

Rural Human Services is proud to announce today that it is embarking on its first-ever community fundraising campaign, known as “Help Us Help People.” This is an exciting new direction and represents a significant departure from how RHS traditionally has been funded. A little background might be helpful in understanding this new effort.

For more than 30 years, RHS has been a fixture in Del Norte County. It is estimated that our community outreach programs touch thousands of lives a month and continue to provide an array of services to the people of Del Norte. 


Coastal Voices: Panhandling rule would improve public safety

It would appear the professional beggar has more rights than law-abiding citizens in Del Norte County. The issue of panhandling is neither a left nor right issue. This is a public health and safety issue.

I support Supervisor Roger Gitlin for bringing to light at Tuesday’s Oct. 28 Board of Supervisors meeting Del Norte’s caustic plague of criminals and vagrants endangering the health and safety of residents and visitors while panhandling, displaying public drunkenness, urinating and (hold your nose) defecating in open view while begging through automobile windows and blocking traffic as they rise from their prone position from public sidewalks and business-owned parking lots and green spaces.


Coastal Voices: Private and public roles in reducing costs

In his Oct. 2 letter to the editor, Del Norte County Unified School District Board member Don McArthur noted a Del Norte County supervisor was quoted in The Triplicate saying the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority should function more as a utility than as an agent for social change. Supervisor Mike Sullivan, who made the “public utility” statement, did so to support efforts to save costs to customers while complying with solid waste and recycling laws. Though Mr. McArthur’s opinion is certainly a respectable one, he omitted many extraordinary efforts that Recology Del Norte has made as a private company to work with the school district to encourage recycling and reduce costs.


Coastal Voices: Illegal pot grows affect all citizens

Crescent City is a member of the League of California Cities within the Redwood Empire Division, comprised of 15 cities ranging from Cloverdale in the south, Clearlake and Lakeport in the east, Ukiah and Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Willits in Mendocino County and Rio Dell, Fortuna, Ferndale, Eureka, Arcata, Blue Lake and Trinidad in Humboldt County. Our division meets on a quarterly basis and with all cities at an annual convention.

 


Coastal Voices: Pedestrians, cyclists should watch for cars

Three feet for the safety of those on bicycles may be a nice idea. As a law, it’s not.

The article in Tuesday’s Triplicate also mentioned “distracted drivers” as a potential problem. Distracted drivers? What about distracted pedestrians?


Coastal Voices: Deck is stacked against change on board

Two and you’re done. I have been following with great interest the ongoing dynamics on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors. Despite the misleading editorial in the Triplicate (“Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can,” Aug. 30), it appears clear the long-sleeping public has now awakened and the public is none-too-happy with the “business as usual” practices from this moribund board. 


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