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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Choosing between the two for a happy Thanksgivng

I was driving home tonight from Klamath, where I’m blessed to have a job working in child protection for the Yurok Tribe. It was one of those nights, windblown with the rain descending in sheets, the sparse traffic crawling along the 101, cursing some of those turns you can meet yourself on, when I went to one of those default settings that can come unannounced out of left field sometimes when the gas in your tank goes somewhere between half empty and dry. You look in the rear view mirror, taking a gut check, and then the pages somehow turned to some words I put to paper six years ago…

Pages of History: Humbug timber sold

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1955: 

R.I. Applegate of Hornbrook offered a successful bid of $30,970 for 3,760,000 board feet of salvage timber in the Humbug area of Klamath National Forest.

Applegate was high bidder last week on 2,300,000 board feet in the same area. The Federal Forest Service is conducting salvage sales on timber damaged in last summer’s forest fires.

Coastal Voices: Missing crab on Thanksgiving, but safety comes first

The North Coast is undeniably crab-country. Our traditionally cold coastal waters have been perfect for producing some of our nation’s healthiest crab harvests.

This harvest, a time honored tradition since the mid 1800s here in Northern California, represents a change of season. We gather with our neighbors at local markets to purchase the freshest crab just days after the season opens. We come together to celebrate the holidays with friends and family by cracking crab and thousands of us roll up our sleeves and attend crab feed after crab feed to support our best local charities — usually toting personal butter warmers and lemon wedges.

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26, 2015

Dr. Cutter’s great care will be missed

Once again, Sutter Health downsizing in order to show a bigger profit image, has cost the patients of this small community in Del Norte County. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 24, 2015

Letter policy too restrictive for our vocal community

I would like to add my voice to those of my neighbors and fellow readers of the Triplicate who are not happy with the new word limit and frequency of letters policy instituted by Editor Robin Fornoff.

Another View: No easy way to tell who’s who

America was built by immigrants and refugees. Inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty is this: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” When we hear about refugees fleeing from terror and death in Syria and Iraq, our first best impulse is to open our arms wide and welcome them. Then we recall the massacre in Paris, and hesitate. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21, 2015

Hussey saw local need, Sutter only sees profits

While I’m hopeful that mediation will produce a just settlement in the lawsuit brought against Sutter by Beverly Hussey, I’m not optimistic. Sutter’s intransigence to date and the complete lack of transparency at high levels in the organization are not encouraging signs. 

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 19, 2015

One letter per month eliminates chance for debate, discussion

This letter is addressed to “Editor” but more properly should be addressed to the readers ofthe Triplicate because I want to talk about the editor to the readers.

The current editor, Robin Fornoff, has made some changes to the rules governing the Opinion page. One change is to limit letters to 300 words. Another change is to limit letters from any individual to one letter per month.

Some of us readers think these rules are too restrictive. One of the most vocal being Dale Bohling. And, I agree with Mr. Bohling.

Pages of History: Even the OPA isn't to blame

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1945:

It rained last week

Monday it started to rain.

Tuesday it did the same.

Coastal Voices: Why the silence about radiation?

Is it a stretch to look at a faraway and long ago event being the root cause of the current crab harvesting crisis in the Pacific Northwest?

I hardly think so when that event was the earthquake that  devastated a nuclear power plant at Daichi in  Fukushima, Japan. Radioactive elements have been spilling and purposely  released into the  Pacific Ocean ever since. Once the initial event occurred  and statistics were compiled/disseminated the China Syndrome event dropped from the radar and not a word has been whispered about it since.

Being so closely aligned with California commerce/recreation it is a veritable hot potato. The recall of a movie “Jaws” illustrates the point well, wherein a seaside community beach    became infested with a great white shark  with an appetite for human flesh. The mayor, realizing the loss of revenues to the city, went to great lengths to downplay the danger to surfer/swimmers.

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