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Letters to the Editor, April 26, 2016

Consistent approval from constituents is a good thing

Let’s be clear.

It is the voters of District 5 who have elected David Finigan as their Supervisor for five terms.

Job approval earns votes.


Letters to the Editor, April 23, 2016

Union complaints about job performance, not homelessness

The union issued a rebuttal to the county supervisors and county administrative officer to the allegations made on April 18 and reported in the paper on April 19.

The union conducted two meetings open to all DHHS employees regardless of union membership. Since the issues were only related to the entire DHHS department, the union considered the meetings and subsequent action (petition) taken as a legal work-site action. All represented employees were able to attend the meetings and sign the petition if they wanted to.

Labor law is clear that as the recognized union representative for the miscellaneous/supervisory/professional employees of Del Norte County, it is our legal responsibility to exercise due diligence and fair representation of all represented employees regardless of union membership. Work site actions are regulated to issues concerning a particular work site, aka department and its impacted employees.


Letters to the Editor, April 21, 2016

Consider local health care when picking supervisors

To the thousands of local residents who signed the petition opposing Sutter Health’s plan to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital out of our county, congratulations. Your efforts made us the only community in California to stop Sutter Health from taking ownership of our locally owned hospital.

I also congratulate everyone who fought Sutter’s effort to downsize Sutter Coast to Critical Access status and to triple charges to Medicare patients. Last week, Sutter Coast CEO Mitch Hanna revealed that the local hospital board voted to withdraw Sutter Coast’s Critical Access application. If Sutter decides to re-apply for Critical Access, our community is aware of the impact and will be watching.


Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2016

McClure gives effort, not grand-stand tactics

During her lifetime of service to this community as a teacher, a union leader and now as a county supervisor, Martha McClure has shown herself to be a person who listens to both sides and works hard to find the best solutions for all of us.

Working on behalf of homeless veterans, Martha recently solved a long-standing problem that prevented our vets from using housing vouchers in our county. Thanks to Martha, these folks no longer have to move out of the county to get housing assistance. This is not something that was solved by slogans or grand-stand tactics but by her efforts and extensive experience in building partnerships with others.


Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2016

Innocent until proven guilty ignored by paper

Have you ever been unjustly accused or been the victim of slanderous gossip? Many of us have. On the other hand, many of us have also passed along damaging gossip, not realizing the possibility that we don’t have all the facts.

It was horrifying to read the vicious accusations against a man I have known and respected for years. Primo Bonilla is innocent until proven guilty.

The Triplicate must not know that because many of the accusations were presented as fact; the word alleged was used once.


Letters to the Editor, April 14, 2016

Broken system needs new blood in candidate Berkowitz

I believe that, on the national level, the political system is broken. Not the Constitution, or the republic, but the influence of career politicians and crony-capitalism. Over regulation has fostered stagnation and brought the country to a stand still, but that’s on the national level. There is still hope on the local level.

I reside in Roger Gitlin’s district of Del Norte but am being outspoken about my support of Bob Berkowitz for 5th district currently presided over by David Finigan.


Letters to the Editor, April 12, 2016

Supervisor candidate Gitlin shares my vision for Del Norte

I’m casting my vote to re-elect Roger Gitlin to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

When Becky and I met Roger four years ago, he was knocking on my front door seeking offi ce; he shared his vision. He believed then as he does now the county have overlooked and ignored problems that appear to be worsening.


Letters to the Editor, April 9, 2016

Why put the sewer plant in an otherwise beautiful area?

Del Norte County has a few great things going for it. Its beaches, the harbor, the lighthouse, the redwoods and the Smith River.

Before the city decided to rebuild the sewer plant (for the 30-plus million that it cost) there was talk about it being built behind Safeway. I personally thought it was a great idea. Out of sight (and smell) out of mind. Well, after walking to the light house yesterday, I think I was right.

One of our most beautiful spots is around the jetty, B Street pier and lighthouse. It looks like a bomb went off down there. You can’t even access the B Street pier.


Letters to the Editor, April 5, 2016

Berkowitz right man to battle DNDCC powers

The dogs of war have seemingly been released by Del Norte’s Democrat Central Committee as the lead hound senses blood and excitedly bays to the pack to pick up the trail of the designated quarry, an interloper in the pack’s long held territory.

By what quirk of audacity does the interloper think he can be seated on the Board of Supervisors when that seat belongs to the incumbent in perpetuity, Strom Finigan? Perhaps Bob Berkowitz’ sense of timing is correct; right candidate at the right time. There does seem to be a grassroots groundswell demanding change in their government. No longer content with laissez faire government many Republicans and even some Democrats are abandoning their foundering parties. Whether that same mindset is reflected locally remains to be seen.

While the accusation of a “disregard for fair (campaign) practices” on the part of Berkowitz has been raised by ex-DNDCC Chair Kevin Hendrick, it has the appearance of a straw dog to this reader.


Letter to the Editor, April 2, 2016

Action needed to shorten timeline for Last Chance

The Last Chance Grade Town Hall meeting (in Crescent City) left those of us attending frustrated and angry with a plate full of unanswered questions. This was also the case at both the Eureka and Klamath meetings.

Caltrans made their presentation and didn’t allow any dialog with the public. Caltrans stated that keeping the current highway location open will not be a problem. If it continues to sink as it has, over five feet, they will cut into the unstable hillside, dropping old growth redwoods above Last Chance Grade in order to move the road bed and it will only take one or two weeks or maybe a month closure of the highway to keep it passable.

Could that be two months? How long will it take? If they have that solution so easily at hand, can we move the focus to the six bypass locations that need funding in order for Caltrans to begin the environmental studies that will take five to eight years to complete?


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