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Letters to the Editor, May 26, 2015

To county: Consider pot’s harm before legalization

An open letter to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors: 

Before considering legalization of recreational smoked marijuana, this might be a good time to think a little harder about the long-term consequences.


Letters to the Editor, May 23, 2015

Mom, family of Dante thank those helping to bring justice

On Sunday, May 3, I made a decision no mother should ever have to make — to turn off the life support system of her child.


Letters to the Editor, May 21, 2015

Nonbelievers shouldn’t get worked up about use of ‘God’

Diana Clark’s letter (“Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.,” May 14) brings to my mind the seemingly innumerable hours people have spent arguing over what should and should not be posted on public buildings. Most of the time this involves the use of the word “God” or the Ten Commandments being posted on courtroom walls. 


Letters to the Editor May 19, 2015

Separation of church, state not in Constitution

In response to Diana Clark’s letter in the May 14 Triplicate (“Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.”), of course there is no religious test to be a U.S. citizen, nor, as far as I know, has anybody suggested there is or should be. 


Letters to the Editor May 16, 2015

No barrier to religion in the public sphere

In response to Diane Blackberry’s letter of May 5 (“Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues”), I first want to thank the Board of Supervisors for having the backbone to place the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building.


Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2015

Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.

I am very disappointed in the choice of “motto” that the Board of Supervisors elected to post on the Flynn Center, that being the motto “In God We Trust.” I understood that the Constitution denotes a separation of church and state, as established in the First Amendment. This is a free country and everyone is allowed to believe (or not to believe) in a deity of his/her choice. Why are you wasting time instigating a theological controversy when this county has so many other more important issues to deal with?


Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2015

It would be a shame to run off another event

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the use of jet skis on South Beach and their impact on surfers and other beachgoers. I’m neither a surfer nor a jet skier, but I would like to address something that seems to have gotten lost in this whole argument, and that is the potential benefit to our local economy.


Letters to the Editor, May 9, 2015

Time to move forward with Solid Waste Authority Board

Public service isn’t easy, yet in sparsely populated Del Norte County we are fortunate to have many citizens willing to participate in a variety of ways.


Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2015

Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues

I look forward to a time when the concept of separation of church and state becomes a reality. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has inscrutably approved the posting of the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building where people of Christian, non-Christian and no faith come to do business.


Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2015

Money at root of Caltrans push on 199/197 project

Many folks are wondering about the push by Caltrans to make highways 199 and 197 STAA-truck accessible. I can propose one answer: Don’t forget who pays Caltrans officials’ hefty salaries — the trucking industry weight fees. We taxpayers only foot the bill for their projects (so our clout is relatively minimal). And there you’ll usually find the hidden agenda.  Always look at Caltrans’ schemes with the trucking industry in mind. They will bend rules or speak with forked tongue when necessary.  Along highways 199 and 197, STAA trucks would be a disaster in the making, and the pristine Smith River would be in as much danger as drivers and cyclists.

Diana Ashley, Gasquet


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