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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.


Letters to the Editor Jan. 17, 2015

DN emergency responders serve with professionalism 

In late December, two friends and I made the drive to Crescent City’s South Beach for a chance to surf some of the fine waves often available when conditions are too rough or stormy down in Humboldt County.

Upon arrival, the sun was out and conditions looked inviting. Wasting no time, we put on our wetsuits and hit the water. After a few waves I got out, dried off and changed into street clothes while watching my friends exchange waves. Soon after, one of my friends also paddled in.      


Pages of History: Flood leaves 3,000 locals homeless

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1965:

Flood damage may well amount to $40 million. However, this figure is, at best, very conservative, according to local economic observers. Civil Defense officials arrived at the figure earlier this week.

Preliminary survey totals will probably be pushed up since only $10 for road and highway damage. 


Coastal Voices: Law enforcement risk lives to earn our trust

Karen Beaver recently wrote a Coastal Voices piece titled “Police must be held to higher standard” (Jan. 6). I agree. I’m sure that every officer in this town would agree too. I can report that they regularly meet and often exceed those expectations. We just never hear about it.  

It is very easy to stir public opinion with anecdotal evidence. Ms. Beaver mentions incidents from Los Angeles, Texas and Michigan. The simple fact is that anyone with access to the internet can cherry-pick incidents to advance their cause. There is, of course, more to each of these stories. 


Letters to the Editor Jan. 15, 2015

Caring treatment after Life Flight to Redding

On Aug. 12 a member of our household fell and broke his hip. 911 was called, and he was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. On arrival there, it was determined that there were no orthopedic surgeons available to operate on him. Sutter Coast located an orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. 

This transfer from Sutter Coast to Mercy was made via Life Flight. The transfer cost was five figures. 


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